Director of Development & Communications

Job Type

Full Time


Details: A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits will be provided.



Start Date



24 East 95th Street
New York
United States


Position Overview: 

The Director of Development and Communications is responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of the Annual Fund Appeal process (includes individual and major gifts, corporate partners, foundation, and government support), Spring Gala, and cultivation events. The Director of Development and Communications identifies and engages donor prospects, cultivates donor relationships, solicits financial support, maintains donor relationships, and assists with the Parents Association volunteer base. This individual reports to the Executive Director and works closely under the guidance and direction of the School’s Executive Director and Board of Directors.

The Director of Development and Communications oversees the Marketing and Communications Manager position, and the School’s marketing strategies and external communications including catalog and website design and upkeep, program and event announcements, advertisements, and publications, newsletter(s), and social media sites.

Additionally, the Director of Development and Communications manages the writing and review of all letters of inquiries and grant proposals, as well as oversees all Raiser’s Edge gift entry and donor acknowledgments are completed on a timely basis.  


·        Provide the strategic leadership to manage all functions of the development department;

·        Develop, implement, and continually assess plans to achieve Annual Fund goals through timely and targeted solicitations of individual and major gifts, corporate partners, foundation, and government support avenues;

·        Play key role in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors, working with the Executive Director, and the Development Committee of the Board, as appropriate;

·        Create and manage the School’s corporate sponsorship program including preparing presentation materials, written proposals and budgets;

·        Produce a financially successful and dynamic annual Spring Gala;

·        Engage and foster partnerships with current and prospective donors through successful cultivation events;

·        Oversee the 150+ volunteers in the Parents Association through fostering a sense of community among families and facilitating communications between parents, caregivers, and the School. 

·        Oversee research of funding opportunities; evaluate potential sources;

·        Develop effective grant proposals;

·        Manage fundraising budgets;

·        Provide statistical analyses as requested;

·        Successfully market the School through oversight and upkeep of the School’s website, program and event announcements, advertisements, school-wide catalog, social media sites, and the production of various annual publications;

·        Supervise part-time Development Associate and volunteer network;

·        Communicate effectively with the Board and senior staff, to fulfill the overall annual and strategic goals of the School.


·        Minimum of 3-5 years of professional, nonprofit fundraising experience;

·        Must be a highly energetic professional with a track record of developing productive working relationships with board members, funders, volunteers, and staff members;

·        Experience in designing and managing successful annual fund campaigns;

·        Track record of personally asking for and securing gifts (> $1,000);

·        Gala and event planning management;

·        Grant writing experience, including state and city agencies;

·        Strong problem solving, research, and analytical skills;

·        Must be self-motivated, creative, and have great attention to detail;

·        Must be proficient with technology including use of Excel, Microsoft Word, the internet, social media, and donor software (Raiser’s Edge);

·        Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends;

·        Strong interest in the arts and music;

·        A bachelor's degree is required; a graduate degree is preferred; a CFRE is a plus;

·        A sense of humor, and the ability to remain poised and positive under pressure.

About the School:

The Diller-Quaile School of Music was founded in 1920 by pianists Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile. Since the School’s founders believed that the capacity for understanding and creating music exists in everyone, it was essential that their music school provide a dynamic and well-rounded experience not just for select students, but for all. Today, The Diller-Quaile School of Music is a vibrant community music school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, comprised of the following departments: Early Childhood, Instrumental and Vocal, Adult, Teacher Training, and Community Programs. Curricula emanate primarily from international folk music and classical music. Throughout the school year, Rug Concerts, master classes, student recitals, performances by faculty and guest artists, and special events are offered.


The Diller-Quaile School of Music is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to employees at the School.


A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and excellent benefits will be provided.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to or fax to 212-369-1483. Or you may submit by mail to:

The Diller-Quaile School of Music

Attn: Director of Development & Communications Search

24 East 95th Street

New York, NY 10128

No phone calls, please. Only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.