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Chief Development Officer – Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the search for a Chief Development Officer.

Reporting to the General Director and CEO, the Chief Development Officer, an accomplished strategic thinker who is focused on growth and who has comprehensive fundraising experience in major gifts, will act as Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s senior and leading development professional, and will be responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation, and achievement of all support revenue goals.

The Chief Development Officer will inspire and manage a team of development professionals and partner with community leaders at the highest level of donor cultivation and solicitation. The Chief Development Officer will develop and execute the overall organizational strategy for the development effort, in coordination with the General Director and CEO. Included in this strategy will be a plan for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for every potential source of contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government.

The General Director and CEO and the Chief Development Officer comprise the major gifts team, responsible for leadership level donors in the annual campaign and managing the major gifts program and portfolio of major gift contributors. The Chief Development Officer will achieve revenue goals for the major gift portfolio and will be fiscally responsible for the development department’s overall budgeted goals. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for the successful completion of the OUR NEXT ACT (ONA) integrated fundraising campaign and will work in cooperation with the General Director and CEO, Campaign Cabinet, Campaign Counsel, and other key partners to successfully achieve the established campaign goals.

Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, Lyric Opera of Kansas City creates transformational opera experiences through its performances and through its outreach and education initiatives. It develops talent, repertoire, programs, and productions that bring the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world.

The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves and reflects the highest artistic standards of the profession. Lyric Opera offers innovative programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community. These programs, as well as its innovative productions of classic and contemporary operas, make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the community. Under General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler Kemper’s visionary leadership, the Company has soared to new artistic heights, infusing each production with unparalleled passion and innovation.

As one of the premier performing arts institutions in Kansas City, Lyric Opera of Kansas City attracts the best in the field. It employs individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. The team is comprised of passionate believers in the power of art to impact community, and the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment—a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least five years of successful fundraising experience within an institution on a growth trajectory is preferred for this role. Lyric Opera of Kansas City will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds.

If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the Lyric Opera, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the responsibilities and qualifications specified in the position prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $130,000 to $150,000 annually.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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