Development Director

Deadline October 27, 2021

Development Director

Organizational Summary

Our Mission: To provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth by offering tuition assistance, instrument rentals, and exceptional, state-of-the-art performance opportunities.

Our Vision: Children’s lives are transformed through the power of music.

Who we are: Youth Music Project is a band of inspired, engaged and encouraging educators, musicians, administrators, board members and volunteers who believe that every student deserves access to exceptional music education, regardless of family income level. YMP provides music instruction to thousands of children every year via year-round after-school group classes, private lessons, early childhood classes, field trips, partnerships, and summer camps. Over 40% of annual enrollments are made possible thanks to our donor supported tuition assistance fund, providing access to hundreds of children and families each year who otherwise could not afford it.

Equity: Youth Music Project celebrates the chorus of perspectives, experiences, and unique essence of each person. A soloist is beautiful on its own, but a band, choir, or ensemble has vibrancy and energy made more beautiful with unique instruments and voices included together in co-creation. Modeled by our YMP board, staff and leadership, YMP uses the study of music to empower students to appreciate and respect differences, encourage critical thinking, listen deeply, and make space for and include all voices and perspectives. As we continue our journey of equity and inclusion, we are focused on the following goals:

 Ensuring a diverse board, staff, student and family community by creating a culture that is welcome to all, regardless of: ethnicity, race, culture, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, class, nationality, ability or age.
 Commitment to inclusion in thought, language, experience, and leadership.
 Continuously evaluating our efforts to increase the diversity of our organization at all levels.

Practice is at the heart of mastery, and a core tenet of music education. The YMP team recognizes that we must constantly practice in order to achieve our goals. In practice – we learn from our mistakes, we encourage each other to be vulnerable, we hold each other accountable, we support, we teach, we step up to the mic when it’s our turn, and step back when it’s time for someone else to sing. We know that our efforts and our attitudes affect everyone around us.

A chord in music is the sounding of two or more notes at the same time. Equity and our work toward change is, essentially, the harmonization of a chord. We recognize that we will always have opportunities to include more notes and different perspectives at YMP, and we are committed to welcome, create, and celebrate this rich harmony that makes our song whole.

We make music. Together.

Position Summary

The Development Director is responsible for leading the fundraising efforts to sustain and grow Youth Music Project’s programs and the youth it serves.

This will primarily be accomplished through positive and pro-active relationship building with existing individual donors, foundations, and business partners, and through extensive network expansion including identifying, soliciting, and retaining new donors.

The Director will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan that includes a sustainable grants program, coordination of annual fundraising events, securing sponsorships, major gifts solicitation, and providing strategic direction in both short and long-term fundraising goals.

At Youth Music Project, we witness daily how children’s lives are transformed through the power of music. In addition to fundraising experience, the preferred candidate will demonstrate a passion and commitment to youth development and music.

Things you’ll get to do:

 Design, implement, and maintain a structured annual fund development plan focused on donor acquisition and retention in individual, business, foundation, government, and event donors.
 Closely collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create, maintain, and grow a 3–5-year fund development plan to increase direct public support to support the strategic direction and mission of the organization
 Develop and implement planned giving and major gift development strategy.
 Actively steward and maintain positive, proactive, and meaningful relationships with current individual, business, foundation, government, in-kind, and special event donors.
 Actively prospect, develop, and grow relationships with potential individual, business, foundation, government, in-kind, and special event donors.
 In close collaboration with the annual benefit committee, manage the coordination of YMP’s annual benefit.
 Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports highlighting key data and fundraising metrics on both development activities and results.
 Oversee the management and function of donor databases and software, ensuring consistent and accurate record keeping on development activities, gift processing and receipting, gift restrictions, and all donor communications and history.
 In collaboration with other key staff members, direct, coordinate and lead all grant seeking activities, managing the grant lifecycle from start to finish, including prospecting, grant writing, grant reporting, and grant restriction oversight.
 In collaboration with other key staff members, actively participate and contribute to the communications plan as it relates to development and fundraising efforts.
 Oversee the financial status of fundraising efforts; develop and monitor the development budget to ensure short- and long-term financial plans and goals are met.
 In partnership with finance staff, participate in monthly and year-end donation reconciliation
 Maintain inventory of all fund development forms and materials needed for staff, board, and volunteer support
 Supervise YMP’s Development Associate (1 FTE)
 Supervise, train, coordinate, and lead staff and volunteers to support fundraising and friend-raising efforts as necessary
 Raise funds to ensure that ALL children have the power of music in their lives, regardless of family income.
 Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

Qualifications you’ll need:

 Minimum of 5 years of fundraising or equivalent combination of education and lived experience
 Major donor experience
 Fundraising special event experience
 Experience working with committees and Boards of Directors
 Experience with donor databases
 Knowledgeable with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite
 High regard for confidentiality and respect to sensitive material both financial and personal
 Clear written and spoken communication skills
 Strong organizational, presentation and interpersonal skills
 Exceptional attention to detail
 Demonstrated professionalism and ethical standards
 Strong strategic planning, development, and implementation experience
 Must be able to successfully pass criminal background check
 New hires must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination at time of hire.

Other knowledge, skills & abilities we’d like you to have:

 A passion for music and the arts
 A passion for children and positive youth development
 Experience and proficiency with DonorPerfect and Greater Giving software
 MBA a plus
 Experience with peer-to-peer fundraising
 Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) a plus
 Strong understanding of finances, and marketing
 Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) skills a plus

Where you’ll get to work: Youth Music Project calls home a vibrant, ADA-accessible, state-of-the-art facility renovated specifically for music education and performance. We are located in the historic Willamette District of West Linn, OR. This is an in-person, onsite position.

 Who you’ll report to: Executive Director
 Your position type: Salary, Exempt
 Your salary: $70,000 – $90,000 DOE. Annual reviews and opportunity for performance increases
 Your benefits: Medical, Dental & Vision; PTO & Holidays, Retirement Plan with annual 4% match
 Desired Start Date: Immediate. Open until filled.
 Where to apply:

Americans with Disability Specifications

Physical demands: The physical demands described in this position description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is consistently required to remain in a stationary position for at least 50 percent of the time; occasionally move about and walk to local businesses that support office operations. The incumbent in this position will need to constantly operate and handle computers and other office equipment, frequently communicate with clients and be able to exchange accurate information; be able to assess clients’ needs from near and far distances and determine proper care; and occasionally lift and/or move up to 40-45 pounds.

Youth Music Project is an equal opportunity employer. We value, honor and promote equity, diversity and inclusion in our employment and educational processes. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

Youth Music Project is committed to providing a safe workplace for our staff and to serve as a positive force in ending the COVID 19 pandemic. We believe that requiring vaccinations as a term of your employment serves this commitment. All employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or qualification for a medical or religious exemption. By applying for this position, you represent you meet these job requirements. Failure to do so will disqualify you from employment.

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2015 8th Ave, West Linn, OR 97068

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