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Chief Development Officer in Boston, MA

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston, MA 02108
7w ago


Account Management


11 - 15 years

Job Description

Candidate Profile

The successful CDO must be a proven fundraising visionary and strategist. The CDO will be an effective listener and strong collaborator with the ability to build a meaningful and robust network of partnerships. The CDO will collaborate with other senior executives, Development Staff, and Board members to develop overall strategy for philanthropic activities to continue to elevate and support BSO's mission.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Achieving strong fundraising success for the BSO by creating, communicating and implementing a robust strategic fundraising plan. This will include all development activities including engagement, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects,
  • Providing leadership and collaborating effectively with Board Leadership, Trustees, Advisors, key volunteers and the Development Staff creating an approach that builds a sustainable culture of philanthropy throughout the organization and encourages
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Valid through: 2020-2-21

About Boston Symphony Orchestra

The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is an American orchestra based in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the five major American symphony orchestras commonly referred to as the "Big Five". Founded in 1881, the BSO plays most of its concerts at Bostons Symphony Hall and in the summer performs at Tanglewood. Andris Nelsons is the current music director of the BSO. Bernard Haitink currently holds the title of conductor emeritus of the BSO, and Seiji Ozawa has the title of BSO music director laureate. The BSO was founded in 1881 by Henry Lee Higginson. Its first conductor was George Henschel, who was a noted baritone as well as conductor, and a close friend of Johannes Brahms. For the orchestra, Henschel devised innovative orchestral seating charts and sent them to Brahms, who replied approvingly and commented on the issues raised by horn and viola sections in a letter of mid-November 1881.
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