Executive Director & Chief Development Officer

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra

Posted: 9/4/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: CEO/ED/President

Primary domain: Arts, Culture and Humanities

City: Annapolis

Postal code: 21401

State: Maryland

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$1M - $3M



Mission statement:

The mission of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra is to produce, present and promote memorable symphonic music that increases awareness, enjoyment, and appreciation of music for all ages throughout the region. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

With an energy that draws people to the organization, the Annapolis Symphony’s Executive Director and Chief Development Officer will be responsible for building upon and extending our successful development strategy, continuing to implement the Symphony’s vision, its and artistic and educational priorities, managing the human and financial resources of the organization, taking the Symphony into the community, and providing the leadership and vision to achieve the orchestra’s mission and build on its financial stability. The position reports to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.


Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging and promoting the Symphony among an ever-widening circle of individuals, corporations, community leaders, foundations, and government agencies both state and local, to cultivate new partnerships and patrons;
  • Building upon the SYMPHONY 2020 strategic framework and implementing the Symphony’s 3-year Artistic and Educational priorities;
  • Nurturing and growing a donor base to successfully meet or exceed established financial goals;
  • Managing all aspects of operations including personnel, marketing, budgeting, and financial management as well as overseeing labor relations and contract negotiations;
  • Managing all aspects of concert production, including Masterworks, Pops, Chamber Series and Family concerts;
  • Establishing a solid working relationship with the Board of Trustees, Music Director, Symphony staff and the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony (FASO);
  • Working with the Board to design a multi-year comprehensive campaign, with the support of the Development Committee, to encompass multiple streams of philanthropic investment, including annual, restricted, planned and endowment giving.Working in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) to promote the educational priorities and, working with its Director, oversee the direction of the Annapolis Symphony Academy (www.tunedtoyouth.org.)


  • At least five years of senior management experience in a non-profit organization, including a minimum 3 years experience in successfully designing and leading development strategies and fundraising efforts of a major non-profit;
  • A love for and dedication to raising funds personally, especially cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major and transformational gifts;
  • Proven leadership ability and measurable experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing, audience development and increasing earned revenue;
  • Strong strategic thinking; the ability to deliver results that meet or exceed target goals;
  • Experience working in or managing a comprehensive, capital, or endowment campaign;
  • Solid financial management and budgeting skills within non-profit organizations;
  • Superb interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively motivate the Board, staff and volunteers to achieve the orchestra’s mission;
  • Understanding of and ability to build, nurture and sustain positive relationships with all patrons and donors -- and the ability to translate that into sustained and growing financial support;
  • A love for classical music and an ability to communicate its importance persuasively to a broad range of audiences;
  • Working knowledge of orchestral music, production, and operations helpful but not critical;
  • Understanding of issues and challenges facing symphony orchestras, especially in small-to-medium sized communities;
  • A reputation for integrity, high energy, strong interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic.


The Annapolis Symphony offers a competitive benefits package to its employees, including health insurance and paid annual vacation.


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter that outlines interest and qualifications, a resume, and a list of references to: [email protected].  (MS Word, or PDF only, please)
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until October 31, 2019 – and continue until the appropriate candidate is identified.  If necessary, the submission deadline will be extended.  Questions may be addressed to the Search Committee at the above e-mail -- which will respond to questions as promptly as possible. No calls please.



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