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Director of Development

Play On Philly
Pennsylvania, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Closing date
Mar 21, 2024

Lead Our Development Team as We Seek Our Next Level of Growth


Play On Philly (POP) is a leading non-profit organization providing after-school music instruction to over 300 K-12 students in communities that have little or no access to formal music education. Through our work, we help children and youth in Philadelphia aspire to success, realize their full potential for growth, and become instruments of change in our society.


We don’t just teach music: We transform lives!


As our Director of Development you will create, lead, and direct our fundraising and development initiatives and play a key role in ensuring the financial stability of the organization. Reporting to POP’s Executive Director, you are responsible to:

  • Lead the work of the Development Team to design and implement fundraising initiatives to support Play On Philly’s continued growth
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors in stewarding gifts, obtaining grants, and cultivating donors to enhance POP’s financial position
  • Lead and participate in the hiring and growth of staff for the Development Team
  • Collaborate with our Grants Writer to support and grow our extensive grants portfolio
  • Serve as POP’s staff liaison for Development at Board of Directors’ meetings and to the Board’s Development Committee
  • Manage the budgets for the Development Department and the annual fundraising event
  • Lead the Development Team, providing direction, prioritization, feedback, and guidance as needed


We are looking for a dedicated, driven Development professional with proven ability to strategically plan, manage multiple simultaneous projects, and work effectively as part of a high-performing leadership team. You should excel at building meaningful relationships across multiple stakeholders, including partner organizations, foundations, local and national philanthropic communities, and POP’s Board of Directors. In addition, we require the following skills/abilities: 

  • 5 or more years of experience building effective systems for donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and special fundraising events planning
  • A Bachelors degree in Non-Profit Management, Business Administration, or related field (Masters preferred)
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills that resonate across a diverse range of audience
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, off-hours, and travel locally as needed
  • Experience managing multiple projects and the ability to supervise and motivate staff, consultants, and volunteers
  • Experience in building and optimizing donor databases and fundraising software (familiarity with DonorPerfect is a plus) and proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Suite


We offer unparalleled opportunities to make a difference as part of POP’s Leadership Team:

  • Make a lasting, life-changing impact on the lives of hundreds of students and their families
  • Bring equity and opportunity to communities that historically have no access to high-quality music education
  • Accelerate your career in a highly-visible role that interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders, including our Board of Directors, key cultural partners and non-profit organizations, school administrators and leaders, and community/political leaders


This position offers a base salary of up to $110,000 (based on experience). We offer a generous benefits package including paid time off and holidays, a simple IRA retirement plan with 3% matching contribution, group medical insurance, and contributory dental, disability, and life insurance coverages. 


Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

POP is committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace and is actively trying to attract a wide pool of candidates. Discrimination against race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetic information is both illegal and against our organization’s values. As part of our Commitment to Cultural Equity and Anti-Racism, POP is working to understand who is applying to our open positions. Your responses will help us to evaluate and improve our current practices. If you feel comfortable volunteering your demographic details strictly for informational purposes, you will be invited to respond to the optional section in the job application. 


Our Community 

POP is rooted in the community of Philadelphia. We welcome all applicants and invite our local community members to apply. We want to hear from you! 


Cover letter and resumé required.

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