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Development Associate

Kaufman Music Center seeks a smart, ambitious, collaborative, dynamic and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to support research and administration efforts for the development team. 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.


  • 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.
  • Assist with Trustee and Development Committee meetings.
  • Conduct donor research to learn more about current and potential prospects.
  • Support logistics for Kaufman Music Center’s annual Gala and provide on-site assistance for other fundraising events.
  • Assist with special projects.


  • 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.

Salary is competitive. To apply, please e-mail your resume and cover letter (with salary requirements) to: Please title the email "Development Associate." Kaufman Music Center is an equal opportunity employer.