Director of Grants, Annual Giving, and Stewardship

Austin Civic Orchestra - Austin

Job Type: Fundraising/Development
Closing date: 10/31/2020

The Director of Grants, Annual Giving, and Stewardship is responsible for leading Austin Civic Orchestra’s (ACO) fundraising efforts related to grants, annual giving, corporate funding, and stewardship. They will manage a portfolio of current and new ACO funders – businesses, corporations, foundations, individual donors, and government entities. Responsibilities include identifying and cultivating funders and individual donors, writing grant proposals and letters of intent, and ensuring the submission of reports to all ACO corporate and foundation funders. This position will also work closely and partner with the Business & PR Manager to secure season sponsorships. They will be expected to meet annual fundraising goal of $85,000.

Additionally, this position serves as the organization’s development writer and will actively participate in the creation and writing of all communications and materials specific to fundraising efforts. These include, but are not limited to annual campaign solicitations, internal and external communication during Amplify Austin, gift agreements, acknowledgement and thank you letters, and impact reports. Further, the Director of Grants, Annual Giving and Stewardship is responsible for managing the donor stewardship program for the ACO.

Primary Fundraising Responsibilities:

  • Develop identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for new and current corporate, foundation, and government funders using proven philanthropic methods.
  • Maintain a robust calendar of grant submissions and write all grant proposals, prepare budgets, assemble and submit applications, and manage required reporting for all grant funders.
  • Maintain all ACO grants files, resource library, and pertinent grant attachments.
  • Develop cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategy for current annual giving donors and concert attendees using proven philanthropic methods.
  • Maintain a current list of annual giving donors, foundations, and corporations through Fundly CRM.
  • Monitor and evaluate progress toward fundraising goals and provide up-to-date and accurate reports at each monthly board meeting.
  • Attend required training and informational meetings required by grantors.
  • Represent ACO in the community during concerts and other events relevant to institutional giving.

Writing & Communications Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the creation and writing of communication materials including but not limited to direct mail appeals, online appeals, brochures, web site content, stewardship letters, impact reports, and other fundraising collateral as needed.
  • Responsible for writing all grant proposals.

Stewardship Responsibilities:

  • Develop and lead the donor stewardship program in partnership with the ACO board and board staff.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Associates degree or higher preferred. Relevant work experience can be substituted.
  • A minimum of 2 to 4 years of fundraising experience required including corporate, foundation, and government grant writing experience. 4+ years of fundraising experience is preferred.
  • Experience fundraising for fine arts programs and/or organizations is preferred.
  • Track record of successfully obtaining grants and sponsorships from corporations, foundations, and government entities.
  • Knowledge of annual giving best practices and fundraising campaigns is preferred.


  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Experience using fundraising software
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and set priorities to meet deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships with ACO staff, board members, along with prospective and current donors
  • Team player who can work cooperatively with staff and board members to achieve shared goals
  • Comfortable with public speaking.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends as necessary.

About Us:

The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) is a non-profit civic organization established in 1977. We are devoted to bringing high quality music to the community and providing a musical outlet for professional and non-professional musicians alike. The ACO performs six to eight concerts each season, all of which offer programming to suit a wide variety of musical tastes, from traditional classics to pops and most everything in between. Presented at assorted locations in the Austin area, the relaxed atmosphere and affordable cost have proven appealing to this community.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

The Austin Civic Orchestra is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills in order to enhance and diversify our organization.

Job Type: Contract

Pay: $500.00 per month

Application Requirements:

  • A letter of interest is required for all applicants.
  • Writing samples from finalist candidates will be required.

Contact Info

ACO Hiring Committee