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Director of Development

Posted by Gifted Music School ; Posted on 
Jobs: Development, Full Time - DEADLINE :  
Director of Development




Gifted Music School seeks a dynamic and innovative Director of Development to join our passionate and committed team. This is an excellent opportunity to lead fundraising strategies in a well-established and highly respected organization to continue the aggressive growth of recent years. The ideal candidate will work to develop a cutting-edge fundraising plan with innovative ideas that include short and long-term fundraising goals, targeting individual donors, corporations, and foundations. They will be directly responsible for raising the necessary funding to sustain and grow the current $900k budget, to enhance the school’s ability to achieve its ambitious goals.

Competitive salary commensurate with the candidate’s experience.


  1. Development of Donor Revenue
    • Responsibility for donor cultivation and solicitation.
    • Identifies opportunities to introduce high net worth donors to the organization.
    • Works to create individual major gift naming opportunities.
    • Writes grant proposals to foundations and corporations.
    • Builds and ensures implementation of the Corporate Partner program, including speaking engagements, campaigns, and general communication.
    • Increases online donations and effectively manages mail campaigns.
  2. Maintaining Current Donor Pool
    • Maintaining regular contact with donors through organizational activities as well as more personalized contact opportunities with larger donors.
    • Providing feedback to donors on the accurate expenditure of any restricted funding.
    • Organizes and manages donor recognition events and opportunities.
    • Maintains files for corporate and strategic partners and updates relationship status.
  3. Analysis and Reporting on all Donations
    • Ensures the maintenance of accurate and current records for all donors and prospects.
    • Analyzes data and past giving history to enhance effective fundraising tools and to discover new development opportunities.
  4. Special Events Management
    • Organizes gala fundraising events, private concerts and other events
    • Recruits corporate, foundation and individual event sponsors, and to move sponsors to increased levels of commitment over time.
  5. Board Relations
    • Works with the Executive Director to inspire board members to achieve financial goals.
    • Leads the Development Committee of the Board of Directors.
    • Works with board members to develop and assess prospect lists.
    • Provides data to inform development meetings.
  6. Staff Management
    • Supervises the work of other development team members and ensures overall coordination of the development work.

Ideal Candidate

  1. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in related field preferred.
  2. Two to three years of fundraising and development experience preferred.
  3. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to develop innovative and aggressive fundraising methods.
  4. Evidence of strong verbal and written communications skills.
  5. Commitment to be a high-performance team player.
  6. Proficient in Google Apps/Microsoft Office and donor database management.
  7. Demonstrated organizational, staff and project management abilities.
  8. Passion for education and preferably a passion for music and the arts.
  9. Excellent networking skills.


Step 1) Qualified applicants should email the following application materials to Marianne Downing at

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Three References

Step 2) Upon reviewing your application, the search committee may invite you to interview at Gifted Music School.


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