Development Director: Philadelphia Youth Orchestra

Posted May 31st, 2017 at 10:21 am.


  • Plans, manages, and implements the annual campaign; oversees the solicitation and acknowledgment process, maintenance of records, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits; monitors progress and adjusts as needed
  • Works with President to develop and direct year-round program to cultivate new prospects and seek new funding opportunities
  • Identifies corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts and educational funding; prepares all solicitation materials including letters of inquiry, grant applications, budgets, and supporting materials; coordinates follow up on submissions
  • Prepares interim and final progress reports to institutional funders, including assisting in management of evaluations  for PYO’s Tune Up Philly program
  • Manages, implements, and budgets for all fundraising special events including Annual Gala; evaluates and reports on results
  • Coordinates relationships with volunteers for assistance at fundraising events, managing personnel tables at all concerts, and other areas as needed
  • Oversees the development and production of all materials and language used to support PYO’s fundraising events and campaigns, including concert programs and annual brochures
  • Provides the support to Board members and the President in donor cultivation.
  • Manages annual ad sales campaign by cultivating relationships with local business, universities, and music schools

Budgeting and Planning

  • Assists the President and Board in establishing annual contributed revenue goals
  • Develops a fiscal year plan, calendar, communications timeline, and development budget in line with PYO’s master calendar and budget that incorporates all fundraising events and campaigns

Board of Trustees

  • Staffs the Development Committee of the Board
  • Identifies and researches prospective candidates for the Board
  • Provides monthly development reports based on yearly plan for every Board meeting and Executive Committee meeting
  • Recommends fundraising best practices and procedures to the President and Board


  • Oversees the development office and maintenance of donor files and records; develop and administer donor benefits programs in accordance with IRS guidelines, and all other administrative matters pertaining to the development office
  • Serves as member of the senior management team to assist the President in setting and implementing policies established by the Board
  • Hires, trains, manages, and evaluates the performance of all development support staff, including interns and volunteers


  • Collaborates with PYO’s Marketing and Public Relations Consultants to maximize fundraising opportunities that emerge from publicity and communication activities
  • Works closely with the General Manager and all program division directors
  • Maintains ongoing contact with contributors, corporate sponsors, and business and community leaders
  • Supports Board and staff efforts to solicit in-kind contributions
  • Actively pursues professional development opportunities in fundraising best practices and cultivates ongoing relationships with the local funding community
  • Represents PYO at civic and cultural events in the community and attending and speaking at public events as requested
  • Some evening and weekend work required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3-5 years of experience in fundraising development
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to regularly multi-task and prioritize multiple projects
  • Background or interest in classical music and/or education desirable but not required
  • Strong work ethic, professional manner, high standards, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment essential
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends
To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to

Filed under: Management Level by Margie DuBrow

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