Longy School of Music of Bard College

27 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
March 25, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Development and Events Manager


Status: Full-Time, Exempt

The Development and Events Manager plays a central role in the planning and execution of fundraising and stewardship events, such as VIP receptions, signature performances throughout the season, Longy’s annual gala, and more. The Development and Events Manager works closely with the IA team as well as Marketing, Facilities, and the Concert Office to fulfill her/his responsibilities. In addition, this person also plays a key role in ensuring that the goals of the development department as a whole are met, and that each initiative moves forward in a strategic and timely manner. Ideal candidates are comfortable managing the whole process from strategic conceptualization to execution of the minutiae – no part of the job is above or beneath them.


The Development and Events Manager will be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that events run smoothly and elegantly and contribute to Longy’s positive public image and brand
  • Creating and proposing event plans to the Director of Development, and building strategies for using events and concerts as a means for donor cultivation and stakeholder engagement
  • Guaranteeing positive guest experiences at Longy-hosted events and performances
  • Planning the annual gala, as the key person in charge of production, as well as serving on the gala committee to ensure fundraising goals are met
  • Managing relationships with independent contractors and volunteers as needed for events
  • Planning and executing the logistical details of events, including budget management, invitations, ticketing, setup and breakdown of event spaces, food, beverage, and decorations
  • Supporting the event planning efforts of other departments on an ad hoc basis, in particular for signature programs like Sistema Side by Side
  • Staffing Longy concerts and events where donors, board members and stakeholders maybe be in attendance
  • Arranging for and supervising student workers in the office and at events
  • Support fundraising activities of the entire IA department
  • Other duties as assigned

In addition to the strong interpersonal skills required of every member of the Institutional Advancement team, the ideal candidate for this position will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 3-5 years of related experience in events and/or fundraising
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Creativity and imagination, with enthusiasm for exploring new ways doing things
  • Track record as an organized, quick and strategic thinker
  • Ability to perform well under deadlines and in high-energy situations
  • Previous experience organizing and executing events
  • Computer literacy and word processing skills are required (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel); familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Constant Contact, online ticketing and event software preferred
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge is preferred
  • A background in western classical music is helpful
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs

· Must be able to work some nights and weekends


Longy offers a competitive salary plus an Open Time Off Policy (OPTO), which includes a generous Family Medical Leave policy of 12 paid weeks. Longy also offers discounts on tuition at Longy, enrollment in Longy’s defined contribution retirement plan, group health and dental plans, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending account and qualified transportation programs.

How To Apply:

Please submit cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: Sue Pekock, Director of Development, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. To apply via e-mail, include Development Events Manager in the subject line and send to: IAJobs@longy.edu.

Apply by:
April 19, 2019
About this Organization:
About Longy

Longy is at the forefront of graduate music education. Founded to offer an alternative to traditional conservatories, Longy continues to bring new and different perspectives on how to train and prepare modern musicians. Longy has made a name for itself by focusing on the social imperative: musicians, like all artists, must play a critical role in creating vibrant communities. This is carried out in signature programs to prepare students for the challenges of the musician of the 21st century.

Longy is a degree-granting institution that serves over 200 undergraduate and graduate students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. Longy School of Music of Bard College values the diversity of its community.