December 7, 2016 – Executive search firm Lois L. Lindauer Searches has been retained by The Phoenix Symphony to lead its search for a new chief development officer. Search director Zena Lum is leading the assignment.
The incoming chief development officer will provide the leadership necessary to guide The Phoenix Symphony to a new level of financial strength and philanthropic support, according to the organization. The position is responsible for overseeing the planning, coordinating, and administering of all development activities including major gifts, principal gifts, corporate giving and sponsorship, foundation and government relations, special events, planned giving, and capital campaigns.
The ideal candidate will bring extensive experience in regular annual fundraising activities, an understanding of audience development and its relationship to fundraising success, board relations, and campaign expertise. In addition, the chosen leader will be responsible for overseeing The Phoenix Symphony’s recently launched capital campaign.
The winning candidate will likely bring a high level of energy and passion for The Phoenix Symphony’s mission, vision, and values. While a musical background is not required, it is preferred.
Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra for the city of Phoenix, The Phoenix Symphony has since grown into Arizona’s largest performing arts organization and only full-time symphony orchestra. With the aim of sharing, educating, and inspiring through music, The Symphony offers high quality music experiences in the form of seasonal concerts, shows, and fundraising events.
Serving Advancement Needs
Lois L. Lindauer Searches is a Boston-based executive search firm serving the development / advancement profession. The firm serves the education, healthcare, science, arts & culture, advocacy and mission-driven, non-profit sectors. It specializes in placing chief development officers and building their teams.
The firm is currently leading a number of chief development officer searches for the Boston YMCA, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Healthy Minds Innovations / Center for Healthy Minds, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Cockrell School of Engineering.
Ms. Lum’s placements include top development leaders at Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra; Jacob’s Pillow Dance; Brevard Music Center; the League of American Orchestras; the National YoungArts Foundation; Manhattan School of Music; Nativity Preparatory School and Saint Mary’s School. She has also closed multiple searches with the University of Chicago and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and has completed a combined 10 searches for Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School.
According to recruiters, chief development officers are in high demand as fundraising prowess and having an ability to drive growth is becoming an essential part of the skills required of well-run non-profit and charitable enterprises. A recent search on LinkedIn of the title generated more than 140,000 results.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media