Major Gift Officer, Brevard Music Center

Location: Brevard, NC
  • June 26, 2018

The Position:

We are looking for a mature, experienced, proven fundraiser who has the ability to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individuals capable of making annual gifts of  between $2,500 to $25,000, and capital gifts of $25,000 and more, either as outright gifts or multi-year commitments.   Larger gifts will be team driven, and will include input and strategy from this position, the Development Director, the President, and other members of the Music Center’s full-time, as appropriate.

We are looking for a “self-starter” who will seek out new gifts and move current donors up to higher levels, while managing a large portfolio (150+) of current donors and prospects.  Much of the work will be in the Asheville/ Brevard area with occasional efforts in Atlanta, Charlotte, South Carolina and Florida.

We need a “team player” who enjoys working with colleagues toward a common goal. Knowledge of classical music is a plus, but not specifically required. Understanding and appreciation of the excellent education provided to exceptionally talented classical music students from around the US and internationally is required.

Brevard Music Center: The Organization

Imagine a place where music fills the air. Where Beethoven, Mozart, and Verdi are alive and well. Where the most talented students and extraordinary faculty coexist in practice rooms and onstage. Now imagine it all in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.

 Brevard Music Center is once a place, an institute, and a festival.

Situated on a lovely wooded 180-acre campus in western North Carolina, Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country’s premier summer training programs and festivals.

Under the artistic direction of acclaimed conductor Keith Lockhart, Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops and Chief Guest Conductor of the BBC Orchestra in London, 500 gifted students (ages 14 through post-college) come to the Music Center each summer to study with distinguished faculty and renowned guest artists. From the end of June to the beginning of August, students participate in a rigorous program of instruction and performance including orchestral ensembles, private lessons, chamber music, and opera.

Brevard’s hallmark is the powerful sense of community that re-emerges every June as faculty and students work together to present over 80 concerts, encompassing multiple music genres, to more than 40,000 enthusiastic fans from across the country. Over more than 80 years, BMC has been privileged to welcome world-class soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Frederica Von Stade, Conrad Tao, Johannes Moser, Olga Kern, and other talented virtuosi.

The summer festival also features the popular BMC Presents series, having brought non-classical artists as rich and diverse as Steep Canyon Rangers, Amy Grant, Béla Fleck, Lyle Lovett, The Manhattan Transfer, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter, Paul and Mary, PDQ Bach, and Michael Feinstein to the Brevard stage.

For opera lovers, Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company presents fully-staged operas and other operatic showcases each summer festival season. Past productions have included classic operas such as RigolettoCosì fan tutteMadama ButterflyDon Giovanni, and La bohème, as well as more modern works like Street SceneThe Ballad of Baby DoeAlbert HerringSweeney Todd, and the world premiere of Falling Angel.

Almost half of the Summer Festival concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets start at $20.

Music-lovers are welcome to bring their own food and beverages for a pre-concert picnic on the lawn or purchase delectable treats on campus.

For decades, the Brevard Music Center has inspired devotion not only among its students and faculty but also among its listeners and among a vast corps of volunteers. That hundreds of persons have purchased homes in western North Carolina expressly to be near the Brevard Music Center gives some measure of the Center’s significance to its community.

Major Gifts Officer:

This position reports directly to the Director of Development, Dave Perrett, and works closely with the President and CEO, Mark Weinstein. Both have been with the BMC for more than five years.  Other full time positions in the Development office include the Manager, Annual Giving Manager (this staff member also conducts research on current and prospective supporters), the Manager of Special Events and Partnerships, and an Administrative Assistant. During the summer we add several paid full-time, seasonal staff.

The current annual budget for BMC is approximately $6.0 MM; Development annual revenue is approximately $2.0 MM, and the endowment is roughly $27 MM. The Brevard Music Center has been “in the black” for over 35 years.

In addition, BMC has just raised about $5.5 MM in a very successful 3 year capital campaign to rejuvenate the campus facilities, and is  now poised to break ground on a new $5.0 MM, 400 seat concert hall which will be the home to our piano and chamber music programs. Towards this effort, a $1.0 MM lead gift has been secured. This new concert hall will be a “year-round” facility, unlike our main stage Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, an open-air facility that seats nearly 2,000.

Application Process:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Benefits are generous with a competitive salary, 401 k plan (with matching dollars from BMC), generous vacation policy, excellent health plan and life insurance. In addition, there is a Team Award Plan which can result in a 5% bonus at year end if certain organizational benchmarks are met.

Deadline for applications: Friday, July 27, 2018.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to:

Margaret Genovese

Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates

77 Carlton Street, Suite 1103

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5B 2J7


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