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Jacksonville Symphony Seeks Director of Major Gifts

Position Title: Director of Major Gifts
Status: Full-Time/Exempt
Reports To: Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer

Position Summary

The Jacksonville Symphony Advancement Department raises funds through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, the public sector, and special events to support artistic and educational programming and general operating expenses. The Director of Major Gifts role will be responsible for expanding the base of major gift donors, primarily from individuals, on a local, and regional level. S/he will work to increase support by cultivating and stewarding effective relationships by maintaining an active fundraising schedule that includes strategic visits, and ongoing cultivation and solicitation. S/he will maintain a portfolio of 125-150 current and potential donors with five to six-figure plus capacity excluding board and honorary board. In addition, s/he will maintain an active schedule of cultivation and solicitation visits securing gifts of $10,000 and more and encouraging multi-year commitments. Working closely with the Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer, s/he will work to collaborate with cross functional team members, track progress, and coordinate and organize task responsibilities that enhance major gifts fundraising efforts.


  • Work to increase support by cultivating and stewarding effective relationships through face-to-face meetings and regular communication. Actively manage a portfolio of 125-150 major gift donors and prospects with an emphasis on securing new gifts through timely and strategic weekly action.
  • Secure new and upgrade existing donor commitments to the annual fund including multi-year pledges, and planned gifts working closely with leadership, volunteers, and outside consultants.
  • Work with Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer on major donor prospect identification, solicitation activity, and all follow-up and cultivation activities.
  • Represent the Symphony at concerts, programs and events as assigned. Regular evening and weekend concert duty is expected at these events as they are an optimal means of cultivating prospects and stewarding current donors.
  • Produce regular reports tracking and monitoring major gift portfolio results and activity.
  • Update donor database records on a regular basis.
  • Performs other responsibilities as requested or assigned by management.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Minimum three to five years’ experience as a gift officer with a proven track record of soliciting and closing five and six figure gifts.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the techniques of moves management.
  • Tessitura experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with planned giving programs and techniques.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills, with ability to make presentations to senior-level groups as well as to build one-on-one relationships with members of diverse constituencies at all levels of authority.
  • Highly self-motivated, metrics driven and goal oriented, with effective organizational and writing skills.
  • Must have a positive attitude, be able to work as part of a high-functioning team, possess a passion for the performing arts and to work effectively with volunteers and staff.
  • Donor-centered with a strong customer service ethic.
  • Impeccable attention to detail and ability to meet strict deadlines.
  • Articulate, poised, and calm under pressure.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Displays diplomacy in handling sensitive and confidential information.
  • Maintains active computer literacy, including word-processing and database and spreadsheet proficiency.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Jacksonville Symphony is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, military status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit in PDF format a resume and cover letter of introduction outlining your specific experience and qualifications to Bryan de Boer, Vice President and Chief Advancement Officer at No phone calls, please.


The Jacksonville Symphony offers a competitive salary. This position is eligible for full benefits including medical, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, and a 403(b)-retirement plan. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required.

About the Jacksonville Symphony

Our mission is to enrich the human spirit through symphonic music.
As Music Director Courtney Lewis begins his seventh season on the conductor’s podium, the Jacksonville Symphony celebrates the 2021/22 season that promises another year of exemplary symphonic music. Each season, the Symphony reaches over 135,000 individuals through almost 100 performances in Jacoby Symphony Hall and communities throughout Florida. The Jacksonville Symphony is also committed to the creation of original music and has embarked on an ambitious plan to commission five original compositions between the 2021/22 and the 2023/24 seasons.

The Jacksonville Symphony is one of Northeast Florida’s most important cultural institutions. Founded in 1949, the Symphony now enjoys a national reputation, regularly heard on more than 250 public radio stations across the country on Performance Today. Combined with performances aired on Jacksonville’s public radio station WJCT and the organization’s continually growing streaming program, the Symphony reaches over 60,000 individuals through these digital channels. The Symphony’s performance home, Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, is an acoustic gem and offers an intimate and acoustically superior concert experience. Each year thousands enjoy the Symphony’s performances both at Jacoby Symphony Hall in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts and at venues located throughout the state of Florida.

The Symphony is a crucial leader in the community for music education, serving four county school districts and over 35,000 students. In addition to offering free tickets to children under the age of 18 for selected Florida Blue Classical concerts, and other special youth pricing, there are several programs to foster music education.

Led by Symphony Assistant Conductor Daniel Wiley, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras (JSYO) serves more than 300 talented musicians from all over Northeast Florida. The six levels of ensembles enable the JSYO to serve the needs of all musicians with individualized, ability-specific instruction. JSYO enriches orchestral instruction by guiding young musicians with quality musical instruction, improving skills, and maintaining the highest standards. In June 2018, the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras embarked on its first national tour as one of only three student orchestras invited to perform in the Los Angeles International Music Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Over the years, the Jacksonville Symphony has hosted some of the most renowned artists of the music world including: Isaac Stern, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Marilyn Horne, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Mstislav Rostopovich, Audra McDonald, Joshua Bell, Lang Lang, Alisa Weilerstein, Branford Marsalis , Renée Fleming and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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