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Major Gifts Officer

The Calgary Philharmonic celebrated 65 years as a pillar of Calgary’s vibrant arts community in 2020 and has grown to be one of Canada’s most celebrated live music ensembles. Led by Music Director Rune Bergmann, the Orchestra presents classical standards, pop favourites, bold collaborations and cutting-edge new works, and attracts world-renowned guest artists and dynamic conductors each season. In addition to 66 orchestra musicians, the Calgary Phil is one of two major symphony orchestras in Canada with its own Chorus of over 120 volunteer singers, which celebrates 60 years in 2023. In a typical season, the Calgary Phil welcomes over 100,000 visitors to the concert hall, connects with thousands of students through its educational programs, and reaches audiences worldwide through free and accessible digital programming.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven major gifts officer to join the Calgary Philharmonic’s development team. This position will be responsible for managing key relationships with a focus on raising a variety of major gifts in support of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation. The major gifts officer creates, builds and sustains relationships with individuals, corporations, business leaders, through solicitation, stewardship, research, writing and administrative functions. The major gifts officer will report to the director, development and will work closely with all members of the Calgary Phil’s administrative team and Orchestra.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the lead development officer for assigned accounts and focus on attracting, developing and securing new individual and corporate partnerships.
  • Prepare and execute Calgary Phil’s year-round engagement and relationship plans with a focus on maximizing potential and growth.
  • Research, identify, cultivate, and secure donors and development opportunities that align with Calgary Phil’s purpose, vision and values.
  • Represent Calgary Phil at fundraising events throughout the year in a professional manner that fosters positiveexperiences with donors through engagement and promotion of programs.
  • Work closely with the marketing department to execute the annual appeal campaign, the annual impact report, and other development initiatives.
  • Regularly manage and maintain effective working relationships with key contacts.
  • Manage donor agreements and champion the execution of the deliverables.
  • Support in onboarding volunteers for development events.
  • Take minutes, actions, and document decisions made regarding development initiatives to ensure alignment and consistency.
  • Work closely with the data management specialist to maintain clean donor data.
  • Other duties as required.

Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in fund development
  • Proven track record of identifying, cultivating and securing five- and six-figure gifts from individuals and corporations.
  • Post-secondary education, or experience in the performing arts.
  • CFRE certification is an asset.
  • Experience working with database systems and reporting to support the achievement of fund development targets.
  • Exceptional written communication skills and proven experience with developing donor communications.
  • Strong organizational skills, action oriented, and committed to excellence.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement, discretion, confidentiality and professionalism.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of initiative, self-motivation and navigation of multiple tasks within necessary timelines.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • A sincere interest in arts and culture, particularly performing arts,
Additional Details

This is a full-time position. Salary range is $60,000 to $75,000 annually depending on related job experience.

This position will require evening and weekend work to steward donors at select concerts and events.

The Calgary Phil is trialing a hybrid remote work program. Employees who are eligible for this program can work up to three days/week from an appropriate remote location.

As part of our full compensation package, Calgary Phil offers 3 weeks’ vacation, a comprehensive benefits package that includes RRSP contributions, health coverage, an employee assistance program, bonus days off, and other non-cash benefits.

Office location: Arts Commons (Floor 2, 205 8th Ave. SE)

Application Deadline: January 26, 2024

Applications will be reviewed on a regular basis and suitable candidates may be contacted before the deadline. Please send cover letter, resume to Chris Petrik, Director, Development, HR@calgaryphil.com with the subject line Major Gifts Officer.

The Calgary Phil is committed to fostering an anti-racist, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment and, assuch encourages qualified candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

If you require an accommodation for the recruitment/interview process, please let us know so that we can work with you to assist with your needs. We thank you for your interest in the Calgary Phil. Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted.

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