July 29, 2014

Annual Fund Manager

The North Carolina Symphony

Raleigh, North Carolina

Development officer

Field of Interest
Arts & culture

Reporting to the Director of Individual Giving, the Annual Fund Manager is the responsible for implementing a comprehensive annual fund plan and its components to include mailings and solicitations and segmented annual projects for statewide communities, overseeing all aspects of the telefunding campaign and coordinating initiatives to achieve maximum annual fund results.  The Annual Fund Manager develops the written documents, communication and support materials for the annual fund program including proposals and reports that support the corporate and foundation work.

This position monitors, on a weekly basis, annual giving solicitation strategies as well as participation and dollar goals.  The Annual Fund Manager is also personally responsible for soliciting an assigned portfolio of donors and fosters and maintains positive relationships with annual fund donors to keep them engaged with the organization.  This position must clearly articulate the Symphony’s goals and funding needs. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Implement and effective and comprehensive annual fund program including the design of all communication elements with regard to direct mail, telefunding, online giving, website, and personal solicitation
  • Serve as a support writer for the Philanthropy team for direct mail campaigns, grant programs, and corporate proposals, and donor stories
  • Coordinate with the Senior Director of Statewide Development on special and/or segmented annual fund projects for statewide communities
  • Identify, cultivate and solicit entry-level gift prospects through a combination of phone, mail and personal contact and serve as primary relationship officer for a portfolio of individual donors
  • Utilize current and emerging technologies and social media platforms to foster giving
  • Monitor, on a weekly basis, annual giving solicitation progress including participation and dollar goals
  • Serve as backup to Information Processing and Fulfillment Manager with processing donations and acknowledgements


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills and highly developed organizational skills
  • Motivated and enthusiastic, with the ability to own projects
  • Ability to achieve and deliver in a fast-paced, demanding environment, where attention to detail is paramount
  • Knowledge of contemporary communication tools and resources
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Discretion and judgment in making decisions, which generally are based upon precedent or standard operating policies and procedures
  • Executes practical and creative problem solving
  • Must have a willingness to work outside of traditional business hours and to assume other responsibilities as assigned
  • Undergraduate degree with at least three years of experience in annual fund giving
Compensation is competitive and negotiable, commensurate with experience. Benefits package includes health insurance through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, optional 403(b) retirement plan and optional dental insurance.

THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Its 175 performances annually are greeted with enthusiasm throughout the state, in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication, now advancing a well-earned reputation for innovative programming and collaborative projects.

The Symphony is devoted to bringing music to the entire state of North Carolina, traveling 18,000 miles each year.  It counts as one of its proudest achievements its extensive education program, unrivaled by any U.S. orchestra. Approximately 45 concerts per year are performed free for school children throughout the state and are part of the schools' music education curriculum. In addition, among many education initiatives, the North Carolina Symphony stages the annual Youth Concerto Competition, honors an outstanding music educator, and offers master classes for both adults and young people.

The North Carolina Symphony can be heard on North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, is often featured on WCPE-The Classical Station, can be seen online at www.ncsymphony.org, followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ncsymphony and Twitter at www.twitter.com/ncsymphony.  Its numerous CD releases include “Sketches From Pinehurst,” which was commissioned for the 2005 U.S. Open, two celebrated titles on the BIS label: American Spectrum with saxophonist Branford Marsalis and a 2010 release of concertos by Rachmaninoff and Medtner with pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, and a 2014 release that features the orchestra and cellist Zuill Bailey performing Britten’s Cello Concerto. Top soloists from the classical and pops worlds—including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Yuja Wang, Lynn Harrell, Pink Martini, Ben Folds, Randy Newman and Idina Menzel—have joined the orchestra and taken advantage of two of the country’s finest performance venues, the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh and Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The orchestra has also appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

THE AREA:  The Symphony’s home base of Raleigh is the state’s capital, located in the Piedmont (central) region of North Carolina.  Raleigh is the largest city in a 3,500-square mile Metropolitan area known as the Triangle (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill) and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in America.  Located within the area is Research Triangle Park, home to several corporate and regional headquarters: Fidelity investments, Duke Medicine, IBM, Red Hat, SAS, MetLife, Quintiles, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco, to name a few, all have large presences.  New home construction is steady and there is a stable real estate market for existing homes. Compared to other markets, housing is surprisingly affordable.

The home of many creative and well-educated citizens, Raleigh has been lauded as a “Best City for Business and Careers” by Fortune magazine and a “Best Place to Live in America” by Money magazine.  Other accolades include being named “America's Best City”; by Businessweek.com,” Most Educated City in America” by Men's Health, and one of ”America's Coolest Towns”  by GQ magazine.  It provides its people and businesses with a world-class combination of economic vitality, low unemployment, tremendous educational opportunity, environmental quality, and exceptional quality of life.  The park system offers a vast network of recreational greenway trails that connect neighborhoods.

Thirteen institutions of higher education provide affordable and premium education, opportunities for adult and extension classes and a well-educated citizenry of students, graduates and faculty.

The Triangle is also an area of tremendous resources where cultural and performing arts organizations thrive.  Other major institutions include the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, Carolina Ballet, American Dance Festival, Ackland Art Museum, Nasher Art Museum, Marbles Kids Museum, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Morehead Planetarium, and Carolina Performing Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill.  There are film, music, dance and crafts festivals, local theater groups and touring Broadway show.

The Triangle is also a vital sports center.  It is host to the NHL’s Stanley Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes, baseball’s Durham Bulls, and the sports programs of ACC members Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Mary McFadden Lawson

Vice President for Philanthropy

3700 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 130

Raleigh, NC  27612


*no phone calls please*

Date Posted
July 8, 2014

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