Development Director/Fundraising Consultant

The Chelsea Symphony, New York, NY

The Chelsea Symphony (TCS) seeks to engage on a contract basis an experienced fundraising professional to advise on and build the organization’s development function. The successful candidate will ideally begin the engagement on September 1, 2018.

Background and Opportunities

Hailed as “a daring orchestral experiment” by Chelsea Now, The Chelsea Symphony presents music of the highest caliber while upending the traditional hierarchy of the classical orchestra: our musicians rotate as featured soloists, conductors, and composers. Through this collaborative model, we provide professional development opportunities for our members while performing inspiring concerts of music both old and new. Musician volunteers from the orchestra also handle the ensemble’s administration and operations.

Now in its twelfth season, The Chelsea Symphony is at an exciting juncture in its history. Under the current artistic and executive leadership, the orchestra has broadened its reach and operations in recent years, with debuts at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music; the launch of an outreach initiative at Rikers Island Correctional Facility; and a four-year partnership with the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle.

The Development Director/Fundraising Consultant—the organization’s first paid engagement of this kind—will have the opportunity to build upon these successes and help shape the orchestra’s future, with the ultimate long-term goal of transitioning The Chelsea Symphony to a fully compensated model for our musicians.

Expectations and Deliverables

Working in consultation with the Board of Directors and Artistic Directors, the Development Director/Fundraising Consultant will be expected to advise on and assist in implementing a comprehensive development function and strategy to guide The Chelsea Symphony into the organization’s next era, with the goal of compensation for our musicians within five years. The Development Director/Fundraising consultant will be expected to:

• Identify specific measures to expand TCS’s base of patrons and supporters. Establish and maintain relationships with musicians, donors, funders, audiences, and business and community leaders
• Research, recommend, and direct implementation of a database to track all development activity, including cultivation efforts, prospect management, stewardship, gift reporting and acknowledgement
• Plan, manage, and implement all phases of the Annual Fund campaign, including the solicitation and acknowledgment process, maintenance of records, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits
• Research and identify grant opportunities; coordinate preparation of grant applications for corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts funding; write reports and back-up materials to support each application; follow up on each proposal
• Advise the TCS Development Committee and development staff, including interns and volunteers. Work with development staff to plan all special fundraising events and benefits; participate in establishing the budget and oversee the execution of each event

It is anticipated that the above functions will entail a commitment of approximately 20 hours per month throughout the term of the engagement.

Professional Experience

Best consideration will be given to individuals who demonstrate the following:

• A successful track record of assisting organizations in securing individual gifts, government grants, foundation grants, and/or corporate sponsorships
• Administrative experience and organizational skills appropriate for overseeing the implementation of a more concerted development program
• Familiarity with orchestral music
• A commitment to The Chelsea Symphony’s collaborative ethos

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit a proposal/letter of interest and a current résumé to info@chelseasymphony.org. Review of proposals will continue until the engagement has been contracted, but best consideration will be given to materials submitted by August 1, 2018.