The New York Youth Symphony (NYYS) seeks a fulltime experienced
Development to join one of the nation’s leading innovative music
organizations for aspiring young musicians.
Founded in 1963 to showcase the New York metropolitan area’s
musicians, ages 12–22, NYYS’s activities have since grown and
diversified to encompass
programs in chamber music, composition, jazz, conducting, and
songwriting with regular performances at world class venues
Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, plus international touring.
Through its award-
winning commissioning program, “First Music,” NYYS has commissioned
new works from young composers since 1984. Moreover, the careers of
renowned musicians, conductors, and composers have been assisted by
early experiences with the New York Youth Symphony.
Approaching its 60th Anniversary, NYYS recognizes the need to
hire a fulltime
experienced Director of Development to assist the organization to
sustain its current level of activities but also to enable a more
diverse group of
students to participate in and benefit from NYYS’ various programs.
to and in partnership with the Executive Director, the Director of
will be responsible for all aspects of NYYS’s fundraising
activities, such as planning
and managing various fundraising campaigns including the annual
events, capital campaigns; ensuring strong donor cultivation,
stewardship; researching new funding sources; serving as key
engaging existing and prospective donors, etc. In addition, the
candidate will have a passion for music education, a
temperament, and 5-10 years of experience in development work.
- Actively seek, cultivate, and solicit new funding sources form
individuals, donors, foundations, corporations, and public sources
with a focus on arts education, community outreach, and other
- Craft compelling materials to communicate with current and
prospective donors, including grant proposals and reports
- Orchestrate annual fundraising appeal, all fundraising events
and explore new fundraising projects and engagement
- Oversee and maintain database systems and processes essential
to fundraising activities including research, cultivation,
stewardship, record keeping, reporting, and acknowledgements;
- Coordinate with development staff and consultants for the 60th
- Five (5) or more years experience in the nonprofit fundraising
world or related positions;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Experience with CRM databases;
- Preferred qualities: A positive attitude, creative thinker,
highly organized with meticulous attention to detail; knowledge of
classical music and/or jazz is desirable but not required.
Salary: Commensurate with experience; includes full benefit
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org