Job Opportunity: Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Grants and Sponsorship Manager

PHIL_4c_DirectorThe Fort Wayne Philharmonic has one position available:

Grants and Sponsorship Manager

Position Description:
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Development (ADD), the Grants and Sponsorship Manager serves on the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Development team performing as a key figure in the effectiveness and overall ability of the department to achieve its fundraising goals by creating written and visual/graphic proposal and report materials, researching new funding opportunities, ensuring proper recognition and benefits delivery, and maintaining campaign calendars to provide the support to grow both annual contributions and special project funding from corporate, foundation and public entities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

Create, write, and sell tailored proposals and requests for special project grants and sponsorships, including field research, information gathering, and Fort Wayne Philharmonic project/season reporting (numbers served, assessments, budgets, etc).

Identify, research, and cultivate relationships with new corporate and foundation funders to the Phil.  Maintain consistent communication with the Phil’s education, artistic and operations staff members, serving as the dedicated liaison for information sharing with Development Department colleagues about these core programs.

With oversight from the ADD, implement and manage year-round benefits delivery for corporate and foundation donors calling on a season sponsor calendar to ensure proper donor crediting in all Philharmonic recognition vehicles (regularly liaising with colleagues in marketing, box office and operations teams as well as external company representatives).  Assist in campaign metrics tracking and acknowledgements.

Maintain an annual, ongoing calendar for all communication with funders (regularly checking and adding in deadlines & new prospects) for use by the Development team and Managing Director office, as well as maintain donor records and research notes in the Phil’s donor database.

Provide support to the Managing Director and ADD on special institutional projects, including attending/taking meeting notes, assisting in partner/funder research and correspondence, internal operation management and project/event logistics.

Develop and take the lead on government grant applications, reporting and advocacy.

Proofread, edit and file materials and correspondence prepared/received by the Development team.

Support the Development team and provide excellent stewardship at Phil concerts and concert events as required.

Qualifications & Capabilities:

Bachelor’s degree; A minimum of two (2) year increasingly responsible development, non-profit, or related administrative experience; Demonstrated superior written and verbal communication skills; Background and/or interest in symphonic music or the arts is desirable; Extensive computer skills – familiarity with databases; Proficient in Microsoft programs, including but not limited to Excel, Access, Outlook, and Word; Ability to adjust schedule as needed for support at functions, which frequently occur on evenings and weekends; Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and meet deadlines; Excellent critical thinking, strategic planning, problem solving skills, and attention to detail.

Benefits Offered:

Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Hiring Manager at

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