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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Seeks Gift Officer

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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Seeks Gift Officer


JOB TITLE: Gift Officer

DEPARTMENT: Development

REPORTS TO: Director of Development


Reporting to the Director of Development, the Gift Officer will focus on leadership annual giving by identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual prospects and donors with the goal of upgrading annual fund gifts and identifying major gift prospects. The successful candidate should have progressive development experience, and ideally a demonstrated commitment to the arts.


  • Solicit and/or upgrade gifts through phone calls and personal visits with a large portfolio of assigned donors/prospects;
  • Maintain records of all aspects of donors and prospects relationships with the ISO through the use of the ISO’s development database, Tessitura; Participate, as required, in Development team efforts including solicitation strategy teams for key prospects and internal planning efforts;
  • Support Special Fundraising events as needed as directed by the Director of Development;
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with all stakeholders verbally and in writing;
  • Participate in regularly scheduled Donor Cultivation and Stewardship events, such as Intermission receptions at concerts.


  • One or more years of development experience, preferably in the arts.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, ideally in arts administration, non-profit management, public affairs or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the ISO.
  • Interest in all aspects of the arts and a dedication to promoting the ISO’s fundraising priorities through developing excellent working relationships with musicians, directors and other volunteers, the development office team and all ISO employees.
  • Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate and alter strategic development plans.
  • Ability to articulate the case for support so that individuals are passionate about the vision/mission/goals of the ISO and understand with sufficient effectiveness to secure gifts and pledges of $1,000 or more.
  • Ability to adapt and conform to shifting and multi-priorities.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills required.
  • Must be able to travel around the region. This position requires frequent attendance at events outside of normal business hours on a regular basis.


Computer fluency in MS Office and standard office equipment required. Proficiency in Tessitura or other constituent relationship management/fundraising software strongly preferred.


This position requires the ability to sit for long periods of time to conduct daily business operations. Position also requires the hearing and visual acuity to converse with internal and external constituents in person, over the phone, and via electronic communication with or without reasonable accommodation. Position also requires bending, stooping, walking on uneven surfaces and occasionally lifting up to 35 pounds.


INTERNAL: Contact with staff at all levels and musicians.

EXTERNAL: Contact with board members, volunteers, donors and prospects.


The Gift Officer will have access to sensitive and confidential information relating to his/her colleagues as well as donor and ticket buyer information in Tessitura.

SUPERVISION: The Gift Officer will receive regular and frequent guidance and leadership from the Director of Development. The Gift Officer does not manage any direct reports, though may occasionally assist with management of interns.

To apply for a position, email a cover letter and resumé to