Advancement Officer: Institutional Giving

The Colburn School

Los Angeles, CA

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Colburn School is seeking an energetic, strategic, and convincing communicator with an interest in joining a forward-thinking team of advancement professionals. Colburn is an internationally recognized leader in performing arts education and is part of the fabric of the Los Angeles cultural community. With a world-renowned faculty, Colburn trains local and international students in four divisions: the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, the Colburn Music Academy and Colburn Dance, and is a leader in community engagement through its new Center on Innovation and Community Impact.

The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment. 

The Advancement Officer – Institutional Giving is responsible for helping to grow and transform the Institutional Giving program. Through, developing powerful messaging, and researching, stewarding and applying to new institutional funders, the Institutional Giving Officer shares responsibility with an additional Institutional Giving officer for the School’s growing institutional giving revenue, which represents 20% of the School’s annual contributed income. Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, the Institutional Giving Officer is an integral member of the advancement team and will provide vision, leadership, and creativity in enhancing a vibrant and successful institutional giving program. 



Essential Duties:

-       Co-leads, with their partner institutional giving officer, the development of strategic plans for Institutional Giving in accordance with institutional goals and priorities;

-       Works closely with advancement leadership to craft new ways to present Colburn’s programming – drawing on marketing, program, and community impact expertise;

-       Collaborates with advancement team members, faculty, and program staff to transform ideas into grant proposals and case statements;

-       Researches new funding prospects and develops new funder relationships to contribute to aggressive department goals;

-       Writes and submits grant proposals, renewals, and reports, in compliance with all reporting requirements from many different types of grant-making entities;

-       Monitors grant-funded activities to ensure completion of deliverables within academic units or other School departments; interacts and collaborates with campus constituencies involved in grant funded activities; 

-       Organizes foundation site visits;

-       While primary responsibility is for institutional giving, may also maintain a personal portfolio of major and individual donors and prospects and personally solicit their support;

-       As part of the advancement team, is involved with major events throughout the year: gala, concerts, recitals, and other key events, and represents the School at these events with institutional constituents as well as donors, board members, students, and audience members;

-       Collaborates with Special Events Manager for special events as they pertain to foundation or donor cultivation and recognition;  

-       Maintains and develops best practices and ensures a coordinated and collaborative approach; Establishes credibility and collaborative relationships with Senior Leadership, Board members, donors, volunteers, and colleagues from all academic unit and other departments;

-       Develops a thorough understanding of the Colburn School’s mission, areas of excellence, student population, services, programs, and goals;

-       Assures actions and donor information are entered into the donor database in an accurate and timely fashion;

-       Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Skills:  

-       Bachelor’s degree and five years of fundraising or marketing experience in higher education, performing arts, or similar field preferred;

-       Demonstrated, case study, grant writing, or corporate sponsorship experience in a non-profit organization preferred; 

-       An effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in writing as well as verbally; adept at crafting proposals, donor correspondence and other kinds of materials; and making presentations to a variety of audiences

-       Must possess good judgment and exercise diplomacy in dealing with a variety of constituents; ability to share information as appropriate to audience.

-       Familiarity with performing arts, education, and community engagement funders nationally;

-       High capacity to work independently and manage time effectively in a deadline driven environment;

-       Excellent organizational skills; thorough attention to detail; accurate maintenance of records.

-       Ability to maintain confidentiality.

-       Professional demeanor and positive attitude.

-       Flexibility to work within the needs of an academic environment and to work evenings and weekends.


Preferred Skills:

-       Understanding and appreciation of performing arts education and/or professional performance organization.


Excellent benefits including medical, dental, life, LTD, 403(b) retirement plan and more!


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