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Director of Development

Hawaii Youth Symphony
Hawaii, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 23, 2024

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KEES has been exclusively retained by Hawaii Youth Symphony in its search for a Director of Development.


Hawaii Youth Symphony seeks a development leader who is energized by the opportunity to enhance and lead the organization’s fundraising efforts and broaden the overall community impact of HYS and opportunities to invest in its mission. The successful candidate will have a passion for youth music education and bring a strategic and creative approach to developing a philanthropy program. An ability to understand and navigate Hawaii’s philanthropic landscape and community will be key as the Director of Development serves as a spokesperson for HYS’s interactions with partners, funders, and the broader base of community leaders. The Director of Development will report directly to Randy Wong, President and CEO, and supervise and mentor a Development Coordinator.

Some specific requirements include:

  • A minimum of 5 years of nonprofit fundraising experience, preferably with an organization focused on Arts Administration, Music Education, or related field.
  • Creative, self-starter attitude, with the desire to be visible in the community and build external relationships.
  • Comprehensive understanding of philanthropy, including trends and strategies in all stages of the donor cycle.
  • Ability to engage with diverse audiences, including donors, board members, community leaders, students, families, volunteers, staff, and the public.
  • Prowess in problem-solving, strategic and creative thinking, and taking initiative with consistent and reliable follow-through.
  • Strong analytic and project management skills, with a demonstrated ability to create, implement, and monitor complex plans with concrete goals.



To assure confidential tracking of all applicants, no applications will be accepted via email. ALL INQUIRIES WILL BE HELD IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

This search is being managed by Yoo-Jin Hong, Executive Search Manager, and Megan Taylor, Project Manager of KEES. Questions may be addressed to


KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS), founded in 1964, is among the largest youth symphony programs in the country. HYS’s mission is to foster fun and creative experiences for youth that inspire a deep appreciation for music and lifelong relationships within the unique culture of Hawaii. As the only statewide instrumental music education program for students ages 7-18, HYS envisions a Hawaii where Music Is A Right, not a privilege. A complete spectrum of out-of-school music programs are offered for beginning students to the most advanced conservatory-track students. In addition to the traditional symphony orchestra training, HYS offers jazz ensembles, bucket drumming, ukulele workshops, as well as general music classes. To learn more, please visit


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