Director of Development

Job title: Director of Development
Organization: Cincinnati Boychoir
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Industry: Music Education

Job Description

Job Summary:
The Cincinnati Boychoir is seeking a Director of Development with experience in fundraising as well as energy and passion for the arts and youth development. They will be integral in achieving our vision of being financially accessible to all boys and families through a renewed focus on all revenue generating activities, including the stewardship of our donor base, overarching grant strategy, fundraising events, and performance activities. The person in this role is a key member of the Boychoir staff, reporting to the Artistic Director and partnering together to fulfill our mission and develop our singer’s artistry, personal growth, community engagement, and cultural appreciation.

Ultimately, the Director of Development will be responsible for planning and implementing a development and fundraising strategy to provide for the short and long-term financial goals of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for executing and managing all revenue driving activities in collaboration with Boychoir staff and board.
  • Prospecting new donors and continuing stewardship of existing donors, including individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies, in coordination with the Board Development committee.
  • Manage the execution of the grant strategy, including oversight of the grant writer.
  • Assist in planning and executing fundraising events, in coordination with the Board Development committee.
  • Oversee concert financial activities including ticket sales, related activities to maximize concert attendance, supervise point of sale at events, and all front-of-house operations.
  • Utilize the organization’s Salesforce CRM database to track and acknowledge donor activity, in coordination with the Program Coordinator.
  • Supervise marketing efforts to increase organizational visibility, singer recruitment, fundraising and development work, ticket sales, and community engagement projects in coordination with the Artistic Director and marketing interns.

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of fundraising strategies and principles.
  • Excellent management and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of tax planning principles and techniques that favor charitable giving.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.
  • Proficient in CRM software such as Salesforce.
  • Passion for the arts and youth development.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts administration or a related field.
  • Five years of experience in fundraising for a nonprofit organization highly preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Flexibility in working outside normal business hours.
  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • The anticipated salary is in the range of $45,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience.
  • Bonus opportunities available with achievement of key development and fundraising metrics.
  • The Cincinnati Boychoir offers a benefits package that includes health insurance and paid time off.
  • Hybrid Work Environment

Please send an email to with the following:

  • A cover letter that explains why you are interested and qualified.
  • Resume
  • Three references with phone number and email address.

All applications will be acknowledged by a reply email within a few days of receipt. References won’t be contacted without prior permission of the candidate. Any offer of employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background check in compliance with the Boychoir’s policies. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 8, 2023, and the position will remain open until June 30, 2023.

About the Cincinnati Boychoir:
Founded in 1965, the Boychoir is a teaching and performing organization that offers musical enrichment, performance, and touring opportunities. As a choir for male-identifying youth of all musical abilities from across the greater Cincinnati region, we have a unique place in Cincinnati’s cultural community. Our vision is to create an inclusive and welcoming environment that is financially accessible for all boys, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic need, so they all have the opportunity to experience the life changing impact of immersive arts participation.

Our vocal ensembles are directed by professional music educators who teach a curriculum not only of musical skills but cultural appreciation, empathy, self-discipline, leadership, mentorship, and a spirit of volunteerism. Boys from grades 3-12 attend weekly rehearsals and commit from 6 weeks to a full academic year. Each week, all boys come together for a combined rehearsal in which
older boys are empowered as big brothers to younger boys, mentoring them in music and singing as well as important lifelong skills such as respect, confidence, how to tie their bowtie, and more.
We present approximately twenty annual performances in the greater Cincinnati region and have performed concerts and completed residencies both at home and abroad. Our schedule includes our premier showcase events in December and April as well as an annual summer tour, rounded out by multiple performances throughout the greater Cincinnati region. Each year we partner
with numerous Cincinnati organizations including the May Festival, the Queen City Cabaret, and the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble, as well as numerous school districts, youth community organizations, libraries, and senior living communities.