Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras

855 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Date Posted:
January 16, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Associate Director of Individual Giving

Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) firmly believes in the power of high-quality classical music experiences to change lives. At BYSO, students receive a transformative music education through our nationally-renowned orchestras and outreach programs- an education that is rooted in excellence develops life-long skills such as self-confidence, team-work and leadership. 
To support these efforts, BYSO is seeking a motivated, experienced fundraiser to carry out the organization’s robust annual giving program (including annual fund and leadership gifts), alumni relations plan, planned giving strategy and oversight of BYSO’s annual spring gala. This individual will be a part of a growing team of fundraisers that supports BYSO’s expanding operations and will manage one full-time employee and one or two part-time employees to carry out this work.
A successful candidate will have in-depth knowledge of the non-profit sector, understand the cycle of donor research, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship, have experience in building and managing a donor plan, and will be comfortable and confident with face to face solicitations of $1,000+. This individual will bring a creative energy that will manifest in ideas, thoughtful strategy and the skills to implement them completely.
The Associate Director of Individual Giving will work closely with volunteers, committees and staff members to raise nearly $400,000 annually for BYSO’s Annual Fund. Additionally, s/he will spearhead the Development team in raising $350,000 through the Annual Gala. This individual will also manage a targeted portfolio of donors requiring front-facing solicitations. S/He will have excellent verbal and writing skills, and will be able to focus on big picture ideas as well as the many details of project management and supervising staff to carry out direct mailings, e-communications, event details, volunteer coordination, donor acknowledgement and gift processing.
This senior level position reports directly to the Director of Development but will work very closely with all members of the Development and larger BYSO teams. This position will manage a full-time Development Associate to assist in this work.
The BYSO is a positive, dynamic, inclusive and nurturing environment for both our student population and our staff. With very rigorous fundraising goals, and an open mind about how to reach them, the BYSO offers a tremendous opportunity for a motivated fundraiser.

· Bachelor’s degree

· Minimum of 5 (preferably 7) years professional experience in development, stewardship, advancement services or related , some event planning experience preferred

· Excellent writing skills

· Proficient (or highly adaptable) in using Raiser’s Edge or similar donor database software

· Previous experience interacting with donors or other high net worth individuals

· Proficiency in prioritizing and managing multiple, diverse and on-going projects

· Good interpersonal skills and ability to appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint

· Ability and willingness to occasionally work evenings or weekends for events, donor meetings, etc.

How To Apply:
This is a full-time position. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. BYSO is a registered 501 (c) 3 organization. BYSO does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and encourages diversity and inclusion in our workplace.To Apply:Please send cover letter and resume to Martha Robinson, Director of Development at
Apply by:
February 11, 2019
About this Organization:

The mission of BYSO is to encourage musical excellence in a professional and supportive environment by providing the highest quality orchestra training and performance opportunities to qualified musicians, grades K-12, and to make its programs accessible to underserved communities through financial assistance and outreach. Since its inception in 1958, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) continues to achieve the highest artistic standards, and remains committed to musical excellence. Today the BYSO is widely regarded as one of the country's finest youth orchestras and is recognized nationally as a model music and arts education organization.