The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Richmond Symphony in the search for a Director of Advancement & Patron Communications.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement & Patron Communications will build on successes of recent years and position the Richmond Symphony for continuing long-term growth. As the senior leader in the organization responsible for all of the Symphony’s marketing and fundraising functions, the Director of Advancement & Patron Communications will plan and supervise all activities related to ticket sales and other revenue development as well as delivering the Symphony’s brand, promotions, public relations, patron relationships, sponsorship, and any additional support for all of the Richmond Symphony’s artistic, education, and community programs and initiatives, consistent with Board of Director policies and long-range objectives. The Director will oversee all patron relationship management including overall marketing and fundraising strategies; public relations; advertising; social Media and Digital advertising and promotion; and media relations.
The Director will provide leadership across the organization and represent it within the community, creating, monitoring, and protecting the Richmond Symphony brand as necessary. The Director will work closely with Board members, the Executive Director, and the Symphony’s Leadership Team, and will directly supervises a team of nine staff in the department, plus additional contracted team members as needed, and will work directly with and help to oversee the new Major Gifts Officer position recently established by the Richmond Symphony Foundation.
The Richmond Symphony sits at the center of the vibrant cultural life of Richmond, Virginia. Its musicians serve as links throughout the community and the orchestra itself provides a vast array of concerts for all musical tastes and ages, including a Masterworks series, The Metro Collection Series (chamber orchestra), a Symphony Pops series, a family Lollipops series, Rush Hour Concerts (one-hour orchestral performances in casual venues), education concerts with full orchestra as well as small ensembles, and a myriad of special presentations.
The Richmond Symphony is comprised of 69 professional musicians, with a core of 38 full-time positions due to expand to a core of 41 within the next four years. The 2019/20 season, informally titled the year of “welcome,” is a most exciting year of transition. In September 2018 it was announced that the Richmond Symphony had selected a slate of five diverse and outstanding candidates for the position of Music Director. Each of the finalists is participating in a two-week residency and the selected candidate will succeed Steven Smith, who completed his term as Music Director at the end of the 2018-2019 season, after almost ten years. The second life-changing event in 2019/20 is that the Richmond Symphony will welcome the Menuhin Competition to Richmond in May 2020, considered by many to be the Olympics of the violin – pushing its annual operating budget in FY20 from $6 million to over $8.5 million. The Symphony also benefits from a growing endowment overseen by the Richmond Symphony Foundation, with its separate Board supported by staff, that is expected to reach $20 million in 2020/21.
All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of the Richmond Symphony.
A bachelor's degree is required for this position. An advanced degree is preferred as is at least five years of fundraising, marketing, performing arts or related experience.
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About Richmond Symphony
Founded in 1949, the Aspen Music Festival and School is regarded as one of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students. The typical eight-week summer season includes more than 400 classical music events—including concerts by five orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, fully staged opera productions, master classes, lectures, and children’s programming—and brings in 100,000 audience members. In the winter, the AMFS presents a small series of recitals and Metropolitan Opera Live in HD screenings.