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Director of Development

APO seeks a dynamic fundraiser with 5+ years of professional fundraising experience, to identify new sources of funding – corporate, foundations and individuals – to support the growth of programming in both the areas of television as well as community outreach.  Strong candidates will possess the ability to leverage relationships with corporations and foundations to offer on-air crediting for television shows as well as major underwriting opportunities for national children’s touring.



    Thrive in a fast-paced environment Be a self-starter Be detail-orientated Be a creative thinker, with a get-to-yes attitude Exhibit out-of-the-box fundraising ideas, not reliant specifically on galas 

  • Devise and implement a fundraising strategy in connection with APO’s annual budget - $1.6M.
  • Manage, maintain and renew existing donors of APO to ensure proper stewardship of current donors through communication, events and engagement.  
  • In consultation with the General Manager, mutually agree upon annual and quarterly goals.
  • Seek renewals and increases in annual gifts, as well as identify those that may have lapsed, in an effort to increase the overall annual contributed income. 
  • Devise strategic fundraising initiatives to engage new donors to become connected with APO.
  • Curate a database of prospective corporations & foundations which would be appropriate to engage as a corporate sponsor and initiate contact and cultivate the relationship in order to secure.
  • Curate a list of prospective individual donors who would be appropriate to engage as a sponsor and initiate contact and cultivate in order to secure.
  • Successfully integrate social media into fundraising efforts, working collaboratively with APO social media team. 
  • Devise strategic opportunities of in-kind or donated product that would be a benefit to APO’s financial success, such as flight and hotel partners, equipment, supplies and other appropriate partnerships.
  • In concert with the Development Assistant, manage and maintain the existing fundraising software with appropriate data to properly steward each current and prospective donor.
  • On a quarterly basis, meet with members of the APO board to establish additional prospects through those board members, both individual and corporate, towards the efforts of APO’s annual contributed income. 
  • Based on specific programmatic offerings, identify donors (corporate, individual, etc.) whose focus and mission aligns with those offerings, i.e. community engagement, dance programming, musical theater, etc. 
  • Maintain and expand, where necessary, current donor benefits based on giving levels, ensuring benefits are being offered / provided as necessary.
  • Work with General Manager to forecast pledged development income to facilitate cash flow based on donor agreements, etc.
  • In concert with the Development Assistant, draft and send out acknowledgment letters to donors as each gift is received.
  • Meet with General Manager, Founder & Music Director to identify other development / fundraising opportunities to continuously address new and possible funding sources on a regular basis;

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