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Development Officer
American Youth Symphony

Los Angeles, CA

AYS currently seeks an experienced fundraiser responsible for the development, management, implementation, and evaluation of an overall fund-raising program consistent with AYS’s needs and goals. To that end, the Development Officer works with the Executive Director in planning and executing all annual, sponsorship, and membership programs, as well as fundraising events. The Development Officer is also responsible for overseeing all grants from federal, state, and local government agencies that provide arts funding; and researching, applying, and complying with private foundations and corporations that provide arts grants. The Development Officer will recommend fund-raising policies and procedures to the Executive Director and Board of Directors with the goal of building a year-round development program that demonstrates the highest standards of professionalism and ethical conduct. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and primarily encompasses responsibilities in three areas – grant writing, patron relations and campaigns – as well as providing administrative support for the office as needed.



  • Plan, manage, and implement all phases of the Annual Fund campaign; oversee the solicitation to acknowledgment process, maintenance of records in our Patron Manager database, and establishment and disclosure within IRS guidelines of donor benefits; monitor progress and make adjustments as needed.
  • Work with the Board and Executive Director to develop and direct a year-round program to cultivate new prospects and seek out new funding opportunities. Includes developing and maintaining all written collateral for donor cultivation, (e.g. annual case statement for support).
  • Oversee annual grant calendar and write all grant applications for corporations, foundations, and government agencies that provide arts funding; research all grant possibilities, prepare reports and send acknowledgements; follow-up on pending application, and remain in compliance with all government, foundation and corporate partners.
  • Develop and implement a corporate sponsorship program; research and identify potential sponsors; prepare proposals and work with Board and Executive Director to identify matches between AYS’s program and companies’ interests.
  • Work with Executive Director, event coordinator, volunteers and Board members to coordinate all special fund-raising events and benefits; oversee the execution of each event.
  • Manage the fulfillment of the AYS membership program, such as membership renewal outreach, membership perks and benefits acquisition, all communication to members regarding their benefits.
  • Develop an ongoing planned giving program; work with the Executive Director and Board to identify, cultivate, and solicit prospects.
  • Create a variety of specific reports of donors within Patron Manager database, including generating mailing lists for events, VIP concert guests, and campaigns.
  • Provide strategic guidance for leadership’s solicitations, including in-kind contributions; meet with Board and volunteers to review strategies and track progress.
  • Provide periodic progress reports on all campaigns; prepare listings and financial statements as needed by the Board and staff.
  • Keep abreast of recent research on fundraising; maintain a collection of current fund-raising resource materials.
  • Attend other civic and cultural events in the community; represent the AYS by speaking at public events as requested.
  • Work with the Executive Director on pre-concert VIP seating, event seating arrangements, concert/event logistic communication with donor-audience members, and post-concert/event acknowledgement.
  • Support all concerts in front-of-house operations and for all fundraising events, as well as any cultivation events to be scheduled.
  • Work with the Executive Director on writing all mailing appeals and written communication with donors.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Skills & Abilities (Required technical/functional skills): 


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of experience in fundraising and administration support in a non-profit
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite with proficiency in Excel and Word
  • Knowledge of using a donor database system with an aptitude for learning new donation software quickly (Patron Manager a plus)
  • Highly organized with exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Outgoing with excellent interpersonal skills and enjoy working with people
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities amongst competing interests
  • Detail oriented and able to meet deadlines


Flexible schedule and ability to attend AYS-related concerts and events on evenings and weekends is necessary. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes vision/dental/medical insurance, and IRA (after first year with AYS). AYS offers a robust PTO and vacation package.

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:


  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Solicitation letter writing sample
  • Second writing sample (i.e. grant proposal, grant report, etc.)


Please submit your application electronically with the email SUBJECT line reading: DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Only qualified applicants will be contacted. Please direct all submissions to:
Varina Bleil, Executive Director

Deadline: 08-01-2017

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