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Manager of Donor Research & Strategy

Kimmel Center, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
Company Description

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater- representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night across our 9 event venues, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect.

The Kimmel Cultural Campus is the Managing Partner of Ticket Philadelphia, a partnership which provides ticketing and customer service services to the Campus, the Philadelphia Orchestra and other Resident Companies on the Kimmel Cultural Campus. As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. For additional information, visit 

Job Description

Title:                          Manager of Donor Research & Strategy

Department:             Development

Reports to:               Senior Director, Development Services

Supervises:              Prospect Researcher



The Manager, Donor Research & Strategy will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, and administering a robust program of strategic donor research, prospect management and analytic services to The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center Inc.’s (POKC) Development Department.


These services will include, but are not limited to, prospect identification and research, moves management, portfolio maintenance, data analytics and reporting. The Manager will support the efforts of the POKC’s frontline fundraising team and will have a significant impact on the achievement of fundraising goals.


Leading with our bold vision to inspire and connect humanity through the Philadelphia Sound, we at The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. are vital influencers and conveners, emblemizing our values of being exceptional, innovative, diverse and inclusive, and authentic. IDEAS—Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Strategies—is a comprehensive transformation process, guided by our vision and values, to assess and improve all aspects of our operations, concerts, and programs, and to spur sustainable change.


We listen intently, unite purposefully, and respond profoundly to the world around us by harnessing the transformative power of music. We amplify our vision and values within the context of orchestral music by integrating IDEAS into everything we do. We believe that diversity equals excellence, and excellence equals diversity


The Manager will interface daily with members of the frontline fundraising team, providing assistance with portfolio management, research, and reporting. The Manager’s data analytics work will inform strategy and decision-making on the highest levels of POA board and staff leadership.


This position will be responsible for proactively developing systems to maximize fundraising potential and articulating strategies while working in a fast-paced environment, maintaining flexibility and a sense of urgency. This position will also create protocols and metrics that measure and advance the development department goals.


The Manager’s work is especially critical at this time as POKC prepares for a comprehensive fundraising campaign that will encompass annual fundraising, endowment growth, and special project fundraising.


The Manager supervises the Prospect Researcher.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee prospect research for POKC leadership and frontline fundraisers, including both individual and institutional (foundation and corporation) prospects.
  • Work closely with the frontline fundraising team to establish and implement effective processes for portfolio management, including analysis, rebalancing, documentation, and reporting.
  • Using Moves Management best practices process, direct Pipeline meetings and reporting for effective coordination of cultivation and solicitation action steps for major gift prospects.
  • Oversee a data-based approach that ensures gift officers execute strategies that result in the meaningful engagement and successful solicitation of prospects.
  • Generate and analyze data to identify opportunities for new fundraising efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Director, Development Services and the Vice President of Development to develop reports for use with Board of Directors and related committee reporting.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned. 




Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 5 years of experience in development, with an emphasis in prospect research and data analysis is required. Experience with fundraising databases is required, ideally with Tessitura or a similar CRM. Knowledge of, and experience using, online databases to research individual and institutional donors (e.g., WealthEngine, iWave, Guidestar, etc.) is required.



  • Highly organized with strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize and manage deadlines.
  • Ability to analyze data and identify trends and opportunities.
  • Strong ability to seek out and research donor prospects and to document information and activities in databases.
  • Experience working with frontline fundraisers and helping support their efforts.
  • Strong experience in and track record of developing systems, policies and protocols, leveraging data to create gift portfolios, metrics and evaluative methods.
  • Excellent computer skills and advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Power-point, Word) programs.
  • Strong communication, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to work independently and as a team player with a range of constituents and colleagues.
  • Commitment to the mission and programs of POKC.


Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. The employee may be required to perform the essential functions of the job during evening and weekend concerts and/or events.


Resume and cover letter are required when applying for this position.



The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, or military service. 


To apply for this position, send your cover letter and resume to Kimmel Center Human Resources:

Kimmel Center, Inc.
Human Resources
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
email: careers@kimmelcenter.[org]

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Kimmel Center, Inc.


Philadelphia, PA


Non Profit

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