Job Title: Director of Development 
Job Type: Full-time


Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Development is a valued senior member of the leadership team, responsible for the strategic development, management, implementation, and evaluation of all fund-raising programs that support the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s exceptional artistic, education and community programs and mission.

The Director of Development will be a key senior leader assisting the Managing Director in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, and monitoring daily operations, while serving as a problem solver and sounding board for new ideas.

  • Lead a department of four in planning and executing all annual fund campaigns, sponsorship, capital, endowment, and planned giving programs, as well as oversee volunteers in the execution of fundraising events and benefits.
  • Manage contributed revenue programs of nearly $5 million annually in support of the Philharmonic’s growing portfolio and reputation for artistic excellence and community engagement; the Director of Development is the key player in generating the financial resources for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s new era of innovation in the areas of artistic excellence, education, community engagement, and audience development.
  • Serve as liaison between the FWP and the Board of Directors and any appropriate committees and task forces related to fundraising activities.
  • Interact on regular basis with FWP Chair of the Board, Managing Director, other board members, and community and civic leaders.
  • Expand significantly the annual giving program with emphasis on new major donors from individual, corporate, foundation and government sources, and develop and implement successful cultivation strategies for donor prospects.
  • Help coordinate aspects of the Comprehensive Campaign:  Music for Everyone, including proposal development, as it nears the completion phase.
  • Provide direction to the Managing Director for the portion of his/her time directed at fund raising for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.


  • Minimum of 5+ years of progressively responsible fundraising or related experience, preferably with an orchestra or other arts organization;
  • Master’s degree preferred but not required;
  • Appreciation of symphonic music and cursory understanding of the arts world, demonstrated success in achieving progressively increasing revenue goals in a volunteer-centric environment, ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy atmosphere, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Energetic, flexible, self-motivated, and adaptable person;
  • Familiarity with high-volume direct mail and/or telefunding strategies and operations;
  • Superb verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to develop and prepare sophisticated campaign materials, budgets, written correspondence and reports;
  • Excellent critical thinker, strategic planner, and problem solver;
  • Initiator who meets deadlines, and maintains an active presence at Philharmonic concerts and events.

Competitive compensation depending on qualifications and generous benefits package.

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

Now celebrating its 75th Season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (FWP) is one of the most exciting performing arts organizations in Indiana, experiencing a renaissance in its service to the community and Northeast Indiana region. While the Philharmonic’s mission is to inspire and foster a lifelong love of symphonic music through performance and education, recent institutional advancement efforts have led the institution toward a whole new level of service. The FWP employs approximately 58 full and part-time musicians and produces a nine-month concert season comprised of Masterworks, Pops, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music, and Family Concert series. FWP musicians serve the community and region through an amazing variety and number of concerts each year, including 375 education and community engagement performances throughout Northeast Indiana. The free Patriotic Pops concert at Parkview Field - Fort Wayne’s newest iconic patriotic tradition - and an increasing variety of non-traditional concerts in local venues are furthering the demographic breadth and scope of the organization’s reach and offerings. Led by Music Director Andrew Constantine, the FWP performances reach more than 200,000 people every season at the historic Embassy Theater, the Auer Concert Hall, at various venues throughout the community, and in schools, nursing homes, community centers, and churches. The FWP is truly an orchestra of the future, with bold plans to reach deeply into the fabric of the community with exciting, entertaining and meaningful offerings.

Located in northeastern Indiana, Fort Wayne is the county seat of Allen County and is 18 miles west of the Ohio border and 50 miles south of the Michigan border. Fort Wayne had an estimated population of 265,904 in 2017, and a combined great Fort Wayne metropolitan population nearing 450,000.  Rated one of America’s most affordable cities, Fort Wayne is centrally located, and in close driving proximity to Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Louisville. Affordable housing, low utility costs, good schools, and a burgeoning nightlife make Fort Wayne a highly attractive option for professionals. In 2014, NerdWallet ranked Fort Wayne in the Top 10 Best Cities for Quality of Life, and Forbes named it as one of 19 "Opportunity Cities."

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019
Apply to Name:  Lori Davis
Application Procedure:  Please contact