Director of DevelopmentYoung People's Chorus of New York City • Full-Timehttp://www.ypc.orgNew York, NYYOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY
Director of Development
New York, NY
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC) is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society. Founded twenty-five years ago by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez – a composer, conductor, and visionary figure in music education – YPC provides children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds a safe haven for personal and artistic growth. In 2011, Núñez won a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. His YPC model continues to be replicated globally.
Over the years, YPC has changed the perception of a children’s chorus, dramatically heightening awareness of the unlimited potential of a young choir to rise to unforeseen levels of artistry. YPC has firmly established the youth chorus as a significant and often untapped instrument for making music and changing lives.
More than 1,200 children from ages seven to eighteen participate annually in YPC’s core after-school programs, as well as in its Satellite Program in New York City schools and its new community chorus in New York City’s Washington Heights.
In residence at the Frederick P. Rose Hall – the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center – YPC has won numerous distinctions and awards, including a 2011 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest award for youth programs, presented to YPC by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The Chorus was named New York’s first radio choir by WNYC, New York Public Radio.
YPC’s commitment to artistic excellence and diversity has led to frequent invitations for collaborations and performances from a wide array of festivals and cultural institutions, including Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Bang on a Can, and the White House. Globally, YPC represented North America at the 2012 World Choral Summit in Beijing. The first American youth choir to participate in the Adolf Fredrik Festival in Stockholm and the first to sing at Polyfollia, an international choral showcase in Normandy, France, YPC has also toured twice to China and three times to Japan.
For its Transient Glory and Radio Radiance new music programs, YPC has commissioned and premiered over 60 works from many of the most distinguished composers of our time. Last year, YPC introduced Transmusica, a concert series that offers YPC the opportunity to collaborate with choruses from as far away as Indonesia and Australia in cross-cultural performances that build bridges to societies and cultures of the world.
YPC is seen frequently on national television. Highlights include an Emmy Award-winning feature on PBS-TV’s From the Top at Carnegie Hall, and segments on NBC-TV’s Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, Good Morning America’s annual Christmas Day specials, Dora the Explorer’s Christmas Adventure on Nickelodeon, the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a Coke commercial.
YPC’s FY 2014 budget is $3.2 million, with $2.5 million in contributed income. The Chorus is led by Founder/Artistic Director Francisco Núñez and an engaged and committed 25-member volunteer Board of Trustees.
The Director of Development at YPC works closely with the Founder/Artistic Director and a dedicated staff to steward the organization’s mission and ensure its fiscal health. This position plays a vital role in developing sophisticated contributed revenue strategies, as well as actively soliciting funds that will impact the growth of YPC over the next five years. This chief development officer is charged with conceptualizing and implementing a long-term strategy for building the donor base and charitable giving; growing community and volunteer involvement; increasing corporate interaction and philanthropy; and identifying and maximizing granting opportunities. The Director of Development manages a development department of four full-time employees including Director of Institutional Giving, Associate Director of Development, Grant Writer, and Development Associate, and several part-time support staff including Database consultant, Special Events consultant, and grant writing consultants.
The overarching challenge for the new Director of Development will be to create and execute a successful fundraising program that raises significant dollars and builds visibility for the chorus locally, nationally, and internationally. He/she will be responsible for the stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation of donors and prospects for YPC, and for the planning and implementation of YPC’s annual operating fund, endowment, and planned giving program. He/she will work closely with the Board of Trustees and with local, regional, and national foundation, corporate, government, and individual funders to identify and grow the resources to support YPC’s artistic vision and strategic organizational development.
Responsibilities include the following duties, including the ability to work evening and weekend hours:
TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
- Spearhead, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of the organization’s fundraising programs, including the planning of fundraising initiatives, campaigns, and events, including the annual gala;
- Conduct strategic planning for the long-term funding goals of the organization and the creation of a yearly fundraising plan;
- Act as relationship manager for key donors with support of the development staff and executive management;
- Present the organization to prospective funders individually as well as with the Founder/Artistic Director and Board members;
- Oversee the writing, editing, and tracking of grant proposals;
- Prepare budget forecasts and financial reports relating to development activities;
- Liaise with Board of Directors and present development reports at bi-monthly Board meetings;
- Facilitate Development, Endowment, and Gala Committee meetings, and participate in Strategic Planning and Capital Committee meetings;
- Assist the Founder/Artistic Director to ensure current programs are clearly defined with solid evaluative measures to maintain integrity of the programs and funding sources;
- Work with the Founder/Artistic Director and Finance Manager to develop annual and program budgets;
- Coordinate with the Director of Communications on the creation of marketing materials in support of fundraising goals; and
- Hire, lead, evaluate, and manage development staff.
YPC seeks a creative, energetic, and entrepreneurial development professional to provide strategic philanthropic leadership at a time when YPC is expanding its artistic reach and institutional influence. The successful candidate will be a highly skilled and effective communicator, a results-oriented professional, and hands-on manager, and a natural leader who can create and execute a fundraising program quickly and confidently. The successful candidate must possess a strong sense of self-management, with an outstanding ability to set priorities and complete multiple tasks simultaneously in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames. The overall ability to set, pursue, and attain achievable goals, regardless of obstacles and circumstances, will be a key quality. The successful candidate should demonstrate an ability to initiate and sustain momentum without close supervision.
Leading candidates will demonstrate success working with a wide range of people and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background of students. This chief development officer will possess superior organizational and communication skills and have the ability to lead and inspire corporate and individual donors, volunteers, colleagues, and staff to advance the mission and vision of YPC. He/she will be savvy and smart, with a sense of humor and a commitment to team-based management. A desire to work in a fast-paced environment with regular interaction with many stakeholders is needed. The selected candidate will value creative risk-taking, while realizing the importance of the effective investment of time and resources in achieving institutional goals. The successful candidate must exhibit a polished presence, positive attitude, and a seasoned ability to work with a large and diverse New York and international community.
A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a master’s degree preferred, and five to seven years of increasing responsibility and proven success in a fundraising role within an arts organization and a total of seven to ten years of fundraising experience in general. Knowledge of the New York City arts and arts education funding community is a plus; performing arts experience is highly desirable. Demonstrated success in building and implementing effective fundraising strategies is a key qualification for the job. A proven track record in the identification, cultivation, acknowledgement, and stewardship of donors and potential donors at all levels is a necessity, along with the ability to manage and develop budgets, maintain confidentiality, and conceptualize and implement special events. Excellent interpersonal and teambuilding skills are required, as are good computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), donor database software (Tessitura), and use of internet-based tools for research.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary and benefits, including medical, dental, vacation, sick and personal days, holidays, a retirement savings plan, pre-taxed transportation metro cards, and discounted and complimentary tickets to Young People’s Chorus performances.
APPLICATIONS AND INQUIRIES
Send letter and résumé outlining demonstrable accomplishments and a verifiable track record of results to:
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Lee Kappelman, Vice President
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