Vice President of Development

//Vice President of Development

Job Description

POSITION: Vice President of Development

REPORTS TO: President & CEO

Foundation and Corporate Relations Officer
Donor Relations Officer
Development Associate
Donor and Patron Services Associate

POSITION TYPE: Full-time; Exempt

HOURS: Minimum of 40 hours per week. Evening and weekend work and local travel required.

COMPENSATION: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BENEFITS: A comprehensive benefit and retirement invest package is included.

Job Summary

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Vice President of Development is responsible for leading the efforts and overseeing an annual fund of approximately $2.0 million dollars in public and private support. This senior staff position serves a team of four development staff and multiple volunteers and is responsible for the development and implementation of all fundraising efforts, including the annual fund, major gifts, business and corporate sponsorships, grant proposals, and donor events. The Vice President of Development has primary responsibility for conducting programs in annual giving, planned giving and endowment campaigns within the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct to ensure the ongoing and long-term stability of the organization.


  • Meet aggressive growth goals for fund development and increase the base of contributed support as aligned with institutional goals.
  • Lead, plan, manage, and implement all aspects of fundraising programs.
  • Assist the President & CEO and Board in establishing appropriate goals for the fund-raising campaigns each year.
  • Develop a plan for achieving those goals and establish a master calendar that outlines all fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Develop and manage annual budgets for the Department.
  • Create and arrange strategic opportunities for the President & CEO and Music Director to be engage in donor cultivation and solicitation.
  • Lead and foster fundraising activities for the Board of Trustees, Development Committee members and Board Vice President for Development, in order to achieve institutional fundraising goals.
  • Lead the effort to identify, cultivate, and recognize new and existing major contributors to the TSO.
  • Oversee the solicitation and acknowledgment process, maintenance of records, and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits, based on sound, ethical fundraising principles.
  • Develop and steward the corporate sponsorship program.
  • Lead, hire, train, manage, and evaluate the performance of all Development personnel, including interns and volunteers.
  • Actively participate and report at meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Development Committee and other committees as assigned.
  • Demonstrate leadership in the recruitment and coordination of fundraising volunteers and facilitate their training.
  • Maintain ongoing contact with contributors, corporate sponsors, and business and community leaders.
  • Keep abreast of recent research on fund raising and industry trends.
  • Attend civic and cultural events in the community; represent the TSO by speaking at public events as requested.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President & CEO.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience raising one million dollars or more in a non-profit arts organization OR other fundraising experience with another type of organization that generated at least one million dollars per year.
  • Experience working in a professional symphony orchestra environment preferred.
  • Track record for building a staff and developing its members.
  • Experience in working closely with a volunteer governing board of trustees.
  • Ability to build a process that engages and motivates constituents to act.
  • Resilient and aggressive.
  • Hard worker.
  • Takes creative approaches to traditional fundraising challenges.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in arts administration or fundraising certification a strong plus.
  • Minimum of three years of senior arts management experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent experience in a related field. Demonstrated experience with major gifts planned giving, sponsorships, grants and endowment building.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to interact with others in a manner that inspires trust and confidence.
  • Demonstrated success motivating and developing staff and Board members, musicians, and volunteers.
  • Results and team-oriented work style.
  • Flexible and resilient.
  • Commitment to outstanding customer service.
  • Strong computer skills; experience with Archtics software desirable.


Review of applications will commence immediately and the position will remain posted until filled.

All applications will be treated as confidential. Electronic submissions preferred. Please submit a resume, one-page cover letter and three professional references.

Christina Valverde (520) 620-9151

Tucson Symphony Orchestra 2175 North Sixth Avenue Tucson, AZ 85705-5606