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Development Associate

Development Associate

Kaufman Music Center is New York’s creative home for music education and performance, where music lovers, from curious fans to renowned performers, come together to explore their musical passions. Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Kaufman Music Center is home to the acclaimed youth new music ensemble Face the Music; Merkin Concert Hall, a renowned performance space known for its innovative programming; Lucy Moses School, a community arts school offering instruction in music, dance and theater to children and adults; and Special Music School, a groundbreaking K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

Kaufman Music Center seeks a smart, ambitious, collaborative, dynamic and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to support research and administration efforts for the development team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the successful candidate will play a critical role in strengthening the development infrastructure, which will improve the efficiency and efficacy of operations. 

The ideal candidate is a motivated, analytical thinker and problem solver with a genuine interest in making a difference in the arts; is genuinely interested in learning about the Development field and has a desire to gain exposure to various career paths in the profession; has superior organizational and project management skills, with experience meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment; has strong writing skills; is detail-oriented, tech-savvy, a quick learner, and a collaborative team player. 

Responsibilities

  • Process all gifts and maintain donor records in Tessitura.
  • Create reports to analyze fundraising progress.
  • Write acknowledgements letters for individual donors.
  • Process invoices and use Microsoft Excel to track Development department expenses.
  • Interact with Trustees, other volunteer leaders, and vendors in coordinating fundraising activities.
  • Update Development pages on Kaufman Music Center’s web site and assist with copy for email outreach.
  • Conduct donor research to learn more about current and potential prospects.
  • Supervise Intern who will assist with research, invoice processing, and database management.
  • Support logistics for Kaufman Music Center’s annual Gala and provide on-site assistance for other fundraising events.
  • Support the Director of Development.
  • Assist with special projects.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience working in an office environment, ideally in the nonprofit field and/or arts administration.
  • Passion for music and the performing arts.
  • Adept at picking up new technologies; exposure to Tessitura (or another fundraising database) preferred.
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills. 
  • Exceptional attention to detail and good judgment; quick and responsive; and a self-starter comfortable leading and taking initiative.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proven experience meeting and/or exceeding goals/expectations, managing complex projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Some nights and weekends required for fundraising events.

Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is competitive. 
To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to: jobs@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.

Kaufman Music Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Kaufman Music Center

129 W. 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
212 501 3300

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