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Director of Board Relations

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Seattle Symphony
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Seattle, WA
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Published 24 days ago

Organization Overview:

 

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings, the orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. The Symphony performs in Benaroya Hall in the heart of downtown Seattle from September through July, reaching over 500,000 people annually through live performances and radio broadcasts.

 

Currently the organization is adapting to reach our audiences despite the orchestra’s inability to hold live performances due to the coronavirus. This season, our musicians continue to creatively share music online through Seattle Symphony Live, the orchestra’s virtual home. This new digital platform greatly expands our reach beyond our existing audiences to many who have never attended in person, including thousands of new viewers locally, across the country and around the world who joined us for free broadcasts. Annual education programs like Link Up and Community Connections, share free concert experiences in collaboration with our 70 nonprofit and service organization partners and have also been reimagined as fully digital programs to continue serving our community safely.

 

Position Overview:

Working alongside the Vice President of Development and in coordination with the CEO, the Director of Board Relations facilitates the organization’s positive and productive relationships with the SSO Board of Directors, Lifetime Directors, BH Music Center Directors, and SSF Board of Directors by serving as a dedicated point-of-contact for committee and full Board management, acting as committee lead for fundraising-based committees, in addition to facilitating Directors’ fundraising efforts as well as their engagement with the organization.

 

The Director of Board Relations is a professional who is comfortable engaging with donors, board members and colleagues and is sensitive, tactful, confident and patient, with a strong work ethic. The Director has superior written and verbal presentation skills and is a strong strategic thinker; is self-motivated, well organized and able to lead initiatives both within the team and also within Board and fundraising committees. She/he is a quick learner, able to take direction, flexible and have good judgment. An interest in classical music or the arts is desirable.

 

Works closely with: Development Leadership Team, CEO, Symphony Board members, other development colleagues

 

Qualifications:

·      University degree with a minimum of 7 years professional fundraising and/or non-profit Board management experience (preferably in an arts or cultural environment)

·      Ability to steward donors and knowledge of fundraising process (major gifts experience a plus)

  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to the Seattle Symphony’s strategic and organizational priorities as well as funding opportunities
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

·      Availability for work outside of typical office hours, including evenings and weekends

 

 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Work closely with Vice President of Development and CEO in strategic planning efforts for SSO and BH; work closely with board and executive leadership, as well as with other staff members across the institution, to implement strategies that will increase SSO’s capacity to deliver on its mission and strategic priorities.
  • Lead Board management, to include: board nominations, onboarding, and orientation process; facilitating good governance practices; fostering a culture of philanthropy; promoting and assisting the boards’ own fundraising efforts; ensuring timely and accurate reporting; developing and managing board communications; and maintaining a high level of engagement for all Trustees.
  • Coordinate regular communication with Board Members, including messages from leadership, invitations to events, media clips, etc in order to inform and engage existing Board Members through personalized correspondence.
  • Work closely with the Executive Assistant and Board Committee Liaisons to provide Board Leadership and Board members with meeting scheduling assistance, meeting minutes, briefings, and meeting agendas and materials.
  • Work closely with the Development Committee of the Board to facilitate effective personal solicitation of prospects by committee members. 
  • Participate in cultivation and stewardship at concerts, receptions and any other events created to further fundraising efforts.

 

Organization Overview:

 

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 3, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 30, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Salary

$75,000 - $80,000

Benefits

Full benefits package

Full benefits package

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
200 University Street, Seattle, WA 98111, United States
PO Box 21906

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@seattlesymphony.org

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace. Individuals who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives are encouraged to apply. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity (EOE) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, the Seattle Symphony will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@seattlesymphony.org

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021

The Seattle Symphony values diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace…

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