Development Officer
Job Details
Esperson - Houston, TX
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Title: Development Officer

Department: Development

Reports to: Director, Individual Giving

Status: Full-time, Exempt



Houston Symphony is seeking a Development Officer who is excited to join the most dynamic performing arts organization in Houston. Top candidates demonstrate success in a fast-paced environment, are self-motivated, hard-working, and resourceful. Applicants should be inspired by the mission of the Houston Symphony and share a passion for its work.

The Development Officer will be responsible for growing the Symphonys Mid-Level Giving Program by managing an individual portfolio of 150-200 donor households contributing $1,000 to $5,000 annually and producing events (virtual & in-person) to steward this giving group and cultivate those ready to be solicited for a Major Gift.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150-200 donor households contributing $1,000 to $5,000 with a focus on members with the potential to increase their giving to a Major Gifts level.
  • Responsible for meaningful cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors including face-to-face visits, as well as email, telephone, and mail communications.
  • Plan and implement a calendar of dynamic and engaging events specific to each of the Mid-Level membership groups with a focus on those capable of upgrading their membership to the Conductors Circle.
  • Coordinate involvement with Board members, leadership volunteers, interdepartmental colleagues in Artistic, Marketing, and Education, as appropriate.
  • Attend concerts and private donor events on evenings and weekends with the goal of building relationships with donors and prospects.
  • Perform additional duties as required by the Houston Symphony Society.



  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of three years of fundraising experience.
  • Experience in an arts organization preferred. Passion for the performing arts required.
  • Computer literacy, including word processing, database, and spreadsheet proficiency.
  • Professional demeanor, detail oriented.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, including some holidays.