ArtsJournal: Arts, Culture, Ideas

Vice President of Philanthropy

Job Title: Vice President of Philanthropy
Reports to: President & CEO
Classification: Full-time – Salaried – Exempt
Employment is At-Will – either the employee or the employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice.

About The Phoenix Symphony:

It’s an exciting time to join The Phoenix Symphony as our organization entered its benchmark 75th Anniversary Season of 2021-22. As one of the greater Phoenix area’s largest and most iconic cultural institutions, we seek dynamic, outgoing, goal-oriented team members to join our institution to help propel the Symphony into its next phase of artistic and organizational growth. Please see the position description for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Purpose of the Position:

The VP of Philanthropy provides the leadership necessary to guide The Phoenix Symphony and create strategies and long range plans of action for financial strength and philanthropic support. Oversees the planning, coordinating, and staffing of all fundraising activities and strategic initiatives including major gifts, annual fund, corporate giving and sponsorship, foundation and government relations, special events, planned giving, and capital campaigns.

Supervisory Responsibility:

Director of Corporate Partnerships
Individual Giving Manager
Philanthropy Associate
Database Administrative Manager (duties across all departments but directly reports to this position)

Essential Functions:

With or without reasonable accommodation, and under general supervision, an employee must be able to perform the essential functions of this position, which include:

  • Solicits, cultivates, and stewards a portfolio of donors who make annual gifts starting at $10,000
  • Will construct, articulate, and implement annual and multi-year strategic plans and work in tandem with CEO
  • Creates the vision and annual content for donor acknowledgements, messaging in tandem with marketing for appeals, donor events, communications
  • Will effectively communicate and support all efforts of philanthropic engagement in collaboration with executive leadership, Board of Directors, and Philanthropy Department staff
  • Meet or exceed annual fundraising goals

The Essential Functions listed are representative, not exhaustive; some may be added, deleted, and/or modified, as organizational needs change.


  • Significant philanthropic and managerial success overseeing a major gift fundraising program and/or campaign, preferably in a cultural institution.
  • Ability to construct, articulate, and implement annual and multi-year strategic plans.
  • Successful cultivation and solicitation experience closing six- and seven-figure gifts from prospects and donors.
  • Ability to interact positively and in a sensitive, personalized manner with major donors and leadership in person, via e-mail, and by phone.
  • Possess strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with a strong ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships.
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member who will productively engage with constituents and colleagues at every level of seniority.
  • A professional and resourceful style that can take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Technological strength, including familiarity with donor management systems.
  • Ability to set objectives, develop plans, and implement programs to achieve goals.

Overall Level of Knowledge Required:

  • Comprehensive

Computer Skills:

  • Intermediate to advanced skill level using Microsoft Office Suite with emphasis on Word, PowerPoint and Excel programs desired
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Outlook features
  • Zoom or other type of platform proficiency to run virtual meetings
  • General knowledge of fundraising database and/or customer relation management software programs (Tessitura, Raiser’s Edge or Salesforce)

The desired list of Qualifications – the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities – is representative, not exhaustive; some may be added, deleted, and/or modified, as organizational needs change.


  • Minimum 5 years in a fund development leadership role
  • Must have demonstrated success in a senior development/philanthropy function that includes managing and forging relationships with multiple donor sources and multi-million dollar campaign success.
  • Demonstrated experience in building donor relationships over time.
  • A minimum of 8 years of fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization.
  • Must have at least 3 years of management experience of teams or departments.
  • Experience in staffing key professional and volunteer roles.
  • Successful candidate must bring a high level of energy and passion for The Phoenix Symphony’s mission, vision, and values.


  • Bachelor’s degree or industry training and experience equivalent required
  • A musical background is not required, but performing arts experience preferred.

An acceptable equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Ability to possess and maintain a valid driver’s license

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

  • Ability to make frequent telephone calls and routine in-person visits to donors and prospects
  • Ability to utilize computer keyboard (typing) and sit for extended periods of the work day
  • Ability to travel, and to work nights and weekends.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds when transporting supplies and assisting constituents; occasional hands-on participation with event set-up is required
  • May be required to perform tasks at varying heights (i.e., step ladders, stools, stairs, etc.)
  • Ability to standing for long periods of time; 50% or more of the workday may be spent standing on feet
  • Ability to reach, stoop, grasp, grab, et cetera
  • Ability to drive

The description of Working Conditions and Physical Demands is representative, not exhaustive; some may be added, deleted, and/or modified, as organizational needs change.


Depends on experience.


The Phoenix Symphony offers employees generous paid personal time off (PTO); paid holidays; health, dental, and vision insurance; short- and long-term disability; and group life insurance. Employees may also opt to participate in a retirement program, when eligible.

How to Apply:

Interested and qualified persons should submit the following for consideration:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three (3) professional references

Submit your application materials in Word or PDF format by electronic mail only to:

Marion Donaldson
Interim Vice President of Philanthropy

Please also tell us on which website you found our job opportunity.


The Phoenix Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and persons of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other non-merit factor.

Latest Stories

Brooklyn Museum Gets A New President/COO

Trueblood, who starts early next year, previously served as chief of staff at the American Civil Liberties Union and as director of White House operations for the Obama Administration from 2013 to 2015. - The New York Times

Welcome To Selfie Wrld – Unique Pix That Aren’t

Selfie Wrld is a chain with 30 franchises from Anchorage to Tampa. Because the props encourage certain poses, your selfies might be identical to someone’s in Indianapolis or Boston or Denver. - Washington Post

How Translating Language Opens A Writer’s Mind

In translating, you pose yourself a question—or it is posed to you by the text; you have no satisfactory answer, though you put something down on paper, and then years later the answer may turn up. Certainly you never forget the question. - LitHub


Apply by Jan 15 for IU’s M.A. in Arts Administration

The O’Neill School’s M.A. in Arts Administration at Indiana University creates opportunities to learn from practitioners in the field and master innovative ways to support artists.

Managing Director – Village Theatre

The MD is expected to be a critical civic partner with the AD, being both a strong internal manager with an obvious and enthusiastic external presence in the Puget Sound area.

Director, Opening Nights at Florida State University

The Director, Opening Nights (ON) directs all aspects of the organization by administering and implementing strategies that advance the organization.