The Donor Relations Manager is an integral part of a small fundraising team to advance the mission of the Des Moines Symphony & Academy. We are seeking a dedicated and collaborative relationship builder who is highly attuned to deadlines and details.

The Donor Relations Manager manages the donor acknowledgment process and donor database. Responsibilities also include coordinating/writing proposals for foundation and corporate funding opportunities and organizing special events. The Donor Relations Manager has substantial contact with staff, board volunteers, and donors.


Donor Relations and Gift Acknowledgement

  • Manage the donor data operations in a timely and accurate manner including gift and data entry, running reports and dashboards, imports and exports, mailing lists, and donor recognition
  • Ensure the reliability of the database by identifying, implementing, and documenting ongoing data integrity processes
  • Stay current with training to ensure the department is fully utilizing and understanding the capabilities of the donor database
  • Assist in the reconciliation between the donor database and finance systems and support the annual audit and fiscal year-end closing processes

Grant Writing and Institutional Giving

  • Coordinate the institutional fundraising program, including maintaining the internal grants calendar, tracking timelines and application/reporting requirements
  • Research foundation, corporate, and government grant funding opportunities that match the goals and objectives of the organization
  • Write and submit grant proposals, applications, and final reports. Work with staff across the organization to develop proposal narratives, budgets, and support materials

Special Events

  • Lead the planning and implementation of the Opening Night Celebration, a pre-concert event with live music, cocktails and a dinner held annually in September
  • Support all special events, including Yankee Doodle Pops Viewing Party and various cultivation/stewardship events, by overseeing registration and attendee communications
  • Seek out, secure, and track corporate sponsorship opportunities and administer sponsor recognition and benefits



  • Strong project management skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects, events, and deadlines with attention to detail
  • Proactive in finding and implementing solutions
  • Confidence using a donor database or CRM system
  • Experience using Microsoft programs (SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in managing daily workload and remain accountable for achieving goals and completing tasks
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends on-site for concert and event staffing


  • Associate or bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience
  • At least two years of related professional experience
  • Direct experience with PatronManager, Salesforce or similar software


The salary range for this position is $35,000-$40,000, commensurate with experience. Medical, dental, life insurance, 401(K) and vacation benefits are provided.

Currently, the organization follows a hybrid schedule working in-office two days a week and remotely the rest of the week.


To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Andrea Solomon, Director of Development at

Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, May 15.