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Columbus Symphony Orchestra Seeks Development Director

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Columbus Symphony Orchestra Seeks Development Director


Columbus Symphony Orchestra Development Director
Columbus, IN

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Columbus, IN) seeks a motivated, part-time Development Director
to serve as a critical team member. The Development Director will be responsible for setting and
managing the overall development strategy for the CSO.
Reports to: CSO Music Director
Hours: Part Time. Flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends required.
Compensation: Hourly



  • Build and implement annual development plan
  • Manage fundraising for the CSO, including annual fund campaigns, individual giving, corporate
    sponsorships, program book advertisements, special events, and new donor development
  • Work collaboratively with the Music Director and Board of Directors in identifying and courting major
  • Develop and manage fundraising materials, websites, etc.
  • Coordinate, track and distribute sponsor and donor benefits
  • Assist with planning, organizing and implementing the organization’s special events
  • Complete regular reports for donation tracking
  • Plan, draft and send periodic newsletter for donors, supporters and other friends of the CSO
  • Assist with developing content for traditional media outlets (i.e., radio, newspapers)
  • Assist with development of content and execution of organizational social media related to fundraising
  • Research and write foundation and corporate grants. Coordinate grant reporting
  • Manage program book advertisement research and solicitation process
  • Attend and report on development at all Board meetings

Organization Planning and Administrative

  • Participate in short/long-range planning and strategic planning as needed
  • Provide administrative support as need
  • Other duties as requested by the Music Director or Board President

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience
  • Previous experience in non-profit development
  • Have a demonstrated ability to achieve defined objectives and goals
  • Be comfortable with technology, including thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and consistently meet deadlines
  • A self-starter who can work independently and make critical decisions
  • Courteous with impeccable manners, including phone and email etiquette
  • Be adaptable to changing priorities
  • Attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings/ events as necessary
  • The successful candidate must be reliable, and must respect sensitive or confidential information

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, focus in Arts Administration or Non-Profit Management
  • 5 years of experience in non-profit development
  • Passion for music and/ or previous experience with a performing arts organization

To Apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references via email to Lisa Farrell, Board
President at Please put “CSO Development Director” in the subject line. Deadline
to apply is July 16, 2018.

About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1922 by Chester Kitzinger, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is the oldest symphony
orchestra in the state of Indiana. The premiere performance of the CSO was May 17, 1923 at the Crump

The orchestra continued through World War II even though many musicians were away in the armed
forces. During the 60s, Mr. Kitzinger formed the Singing Strings, a smaller group that performed for art
shows, fundraisers, weddings, and receptions. The full orchestra was reorganized as Columbus Pro
Musica in 1970 while the Columbus Symphony Orchestra retained its identity and continued as a
volunteer orchestra. Shortly after the reorganization, Mr. Kitzinger was named Conductor Emeritus and
Dale Spurlock became Music Director.

Arkady Orlovsky became Music Director during the 1992-93 season. In 1997, celebrating its 75th season,
the CSO returned to the Crump Theater where its inaugural concert was held. After eighteen years as
Music Director, Arkady Orlovsky retired.

In 2010, Roger Kalia was named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s fourth music director, serving
through the 2013-2014 season. The Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s close relationship to the Indiana
University Jacobs School of Music provided the orchestra with an extremely capable conductor,
musician, and valued partner in Hao-An Henry Cheng.

In 2015, the CSO appointed Josh Aerie as its music director. More information at:


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