Employment Opportunities

Position:             Director of Development

Reports to:         Executive Director

Supervises:         Development & Communications Manager

Category:            Full-time, exempt

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) broadens access to orchestral music and serves 16,000 children and adults through core educational programs, free outreach activities and workshops, concerts, and special performances. Led by Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, GTCYS serves more than 900 students ages 8-18 through eight academic-year orchestras and two summer programs. GTCYS presents 25 annual concerts to 11,000 audience members with performances at Orchestra Hall, The Ordway, and Ted Mann Concert Hall, and free community concerts at homeless shelters, schools, and care centers. Renowned for its rich international touring history, GTCYS will tour Argentina in June 2016. In 2011, GTCYS and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra formed a strategic partnership to serve the community through music and build classical music audiences. GTCYS’ 16,000 alumni include leaders in every field who developed lifelong values of teamwork, discipline, and community engagement during their GTCYS experience. Dedicated to increasing access to music education, GTCYS will award $50,000 in need-based scholarships to students this year.  With a 53% increase in enrollment since 2010, a major program expansion in 2014, new educational initiatives, an exciting strategic plan, and committed Board of Directors, GTCYS is poised for continued success and greater community impact.

In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, this role is responsible for developing and leading GTCYS’ high-level fundraising strategies to increase the organization’s philanthropic support. With an emphasis on individual giving and alumni relations, the Director of Development will deepen and develop relationships to build GTCYS’ annual fund and additional areas of support.

This new senior position augments GTCYS’ current development staff and is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to help shape and directly impact GTCYS’ success. Working with a small team in a flexible environment provides a straight-forward setting for leadership and success. GTCYS’ recent fundraising achievements include increasing the annual fund by 48% over the last four years to $236,000, launching new advisory groups, and securing special project funding for a new access initiative. There is significant potential for even greater success by leveraging efforts with GTCYS alumni, alumni parents, and families of current students.

Fundraising Strategy

  • Working with GTCYS’ leadership, develop a comprehensive annual fundraising plan that leverages, utilizes, and engages GTCYS’ constituents to cultivate relationships and increase philanthropic support
  • Develop future growth strategies to diversify and increase GTCYS’ long-term funding opportunities, which may include planned giving and augmenting GTCYS’ endowment

Individual Giving

  • Research, identify, and, in collaboration with the Executive Director and Board, solicit individual donors
  • With the Executive Director, plan GTCYS’ Leadership Advisory Council activities for major donors
  • Develop key messages and strategies for donor communications
  • Assess and analyze success of annual fund activities

 Alumni Relations

  • Serve as a leader on GTCYS’ Alumni Council to help develop and implement strategies for the Alumni Association initiatives
  • Identify, cultivate, and, in collaboration with the Executive Director, solicit alumni

 Board Relations

  • Spearhead the annual Board Plan process to plan board members’ individual fundraising activities
  • Serve as a leader on the Development Committee
  • Attend Board meetings as needed

 Institutional Giving

  • Oversee the Development Manager’s work on institutional grants and recommend strategies for special project funding
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, help develop and implement strategies for corporate sponsorships

 Special Events

  • Work with GTCYS’ fundraising team to develop strategies for cultivation and annual fundraising events
  • Attend special events and GTCYS activities


  • Help set annual fundraising budget and monitor projections
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree with five-plus years of progressive fundraising experience is required, including a proven track record of direct solicitation and achieving fundraising goals
  • Computer proficiency with all Microsoft Office applications and knowledge of Raisers Edge
  • Supervisory experience is desirable


  • Strategic thinker with focus on long-term goals and short-term actions
  • Superior written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Superb people skills and customer service oriented
  • Exceptional organization skills, attention to detail, and deadline-driven
  • Self-motivated with excellent critical thinking skills and ability to prioritize
  • Background in music or the arts

Email a cover letter, resume with relevant experience, and names of three professional references (with permission to contact each) to GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org by December 18.

GTCYS offers competitive health insurance benefits, parking stipend, 403(b) match, paid time off and holidays. GTCYS is an equal opportunity employer.

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