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Director of Development

Job Title: Director of Development
Reports to: Managing Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Supervisory Responsibility: Annual Fund Manager

General Position Summary:
Director of Development is responsible for building and cultivating strong relationships with individual donors and patrons as well as key businesses, foundations, government and other community partners to ensure that Opera Omaha maximizes sustainable contributed revenue.  He/She is responsible for managing and integrating the functions of staff, Board, and auxiliary groups associated with resource development. Opera Omaha is currently in growth mode with ambitious plans for the future including expanded programming, in-depth community engagement, and a forthcoming major gifts/endowment campaign.

Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

The Director of Development works in close partnership with the General Director and Managing Director.  He/She is an innovative, results-oriented person; thinks strategically, has strong interpersonal skills as well as excellent analytical, organizational, reasoning and problem solving abilities.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the General Director and Board of Directors, strategize, create, implement, and monitor a comprehensive contributed revenue plan including forthcoming major gifts/endowment campaign.
  • Cultivate and support Opera Omaha’s major constituent groups including the Board of Directors, Advisors, and Guild; serve as staff liaison to these groups.
  • Oversee and support the efforts of the Development Committee including solicitation of members, scheduling of meetings, assignment of tasks and follow ups  
  • Cultivate and solicit major gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other sources; maintain on-going relationships with key leaders in each area.
  • Develop and oversee a planned giving program.
  • Facilitate and monitor tracking and reporting systems to ensure all goals are met.
  • Manage department revenue and expense budgets consistent with organizational requirements; assist in planning including collaboration with Director of Finance on revenue/expense budgeting and projections.
  • Ensure all donor and sponsorship benefits are fulfilled.
  • Oversee and manage public communications regarding development functions.
  • Attend Opera Omaha performances and events, Board and committee meetings as assigned
  • Supervise and review the performance of development staff; provide leadership, motivation, and strategic direction needed to ensure the effective pursuit of organizational goals, department goals, and fulfillment of the revenue plan.
  • Perform other functions as assigned by the General Director and/or Managing Director.


Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in arts administration or fundraising certification a strong plus.
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive fundraising experience in an organization of similar or larger size; equivalent experience in a related field will be considered.
  • Demonstrated experience with major gifts and sponsorships.


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills; rapt attention for detail
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to interact with others in a manner that inspires trust and confidence
  • Demonstrated success motivating and developing staff, Board, and other volunteers
  • Results and team-oriented work style characterized by a creative and tenacious approach to problem-solving
  • Positive attitude; flexible and resilient – comfortable embracing change
  • Unwavering commitment to outstanding service to donors/patrons
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required
  • Strong computer skills (familiarity with Tessitura a strong plus)
  • Knowledge of philanthropy in Omaha a strong plus
  • Familiarity with and passion for opera, theatre, and/or music a strong plus


Interpersonal Contacts:
Opera Omaha Staff, Board, Advisors, and Guild; Guest artists; volunteers and constituents; Community partners and vendors

Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a mission that can cause this position to experience high work demands under very tight timelines. In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends, to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources:  Please include "Director of Development” in the subject line of the email.  


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