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Director of Development

THE HARMONY PROGRAM

Harmony Program, Broadway, New York, NY, USA

POSITION TITLE: DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Organizational Background

The Harmony Program is a not-for-profit organization that provides intensive after-school music instruction to children from economically disadvantaged communities in New York City and Long Island. The Harmony Program’s unique model taps the city's college- and graduate-level music students as teachers, training them to develop the talents of young people who would not ordinarily be exposed to music education.

The Harmony Program is inspired by Venezuela's national youth orchestra system, "El Sistema." Committed to improving society through music, El Sistema has gained international acclaim for the breadth of its reach, the quality of its musicians, and the power of its positive influence on the young lives it touches. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.

 

Jobs, Duties, Responsibilities

The full-time Director of Development will work directly for the Executive Director and collaborate with other staff as needed. He/she will be an integral member of a close team of administrative staff, including four full-time and two part-time colleagues. The Director of Development will be responsible for the planning and execution of a comprehensive fundraising program to achieve the Harmony Program’s contributed income goals ($1 to $1.4M annually). The Director of Development’s daily priorities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Work with the Harmony Program’s Executive Director to create a development plan of long-term and diversified strategies for fundraising;
  • Manage and implement the development plan to ensure that the organization’s annual development goals are being met;
  • Research and write grant applications and prepare all required interim and final reports for grants received, including for city, state and federal government grants, and private foundation grants;
  • Ensure that systems and procedures are in place for donor cultivation and recognition, site visits, recording and acknowledgement of gifts, research and prospect management, and compliance with all grant requirements;
  • Assist in the planning and management of annual fundraising gala, including donor cultivation and solicitation, event logistics and communications, and program details;
  • Collaborate with administrative team on all special event details, including donations and attendance goals for annual gala, cultivation events, master classes, and performances;
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with the philanthropic community, individual and corporate donors, sponsors, and board members.

 

Interested candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Commitment to the mission of expanding access to music education, particularly within underserved communities;
  • Minimum of 5 years of development experience, including fundraising research and strong writing and editorial skills;
  • Successful track record of securing significant gifts from individuals, foundations, and government sources;
  • Ability to prioritize short- and long-term development goals for the organization;
  • Effective time management and organizational skills, including the ability to address multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Strong strategic and analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Ability to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively;
  • Polite, positive, and professional demeanor;
  • Solid computer skills, primarily Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and familiarity with Salesforce.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to HR@harmonyprogram.org. Please include “Director of Development” in your subject line.

Harmony Program

At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from under-served communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential. For the past decade, the Harmony Program has distinguished itself by serving children in need, reaching them within their own communities, providing them with instruments and intensive, high quality musical training, and helping to develop in them the life skills that support their healthy development -- musically, academically, and socially. The Harmony Program also recruits and trains accomplished musicians as its teachers and provides them with formal professional development training, observation and evaluation, access to a network of their peers, and competitive compensation for their services, with the goal of instilling in them a long-term commitment to community outreach and education. The Harmony Program is inspired by Venezuela's national youth orchestra system, "El Sistema." Committed to improving society through music, El Sistema has gained international acclaim for the breadth of its reach, the quality of its musicians, and the power of its positive influence on the young lives it touches. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study.

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