Chief Development Officer

Lyric Opera of Kansas City - Kansas City, MO
Lyric Opera of Kansas City seeks a Chief Development Officer to act as its senior and leading development professional, responsible for the strategy, implementation, evaluation, and achievement of all support revenue goals. The Chief Development Officer will inspire and manage a team of development professionals and partner with community leaders at the highest level of donor cultivation and solicitation. The Chief Development Officer will develop and execute the overall organizational strategy for the development effort, in coordination with the General Director and CEO. Included in this strategy will be a plan for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for every potential source of contributed revenue from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government. The General Director and CEO and the Chief Development Officer comprise the major gifts team, responsible for leadership level donors in the annual campaign and managing the major gifts program and portfolio of major gift contributors. The Chief Development Officer will achieve revenue goals for the major gift portfolio and will be fiscally responsible for the development department’s overall budgeted goals. The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for the successful completion of the OUR NEXT ACT (ONA) integrated fundraising campaign and will work in cooperation with the General Director and CEO, Campaign Cabinet, Campaign Counsel, and other key partners to successfully achieve the established campaign goals.

Located in the heart of Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, Lyric Opera of Kansas City creates transformational opera experiences through its performances and through its outreach and education initiatives. It develops talent, repertoire, programs, and productions that bring the best of Lyric Opera of Kansas City to the world. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves and reflects the highest artistic standards of the profession. Lyric Opera offers innovative programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community. These programs, as well as its innovative productions of classic and contemporary operas, make Lyric Opera of Kansas City indispensable to the community. The Company is based at the Richard J. Stern Opera Center located in the Crossroads Arts District of downtown Kansas City. The Opera Center includes the Beth Ingram Administration Building, where the Company’s offices are based, and the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building, housing space for rehearsals, set construction and painting, prop storage, costume shop, and vocal coaching rooms. Under Deborah Sandler Kemper’s visionary leadership, the Company has soared to new artistic heights, infusing each production with unparalleled passion and innovation.

"With a highly collaborative senior leadership team, the next Chief Development Officer will lean into growth and be an imaginative thought partner, seeking new opportunities while creating and stewarding meaningful relationships with our family of donors as we continue to communicate the value of Lyric Opera to our community." — Deborah Sandler Kemper, General Director and CEO

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