Development Manager

Powers Music School - Belmont, Massachusetts

Job Category: Development

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: June 06, 2019

About Our Organization

For 55 years, Powers Music School has prided itself on providing superior instruction and performance opportunities for children and adults in Boston’s metro-west region. Founded on the core principle that everyone has the potential to participate in, enjoy, create, and develop a lasting love of music, our innovative programs serve more than 1,000 students on site each year, and thousands more attend one of our 100+ concerts and events throughout the year. With an annual budget of $1.6 million, we are in the midst of an exciting transformation, embarking on an ambitious plan to expand offerings, provide access to underserved constituencies, and position our school as a place of excellence, opportunity, and inspiration. From the very first Mildred Freiberg Piano Festival in 1964 that sparked the creation of our school, serving the community has always been part of Powers’ DNA. Now, we are expanding our impact with programs that meet the everchanging demographic trends and needs of diverse constituencies throughout the region.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager is an integral part of the School’s leadership. Overseeing all aspects of institutional development including donor cultivation and stewardship, annual campaigns, major gifts and grants, the Development Manager builds lasting relationships amongst the school’s various prospect constituencies. This is a new position reflective of Powers desire to move beyond its existing fee for service model and serve a wider audience. This ideal candidate is outgoing, is passionate about community arts education and ideally has major gifts experience.


Specific duties include but are not limited to:
1. Develop a strategic plan for donor cultivation, retention and stewardship.
2. Collaborate constructively with faculty, staff and board members.
3. Identify and cultivate individuals with the capacity for major gifts.
4. Identify corporate and foundation opportunities.
5. Oversee the School’s annual campaign and other fundraising initiatives.
6. Ensure timely and accurate report deliverables to funders.
7. Manage the school donor database, Bloomerang.
8. Develop marketing collateral related to fundraising in collaboration with our marketing and communications director

Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum 3 years experience in non-profit development is required; a background in music is preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Bloomerang (or other CRM platform) is required. The successful candidate will be outgoing, organized, creative, patient, detail oriented, a team player, and demonstrated success working with diverse constituents.

This is a full-time exempt position, 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. There will be occasional evening and weekend hours plus occasional school events such as the annual Open House and September Faculty Orientation Dinner.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to Executive Director, Gavin Farrell at


Commensurate with experience. Powers offers a competitive salary and benefits package that includes health insurance premium sharing, non-matching 403b retirement account, 14 paid holidays, 15 earned vacation days, and 10 earned sick days.