Director of Individual and Major Giving: Academy of Vocal Arts

Reports to: Vice President and General Manager

Important Staff Relationships: President and Artistic Director, Music Director, Vice President- Global and Artistic Outreach, Director of Advancement, Chief Financial Officer, Marketing and PR Manager, Box Office Manager, Special Events Manager, and Development Associate

Central Role

Direct the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors at all levels with an emphasis on increasing fundraising capacity and the solicitation of major gifts.  This position will work closely with the Vice President and General Manager and the Vice President for Global and Artistic Outreach to strategize and execute new and innovative strategies for increasing giving to AVA through current donors and new prospects.  This position is crucial for successful fundraising of roughly $2.0 million dollars annually.


  • Direct the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship at all levels.
  • Maintain and grow a strong portfolio of 50+ current and prospective donors capable of making gifts at the $15,000 level and above.
  • Develop strategies for multi-year giving
  • Meet monthly and annual benchmarks for individuals through an active meeting schedule
  • Spearhead the Annual Campaign/Friend of AVA efforts twice annually through a combination of mailings, e-appeals, and online platforms.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date portfolio files for donors in Tessitura with contact reports and next steps.
  • Coordinate with Special Events Manager on the execution, seating, and other logistics for cultivation and donor events.
  • Maintain donor lists in coordination with the Development Associate.
  • Actively engage with the Development Committee of the Board of Directors to identify prospects, strategize, and solicit contributions.
  • Produce monthly strategy reports for gift renewals of existing donors.
  • Attend performances, events, and other AVA activities.
  • Identify and cultivate possible new prospects for the Helen Corning Warden Society for legacy gifts.

Skills Desired and Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • 5-7 year of front line fundraising experience preferred with demonstrated experience in creating and executing a successful cultivation and solicitation strategy
  • Demonstrated success in securing five and six-figure gifts as well as annual fund appeals
  • Experience working with donor databases and wealth research software, especially Tessitura and WealthEngine
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Specialized Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of opera or classical music is an asset.
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia’s philanthropic network a plus
  • Ability to thrive in a small, collaborative, creative organization
  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with and adherence to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement’s Statement of Ethics
  • Results oriented, motivated, and energetic with the ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as required.
Education Level:
Bachelor’s Degree required
To Apply

An equal opportunity employer, the Academy of Vocal Arts is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to 

Policy Director: Education Law Center-PA

The Education Law Center, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975, seeks an experienced professional for a full-time policy advocacy position in our Philadelphia office.  The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and advancing the rights of underserved populations.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Leading ELC’s legislative and policy initiatives with a primary focus on our fair school funding advocacy
  • Working in collaboration with partners in other organizations to advance the rights of students
  • Informing and developing ELC’s policy positions at the local, state, and federal level
  • Supervising other attorneys on policy work

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • At least 8 years of legal and/or policy experience
  • Experience doing policy work at the local, state, and/or federal level
  • Leadership and/or supervisory experience
  • Excellent research, writing and analytical skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and community partners
  • Initiative, vision, and a willingness to use multi-strategy approaches to advocacy
  • Public speaking experience
  • Demonstrated interest in ELC’s mission and/or experience working with underserved clients or communities
  • Prior experience on the staff or board of a nonprofit is a plus
  • Preference for attorney with admission and good standing in the Pennsylvania bar or eligible for admission by reciprocity

About Us

The Education Law Center-PA, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975.

The mission of the Education Law Center is to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. ELC accomplishes this mission through multiple strategies, including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, working in partnership with community-based groups, and policy advocacy. Our work focuses on issues of access and equity for students historically underserved by public education, including students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth, and students involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. We work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, secure fair and adequate funding for public schools, and ensure that all children have access to the full range of opportunities.

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To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by email to with “Policy Applicant” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Executive Director: Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools

The Executive Director has the responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission. In order to fulfill that responsibility, it is expected that the successful candidate for thisposition will have the competencies to be successful in four areas of concentration.
• Effectively advocating to assure that legislation and administrative policies provide accountability, transparency, and equitable treatment and funding for all forms of K-12
public education
• Driving to establish high standards of performance and consistently strong and fair authorizers for all charter schools
• Providing support to help member schools improve, with the goal of having every charter school in Pennsylvania become a high-performing public school relative to the mission for which the charter school was created
• Creating a strong and sustained financial base for the organization.

Desired Competencies, Experience, and Education
• The maturity, confidence, composure, and presence to effectively build relationships and promote policies and standards with legislators, legislative staffs, members of the
Governor’s office, the Department of Education, peers in other states, and the print and electronic media
• Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing education reform and school choice, the national charter landscape, and K-12 education
• A high level of integrity and the ability and tact to work effectively with persons across the entire political spectrum, and the entire public charter sector
• Superb listening and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor and convey ideas and positions as a spokesperson for charter schools to a wide range
of constituent groups through position papers, press releases, print and electronic media interviews, testimonies, and social media
• The ability and integrity to promote an equity strategy to ensure racial and gender equity in education, often afforded through charter school enrollment, as well as working with experts and other relevant organizations to help execute this goal and ensure stakeholders view PCPCS as an effective and inclusive advocacy organization
• The skills to develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees and facilitate Board and Leaders Council involvement in PCPCS actions
• The ability to work with the Board to obtain a strong and continuing financial base for the organization. This includes demonstrated skills in working with individuals and
foundations to raise funds, including writing and organizing grant proposals, and business development skills in working with charter schools to ensure relevance, growth,
and sustainability of the organization
• Demonstrated skill to develop and implement sound financial practices and ensure good fiscal and fiduciary responsibility, stewardship, and accountability
• An entrepreneurial spirit, including the abilities to initiate actions, seek appropriate and timely guidance, and achieve amazing results with limited resources; this includes being proactive relative to the aspirations of the organization as well as reactive to its immediate needs
• The ability to work with charter school leaders to provide the type of experiences and training needed to improve the operation and performance of their schools and ensure
ongoing programmatic excellence
• Legislative, advocacy, and legal experience combined with political savvy to understand the legislative, legal, and philosophical complexity of the charter school movement and
its opposition
• The ability to react rapidly to continually changing legislative, legal, and media needs
• The ability to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
• At least 3 years of leading and managing organizations during periods of political uncertainty
• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred; degrees in education a plus

About Us

The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) is the largest, oldest, most inclusive, and most effective charter school organization in Pennsylvania. PCPCS is dedicated to achieving choice for parents, quality for children, and accountability for taxpayers through advocacy in the legislature, litigation in the courts, operational improvement in charter schools, and educational understanding in the media. PCPCS is a 501c3 organization which is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of at least
eight charter school leaders (currently 11) and at least two other persons not directly affiliated with a charter school but with special expertise or passion for children that benefits the charter movement (currently four). The charter members of the Board are elected by the 20-memberLeaders Council, which is elected by the member schools, and represents all geographic areas of the state and all types of charter schools. The other members of the Board are elected by the Board. Members of the Leaders Council also serve as advisors and sounding boards for actions of and positions taken by PCPCS. There are more than 165 brick-and-mortar charter schools and 14 cyber charter schools in
Pennsylvania serving 143,000 students and representing about 8% of all the children in K-12 public schools in the state. The number of students in charter schools has almost doubled in the past decade – and there are still tens of thousands of children on waiting lists to get into a charter school.

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The review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. However, for best consideration, applications should be submitted electronically by Monday, August 10, 2020. Applicants should include a cover letter introducing you to the Board of Trustees, explaining your interest in, and qualifications for, the position, and addressing what you see as the strategic priorities of the organization, along with a resume (max. 3 pages) and a list of three or more references who can offer insight into your abilities through their professional interactions with you. Upon initial review of those documents, the Search Committee will then ask preferred candidates to submit a document outlining his or her proposed strategy and communications priorities (more details to follow at that time). After reviewing those submissions, the Committee will conduct one or more rounds of interviews. All documents should be sent to PCPCS at PCPCS will require appropriate and valid background checks and clearances from all finalists for this position, and the hiring decision will be contingent on the results of those checks and clearances. The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a pool of candidates that is diverse in every way

Executive Director: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is seeking new leadership as its Founding Director will transition from her role by the end of 2020 (read more about this transition here).

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s administration and implementation of its strategic direction, as well as managing its staff and programs. Other key responsibilities include fundraising and oversight of marketing and community outreach.


1) Mission and Strategy Fulfillment: works with board and staff to ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs, community outreach, and strategic planning, with responsibility for:

  • Envisioning and implementing Al-Bustan’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission (program implementation includes planning with staff, monitoring progress, assessing impact, and adjusting scope as necessary)
  • Envisioning and managing the implementation of Al-Bustan’s marketing campaign and communication strategy
  • Enhancement of Al-Bustan’s presence in the city and beyond by cultivating partnerships and collaborating with other professional, civic, and private organizations
  • Strategic planning to ensure that the organization can successfully fulfill its mission into the future

2) Operations: oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate, with responsibility for:

  • Effective administration of Al-Bustan’s operations
  • Hiring, retention, and management of competent, qualified staff
  • Overseeing independent contractors
  • Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization

3) Financial Performance and Viability: develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization, with responsibility for:

  • Fiscal integrity of Al-Bustan to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization; overseeing preparation of 990 tax returns and liaising with accountant and auditor on all financial matters
  • Prudent fiscal management to include operating within the Board approved budget (currently around $500,000), ensuring maximum resource utilization, maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position, and reviewing/maintaining necessary insurance policies
  • Fundraising (grants, individual giving, corporate sponsors, earned income) and pursuing other resources necessary to support Al-Bustan’s mission

4) Board Governance: works with the Board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission, with responsibility for:

  • Leading Al-Bustan in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions

Professional Qualifications Required:

  • Fluency in speaking, reading, writing Arabic
  • 7 to 10 years of senior non-profit management experience
  • Demonstrated transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Excellent writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of Arab culture, arts, and history
  • Financial management skills in budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational skills in planning, program development, staff/volunteers/board motivation
  • Experienced in fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit sector
  • Ability to convey a vision of Al-Bustan’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors

Professional Qualifications Preferred:

  • Experience in living or traveling in the Arab region
  • Advanced degree in Arts Administration, Education, Social Services, or related fields
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia’s arts and culture sector

About Us

Rooted in Arab arts and language, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture offers artistic and educational programming that enriches cross-cultural understanding and celebrates diversity. “Al-Bustan,” Arabic for “The Garden,” is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that serves youth and adults of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, while supporting the pursuit and affirmation of Arab American cultural identity and playing a constructive civic role within broader American society.

In December 2019 Al-Bustan moved to a storefront location at 3645 Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. This new administrative and programming hub enabled us to cultivate relationships with neighboring residents and business owners of Powelton and Mantua. We envision creating a welcoming cultural place for all by partnering with cultural, social service, and other neighborhood organizations. As the pandemic forced the closing of our hub since mid-March, our team has been working remotely and pursuing alternative means of implementing programs and engaging with community members outdoors and online, until it is deemed safe to re-open our hub.

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Qualified candidates can submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to Board of Directors via email:

Executive Director: Starfinder

The Executive Director will champion Starfinder’s soccer for social change mission and work closely with the Board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through high quality programs, strategic partnerships, and effective operations. The Executive Director drives strategic planning, ensures fiscal health, and cultivates a high-performing team.

The Executive Director will partner with the Board and staff to develop a strategic vision for Starfinder’s future, oversee the development and implementation of Starfinder’s programs and operations, and enhance Starfinder’s visibility by being active in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations. Additionally, the Executive Director will lead Starfinder’s efforts to develop a diverse and inclusive leadership and governance structure.

The Executive Director will serve as the primary spokesperson for the organization to its constituents, the media, and the general public. The Executive Director will also cultivate positive relationships with current and potential stakeholders to maintain and grow funding support and develop and sustain diverse funding sources, in partnership with Board and staff. The Executive Director will also drive marketing efforts to enhance organizational visibility.

The Executive Director will work with staff and the Board Finance Committee to prepare a comprehensive fiscal year operating budget and multi-year capital budget and projections. Internally, the Executive Director will ensure fiscal management to operate within the approved budget, maintain the organization in a positive financial position, and drive the growth of its resource. The Executive Director will work in conjunction with the Treasurer, Board, finance staff and auditors to maintain sound financial practices, reporting and systems with priority being given to keeping the Board fully apprised of the organization’s current and future fiscal health.

The Executive Director will be expected to oversee the successful administration of Starfinder’s operations, supervise a talented and committed team and ensure sound human resource practices are in place to maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and qualified staff. The Executive Director will also drive ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess achievement of all organizational goals and objectives and to ensure that programs and services maintain high quality.

As it relates to Board Governance, the Executive Director will support the Board in executing its governance responsibilities and ability to make informed decisions by keeping it fully informed. The Executive Director will attend and participate in all Board meetings while serving as an ex-officio member of the Board and its committees, as appropriate. The Executive Director will also help the Board recruit Board members from diverse and inclusive backgrounds representative of Starfinder’s multiplicity of stakeholders.

Starfinder’s annual operating budget is nearly $950K and growing. Our three-year strategic plan guides our long-term vision and goals. Starfinder is poised to expand its reach while continuing to deliver highly impactful programs that foster long-term engagement.

Responsibilities for the Executive Director will include, but are not limited to:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a new comprehensive strategic plan, in partnership with the Board of Directors, that will guide the future path of the organization;
  • Acting as the chief spokesperson for the organization, cultivating strong relationships with major donors, network partners, stakeholders, volunteers and with policymakers at the local, state, and federal level;
  • Serving as an ambassador both internally and externally, to promote the organization’s mission and to gain necessary resources and support;
  • Fostering effective strategic alliances with community organizations and policymakers, utilizing network partners to advance the work of Starfinder;
  • Deepening and fostering strong relationships with Starfinder’s existing and potential funders; ensuring that fundraising goals are met, and resources are utilized and reported accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Supervising day-to-day operations, including setting financial and programmatic goals, analyzing results and taking corrective action in close collaboration with staff and Board;
  • Providing inspirational and motivational leadership for extraordinarily passionate, committed, and skilled staff and fostering a culture of openness, transparency, and collaboration;
  • Communicating consistently and proactively with the Board and other constituents in a thoughtful, clear, and diplomatic manner;
  • Designing and implementing clear expectations, in partnership with the Board, for its contributions to the governance and success of the organization;
  • Setting priorities decisively, assuring accountability, and allocating resources to ensure results;
  • Ensuring that all Starfinder financial standards, operating policies, and programmatic goals are met; and
  • Driving a data-driven approach to program evaluation and organizational performance.

Additional Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Minimum of 5 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management .
    • Experience in managing and motivating staff and volunteers.
    • Successful and sustained history of significant fund-raising, including major gift acquisitions.
    • Proven experience in program management and evaluation, preferably education, sports and
      recreation, or economic development.
    • Fluency with financial management, including budget preparation, analysis, and reporting.
    • Track record of building and working in and with diverse and inclusive teams in both service-provider and governance contexts.
    • Exceptional skills in building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders.
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present and speak
      publicly on relevant issues.
    • Education Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required

About Us

Starfinder is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Philadelphia, PA that promotes positive youth development through high-quality youth sports programming. We use soccer as a tool to provide the opportunities and support youth need to be successful in their lives and to become healthy contributors to their communities.

We work with youth ages 6-18 in underserved communities throughout Philadelphia. We offer participants an experience through which they can excel in athletics while practicing life and leadership skills in a safe, fun, supportive, and challenging environment. Starfinder currently empowers over 900 children and teens annually through its programs at its indoor soccer and education facility in Manayunk and at community partner sites throughout the city.

At Starfinder we believe in the power of play. We know that fun is a great motivator and an effective amplifier for learning. We aim to reflect this – and all our core values – in our work practices. We are dedicated to creating a culture through which we continue to connect, learn, and grow.

Starfinder is seeking a new Executive Director. The ideal candidate for this unique opportunity will possess a passion for the mission, be a visionary and strategic leader, and someone with experience managing a team, fundraising and working closely with a dedicated Board of Directors. The Executive Director will understand the value of diversity, equity and inclusion and must be able to relate to the lived experiences of the people we serve. They must understand the power of relationships and consistently seek out opportunities to increase the organization’s impact with a range of stakeholders, especially our incredible program youth.

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To apply to this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to by August 31, 2020. Your cover letter must include: a description of your relevant experience, highlighting anything specific that makes you stand out as a candidate, and how you believe you can serve Starfinder as its Executive Director. Just Strategies has been retained to lead this search. For more information regarding this please contact Dwayne Wharton of Just Strategies at