The Helena Symphony announces the full-time position of Director of Development. This position is the chief development officer and fundraiser for the symphony. This person is supervised by the Executive Director.  

Please respond with a detailed resume and letter of interest outlining skills and experience to [email protected]. Applications will be considered until the position is filled; preference will be given to applications received by November 15, 2013.


The Director of Development forges and maintains good relationships with potential donors (individuals and corporations), solicits major gifts, and deepens those relationships.

The Director provides staffing, training, and assistance to the Board of Directors and other volunteers in their fundraising efforts.

S/he writes compelling and timely solicitation and thank you letters.

S/he provides leadership for fundraising events run by volunteers.

S/he assists the Board in developing and carrying out the Board’s Development Plan. The plan will integrate the annual fund, major gift development, concert sponsorships, fundraising events and other giving into a comprehensive and realistic guide for the organization’s successful financing.

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, but works closely with the Board Chair and individual Board members. This Director works with the Music Director on fundraising activities.

The Director will provide strategic grant proposal writing and marketing expertise in fulfillment of the Development Plan.

This Director will ably and enthusiastically represent the Helena Symphony to donors, volunteers, existing and potential collaborators, community and national organizations, and the public. S/he assures the organization achieves its goals for contributed income.


The successful candidate has a proven track record as a fundraiser, with successful solicitation of major gifts, preferably from individuals, corporations, and institutional funders. S/he will be skilled at commencing, maintaining and strengthening relationships with donors. Prompt and creative “thank yous” will be one of his/her hallmarks.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working with others, particularly a board of directors, in fundraising and generating revenue from multiple sources. S/he has strong management, communication, and problem-solving skills. S/he is skilled in interpersonal relations and group dynamics and has experience managing confidential donor management systems.

S/he will be a strategic thinker with excellent planning and management skills. S/he will be a superb communicator and an effective public advocate for symphonic music and its value to the community.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong communication skills, including written, oral, and electronic skills. S/he will have demonstrated skills in problem-solving, setting priorities, delegating, giving guidance and direction, and coping with pressure and deadlines.

The successful candidate will be a person of the highest integrity and ethical standards, able to sustain the trust and confidence of the Helena Symphony’s internal and external constituencies. S/he will have the demonstrated dedication to excellence, creativity, teamwork, and mutual respect. The successful candidate will be willing and able to reside in Helena, Montana on a full-time basis and will welcome the opportunity to become an active participant in the life of the Helena community.

The successful candidate will have a commitment to attaining the highest professional standards through continuing education, professional association participation, and active networking within the fundraising field.

Certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive is preferred. Experience generating revenue from multiple sources is preferred. Experience with grant proposal writing is preferred. Experience in marketing, including use of social media, is preferred. Experience with development in arts organizations is preferred.

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