Director of Development

Vermont Symphony Orchestra
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

Join the VSO family! This a full time hybrid in-person/remote position based in Burlington, VT. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra Development Director is responsible for the contributed revenue of this statewide arts organization, now in its 88th season. This position creates and implements a strategic plan to generate contributed revenue, all fundraising research, relationships, events, and reporting, and serves as a public-facing representative of the organization.


The VSO’s next Development Director has worked in philanthropy for at least five years. They are self-motivated, professional, and an excellent communicator who is excited to connect donors with the VSO’s music and education programs. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of major gift solicitations, corporate relations, and grant writing with volunteer management as a plus.

This person is a collaborative professional with fastidious attention to detail, the ability to follow through on plans, and someone who takes ownership of projects while incorporating feedback and meeting the needs of stakeholders. They are a long-range thinker who can creatively match VSO’s work with donor desires. They have a basic familiarity with classical music but love music of all kinds. They exemplify strong project management skills, are motivated by working in a small statewide arts environment and demonstrate discretion. A strong cultural understanding of Vermont is a plus, and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Constant Contact, Canva and Neon (or similar donor software program) is helpful.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

The Vermont Symphony Orchestra believes justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work is vital to our mission of fostering and encouraging a love of music throughout Vermont. We amplify the works and talents of varying cultures, races, and identities within Vermont’s diverse community and beyond. We are committed to making what we do and where we are more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to all. Actions toward this end include presenting Black, female, and LGBTQ+ composers and musicians in VSO concerts, three world-premiere commissions by Black composers in our 2022-203 season, inclusion of JEDI-focused goals in the VSO's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan found at, recent concert and performance partnerships with the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center, Sphinx Music, King St. Center, Montpelier Pride, VABVI, and more.

Wage or Salary
$65-$70K gross p.a. plus benefits