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Director of Development and Communications
The Chorus of Westerly

Title: Director of Development and Communications                    

Supervisor: Executive Director  

Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt (benefits include health insurance) 
Salary: Commensurate with experience 
Application deadline is April 30, 2018
(subject to change; position open until filled)

To apply: See below.

The Chorus of Westerly seeks applicants to become the Director of Development and Communications.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development and Communications will be responsible for developing and implementing successful programs and plans that achieve the organization’s annual fundraising goals. In addition, and directly paired with fundraising activity, the Director of Development and Communications will develop successful marketing and communication plans that promote the Chorus’s regular seasonal activities, as well as advancing the organization on a broader level – regionally and nationally – for a greater identity and marketing reach.


Principal Activities

Development (70%)​

1. Direct and implement all individual giving programs of the Chorus and the George Kent Performance Hall. This includes the Annual Fund Drive, planned giving, concert sponsorships, major giving, and other relevant activity. Ensure that these activities meet their annual budget goals while continuously developing new prospects for future activities.


2. Solicit, secure, and manage corporate and business sponsorships for all Chorus concerts, events, education programs, and capital project needs. Develop direct and personal relationships with relevant local and regional corporate/business leaders responsible for marketing sponsorships and/or philanthropic support. Ensure sponsorship goals are met annually and new corporate relationships are created.


3. Develop, oversee, and execute special fundraising events throughout the Chorus season including an annual gala, fundraising dinners, several small fundraising “guest” concerts, and innovative fundraising programs with the singers. Ensure systems are in place to execute these events smoothly, to meet their budgetary goals, and to evaluate the special events success/value for future seasons.


4. Manage and write grants for Chorus programs, concerts, events, and capital needs through private and corporate foundations. Continuously prospect and identify potential grant and foundation funders locally, regionally, and nationally. Manage local, state, and national grant programs and applications (such as grants through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts).


Communications (30%)

1. Develop, oversee, and execute marketing and communication plans for the Chorus season, for the Chorus as an organization, for Kent Hall, and for member recruitment. Specific areas of focus and management within these plans will include such items as press release and media management, story pitches to editors, online PR management (social media, website, e-communications). Ensure proper vendors, volunteers, singers, and/or parents are part of a team assembled to support these efforts.


2. Oversee and support special communications projects such as website evaluation, video, audio, and related multimedia projects.


Related Duties

Volunteers – The Director of Development and Communications will also be expected for all of her/his projects to actively recruit in volunteer teams of support from the Chorus community as needed. The Director will be responsible for managing these volunteers for projects, for stewarding and supporting them, and for providing them clear and concise direction and vision.


Database management/reports – The Director will also oversee, manage, and maintain the Chorus’s patron, marketing, and donor databases and prepare tracking reports and project interaction reports as needed and/or requested by the Board or Executive Director.



A Bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s level degree in arts administration, not-for-profits/non-profits, public or cultural policy or a related field is ideal, but not required.


The candidate will have a minimum of 3 to 6 years of experience working in the arts sector or the not-for-profit sector with progressively growing responsibilities in their positions. Some form of project or team management experience (volunteer management is acceptable) is also required. The candidate will need to be able to demonstrate a fluency in the language, lifestyle, and structure of not-for-profit arts organizations. The candidate should also have substantive experience working closely with both professional staff members and volunteers within an arts organization or other not-for-profit organization.


The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated success in developing, designing, leading, and/or delivering a comprehensive program in one or more of the following areas: annual giving, private foundation and/or corporate grant writing, capital development, special major fundraising events. Some experience in some area of marketing, public relations, e-communications, or related fields, ideally for an arts organization or non-profit organization is also highly desired.


The candidate must be extremely comfortable interfacing personally, directly, and frequently (including face-to-face, on the phone, electronically) with a wide variety of individuals of different ages and backgrounds. This includes the singing membership of the Chorus, guest artists of high and low profiles, donors and patrons of the Chorus of all levels of support, the Board of the Chorus, parents of Chorus children, government officials, foundation officers, and members of the local and regional media. The candidate must also be a confident and skilled writer, able to effectively communicate the “story” of the organization.


Experience with programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, TopTix Standing Room Only, Blackbaud Raisers’ Edge, or similar programs, and/or an ability to quickly learn new software programs is preferred.


About the position

The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Some night and weekend work is required related to Chorus of Westerly activities and events. Salary is commensurate with experience.


To apply
Applicants must send to Ryan Saunders, executive director of the Chorus of Westerly, the following items via email only (no mail submissions, no drop-off submissions) to ryan@chorusofwesterly.org:

1 - A resume and introductory cover letter

2 - One writing sample of your choice (ideally, written in a professional capacity)
3 - A 2 to 4 page personal case statement on how the arts have impacted your life
4 - The name and contact information of three professional or (recent) academic references
5 - Your personal salary requirements

No phone calls or drop-in inquiries can be made to Mr. Saunders or other members of the Chorus of Westerly staff. Questions can be emailed to Mr. Saunders at the above address.

Address: 119 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891

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