Vice President of Philanthropy

Kansas City Symphony - Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Symphony seeks a Vice President of Philanthropy to lead all fundraising and philanthropic initiatives of the Kansas City Symphony. The Vice President will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising strategy that supports the Symphony’s growing artistic and community engagement goals. With a focus on innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit, the Vice President will bring an analytical and goal-oriented approach to the team as well as a deep background in the cultivation and stewardship of major donors and correlated fundraising efforts while setting and exceeding aggressive fundraising benchmarks.

The Kansas City Symphony has rocketed to become one of the top 25 orchestras in the United States. During its 42-week season, it performs a range of orchestral and chamber music in its performance home, Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the very best concert halls in America. The musicians of the Symphony also perform throughout the Kansas City metropolitan region on its portable stage, the Mobile Music Box, while serving as the orchestra for both the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Michael Stern is finishing a 19-year tenure as the Symphony’s Music Director, and starting in July 2024 the Symphony will welcome conductor and composer Matthias Pintscher as his successor. Matthias regularly conducts and has his compositions performed by many of the world’s best orchestras and opera companies, and he ranks among the world’s foremost conductors and composers of orchestral music. Matthias’s connection with the Symphony's musicians has been immediate and powerful—a connection with the ability to make notes on a page turn into music that is complex, emotional, and human. Matthias is elevating the Kansas City Symphony and its audience in music, together. Kansas City Symphony includes 80 full-time musicians from around the world who call Kansas City home. Frequently joining them onstage is the 160-voice Symphony Chorus led by Charles Bruffy. Every season dozens of soloists perform with the Symphony—instrumentalists, singers and songwriters, tribute rock bands, even aerial artists. The Symphony also accompanies well loved films, playing the soundtrack live as the full movie is shown on Helzberg Hall’s giant screen.

"As one of the newest major orchestra organizations in America, the Kansas City Symphony has rocketed to become one of the top 25 in the United States. This is an opportunity to join the excitement already underway and to be a leader in change. We are positioning ourselves as leaders in an industry that needs great change, in how we appeal to a wider audience, in how we develop donors, and in how we represent and serve our communities across all that divides them, with equitable and inclusive programs and offerings that bring people together." — Danny Beckley, President and CEO

For more information, including core competencies and qualifications, please refer to the full prospectus.