The Development Director is responsible for the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s (PYO) fundraising and development program consistent with the organization’s needs and goals and with the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Plans, manages, and implements the annual campaign; oversees the solicitation and acknowledgment process, maintenance of records, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits; monitors progress and adjusts as needed
Works with President to develop and direct year-round program to cultivate new prospects and seek new funding opportunities
Identifies corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts and educational funding; prepares all solicitation materials including letters of inquiry, grant applications, budgets, and supporting materials; coordinates follow up on submissions
Prepares interim and final progress reports to institutional funders, including assisting in management of evaluations for PYO’s Tune Up Philly program
Manages, implements, and budgets for all fundraising special events including Annual Gala; evaluates and reports on results
Coordinates relationships with volunteers for assistance at fundraising events, managing personnel tables at all concerts, and other areas as needed
Oversees the development and production of all materials and language used to support PYO’s fundraising events and campaigns, including concert programs and annual brochures
Provides the support to Board members and the President in donor cultivation.
Manages annual ad sales campaign by cultivating relationships with local business, universities, and music schools
Budgeting and Planning
Assists the President and Board in establishing annual contributed revenue goals
Develops a fiscal year plan, calendar, communications timeline, and development budget in line with PYO’s master calendar and budget that incorporates all fundraising events and campaigns
Board of Trustees
Staffs the Development Committee of the Board
Identifies and researches prospective candidates for the Board
Provides monthly development reports based on yearly plan for every Board meeting and Executive Committee meeting
Recommends fundraising best practices and procedures to the President and Board
Oversees the development office and maintenance of donor files and records; develop and administer donor benefits programs in accordance with IRS guidelines, and all other administrative matters pertaining to the development office
Serves as member of the senior management team to assist the President in setting and implementing policies established by the Board
Hires, trains, manages, and evaluates the performance of all development support staff, including interns and volunteers
Collaborates with PYO’s Marketing and Public Relations Consultants to maximize fundraising opportunities that emerge from publicity and communication activities
Works closely with the General Manager and all program division directors
Maintains ongoing contact with contributors, corporate sponsors, and business and community leaders
Supports Board and staff efforts to solicit in-kind contributions
Actively pursues professional development opportunities in fundraising best practices and cultivates ongoing relationships with the local funding community
Represents PYO at civic and cultural events in the community and attending and speaking at public events as requested
Some evening and weekend work required
Performs other duties as assigned by the President.
3-5 years of experience in fundraising development
Strong writing skills
Ability to regularly multi-task and prioritize multiple projects
Background or interest in classical music and/or education desirable but not required
Strong work ethic, professional manner, high standards, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment essential
Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends
Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com
About Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra is the tri-state region’s premier youth orchestra organization for gifted, young, classical musicians, and one of the oldest and most highly regarded youth orchestra organizations in the United States. For 79 years, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization has been providing professional-caliber musical experiences to young instrumentalists, while thrilling discriminating audiences in the Greater Philadelphia region and across the globe.
The organization has six programs: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO), Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra (PYAO), Philadelphia Young Musicians Orchestra (PYMO), Bravo Brass, Philadelphia Region Youth String Music (PRYSM), and Tune Up Philly, an El Sistema inspired program.
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra uses extraordinary music education through the pursuit of music excellence to inspire a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and community for our diverse student population.
PYO Guiding Vision Values
Excellence. Through our premier musical legacy, we inspire and lead.
We honor the artistic traditions of PYO and inspire our students through high expectations and exceptio...nal opportunities, repertoire, instruction and faculty. PYO’s reputation as one of the world’s most outstanding youth orchestra organizations is a great asset. The organization is committed to nurturing and growing this legacy by contributing to and collaborating with the field of arts education, locally and globally. PYO is dedicated to the future of music education, orchestras, and the positive impact the performing arts has on society.
Transformative Education. We utilize music education to develop the individual and community.
PYO is committed to deepening and enriching student learning, character and social bonds. Through quality music education and rigorous ensemble training, PYO prepares the world’s future citizens and leaders (musical and otherwise) for positive contributions to society. Our work creates and strengthens the shared experiences, collaboration and connection that bolsters community.
Access. We use multiple avenues to engage a diverse student body in music learning.
We value the inclusion of students, parents and communities from a wide range of backgrounds, ability levels and needs, as this diversity develops richness of community and musical performance. PYO actively works to increase and expand access through a comprehensive and versatile educational pathway, which is built to serve students with no prior music education, as well as highly trained and talented young musicians.
Ranging in age from 6 to 21 years, the musicians of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra organization are selected by competitive audition and come from a 70-plus-mile radius of Philadelphia encompassing nearly 20 counties within Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Through advanced orchestra repertoire, students are challenged to perform at professional levels, to strive for advanced musicianship, and to achieve superior technical, musical, and personal application.