Reports to: CEO

Works in collaboration with Development and Marketing Teams

Supervises: Events Coordinator

Job Description: Full-time position, Monday – Friday, with some nights and weekends required.

Job Summary: The Events and Stewardship Director is a key leadership position for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO). As such, the Events Director is expected to be an important face for the organization. In addition to fulfilling financial and community goals of ASO’s annual gala, Opus Ball, this person is responsible for implementing other stewardship and donor events during the year including events with musicians and guest artists. The ideal person will proactively seek opportunities to deepen donors’ relationships with the ASO and its mission.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Achieve revenue and net contribution goals of Opus Ball

Deliver benefits promised to individual and corporate donors including logo recognition

Seek corporate sponsors for ASO

Complete all post-event follow up with sponsors, vendors, donors, etc.

Facilitate donor cultivation and appreciation initiatives within the Development department

Work with Events Coordinator to ensure all aspects of Opus Ball are successful, including ticket and table reservations, sponsorship solicitation, volunteer coordination, patron experience and production management.

Manage and attend all special events

Develop budgets and timelines for events

Work closely with Chief Development Officer to optimize relations with key donors and achieve all development revenue goals

Maintain positive working relationship with volunteers, vendors, and ASO staff
Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications:

Must have strong strategic and analytical skills

Must have strong communication skills

Be able to think creatively

Must enjoy working with the public

Must be able to work well with board members, other staff and the public

Goal-oriented, competitive, a problem solver, and a team player

Ability to maintain a professional attitude in high-stress environments

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Three to five years of special events, development or comparable experience with Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Exceptional customer relations skills in dealing with donors, volunteers, ASO patrons and employees.

About ASO: The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) exists to connect, enrich, inspire and advance Arkansas through the power of music. Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, ASO has an annual budget of approximately $3.5 million. Current programming in Little Rock includes six pairs of Masterworks, four pairs of Pops, six River Rhapsodies chamber music concerts, youth concerts, and extensive education programming for young people including teaching and youth ensembles. In addition, the orchestra performs in communities across the state. The ASO employs ten full-time musicians, two teachers, fifty contracted part-time musicians and an administrative staff of fourteen. ASO’s future is dependent on growing the number of people served by ASO and the number of people investing and engaging with ASO.

Organization Culture: We are team-oriented, work hard, have fun, and are agile. Given the workload, each member of the ASO staff must be self-motivated, strive to push-the-bar on performance, and be flexible.

Interested Candidates: Submit cover letter and resume to or via mail to Kari Schulz, PO Box 7328, Little Rock, AR 72217.

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