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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Richmond Symphony Foundation and the Richmond Symphony in their search for a Director of Leadership and Planned Giving.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Leadership and Planned Giving will lead the Richmond Symphony’s major and planned giving programs and support the growth and administration of the Richmond Symphony Foundation. The Director will identify, nurture, and recruit major and planned donors, and conduct the strategic development, management, and evaluation of the Symphony’s endowment and major and planned giving programs. The Director will enter a highly demanding environment founded on a love and appreciation for musical art, innovation, and community. The Richmond Symphony is open to candidates who reside outside the greater Richmond area, with the requirement to be on-site three business days per week and to regularly attend evening and weekend performances.

The Richmond Symphony is an innovator known for forward-thinking in musical presentation and for demonstrating the future potential of orchestral performance. The Richmond Symphony is now the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia, consisting of an orchestra of 69 professional musicians, 30 administrative staff, a 150-member chorus, and more than 150 students in its youth orchestra programs. Prioritizing the high caliber of its programs has resulted in truly remarkable experiences for its audiences. This evolution has allowed the Richmond Symphony to expand the number of core positions within its own orchestra while bringing world-renowned guest artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jennifer Koh, Maria Dueñas, James Ehnes, and Gladys Knight to its stage to share unforgettable performances of canonical music with audiences and purposefully invest in the critical resources the orchestra needs to establish itself as one of the finest symphony orchestras in the country.

True to its vision to “transform lives through the power of music,” the Symphony has worked intentionally to redefine the music experience to find new ways to deeply engage the Richmond community and bring the power and enrichment of music to participants of all ages, regardless of prior knowledge or interest in classical music or traditional symphony performance. Recognizing that it must be not only an artistic leader in Virginia, but also a catalyst for the community, the Symphony has developed a strategy that expands its mission in new ways to connect audiences, communities, artists, and the music they create, while considering the unique intersection of history and social movements in this time and in this city.

Through partnerships and collaboration, the symphony has created new connections in the community as well as new programs. The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (BHMVA) is one such partnership, which began in the 2022-23 season with a month-long connection to BHMVA’s annual Children’s Book Festival, which became the Children’s Book and Music Festival. During that month, musicians volunteered to play, read, and talk with children who received free books about composers and music experiences during a visit to the Black History Museum. The month culminated in a performance by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in the tent across from the museum—free to the local community and beyond—with a co-created and presented program that spotlighted Black American composers.

The heart of the Symphony’s engagement efforts is the Richmond Symphony School of Music (RSSoM). The School of Music brings a wide range of programs to Central Virginia, the Commonwealth, and beyond. RSSoM includes the youth orchestra programs, pre-college and early career training opportunities, in-school educational experiences, concerts for school participants, master classes and concerts for families and young people. The Richmond Symphony is building a robust, comprehensive music school that reaches all corners of the community. Through purposeful innovation and expansion of current services and the addition of new avenues in collaboration with community stakeholders, the fantastic impact now being made can go even further.

The Richmond Symphony strives to reflect the communities it seeks to serve. The Symphony is deepening its geographic presence in Virginia in ways that will strengthen its visibility and connections with new audiences, enable new collaborations, and position it for long-term audience growth and broader community support. The Symphony continues its longstanding commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in all programs, programs, artists, and initiatives, and in all facets of the organization.

For this position, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience and a minimum of five years of progressive fundraising experience with a focus on raising large and planned gifts is desirable. Experience with capital campaigns and foundations is a plus. The Richmond Symphony will consider candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. If you are passionate about this role and believe you can contribute to the symphony, but your experience does not exactly match all of the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and resume. Cover letters should address the mission of the Richmond Symphony.

The salary range for this position is $85,000 to $105,000 per year.

The Richmond Symphony Foundation and the Richmond Symphony are committed to accepting all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable assistance in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at [email protected].

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