Assistant Director for Individual Giving: Settlement Music School

Posted February 27th, 2015 at 11:28 am.

Founded in 1908, Settlement Music School is one of the largest community schools of the arts in the United States serving children and adults of all ages at six branches located in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey. Settlement provides over $2 million dollars each year in financial aid and scholarships to fully 58% its students. Settlement’s reach is broad, and it continues the principles of its Founders, that there be no barriers to participating in music and arts education. Settlement Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Completing a team of five, the Assistant Director for Individual Giving will report to the Director of Development and will identify, cultivate and solicit mid-level donors, moving donors up the giving ladder, develop and execute cultivation and stewardship events (including house parties, receptions, and the Anniversary Gala); and build planned giving and alumni outreach campaigns.

Prospect Management: Work closely with the Director of Development, Executive Director, and volunteers to ensure the flow of prospects into the gifting pipeline, from identification, through solicitation, of a portfolio of prospects. To that end, the Assistant Director will maintain his/her own portfolio of Founders Society prospects (gifts of $1000+) and assist all volunteers and staff in developing strategies and next steps for their prospects. This role is expected to use Moves Management best practices processes, run donor pipeline meetings and provide activity reporting to relevant staff and board to ensure effective coordination of cultivation and solicitation action steps for major gift prospects.

Cultivation Events: Implement and monitor a variety of special events designed to raise funds, cultivate prospects, recognize donors, attract audiences and generally raise the overall profile of the School. Work closely with volunteer committees. Work with Manager of Stewardship and Board Relations to generate invitation lists and secure locations and vendors, work with Communications department to produce invitations and collateral materials, and build event timelines and prepare briefings for Executive Director and volunteer committees.

Prospect Generation: With more than 300,000 people having benefited from Settlement Music School since 1908, there are tremendous opportunities to grow the prospect base for the future. This role will be critical in assisting the Director of Development, Stewardship and Board Relations Manager, and Director of Marketing and Communications in data mining to identify planned giving prospects and develop an alumni engagement plan.

The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and 6 – 8 years professional fundraising experience. Arts or non-profit experience a plus. The ideal candidate will be a team player who enjoys a collaborative environment and has:

  • An interest in improving our region’s access to arts education and opportunities
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Knowledge of the Philadelphia funding community
  • Proven experience in designing and maintaining donor relations programs
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of database programs
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License and access to car

How to apply

To apply, send cover letter and resume by email only to Amelia Schmertz, Director of Development, Settlement Music School.

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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