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Director of Development

American Composers Orchestra

The Director of Development is the senior level fundraising and development position within the organization. Plans, manages and implements all fundraising strategy, goals and activities for all programs and campaigns. Helps to identify new major sources of support, and cultivates existing relationships. Researches, conceptualizes and writes all foundation and government proposals and corporate sponsorship requests, monitoring and fulfilling all reporting requirements. Identifies, cultivates, solicits and insures acknowledgement of individual contributions and gifts. Plans cultivation events, benefits, and other special events. Coordinates and participates in creation and execution of long-term strategic and endowment planning initiatives. Works closely with the President & CEO, and with the Development, Nominating and Benefit committees of the Board. Serves as a spokesperson and advocate for the organization with donors and within the fundraising community. The Director of Development oversees a part-time development assistant.

Founded in 1977, the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promulgation of music by American composers. George Manahan is music director and Derek Bermel is artistic director. Through its concert series at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, new music reading sessions, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser known, and increases regional, national and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music. To date, ACO has performed music by over 700 American composers, including 300 world premieres and newly commissioned works. ACO’s discography has grown to over 20 recordings on the ARGO, MusicMasters, CRI, ECM, Point, Tzadik, Nonesuch, Phoenix USA, and New World labels. Digital albums are also available on iTunes, Amazon and InstantEncore. Among the honors ACO has received are MetLife’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, a proclamation from the New York City Council, and ASCAP’s annual prizes for adventurous programming. ACO has been singled out by ASCAP as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.”

Compensation: Commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, professional development opportunities, and 403(b) retirement plan.

The qualified candidate will have excellent writing and verbal communication skills, and a minimum of four years successful fundraising experience. A strong sense of initiative and self-sufficiency, abundant energy, ability to manage multiple deadlines, and the flexibility to respond quickly and imaginatively to a variety of challenges. Strong ability to work collaboratively with board and staff. Dedication, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit required. A record of effective experience working with non-profit boards strongly preferred. Applicant must embrace and thrive in an intensive small office environment. Strong major donor and capital campaign experience, and knowledge of concert music or performing arts a plus.

Procedure: Send letter of interest, resume, writing samples and references to:

Michael Geller, President & CEO
American Composers Orchestra
244 West 54th Street, Suite 805
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-977-8495
Fax: 212-977-8995

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