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Position: Development Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Category: Full-time, non-exempt
Schedule: Regular business hours 9:00am – 5:00pm, plus occasional evenings/weekends
Reports to: Executive Director
Benefits: Yes

POSITION SUMMARY
The full-time Development Manager is responsible for the hands-on coordination of annual fund activities and special events to support GTCYS’ ongoing growth and strategic initiatives so that more young people have access to music instruction. Key functions of this role include grant writing, donor data coordination, and tracking information. The successful candidate is extremely organized, a terrific writer, has a can-do attitude, can juggle multiple priorities, and believes in GTCYS’ mission. While this is primarily a desk role in a quiet office environment, the ideal candidate must be comfortable building relationships with donors and key constituents on the phone and in person.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Annual Fund Coordination (70%)

  • Work with staff and Board of Directors to develop, implement, and assess annual fundraising plans
  • Coordinate annual fund details, including preparation of all mailings, calling campaigns, list generation, donor data entry, gift acknowledgements, and matching gift requests
  • Create and manage the annual grant and fundraising calendar
  • Research and write corporate, foundation, and government grant proposals, supporting materials, and reports
  • Coordinate sponsorship details to ensure that timelines and sponsor benefits are met
  • Help identify new sources of individual and institutional support, and conduct research on prospective donors
  • Provide general support for the Executive Director’s and Board of Directors’ fundraising and stewardship activities
  • Attend and actively participate in development committee meetings
  • Prepare monthly development reports and annual fund donor analysis

Data Management (20%)

  • Serve as primary point person for database (Neon CRM), ensuring strong best practices for the organization
  • Maintain accurate gift entries in database and organized donor files
  • Track organizational and program statistics for reporting and analysis

Special Event Management (5%)

  • Coordinate hands-on details for fundraising and cultivation events, including annual auction and benefit
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers needed for development activities and special events

Other (5%)

  • Help prepare GTCYS’ annual budget and monitor income and expenses for development-related activities
  • Serve as a positive and supportive member of GTCYS’ team and be a proactive ambassador
  • Attend select meetings, program activities, and special events
  • Understand and adhere to GTCYS’ policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or Associate’s degree with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • 1-3 years of professional experience in the development field
  • Superior writing skills, with ability to convey ideas in a compelling way
  • Exceptional organization skills, and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with ability to think critically and prioritize
  • Computer skills required: PC-based Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Excel, Word), Google platforms (forms, calendar, etc.), and database experience
  • Background in music or the arts preferred

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position requires the ability to sit at a computer and use a keyboard 95% of the time. The work schedule will include some evenings and weekends.

GTCYS is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and from populations underrepresented in the arts administration field.

BENEFITS
GTCYS provides health insurance, dental insurance, parking stipend, 3% Simple IRA match, paid time off, sick leave, and holidays. GTCYS is an equal opportunity employer.

TO APPLY
Email a cover letter, resume, relevant writing sample, and names of three references to GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org by Monday, September 18.

August 2017


Position: Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Category: Part-time, up to 10 hours/week
Schedule: Flexible, combination of remote and in-office, some evening/weekend activities
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $18 – $25/hour depending on experience

POSITION SUMMARY
The part-time Marketing & Communications Coordinator is a new role that will help GTCYS tell its story through the use of digital media, electronic communications, advertising outlets, and public relations. Activities will support GTCYS’ efforts to increase its visibility, expand enrollment, and increase audiences. The successful candidate is organized and media savvy, has video production experience and an energetic writing style, and possesses a creative knack for story-telling. While flexible in schedule up to approximately 10 hours per week, the person in this role must be available for occasional evening/weekend program activities and be able to meet the organization’s deadlines.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications & Publicity (65%)

  • Work with the Executive Director to create a strategic communications and digital media plan.
  • Write and prepare content for electronic and print communications including e-newsletters, website content, program and concert descriptions, press releases, and cross-promotional materials with local partners, and other external communications
  • Manage internal and external aspects for annual communications calendar and the production of GTCYS’ collateral materials, including coordination with GTCYS’ staff and vendors (graphic designer, printer, mail house)
  • Manage photos and design in-house collateral materials as needed (e.g. concert flyers, invitations)
  • Solicit, coordinate, and develop GTCYS’ advertising base for concert programs and other revenue-driven outlets
  • Coordinate external advertising opportunities, program listings, and regular concert listings to promote GTCYS programs and performances
  • Collaborate with GTCYS Executive Director and staff to identify stories and opportunities for greater visibility
  • Provide materials for media requests (recordings, bios, program info, etc.)
  • Ensure that all communications are consistent with GTCYS branding and key messages, and are regularly integrated into our various communication outlets
  • Help prepare GTCYS’ annual budget and monitor income and expenses for these activities

Digital Media (35%)

  • Manage GTCYS social media activities (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), maintaining a regular presence
  • Create social media calendar and gather necessary info (photos, data, etc.) from others to ensure full coverage of key GTCYS activities, leverage opportunities for added visibility, and advocate music education and classical music
  • Take photos at select activities for use in communications and collateral materials
  • Create short videos and audio recordings

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, or Associate’s degree with 2+ years of relevant experience
  • 1-3 years of professional experience in the communications field
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to relay stories in a compelling way
  • Ability to generate creative ideas, self-motivate, and prioritize tasks
  • Technology skills:
    • Comfort level with Microsoft Office applications
    • Basic graphic design experience using Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
    • Video creation and editing experience
  • Electronic marketing tools such as MailChimp
  • Proficiency with various social media platforms
  • Ability to work a flexible, irregular schedule while still meeting GTCYS deadlines
  • Passion for music preferred
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred

GTCYS is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and from populations underrepresented in the arts administration field.

TO APPLY
Email a cover letter, resume, samples of relevant past work, and names of three references to GTCYS Executive Director Megen Balda at megen@gtcys.org by Monday, September 18.

August 2017


Position: Violin Teaching Artist

Salary: $100 per class day
Deadline: September 4, 2017

Status: Part-time; 2 hours/week
Reports to: Executive Director

About the Program

GTCYS’ Harmony Program is an El Sistema-inspired after school program in partnership with Riverview Elementary School in St. Paul. In its second year, the program will consist of group violin instruction for 15-20 beginning string students in third grade and a group of 15 continuing 4th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45pm. On Wednesdays all students have the opportunity for semi-private lessons and music education. The program begins Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and will conclude in mid-May 2018 with a possibility of summer instruction. Students will present informal performances on the West Side and formal concerts in March and May (Spring Festival at Orchestra Hall). Field trips, concert outings, and mentorship by other GTCYS students provide additional enrichment. This highly accessible program breaks down barriers for music instruction to create strong learners and opportunities for West Side students.

About the Role

Teaching Artists are needed for semi-private (group of 4-5 youth) lessons on Wednesdays to develop students’ violin technique. The ideal candidate is an active member of the Twin Cities’ music teaching and/or performing community and would bring to GTCYS a passion for instrumental music education as well as equity and inclusion, an appetite for student development and artistic growth, and the energy to collaboratively engage with students, program partners, and the West Side community. The ideal candidate has experience working with underserved youth in a group setting and interest in long-term commitment to the program. Spanish language preferred but not required.

Qualifications or requirements

Responsibilities

  • Teach 2, 30-minute semi-private lessons on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45pm
  • Lead program activities in a clear, positive, and inclusive manner to motivate students and promote excellence and engagement
  • Utilize a range of behavior management techniques from non-verbal cues to taking a break
  • Work with Community Engagement Coordinator to evaluate student progress
  • Maintain open communication with Riverview Elementary’s staff regarding student behavior, facilities, and any issues that arise
  • Communicate closely with the Community Engagement Coordinator regarding program details, including any discipline or attendance concerns, and participate in planning conversations (likely one per month)
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities as they arise
  • Understand and adhere to GTCYS’ Child Protection Policy and any other policies set by the Executive and Artistic Directors
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education, violin performance, or related field
  • 2 years of successful teaching experience
  • Passion for and ability to teach and motivate beginning violin students in a group setting
  • Advanced knowledge of the violin repertoire and pedagogy techniques
  • Experience working with diverse populations, newcomers to instruments, and parents with little to no knowledge of orchestral music
  • Flexibility and creativity to adapt to curriculum goals, and ability to work collaboratively with fellow staff, program partners, parents, and volunteers
  • Strong classroom/group management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Interest and ability to be a role model to students and parents as a citizen, artist, teacher and scholar and to encourage students to develop holistically

How to apply

GTCYS is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and from populations underrepresented in the orchestra field.

Email a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to GTCYS Community Engagement Coordinator Gracie Miller at gracie@gtcys.org by September 4, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Position: Music Enrichment Specialist

Status:             Part-time; 2 hours/week- 1 hour instruction, 1 hour prep
Reports to:      Executive Director

About the Program

GTCYS’ Harmony Program is an El Sistema-inspired after school program in partnership with Riverview Elementary School in St. Paul. In its second year, the program will consist of group violin instruction for 15-20 beginning string students in third grade and a group of 15 continuing 4th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 4:45pm. On Wednesdays, all students have the opportunity for semi-private lessons and music education. The program begins Tuesday, October 10, 2017 and will conclude in mid-May 2018 with a possibility of summer instruction. Students will present informal performances on the West Side and formal concerts in March and May (Spring Festival at Orchestra Hall). Field trips, concert outings, and mentorship by other GTCYS students provide additional enrichment. This highly accessible program breaks down barriers for music instruction to create strong learners and opportunities for West Side students.

About the Role

This role does not teach violin. Our Music Enrichment Specialist will teach 2 half-hour music enrichment classes on Wednesdays with a short transition in between. Our goal is to develop students’ understanding of a variety of musical topics such as: careers in music, El Sistema Venezuela, West Side music history, rhythm games/bucket drumming, dance/movement, and/or singing. This class is designed to enrich students’ concepts of why they play music, future possibilities in the field, learning about other local musicians, interesting topics related to music/violin (i.e. how a luthier creates an instrument), etc. The ideal candidate is an active member of the Twin Cities’ music teaching and/or performing community and would bring to GTCYS a passion for music education as well as equity and inclusion, an appetite for student development and artistic growth, and the energy to collaboratively engage with students, program partners, and the West Side community. The ideal candidate has experience working with underserved youth in a group setting and interest in long-term commitment to the program.  Spanish language preferred but not required.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with other Teaching Artists and GTCYS’ staff to create a thoughtful curriculum and weekly lesson plans inspired by the ideals of El Sistema
  • Teach 2, 30-minute group classes every Wednesday, October-May except school and national holidays
  • Lead program activities in a clear, positive, and inclusive manner to motivate students and promote excellence and engagement
  • Utilize a range of behavior management techniques from non-verbal cues to taking a break
  • Work with Community Engagement Coordinator to evaluate students and the program
  • Communicate with and build rapport with participants’ parents
  • Maintain open communication with Riverview Elementary’s staff regarding student behavior, facilities, and any issues that arise
  • Communicate closely with the Community Engagement Coordinator regarding program details, including any discipline or attendance concerns, and participate in planning conversations (likely one per month during prep time)
  • In conjunction with the Community Engagement Coordinator, supervise mentors and volunteers
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities as they arise
  • Understand and adhere to GTCYS’ Child Protection Policy and any other policies set by the Executive and Artistic Directors
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Passion for and ability to teach and motivate 3rd and 4th graders in a group, after school setting
  • Teaching experience with students in an in-school or after school setting (no teaching license required)
  • Experience working with diverse populations, newcomers to music, and parents with little to no knowledge of orchestral music
  • Flexibility and creativity to adapt to curriculum goals, and ability to work collaboratively with fellow staff, program partners, parents, and volunteers
  • Strong classroom/group management skills using rapport building and engagement as the best prevention methods
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Ability to work during program hours as well as additional hours for planning meetings, professional development and scheduled concerts
  • Interest and ability to be a role model to students and parents as a citizen, artist, teacher and scholar and to encourage students to develop holistically

GTCYS is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and from populations underrepresented in the orchestra field.

To Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to GTCYS Community Engagement Coordinator Gracie Miller at gracie@gtcys.org by September 4, 2017. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.


Volunteering

Volunteers provide vital assistance by helping with administrative duties, program activities, concert events, special events, and fundraising. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Katie Heilman at katie@gtcys.org.

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