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Development Manager

Job Description:

Title: Development Manager – El Sistema Colorado
Music Center

Compensation – 20 hours per week at $20-25 per hour, Reports to the Executive Director

The Development Manager performs a wide range of fundraising, data maintenance, and marketing functions. This position provides direct support to the Executive Director (ED). The ideal candidate is a self-starter who can work independently, as well as collaboratively to meet all revenue targets. A key priority is maintaining excellent donor services and database systems. The Development Manager ensures the timely coordination of all ESC actions related to fund development (i.e., individual donors, foundations, corporate, and community members) for the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Manage ESC’s sustainable, multi-source
    development plan created by the Executive Director and Board of Directors
    Development Committee to raise $360,000 in the coming fiscal year (August 1,
    2020 to July 31, 2021). This work supports the Executive Director in managing
    fundraising goals.
  • Work closely with the contracted grant writer and
    the full-time VISTA (recruited for capacity building and marketing) to ensure
    all grant application and reporting deadlines are met; seek out new long and
    short-term grant opportunities.
  • Donor database management: Maintain up-to-date,
    accurate donor records and timely, donor acknowledgements and communications.
    ESC uses Donor Perfect for our donor database.
  • Work with the ED and VISTA Development and
    Communications volunteer to create effective development and marketing
    infrastructure.
  • Coordinate strategic donor meetings with staff
    and/or board members.
  • Coordinate development activities with ESC’s
    marketing strategy and messaging, in conjunction with the Executive Director,
    including a well-planned year-end annual giving campaign that optimizes all
    fundraising opportunities (e-blasts, social media, targeted mailings, Colorado
    Gives Day, etc.).
  • Keep the strictest of confidence regarding all
    donor and financial information.
  • Update the Executive Director and board regularly
    and promptly on status changes in all fundraising activities, revenue impact
    and important operational changes.
  • Assist with all fundraising events and related
    activities.
  • Reporting: Create donor reports and operational
    updates as needed by the Executive Director.
  • Manage and submit all financial and fundraising
    forms required by the CNDC (e.g., invoices, cash flow, grant award letters /
    reports, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Embraces the mission of El Sistema Colorado
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant education
  • 2 years minimum experience in administration
  • Highly organized and efficient with a track record of follow-through
  • Strong interpersonal and writing skills
  • High level of competence with technology
  • Initiative: self-directed, able to set clear targets and achieve results
  • Collaborative: works well with others to listen, solve problems and achieve common goals
  • Communication: promptly shares with others as appropriate; can negotiate/persuade as needed
  • Adaptable: open to change and new ideas – handles pressure and adjusts to meet changing needs

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and three references to Whitney Stuberg at jobs@elsistemacolorado.org. No phone calls, please.

El Sistema Colorado believes that we are better as an organization when build a team that has authentic representation from diverse communities, backgrounds and beliefs. We strongly encourage qualified candidates from historically marginalized communities to apply for roles within our team.

The Development Manager will work from the El Sistema Colorado Music Center at 2980 Curtis Street Denver, CO 80205.

El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit
Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is
dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or
privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against
applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed,
religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran
status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other
characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all
employees.  

Teaching Artists and Teaching Assistants

Instrument Areas: Strings

Location: El Sistema Colorado Community Music Center, Curtis Park Neighborhood, 80205

Program Hours: Part-Time between 3-6pm weekdays with occasional evening and weekend community activities. September 2020 – May 2021.  Hours and days per week will be adjusted according to position.

Compensation: Hourly

Inquiry: Please email your cover letter, resume, three references, and at least one teaching video immediately to jobs@elsistemacolorado.org.  Interviews will be scheduled ASAP after materials are received.


El Sistema Colorado provides under-served youth with exceptional programs in musical arts within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education, and strengthen their communities.

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Teaching Artists will work closely with and report to the Program Manager in designing engaging and effective curriculum and activities for brass, strings, woodwinds, or choral music.  He or she will take on a critical leadership role within the program.
Teaching Assistants will support Teaching Artists, lead instrument specific sectionals, and collaborate with other El Sistema Colorado faculty.  He or she will take on a critical supportive role.

Teaching Artists ensure the highest quality choral or instrumental experience for El Sistema Colorado, design curriculum and instruction in collaboration with other El Sistema music faculty and support each child holistically. He or she will support the El Sistema philosophy and methodology and help facilitate community and family involvement.

Each participant will have a rich music curriculum focused on cultivating a caring, cooperative and fun community.  The instruments and the program are free to all participating students as long as they uphold their contract to take care of the instrument and maintain excellent attendance in El Sistema Colorado.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

As an El Sistema Teaching Artist, responsibilities include (but are not limited to): 

  • Collaborating with El Sistema Colorado faculty to create a shared curriculum, pedagogy and culture inspired by the ideals of El Sistema
  • Teaching group instrumental/choral rehearsals
  • Team teaching and assisting with creative ensemble classes
  • Supporting a successful, enriching ensemble experience for students through differentiation by student ability-level and interests
  • Assisting with full ensemble rehearsals of up to 100 students; playing in the section, collaborating with the conductor
  • Maintaining instruments (tuning, repairs, etc.) and preparing lesson plans
  • Leading/assisting with evening/weekend programming, concerts, field trips, etc.
  • Attending all El Sistema professional development sessions 
  • Assisting with other aspects of the holistic program (snack, homework, recess, etc.)
  • Preparation and communication with other music teachers, El Sistema Lead Teaching Artists, Program Manager, Executive Board, parents, and the El Sistema Colorado team

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Demonstrates excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Strong commitment to El Sistema’s philosophy of social change through music and the mission of El Sistema Colorado 
  • Four-year undergraduate degree, graduate degree or equivalent experience is a plus (but not required for Assistant and Intern positions)
  • Strong knowledge of brass, percussion, strings, woodwind, or choral repertoire and standard music pedagogy & curriculum (Suzuki, etc.); certification preferred
  • Experience teaching beginning brass, percussion, strings, woodwinds or choir
  • Experience leading ensembles and groups of students
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in under-served communities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community 
  • Interest and ability to be a motivational mentor and role model for students, parents, and peers as an artist, teacher, and citizen 
  • Ability to work under frequent observation 
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus!
  • Colorado State Teaching License or Substitute Teacher License also a plus!

El Sistema Colorado is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (CNDC) and all employees are CNDC employees. CNDC is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. CNDC prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law. This policy applies to all employees.