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Donor Relations Manager

Job Summary: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) seeks a full-time Donor Relations Manager to manage the annual fund campaigns and donor stewardship programs. This candidate will also be the liaison to the Columbus Symphony's volunteer organization.


  • Oversees the Annual Fund Campaign
    • Manages and executes overall strategy for annual fund's direct mail campaign
    • Manages timelines, design and print processes and mailing lists
    • Coordinates design and distribution of annual fund campaign materials (brochures, pledge cards, etc.)
  • Donor Events and Stewardship
    • Works with the VP of Development to plan and execute donor events
    • Develops and oversees the individual benefits program; oversees the allocation of donor benefits and ensures accurate recognition
    • Responds to general phone inquiries about gifts and benefits
    • Provides support to Special Events Manager on The Symphony Gala when applicable.
  • Data Management
    • Review weekly gift entry and proof weekly donor acknowledgement letters
    • Oversees the acknowledgement and recognition of all annual fund gifts, including the annual report to donors
    • Work with Donor Records and Project Manager to reconcile income and expense reports and ensure accuracy
    • Develop tracking reports for strategic advancement of development initiatives
  • Acts as Symphony liaison for auxiliary/volunteer groups fundraising
    • Staff contact for WACSO (Women's Association of the Columbus Symphony), CSOL (Columbus Symphony Orchestra League), and Columbus Symphony Pride Advisory Board (LGBT outreach planning committee)
    • Integrates volunteer fundraising efforts with CSO development initiatives when applicable
    • Works with the communications and marketing departments to promote volunteer organization activity


  • Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Communications, Business or related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years fundraising experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of fundraising software and database management is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Organizational, analytical and computer skills
  • Detail oriented and collaborative team player

Special Requirements: Requires flexibility of schedule to accommodate needs of the organization that often includes evening events. Must be comfortable meeting donors and representing CAPA and partnering organizations.

To Apply: Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements to