So Percussion Inc. seeks an experienced professional to join our team of exceptional artists, dedicated staff, and passionate board members in the role of Development Manager.
The Development Manager will have a leadership role in achieving the fundraising goals laid out in the organization’s three-year Strategic Plan, which among other things calls for a 50% budget increase over the coming three years. As such, the Development Manager will be the point person leading an aggressive fundraising strategy that will be supported by all organizational staff and partners. In particular, the Development Manager will oversee and grow all giving lines -- including foundation and government giving, Board cultivation and management, individual giving and special events -- and manage broad donor communication and cultivation throughout the year. The position will often require cross-departmental collaboration, in addition to working closely with the Board and with the four ensemble members, who serve senior managerial roles within the organization.
Manage major giving strategies for each fiscal year, establishing relationships with So Percussion’s top donors, inviting them to events and encouraging regular contact with members of So Percussion.
Manage donor databases in Salesforce and on Google Drive. Plan and execute an annual appeal letter and corresponding online campaign, tracking all small gifts (under $1000) and brainstorming about how best to engage these donors.
Board of Directors & Board Development
Cultivate new Board members.
Support existing Board committees and the implementation of new committee structures.
Plan and attend all Board and committee meetings. Prepare reports and assist the Board Chair in developing agendas.
Design and manage fundraising events, in consultation with the staff and Board; as needed, coordinate with venue, caterer, and rentals; connect with donors to promote attendance and other participation.
Organize events for maintaining engagement with current donors and cultivating future donors, such as green room events after performances, pre- or post-concert gatherings, donor-hosted parties, and invitation-only events at the So Percussion studio.
Coordinate grant writing and project design in collaboration with So's ensemble members, maintaining relationships with grant officers at foundations and seeking out new funding opportunities.
Manage all grant tracking and reporting.
Work with other team members to ensure nonprofit best practices, including communication between staff and contractors, budget management, scheduling meetings, internal updates, and staff management.
4+ years of fundraising experience, including cultivation of major donors, Board management, grant writing, and execution of fundraising campaigns.
Working knowledge of nonprofit governance and procedure.
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, strategize, and think nimbly within a small organization.
Collegial, collaborative approach to decision-making.
Broad organizational skills and a track record as a self-starter.
Familiarity with the new music field is preferred, and a performing arts background is essential.
SALARY RANGE, HOURS & LOCATION
The salary range for this position will be $50,000-60,000, commensurate with experience. Position is full-time (40 hours per week) with some evenings and weekends, with an expectation to attend New York City area performances and fundraising events and flexibility in scheduling hours. Benefits package will be provided. The position will be based out of the S? Percussion studio in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with the understanding that work will often be managed from home or at partner locations (e.g. Princeton, concert venues, foundation offices, etc).
So Percussion is a leading percussion quartet and nonprofit organization that fosters, creates, and presents adventurous new work with a unique focus on collaboration. Fueled by a belief in the unifying power of music, So Percussion brings the joy, curiosity, and inherent connectivity of percussion in all its forms to an ever broader audience.
Founded in 1999, the virtuosic ensemble is: Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting. So Percussion is based in Brooklyn, NY, and since 2014 has served as Edward T. Cone Performers-in- Residence at Princeton University.
So Percussion is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. So Percussion is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all facets of the organization and welcomes recommendations, nominations, and applications from all qualified candidates
Cover Letter that describes your specific interest in So Percussion and describes your vision for collaborative leadership in a small performing arts organization.
2-3 professional references
A work sample of previous fundraising work (e.g. letter of appeal, fundraising prospectus, event plan, etc)
In furtherance of our Strategic Plan, So is in the process of hiring several key roles over the next year. We are posting them at the same time. You are encouraged to apply for the role you are most interested in and qualified for. If you are interested in more than one position, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best approach.
About So Percussion
So Percussion is a percussion-based music organization that creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to engaged students, while providing meaningful service to its communities, in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social bonds. Our vision is to create a new model of egalitarian artistic collaboration that respects history, champions innovation and curiosity, and creates an essential social bond through service to our audiences and our communities.
For twenty years and counting, So Percussion has redefined chamber music for the 21st century through an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker). They are celebrated by audiences and presenters for a dazzling range of work: for live performances in which “telepathic powers of communication” (The New York Times) bring to life the vibrant percussion repertoire; for an extravagant array of collaborations in classical music, pop, indie rock, contemporary dance, and theater; and for their work in education and community, creating opportunities and platforms for music and artists that explore the... immense possibility of art in our time.
Recent highlights have included performances at the Elbphilharmonie, Big Ears 2022 – where they performed Amid the Noise, premiered a new work by Angélica Negrón with the Kronos Quartet, and performed their Nonesuch album with Caroline Shaw, Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part – and a return to Carnegie Hall where they performed new collaborations with Nathalie Joachim, and Dominic Shodekeh Talifero. Their Nonesuch recording, Narrow Sea, with Caroline Shaw, Dawn Upshaw, and Gilbert Kalish, won the 2022 Grammy for Best Composition. Other albums include A Record Of.. on Brassland Music with Buke and Gase, and an acclaimed version of Julius Eastman’s Stay On It on new imprint S? Percussion Editions. This adds to a catalogue of more than twenty-five albums featuring landmark recordings of works by David Lang, Steve Reich, Steve Mackey, and many more.
In the Summer of 2022, So performs at the Music Academy of the West Festival, Newport Classical, at Time Spans in New York, and offers four concerts at Our Festival in Helsinki – including a performance of Let the Soil with Caroline Shaw. Other 22/23 dates include concerts for Cal Performances, at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, at the Barbican in London, the Kennedy Center, and at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
In Fall 2022, So Percussion begins its ninth year as the Edward T. Cone performers-in-residence at Princeton University. Rooted in the belief that music is an elemental form of human communication, and galvanized by forces for social change in recent years, So enthusiastically pursues a range of social and community outreach through their nonprofit organization, including partnerships with local ensembles including Pan in Motion and Castle of Our Skins; their Brooklyn Bound concert series; a studio residency program in Brooklyn; and the So Percussion Summer Institute, an intensive two-week chamber music seminar for percussionists and composers.