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Director of Development

The New York Pops
New York, United States
$150,000.00 - $160,000.00
Closing date
May 18, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration
Employment Type
Full Time

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with The New York Pops in the search for a Director of Development.

Reporting to the President and Executive Director, the Director of Development will develop, manage, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive fundraising strategy that serves the financial needs and furthers the mission of of The New York Pops. The Director of Development will oversee a program that deepens engagement, cultivates new prospects, strengthens ties to the community, and demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism.

Comprised of 78 musicians, The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, now celebrating its 41st season as the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall, and is among the venue’s most presented ensembles. The New York Pops’ annual Birthday Gala is celebrated each spring, raising funds for the orchestra and its education programs. The orchestra performs annually in Queens, New York at Forest Hills Stadium, a 14,000-seat historic concert venue.

The New York Pops celebrates the diversity of popular music’s evolving songbook. Every concert is a unique experience, with influences that range from Broadway melodies to film scores, jazz, rock, pop, and more. The orchestra collaborates with stars from the stage and screen including Sara Bareilles, Kristen Bell, Montego Glover, James Monroe Iglehart, Capathia Jenkins, Carly Rae Jepsen, Angela Lansbury, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Norm Lewis, Barry Manilow, Kelli O’Hara, Adrienne Warren, Dionne Warwick, Miss Piggy, and others.

Through its PopsEd music education programs, The New York Pops fulfills its dedication to lifelong learning and collaborates with public schools, community organizations, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. PopsEd allows thousands of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds to participate in fully customizable residency programs that blend traditional education with pure fun. These programs make music open to all and use tools like composition, lyric writing, performance, and mentorship to foster learning and unbridled creativity. In doing so, PopsEd excites students and gives them skills they can apply to all areas of their lives.

The New York Pops is committed to serving all members of the community. Through its Kids in the Balcony and Kids in the Stadium programs, thousands of children and their parents have had an opportunity to see The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and Forest Hills Stadium free of charge. The New York Pops also has adapted its PopsEd programs to provide remote learning opportunities for students. Virtual programs have included residencies in virtual classrooms, free access to virtual concerts through Kids in the Virtual Balcony, and Kids on the Virtual Stage, a free comprehensive program that introduces middle school students to the professional virtual performance process.

A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least ten years of successful fundraising experience in the nonprofit arts sector is preferred for this position. Familiarity with the New York City philanthropic community is highly desired for this role. The New York Pops will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to the NY Pops, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of The New York Pops as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the prospectus.

The salary range for this position is $150,000 to $160,000 annually.

The New York Pops is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Kim Farr at

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