Director of Development

Swarthmore, PA
Apr 18, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Development

The Director of Development of the Chester Children's Chorus is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual and institutional donors in support of the Chester Children's Chorus. The Director will be a key player in the successful implementation of the Chorus's three-year, strategic plan. He/she will maintain and grow a diverse portfolio of donors to help the Chorus meet ambitious fundraising targets and assure its long-term financial sustainability.

About the Chester Children's Chorus:
The Chester Children's Chorus is an official division of Swarthmore College, and the College provides essential in-kind support to support its operations and activities. The College's Advancement Office provides systems support and consults with the Chorus to coordinate donor solicitations. The annual operating budget is approximately $800,000, which is raised annually from individuals, foundations, faith communities and other philanthropic organizations. The Chorus was founded in 1994 by John Alston and now numbers approximately 130 children ages 8 - 18 years old. Its mission is to provide an intensive, sophisticated, and joyful choral music experience to young people of the city of Chester, and to support their academic achievement and personal development. The year-round program consists of after-school and Saturday rehearsals during the school year, and a summer learning program at Swarthmore College that includes choral rehearsals culminating in performances, while offering other academic, athletic, and arts experiences.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Minimum of three to five (3-5) years of relevant development work experience in a community-based arts organization, youth arts program, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Proven track record of success with individual donor cultivation strategies and grant writing.
  • Strong organizational abilities, in particular abilities to manage multiple projects. Attention to detail and ability to handle multiple and varied tasks independently, while also working collaboratively.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including in imaginative and persuasive writing, including experience with corporate and foundation grant writing.
  • Strong skill in dealing with people, using tact and diplomacy, and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders, including donors, boards, partners, community, and staff with demonstrated understanding of donor confidentiality and privacy issues.
  • Ability to use a variety of computer applications, including demonstrated skills in the use of word processing and spreadsheets (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs and Sheets), and fundraising databases (e.g. Banner) and reporting software (e.g. Argos).
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, or as needed to complete projects or meet heavy demand.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English, including the ability to speak in public and on the telephone.
  • Valid US driver's license and ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.
  • A sense of humor and high standards of personal and professional excellence.

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Swarthmore actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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