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Development Director

Harmony Program
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Oct 13, 2021

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Position Type
Arts, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Harmony Program in the search for a Development Director.

Reporting to the Founder and Executive Director, the Development Director will be responsible for the planning and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program to achieve the Harmony Program’s contributed income goal of $1.5 million annually in addition to overseeing the organization’s messaging.

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music making, children from underserved communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential. Harmony's specially trained teachers guide students from beginner group instruction to orchestral performance, building life skills and community from a shared love of music. It partners with schools and community centers to create intensive after-school programs that teach children to read music, play orchestral instruments, and perform in ensembles. Its instruction follows an established curriculum, and it regularly assesses and evaluates all of its programs to ensure high-quality learning experiences for all.

The Harmony Program began as a pilot program in the New York City Mayor’s Office in 2003 and was incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization the following year. In 2008, Harmony established an institutional partnership with the City University of New York, and was re-launched in its current model with an emphasis on intensive instruction, ensemble performance, and teacher training. The Harmony Program was founded by Anne Fitzgibbon, who studied and worked with Venezuela’s national youth orchestra system, El Sistema, on a year-long Fulbright Fellowship.

Harmony has adapted the model and philosophy of El Sistema to the unique needs of its communities, and every day it creates supportive environments for learning, instills life skills through music making, and encourages cooperation and responsibility through ensemble training. Since 2008, it has collaborated with neighborhood schools, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, and universities. These partnerships continue to strengthen its capacity to deliver instrumental music education to children who might not otherwise discover the joy and many benefits of making music.

Harmony's students are in elementary and middle school and begin the Harmony Program with little to no prior experience studying music. Each student receives a free instrument, comprehensive instruction, books, supplies, and tickets to concerts and cultural events throughout New York City.

Its teachers are students and alumni of music performance and music education programs. Harmony provides its teachers with pre-service training, ongoing professional development, and a curriculum to guide their instruction. In addition to classroom experience and training, its teachers receive competitive hourly stipends for their work.

The Harmony Program recognizes that together we bear the responsibility of creating a more humane, just, and peaceful world. It remains committed to racial equality and is eager to do its part to convert sympathy into solidarity and words into action.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is at least seven years of development experience. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Harmony Program as well as the responsibilities and qualifications stated in the position prospectus.

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