Annual Fund and Benefits Manager, Grand Rapids Symphony

Job Title

Annual Fund and Benefits Manager


Grand Rapids Symphony

About the Position

The Grand Rapids Symphony seeks a skilled annual fund manager to join our team in achieving our broadbase fundraising and corporate giving program objectives.The Annual Fund & Benefits Manager will report to the Assistant Director of Development and be responsible for identifying, cultivating and deepening intentional relationships with current and prospective broad base annual fund donors (donations under $1,000). This involves composing, planning and implementing large scale annual fund print, email and social media campaigns focused on renewing and securing new donors from high interest pools such as season ticket holders and multi single ticket buyers. The position also involves collaboration with our Director of Development executing prospect research and developing inclusive solicitation strategies to elevate the giving of a handful of major donors, as well as managing all donor benefits and stewarding donors throughout the giving process.

Along with broad base and major donor benefits management, this individual will also ensure that all current and new corporate sponsors receive the applicable benefits associated with their level of giving.This is an office-based full-time professional position with occasional night/weekend hours.

What we’re offering:

  • Join the team! When you join our team, you become part of our culture and the Symphony story.
  • Variety – every day is different and creativity is encouraged!  
  • Robust compensation and benefits package including health and dental insurance, PTO and 401k.
  • Two complimentary tickets to most Symphony concerts – attendance is encouraged!

Job Duties

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with development team to determine annual fundraising objectives and benefits opportunities.
  • Plan, develop and execute annual fund solicitation campaigns and collaborate with Director and team in strategy and messaging.
  • Design and implement a donor communication strategy.
  • Track and assess annual fund fundraising metrics.
  • Design and implement an inclusive donor stewardship and benefits program.
  • Manage corporate sponsorship benefits implementation and fulfillment.   
  • Work collaboratively with marketing, patron services and development staff on fundraising initiatives, as well as donor & corporate sponsor appreciation and cultivation events.   
  • Responsible for establishing meaningful connections with individual donors with portfolios up to $1,000. Execute on a strategy to identify opportunities to move and manage up qualified donors to other major gift officers.


Required Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a demonstrated ability to articulate concepts in clear and understandable terms that resonate across constituencies, as well as corporate and community groups.
  • A driven, versatile and flexible self-starter. We’re looking for someone who can thrive in our fast-paced environment and is very detail-oriented.
  • A candidate who loves technology. Strong working knowledge of MS Office Suite expected. Experience with Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Interest in and passion for music or the performing arts is a significant plus.
  • Reports to Assistant Director of Development.
  • Candidate will need to provide proof of full vaccination status against COVID-19.

Our ideal candidate will have at least two years of Development/Annual Fund experience and an undergraduate degree. They will also have a strong background in fundraising best practices and some experience utilizing donor databases to manage donor and solicitation campaigns and records. Candidates with a strong for-profit sales and relationship management background will also be considered.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send resume and cover letter to Natalie Schwarting, Director

of Administration and Board Relations at by January 28, 2022.

About the Organization

Celebrating its 92nd season, the Grand Rapids Symphony is Michigan’s second largest performing arts organization and has received national recognition for the high quality of its concerts as well as Gateway to Music, a network of education, engagement and access programs.  The Grand Rapids Symphony presents more than 400 performances and enhances the lives of 200,000 attendees annually. Nearly half of those who participate are students, senior citizens and people with disabilities reached through inclusive education and access programs. For complete information about the Grand Rapids Symphony visit

We are an equal opportunity employer.

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