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Florida Grand Opera
8390 NW 25th Street
Miami, FL, United States

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Development Associate


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Miami, FL, United States



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Full time



Job Description:

Florida Grand Opera is re-inventing itself with a new direction of staging exciting productions, engaging world-class singers, and mounting thought-provoking repertoire, while being responsive to the exhilarating and diverse communities of South Florida. As part of our new vision for the future, we are looking for a detail-oriented, dynamic fundraising leader to be a part of the Development team. Ideal candidates will be self-directed, organized, and responsible for streams of fundraising focused on corporate relations.
Position:                                         Development Associate (Full-time, Exempt)
Reports to:                                     Chief Advancement Officer
Works Closely with:                      The Development and Marketing Teams
Location:                                        Miami, FL
General Description:
This position serves as the administrative support for the development department and will focus on data entry, contribution acknowledgment, electronic communication, and ensuring the delivery of benefits.
Development Associate Responsibilities:
Donor Services/Stewardship/Special Events (65%)
• Process, track, report and acknowledge gifts in an accurate and timely fashion.
• Respond to any and all donor requests.
• Manage accurate recording of new and existing pledges and pledge reminders.
• Ensure recurring gifts are billed and renewed.
• Liaise with finance staff as appropriate.
• Monitor matching gift program and submit all necessary materials.
• Assist in the implementation of Florida Grand Opera’s donor benefits, including working donor events and attending to the details.
• Capture donor self-reported information.
• Research and create donor profiles as requested.
• Execute the details of special and donor events and help to ensure their success, keeping accurate records of multiple RSVP lists.
Database Work (20%)
• In using the Tessitura database, ensure entry supports the transactional information needs of FGO.
• Set and monitor general usage guidelines and best practices, including, but not limited to data hygiene, donor acknowledgements, and tax receipts.
• Ensure gifts are recorded appropriately
• Create and distribute mailing lists, donor lists, canned reports, customized reports, etc. as requested by colleagues.
• Document procedures, updating and revising the manual as necessary.
• Serve as a resource for advice or information related to the Tessitura database when applicable.
• Plan and execute technical details of bulk mail efforts. Data Analytics,
Research and Reporting (15%)
• Report on financial information, donor trends and any other demographic and fundraising and analysis points.
• Analyze data in wealth screening database; validate rankings and research potential high end donor prospects.
• Create research profiles.
• Identify trends to provide to donors on annual fund and major gift programs.
• Others duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:

Hours of Work:
Full-time exempt, required to attend breakfasts, dinners, lunches, and all events and be present at the theater for all Opera Performances. All members of the Development Team actively participate in the cultivation and stewardship of our patrons at each performance. Vacation is not granted during these periods.
Education and Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• At least three years’ relevant work experience in administrative support and database administration in a nonprofit fundraising environment.
Required Skills:
  • Proficient use of Tessitura and MS Office (including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Highly organized and well-versed in office procedures and systems.
  • Basic knowledge of donor services, tax receipt and acknowledgment production and process.
  • Excellent phone, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding organization skills, including managing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to perform effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with independently once objectives and tasks have been determined.
  • Works well as part of a team.
  • Arts organization/not for profit experience is preferred; opera experience/knowledge is a plus.
  • Work the requisite hours to assure the accomplishment of the position. This is not a 9 to 5 position. If you are unable or unwilling to work outside of these hours, please do not submit your materials.
  • The position requires the individual to meet multiple demands from multiple people and interact with the public and other staff.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends as required.
Application Process
Interested and qualified candidates should email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, and salary requirements to: by February 7, 2020. Review of candidates will begin immediately.
Salary: Competitive benefits and salary. EOE

About Florida Grand Opera:
Florida Grand Opera (FGO), the oldest performing arts organization in Florida, celebrates its 79th Anniversary Season in 2019 - 20. The mainstage operas of the season include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni (November 16 – December 7, 2019), Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (January 18 – February 1, 2020), Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto (March 28 – May 2, 2020), and the Miami premiere of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il matrimonio segreto (April 18 – 26, 2020).
Founded in 1941 as Greater Miami Opera and later merging with The Opera Guild Inc. in 1994, FGO presents a mixture of standard repertoire and contemporary works as well as commissions and new productions — all featuring projected translations in English and Spanish. FGO is recognized for funding by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided, in part, by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Program support is provided by the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, and the Cultural Arts Council. Florida Grand Opera is a Resident Company of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and a member company of OPERA America. Steinway & Sons is the Official Piano of Florida Grand Opera.