Boston Lyric Opera seeks a Major Gifts Officer to work within a team of seven fundraising professionals to achieve the annual fundraising goals and long-term strategic goals of the Company.
The Major Gifts Officer will solicit and close gifts from among a portfolio of individual donors to reach annual fundraising goals as approved by the Board; will identify prospects, develop solicitation strategies, represent BLO to and communicate with donors and prospects to build relationships and fulfill donor benefits for Friends of BLO and Orfeo Society.
Together with the Board-comprised Orfeo Committee the Major Gifts Officer will create a robust program to build the Orfeo Society, BLO’s core community of supporters, including from members of Friends of BLO and new patrons and will steer the development and implementation of strategies for identification, cultivation and solicitation of Friends of BLO, to become Orfeo Society-level donors.
Additionally, the Major Gifts Officer will spearhead the sponsorship campaign for BLO’s yearly Gala, the Company’s sole annual fundraiser, and other events.
Requires three to five years in development/fundraising or other related experience at an equivalent level. Excellent written and oral business communication skills; knowledge of Tessitura database preferred, ability to understand and respond to shifting priorities and needs, and to communicate effectively with a variety of constituents and contacts both within the company and outside. Some evening and weekend work at the theatre during production periods and at events throughout the season.
Special consideration will be given to candidates with demonstrated history of success in similar positions. Flexibility, attention to detail, bottom-line orientation and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high pressure, collegial environment are required. Knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts, opera in particular, would be valuable.
Competitive compensation and benefits; opportunity for advancement within the Company.
Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Major Gifts Officer – Full Time Search, Boston Lyric Opera, 11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111-1736, or fax to (617) 542-4913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. NO PHONE INQUIRIES.
Boston Lyric Opera is an equal opportunity employer.