Associate Vice President, Philanthropy

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



718 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis
United States


REPORTS TO:    Vice President, Philanthropy



The Associate Vice President, Philanthropy is responsible for organizing and managing a vigorous, coherent and well-planned campaign and for the oversight of institutional giving programs with the goal of maximizing philanthropic support for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO). Reporting to the Vice President, Philanthropy and working closely with senior staff, the Associate VP, Philanthropy, as second-in command, will work in tandem with the SLSO’s philanthropy team responsible for the annual campaign to assess fundraising opportunities and play a lead role in conceiving, planning, and implementing the SLSO’s next systematic and focused campaign. 

The Associate VP, Philanthropy will be both internally and externally focused and will bring strong strategic and planning skills as well as the ability to cultivate and solicit gifts from the top tier of potential donors, as appropriate, and that complements the SLSO’s annual contributed income goals.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, a strategic thinker, passionate about the mission of the SLSO and possess the poise, experience, and attitude to build and sustain positive relationships with all stakeholders including the philanthropic leaders of the St. Louis community.

Specific Responsibilities Include


The Associate VP, Philanthropy is responsible for providing right-hand support for the VP, Philanthropy to achieve the fundraising goals of the SLSO.  


·        Provide leadership and direction for Institutional giving programs that secure philanthropic support through the Annual Campaign, foundation/corporation grants, sponsorships and support for the annual Gala event.

·        Manage overall campaign activities; assess fundraising opportunities and assume responsibility for developing a campaign plan, timeline, budget, gift pyramid, prospect lists, income reports, print/digital stewardship materials, and cultivation/recognition events.


·        Establish strong working relationships with President/CEO, Vice Presidents, trustees, volunteer leadership, philanthropy team, staff, and musicians.

·        Coordinate with VP, Communications to develop messages and materials to effectively communicate the campaign’s case for support to internal and external audiences.

·        Proactively take the lead in prospect identification and qualification, track, and leverage board linkages to individual/institutional prospects and those individuals who have influence within the community; provide cultivation and solicitation support.

·        Coordinate with Director of Stewardship and Events regarding stewardship activities and priorities.

·        Communicate the goals, progress and success of the campaign to various constituencies; prepare talking points, proposals and presentations for the President, the VP, Philanthropy, and Trustees.

·        Ensure that campaign efforts are transparent and pursued in partnership with the Finance department on pledge and payment reporting accuracy and reconciliation, and with Philanthropy Operations on review and oversight for all donor gift and pledge acknowledgements, pledge reminders and gift agreements and reports.

·        Serve as staff liaison to Volunteer Committees, Trustees and the Advisory Council.


Required Qualifications & Experience

·        Proven track record of success planning and managing a successful campaign.

·        Proven ability to motivate and direct volunteer fundraisers; comfortable providing direction and support to other staff soliciting donors.

·        A personal record of success in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major individual and institutional gifts.

·        Extremely well-organized; a creative self-starter, capable of handling multiple tasks and establishing priorities.

·        A track record as an effective communicator who is enthusiastic, articulate and persuasive, with excellent writing skills.

·        A collaborative nature with the ability to quickly establish credibility and gain the respect and support of colleagues, donors and volunteers.

·        A good listener; comfortable receiving input from many sources and able to analyze and formulate disparate information into a sound, well-organized plan.

·        Critical characteristics include integrity, initiative, positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills and a high level of maturity and judgment to motivate colleagues and inspire a culture of philanthropy.

·        Proficient user of office technology and information systems (including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and donor databases.

·        Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

7+ years in fundraising with at least three years of direct major gift experience. Experience in non-profit fundraising, with direct responsibility for comprehensive annual and capital development programs. 


Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability, employer-sponsored pension, 403(b),fitness reimbursement and event tickets. Paid holidays, PTO, sick, etc.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply online at for consideration.