Job Title: Grants and Sponsorship Manager
Job Type: Full-Time


Reporting to the Director of Development, 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.

  • Assist the Director of Development and Managing Director in creating and implementing tailored proposals and requests for Annual Fund and 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 funders to the Philharmonic.  Maintain consistent communication with the Philharmonic’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 Development Director, 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 and new prospects) for use by the Development team and Managing Director’s office, as well as maintain donor records and research notes in the Philharmonic’s donor database.
  • Provides support to the Development Director and Managing Director on special institutional projects, including attending/taking meeting notes, assisting in partner/funder research and correspondence, internal operation management and project/event logistics.
  • Contribute to 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 Philharmonic concerts and concert events as required.


  • 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, including willingness to learn Tessitura 
  • 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 include health and dental insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Now concluding its 75th Season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (FWP) is one of the most exciting performing arts organizations in Indiana, and in the midst of 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 classical 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, Freimann, Chamber Orchestra, and Family Concert series. FWP musicians serve the community and region through a variety of concerts each year, including 375 education and community engagement performances throughout Northeast Indiana.  Recent new efforts include a free July 4th concert at Parkview Filed - Fort Wayne’s newest iconic patriotic tradition - and appearances of the musicians of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in a variety of non-traditional venues, in order to further 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 majestic 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.

The FWP reaches more than 29,000 young people and families through its ensembles extensive education and community engagement programs, including Ensembles in the Schools programs, PHIL Kids, Young People’s Concerts, and Club Orchestra - a novel El Sistema modeled collaborative program in three Fort Wayne Community Schools, designed to inspire and motivate young citizens of the future. Regional touring, donor cultivation, and board activities round out a busy performance schedule for the orchestra.

The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors and has an annual operating budget of nearly $6 million. With no accumulated debt, a healthy endowment that is the envy of many of its peers, revitalized programs, and healthy indicators for both earned and philanthropic revenue streams, the FWPO is on an exciting trajectory that offers a unique opportunity for bright, energetic, and highly motivated self-starters in the Development Department. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in fundraising, knowledge and experience in data systems and fundraising strategies, a great attitude, “fire in the belly” to succeed, and a keen ability to work well with others.

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."


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