Director of Major Gifts

Settlement Music School - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Category: Development

Type: Paid

Term: Full Time

Post Date: August 05, 2019

About Our Organization

Founded in 1908, Settlement Music School, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest community schools of the arts in the United States and serves children and adults of all ages. Settlement Music School is an inclusive creative community, dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education for all. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for all at Settlement. We offer 10,000 services every week in music, dance, and arts therapy at our six branches and dozens of community partnerships across the region, and are proud to offer financial aid to more than 60% of our student population, ages 6 months to 96 years. Today, Settlement continues the principles of its Founders, that there be no barriers to participating in music and arts education.

Job Summary

Settlement Music School seeks a Director of Major Gifts to maintain and expand the School’s major donor prospect pipeline. Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, and joining four additional fundraisers, the Director of Major Gifts will support the CEO, Chief Advancement Officer, Board, volunteers, and consultants in their work to expand the base of individual major gifts (annual, planned giving, and campaign) at Settlement Music School. This position reports to the Chief Advancement Officer and is part of a six-person advancement team.



  • Create, develop, cultivate, and maintain a portfolio of 100+ donors and prospects with a giving capacity of $5,000 and above
  • Solicit and close gifts in the $5,000 to $100,000 range, including outright and planned gifts
  • Review and qualify new major gift prospects
  • Meet monthly goals of donor meetings and visits
  • Support CEO, CAO, Board and volunteers in moving donors through the giving pipeline
  • Prepare proposals and reports for major gift donors and prospects
  • Organize and monitor staff and volunteer assignments and follow-up, and assist in all aspects of volunteer-led events
  • Execute annual Planned Giving marketing campaign
  • Participate in department-wide activities and initiatives relating to special events, cultivation, and stewardship activity

Qualifications: The successful candidate will thrive in this fast-paced environment and will have an infectious enthusiasm that will attract new supporters to the cause. He/She will be curious, seasoned, responsible, and focused, with experience in major gifts and capital campaigns.

Excellent writing, attention to detail, a high level of computer literacy, and research skills are essential, as are exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with all levels of staff, volunteers, Board members, donors, and prospective donors. Bachelor’s degree is required and 3-5 years of successful experience in major gift fundraising is preferred.

How to Apply

To Apply: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements by email only to

Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

Settlement Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.