Santa Ana, CA


Pacific Symphony is searching for an inspiring senior Vice President of Development to partner with the President and Board to drive endowment and major gift funding, and lead an accomplished department of fundraising professionals.

Pacific Symphony is a highly dynamic and innovative organization, led artistically by Music Director Carl St. Clair and operationally by President John Forsyte. It presents more than 100 concerts annually and serves 250,000 community members each year. The Symphony is nationally and internationally recognized for performance excellence, strong community engagement through education and other programming, and for commissioned new works by contemporary composers. Pacific Symphony twice received prestigious ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming, and was showcased in the League of American Orchestras’ nationally released publication entitled Fearless Journeys. Pacific Symphony’s Class Act elementary school enrichment program has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras for its exemplary orchestra education.

Resident for much of the year at the renowned Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the Symphony also presents a summer outdoor series at Irvine’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. In the 2014-2015 season, Music Director Carl St. Clair celebrate his 25th Anniversary with the Pacific Symphony, while Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman is celebrating his 21st Anniversary this year leading the Pops series, which stars some of the world’s leading entertainers. Assistant Conductor Maxim Eshkenazy leads the popular “Music Mornings” Family series, one of the largest self-produced children’s series of any US orchestra.

For 22 consecutive years the Symphony has balanced its budget and has no accumulated debt. It employs a staff of approximately forty-five, including ten development professionals. The current annual operating budget is approximately $17.6 million, of which about $7.8 million is generated through contributed income and an additional special fund raised in honor of Music Director Carl St.Clair. About $8.8 million is earned through ticket sales, contracted services, education programs, the endowment, and various other earned sources.

Over the last months, a nationally recognized campaign consulting firm has completed planning for a comprehensive multi-year integrated campaign that includes annual, capit (for programming) and endowment components. To support these efforts and the ongoing annual fund, the Department has added four new team members including an Associate Vice President with a distinguished track record of annual fund growth, as well as members focusing on special events, individual giving, foundation relations and grant writing. The annual fund is currently tracking significantly ahead of its performance last fiscal year, and the organization has also engaged recognized arts fundraising leaders to assist in the development of specific new fundraising initiatives and a comprehensive campaign. Board recruiting efforts are also underway, with strong candidates in various stages of nomination and acceptance.

Additional information can be found at or by contacting Barbara Kimport or Mark Oppenheim at

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