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SUBMITTED DATE: 12/15/2016

Manager of Annual Fund/Corporate Giving

Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc.


Lyric Opera of Kansas City, one of the nation’s premier regional opera companies, seeks a creative and energetic fundraiser as our Manager of Annual Fund/Corporate Giving.  The position builds on an already strong tradition of philanthropy and corporate partnership and is critical to the success of our strategic development efforts.


Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Manager of Annual Fund/Corporate Giving will be an integral part of a dynamic and effective fundraising team. S/he will form strategy for and lead annual fund activities, direct mail and tele-funding campaign; Company-led special events; and will serve as staff liaison to the Lyric Opera Guild.  In addition, s/he will be responsible for identifying corporate prospects and shaping partnerships and solicitations that will further the goals of the donor and the Company. 

Requirements for the position:

  • Five to Seven years’ experience in a fundraising capacity with a proven history of successful project management and corporate solicitation or sales. 
  • High energy, creativity and strong organizational skills; a proven record of successful project management.
  • Passion for the Mission of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, for the power of art to impact community, and for the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem.
  • Strong written and oral communications skills.  The ability to modify the approach and message to varying audiences.
  • An understanding of branding, marketing and corporate social responsibility.
  • Ability to clearly articulate the needs and vision of Lyric Opera of Kansas City in order to develop long-range and short-term fundraising goals, and define and implement strategies to attain success.
  • Bachelor's degree in the arts, arts administration, fundraising/marketing, nonprofit administration or closely related field. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including; Word, Excel, Outlook) is essential. Proficiency in Tessitura or equivalent customer relationship management software (ex. Raiser’s Edge) is a plus. 
  • Candidates should be willing to work flexible hours to include evenings and weekends.

As the premier performing arts institution in Kansas City, Lyric Opera strives to hire the best in the field. That is, individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. We are a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment; a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City offers competitive compensation with a rich, varied benefits package.

Application procedures and deadlines: 

 Open until filled; however, applications received prior to January 13, 2017, will receive priority consideration. Complete applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail within one week of submission.

 Apply via email to:   KCLyricAnnFund@hcapsearch.com. Please include in Word and PDF format:

  • Letter of application that addresses your interest in this position and detailing how your experience and background matches the desired qualifications
  • Resume
  • Five professional references we may contact 

 Questions may be directed to:  Jennifer Furla, Partner/Search Consultant, jfurla@hcapsearch.com; 816-591-5493.

 Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The successful candidate must pass a background screening.


 About the Lyric Opera of Kansas City

Lyric Opera in Kansas City brings high quality live operatic performance to the people of the Kansas City area and a five-state region. The Company mounts productions that enrich the community it serves, as well as reflect the highest artistic standards of the profession.  Lyric Opera offers innovative and award-winning programs designed to further music and arts education both in schools and in the community and serves more than 18,000 students and educators each year. 

Lyric Opera is proud to produce at the state-of-the-art Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.  Since moving there, Lyric Opera has taken advantage of the visionary space by staging ambitious and innovative productions of much-loved classics, such as The Magic Flute designed by Jun Kaneko, as well as rarely-performed operas like I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and The Montagues), starring opera powerhouse Joyce DiDonato.  During the 2014-15 season the company staged a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, which The Kansas City Star called, “one of its finest performances in recent memory.”

In addition to groundbreaking performances, Lyric Opera of Kansas City engages the broader  community in operatic experiences through a wide array of education and outreach programs for youth and adults, alike. 

A level 2 opera company with an annual budget of approximately $7.1 million, in 2012 Lyric Opera opened its new 58,000-square-foot opera center campus, comprised of administrative offices, a 12,000-square-foot set storage facility and full production center with a 4,500-square foot rehearsal space.  Three auxiliaries – the Lyric Opera Circle, the Lyric Opera Guild and Young Friends of the Lyric – offer social and programming opportunities and host the Lyric’s annual major fundraiser, the Lyric Opera Ball. Together, these groups number nearly 400 members and generate nearly $1 million in earned revenue and donations.

Kansas City:

Located in the heart of the Midwest, Kansas City blends the charms of Midwestern life with the advantages of living in a large metropolitan area.   Kansas City is home to world-class museums, theaters, and extraordinary Moshe Safdie-designed performing arts center that is home to our Opera, Symphony and Ballet.  This, combined with vibrant new entertainment and shopping districts, emerging tech firms, and thousands of new housing starts in the downtown and mid-town areas, have helped make Kansas City an emerging metro ranked by publications like Huffington Post and the NY Times as one of the “coolest” or “hippest” cities in the U.S.  Since the first gallery opened there in 1985, Kansas City’s Crossroads District – home to the Lyric – has established itself as a center for emerging art and technology.  Today it is a mixed-use neighborhood with a distinctive vibe and with abundant options for living, shopping, entertainment and work.





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