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Director of Development and External Relations

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Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra | Seattle, WA
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Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra


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Published 25 days ago

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$75,000 - $90,000


Position Summary: ​SYSO is currently poised for growth and seeks a Director of Development and External Relations with a strong vision and the demonstrated ability to put plans into practice, shaping the organization’s trajectory into the future and moving from maintenance into growth mode.  

SYSO’s development work focuses on strengthening its diverse streams of philanthropic revenue to create a more sustainable fundraising program. The organization has created systems and plans aimed at increasing contributed income and building out individual and major donor giving programs. There is great opportunity and untapped resources for a skilled fundraiser to execute a diversified and comprehensive fundraising program. Specifically, SYSO has recently launched Alumni and Parent Association groups, and the opportunity for giving is tremendous with just these two constituencies. Planned giving and estate planning are additional opportunities for development.  

SYSO’s marketing and communications work is shared across the whole organization’s staff of 8, and the team works collaboratively to manage communications projects and market programs. The Director of Development and External Relations will lead this group work, setting strategy and messaging and guiding the timing and execution of a collaborative communications calendar that serves the marketing needs of all SYSO programs. As SYSO’s revenue model includes earned income programs as well as fundraising, the marketing work serves a combination of both functions.

Primary Responsibilities:  

● Provide oversight and lead execution of all aspects of contributed resource development.

○ Lead fundraising efforts in the areas of annual campaign, major giving, corporate, private and government grantseeking, planned and estate giving, annual benefit event, Parent Association, and Alumni Association.

○ Engage, guide, coordinate and coach Executive Director, Board, Music Director and other community stakeholders to enhance fundraising efforts and advance the mission of SYSO, including acknowledging donors, engagement with the annual fundraiser, and leadership donor pipeline development.

○ Prepare annual development plans and associated budgets including strategy, planning, execution, evaluation and review of all development efforts, including management of associated personnel and expenses 

○ Prepare annual development program assessment and review

● Lead Major Gifts and Institutional Fundraising Programs

○ Ownership of major gifts fundraising, working with Executive Director, Music Director, and volunteer leadership to grow major gifts program with a focus on moves management and major gifts pipeline building.

○ Ownership of institutional fundraising including management of grant writing contractor, institutional giving management, and funder stewardship.

● People Management

○ Oversee work of Development Manager

○ Provide coaching, support and supervision of development activities for all staff that collaborate on fundraising activities, including the Executive Director, Music Director, Data and Operations Manager, and Development Manager

○ Work collaboratively with staff across function areas to execute communications responsibilities.

○ Create workflow efficiencies and align individual team member goals with the strategic and revenue development plan

 ● Act as member of SYSO Leadership 

○ Staff Development and External Relations Committee of the Board of Directions, and attend general Board meetings as necessary

○ With Executive Director and Music Director, form leadership team for the organization, setting direction, policy and culture for SYSO’s work. 

○ Steward a culture of philanthropy within the SYSO community 

○ Coach and mentor SYSO staff, board and key volunteers in executing on development plan ○ Integrate a strong understanding of issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion into all aspects of the work

● Marketing and Communications

○ Grow SYSO’s mission profile in order to increase student, audience and philanthropic participation in its programs in alignment with the strategic plan

○ Lead SYSO communications and messaging, hone the SYSO brand through thoughtful pursuit of PR opportunities. 

○ Work with SYSO team to collectively execute communications and marketing plans 

Position Summary: ​SYSO is currently poised for growth and seeks a Director of Development and External Relations with a strong vision and the demonstrated ability to put plans into practice, shaping the organization’s trajectory into the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Compensation and benefits: ​This is a full-time exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits including a competitive vacation plan, health, vision and dental coverage and the opportunity to contribute to a 403(b) retirement plan. 

Compensation and benefits: ​This is a full-time exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits including a competitive vacation plan, health, vision and dental…

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong verbal and written communication skills. English language proficiency.

Strong verbal and written communication skills. English language proficiency.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to employment@syso.org. No phone calls please.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to employment@syso.org. No phone calls please.

Location

11065 5th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98125
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