The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Young@Heart Chorus Now Hiring Director of Development


Job Description
The job of the Director of Development is to establish, manage, and develop public and private philanthropy for the Young at Heart Chorus, Inc, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. You must be able to raise money. Your performance is evaluated by the amount of money you raise for the organization. This is not simply a grant-writing position. We are looking for someone with a track record of successfully generating new revenue and who is willing and able to quickly build relationships with those individuals and corporations who have the financial capacity to contribute significant dollars to the Young at Heart Chorus. The right individual for this position will not hesitate to "make the ask."

The Development Director is charged with maximizing the financial gift support to the institution by seeking public and private contributions in order to increase the overall capacity of the Young at Heart. They will also be responsible for establishing and implementing a wide range of advancement policies and procedures for individual donors, family funds, corporations, and foundations, with an emphasis on identifying, writing, and submitting successful grant applications.

Applicant must understand, appreciate, and be able to articulate the future, ongoing, and past work of the Young at Heart Chorus. Applicant must possess very strong writing, proofreading and collaborative abilities with great attention to detail. The Development Director will serve under the supervision of the Executive Director and the Director of Operations of Young at Heart, Inc. The Development Director will function with a high degree of independence, keeping supervisors informed of their work. Completed work is reviewed for soundness of overall approach and alignment with the mission, needs and direction of the organization.

Responsible for managing and coordinating all fundraising activities for Young at Heart. In this capacity, he or she will work closely with supervisors in establishing private funding priorities and advise them on trends in the philanthropic world which affect organizational priorities. Responsible for creating and implementing a sound development plan and set of procedures, to ensure the efficient pursuit of private and public funding.

Responsible for coordinating and managing the relationship of the institution with corporations, foundations and individuals from who funds are sought for various programs and projects of the organization.

Must possess an understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations or corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. In turn, he or she maintains the necessary relations program to keep the institution name and achievements alive in the minds of individuals, corporate and foundation executives and board members.

Candidate must be very experienced and up-to-date on current fundraising strategies and the changing goals and interests of corporate and foundation philanthropy to allow the organization to respond to shifting priorities and develop opportunistic interests into requests for funding.

Responsible for planning fundraising strategy and for carrying out specific projects. Identifies potential sponsors and settles on the appropriate targets for funding. Either alone or with other organization personnel, approaches individuals, corporate and foundation officials and negotiates the terms of their support to the organization.

Maintains records of all past and current approaches to outside funding sources so as to avoid unnecessary and undesirable conflicts. Creates and manages a funder database for individual, corporate, and foundation donor cultivation. Responsible for all administrative work related to grant applications, final reports, thank you letters, and all necessary communication.

The job will begin September 3, 2018. After 6 months the job performance will be evaluated and a decision will be made to continue or terminate.

Director of Development will work out of our administrative office at 30 North Maple Street in Florence, Massachusetts. For more information about the organization visit

Preferred 5 years Development experience and a Bachelor's Degree.

$30,000 - 18 hours per week, non-benefitted

Please email a resume and cover letter before August 1, 2018 to

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