Director of Development

The St. Louis Children's Choirs
St. Louis, MO
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, November 30, 2019

Reports To:              Chief Operating Officer
Appointment:          12-month position, full-time

Position Overview

Acclaimed children’s choir with a 40-year history of musical excellence and character development serving young people ages 6-18 seeks a highly motivated, creative, and experienced Director of Development. This position works closely with the CEO/Artistic Director, Board of Directors, and key partners to sustain, build, and grow the organization’s fundraising program. Must be motivated by a sincere love of children and an affinity with our mission of “shaping young lives through musical excellence.”

Responsibilities and Work-Related Expectations

  • Develop, prepare, and execute an annual development plan to fulfill the mission.
  • Cultivate and steward individual major donors.
  • Works in partnership with the Artistic Director and the Board of Directors to develop long-range strategic plans that position the organization for sustainability and progress.
  • Support the CEO/Artistic Director and Board of Directors in their fundraising efforts; assist board members in ways that encourage their interest and involvement in fundraising.
  • Plan and coordinate development activities including individual, corporate, and foundation gifts; matching gifts, scholarships, special events, and grant writing.
  • Develop innovative strategies for attracting new contributors.
  • Prepares grants and oversees project budgets and records for grant purposes.
  • Prepares reports and other documents to fulfill grant obligations.
  • Provides leadership to the Board Development Committee to track progress toward goals.
  • Develop and maintain strong organizational ties with a committed alumni base.
  • Evaluate and refine solicitation methods including electronic and direct mail, and special announcements and events.
  • Collaborate with the development manager who maintains the Choirs’ relational database and the grant and foundation calendars with deadlines and reporting due dates.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Operating Officer who oversees the implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan to create brand recognition, and interest in the Choirs.
  • Professionally represents the Children’s Choirs at community, professional, and media events in conjunction with the Artistic Director

Skills/Qualities Needed

  • Excellent organizational, writing, and presentation skills
  • 3 to 5 years of development experience in all forms of fundraising
  • Experienced in grant writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with Board members and committees
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task to meet simultaneous deadlines
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications
  • Familiarity with music and performing arts organizations a plus
  • Will require evening and weekend responsibilities for concerts and special events


Compensation and Benefits: 

Competitive salary, PTO policy & benefits includes employee health insurance, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan with employer contribution after one year of service.  Dental and vision insurance is also available.

Application Procedure: 

Interested candidates should send a resume with cover letter including salary requirements and 3 writing samples to: and include in the subject line: Development Director.

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