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
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
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