Founded in 1977, Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. We support and serve choral conductors, administrators, board members, and singers with tools, training, peer-networking, and access so that choruses are better able to contribute to their communities. Chorus America has more than 1,500 members; a 9-member, well-respected staff; and an annual budget of $1.4 million.
POSITION The associate director of development is key to maintaining Chorus America’s effectiveness, growth, and national standing in serving choruses and the professionals who lead them. Together with the president and CEO, the associate director of development is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of Chorus America’s philanthropic relationships and serves as a principal staff member in achieving the organization’s fundraising goals. Fundraising activities currently include an annual fund campaign, major gifts program, corporate sponsorship, foundation grants, special events, and a modest planned-giving program.
In collaboration with the president & CEO and board leadership, help develop and implement a comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan with specific, measurable annual goals that will enable Chorus America to meet its current budget and achieve future growth;
Nurture and regularly acknowledge current donors and develop strategies to identify and cultivate new major individual donors and foundation grants;
Manage proposal production to include key input from staff, along with grant tracking, and reporting requirements
Serve as primary writer for foundation and government grant proposals
Provide fundraising leadership for special projects including the annual auction and commission consortia program;
Upholds the highest professional standards and ethics for fundraising and ensures compliance with all relevant federal, state and local regulations and guidelines;
Oversees design and preparation of all fundraising materials ;
Participate in the Annual Conference team and lead the conference sponsorship activities;
Lead fundraising events during Conference, such as the President’s Dinner and Auction and donor receptions;
Develops sponsorship opportunities that appropriately balance benefits with expected income, identify sponsorship prospects, solicit sponsorships;
Collaborates with marketing staff to develop and implement a comprehensive plan to promote sponsorship of events and programs;
Supervise the advertising and development associate in fulfillment of sponsor expectations, and ensure proper acknowledgement of commitments;
Board of Directors
Strategically leverage the time and connections of the president & CEO and of Chorus America Board Members to achieve fundraising goals;
Staff the board development committee and other committees when/if requested by the president and CEO;
Participate in budgeting, strategic planning and board development;
Manage development budgets;
Oversee development components of database (currently Civi-CRM) and financial reconciliation;
Supervise the advertising and development associate to ensure that development data and gift processing is accurate and timely including: tracking and developing donor prospect strategies through the database’ moves management system, reconciling donor gift records, and producing regular progress reports for CEO and Board;
Other duties as assigned
FLSA: Exempt, Full-Time SUPERVISOR: President and CEO CO-MANAGES: Advertising and Development Associate
Bachelor's degree (minimum) and at least 5 years of progressively responsible fundraising experience , with a track record of closing significant gifts (four-figure and higher)
A history of meeting or exceeding contributed income goals;
Superior writing skills and excellent communication skills generally;
Ability and willingness to travel for programs or to meet current and potential donors;
Experience with Civi-CRM or another industry-standard database is essential;
Strong initiative, ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships;
Committed team player;
Proven management and leadership capabilities;
Independent work ethic and strong time management and organizational skills;
An entrepreneurial spirit and a creative and positive approach to problem solving;
Committed to mission, organizational values, and goals of Chorus America;
Knowledge and appreciation of music or the arts is desired.
Additional Salary Information: Chorus America offers a salary range of $55,000 - $70,000 commensurate with skills and experience. The organization provides full-time employees with medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan.
About Chorus America
Chorus America is the advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. We support and serve choral conductors, administrators, board members, and singers with tools, training, peer networking, and access so that choruses are better able to contribute to their communities.