Assistant Manager, NSO National Trustees & Circles

The Assistant Manager of Development, National Symphone Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees & Circles, assists the Manager of NSO Individual Giving in the management and long-term development of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) National Trustees Campaign (donors $10,000+) and Circles Campaign (donors $1,200—$11,999), including research, cultivation, acquisition, stewardship, and ongoing maintenance for both restricted and unrestricted contributions. The incumbent serves as a development liaison and assists with and manages other special initiatives and events as necessary. As a collective resource shared with Manager of NSO Individual Giving, this position oversees and generates work for a Development Coordinator and an intern.

The Assistant Manager must be able to exercise discretion in order to prioritize assignments and work under significant pressure, as many projects are time sensitive, involving concurrent deadlines and donor interaction. Demonstrates ability to plan, organize, and manage time and projects for maximum productivity. An eagerness to communicate and problem solve with a positive attitude is essential.

Duties and Responsibilities:

70% Fundraising for NSO National Trustees Campaign

  • Manage all fundraising aspects of the NSO National Trustees Campaign ($425,000 goal) including:
  • Conceiving, planning and executing NSO National Trustee events and business meetings held locally in Washington DC as well as locations nationwide in collaboration with the Manager of NSO Individual Giving and Special Events staff;
  • Organizing, drafting, and editing all types of written materials (solicitations, acknowledgements, notes, proposals, meeting materials, tax receipts, collateral related to special initiatives, etc.) of varying length and complexity for 40 donors;
  • Overseeing accurate gift processing, including gift entry forms and maintenance of accurate donor records in hardcopy and electronic formats and in Tessitura;
  • Actively stewarding donors through direct contact via telephone, email, and personal visitation on- and off-site;
  • Researching, identifying, and cultivating prospective donors, including the preparation of individually tailored research briefings, solicitations, proposals, and presentations;
  • Accurately tracking progress and ensuring completion of action items from initial discovery through acquisition;
  • Preparing campaign progress reports for regular review with Manager of NSO Individual Giving;
  • Managing systems to ensure donor recognition in print and online materials, involvement in ancillary activities and events, general benefit fulfillment, and accurate and timely renewal of gifts;

30% Fundraising for NSO Circles Campaign

  • Manage all fundraising aspects of the NSO Circles Campaign ($650,000 goal), including:
  • Overseeing the Coordinator, NSO National Trustees & Circles, in all aspects ofimplementation of the monthly renewal cycle, including all types of written correspondence, gift entry forms, and accurate maintenance of donor records;
  • Actively stewarding donors through direct contact via telephone, email, and personal visitation on- and off-site;
  • Identifying potential gift increases and, in coordination with the Manager of NSO Individual Giving, creating detailed and personalized solicitation strategies;
  • Accurately tracking progress and ensuring completion of action items from initial discovery through acquisition;
  • Overseeing the Coordinator, NSO National Trustees & Circles, in planning and executing donor benefit, cultivation, and auxiliary events including President- and Chairman-hosted events;

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree in a related field preferred
  • Two to four years development or related experience required
  • Working knowledge of the performing arts is preferred

Minimum Skills and/or Knowledge Required:

  • Superior organizational, written, and verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Proven organization and prioritization skills
  • Ability and confidence to work without close supervision
  • Ability to foresee development needs and to generate work for this position and for others supportive of this position
  • Ability to delegate and multitask
  • Professional and easy communication and interaction with donors at all levels, Board members, other staff, and volunteers daily
  • Experience with Tessitura is ideal

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