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The Toledo Symphony Orchestra seeks an enthusiastic individual to join its fundraising team as Development Associate!

Development Associate

Contact: Ken Wetstein - 
Last Updated: 
Expiration Date: 
Location: 1838 Parkwood Avenue, Suite #310, Toledo, Ohio 43697-0407
Start Date: Negotiable
Hours Per Week: Full-time (exempt) 
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Development, the Development Associate is a key member of the development team and is responsible for implementing fundraising activities in one or more of the following fundraising areas: major gifts; corporate giving and sponsorships; annual fund; grants; and/or planned giving. The Development Associate will not be responsible for ALL of the aforementioned fundraising areas but instead will specialize in a portion of these functions based on expertise and interest. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining relationships with a portfolio of prospects in conjunction with their assigned fundraising area(s). This includes identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors and prospects. The Development Associate plays an integral role in helping the Toledo Symphony Orchestra meet increasingly ambitious annual fundraising goals. S/he will collaborate with the VP for Development and others to develop annual and multi-year goals and cultivation/solicitation strategies.

Key Duties:

  • Take primary responsibility for the development and execution of successful fundraising strategies in one or more of the fundraising areas that sustain the Toledo Symphony: major gifts; corporate gifts and sponsorships; annual fund; grants; and/or planned giving.
  • Manage an assigned portfolio of prospects through all phases of their on-going relationship with the Toledo Symphony, including identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship to meet or exceed established fundraising objectives.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the TSO – its mission, history, culture, vision, programs and governance structure; understand its base of financial support and the funding requirements of all segments of the organization and be able to clearly communicate its mission and needs.
  • When appropriate, utilize staff leadership and volunteers, such as board members and musicians, to facilitate identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of prospects and donors.
  • When appropriate, make presentations to, and create proposals for, prospective donors.
  • Operate as part of the Development team by working closely and collaboratively with colleagues and other departments to provide seamless support to prospects and donors.
  • Attend regular staff meetings, evening and weekend performances, and special events, collaborating with colleagues and sharing information as appropriate.
  • Assume responsibility for special projects or other activities as directed by the Vice President of Development.


  • Bachelor degree required; advanced degree desirable
  • Two or more years’ experience in fundraising or non-profit development, experience in a performing arts or cultural organization preferred 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Experience with donor management software desired; experience with eTapestry donor management software a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (e-mail; Word; PowerPoint; etc.)
  • Interest in and/or appreciation for classical music and music education preferred
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends
  • Occasional travel may be expected including out-of-office meetings with donors and prospects

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit a resume, a cover letter describing their professional experience as it relates to the position description, and a list of the names and contact information for three (3) professional references to Please submit this information as a Microsoft Word document or as a .pdf file. References will NOT be contacted without first notifying the candidate. Deadline for consideration is is August 9, 2017.


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