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Director of Development - Capital Harmony Works

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 1 Jul 2022
  • Capital Harmony Works

Capital Harmony Works is a creative youth development organization that empowers young people as teams of musicians, providing an environment of high expectations and abundant opportunity, and enriching the community through the joyful pursuit of excellence together. It was formed in February of 2022 by the merger of Trenton Children’s Chorus with Trenton Music Makers.

The organization is now the home of three flagship programs, all of which are well known in the region:

Trenton Makers Orchestra: engages K-12 students Monday through Friday after school. They participate in studio lessons, orchestra rehearsals, drumming circles, collective composition, chamber music and theory instruction. As members of El Sistema USA, the El Sistema NJ Alliance, and the Carnegie Hall PlayUSA cohort, they travel to play with their peers in the region and around the nation.

Trenton Children’s Chorus: founded in 1989, Trenton Children’s Chorus provides exceptional choral music education, performance opportunities, and collaborative events across the region. The Chorus is frequently invited to perform with collaborating organizations, and has sung at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama, at the United Nations, and at the National Cathedral.

Music for the Very Young: developed in collaboration with the Trenton Public Schools Office of Early Childhood, this program provides high-quality and interesting first musical experiences for preschool children, support for their classroom teachers in integrating music across the preschool curriculum, and opportunities for children’s families to participate in the music-making.

Position Summary:

The Director of Development is the key fundraising and communications leader of Capital Harmony Works, working closely with the CEO to support its mission and program activities to foster social development through music. They are responsible for the cultivation and stewardship of the financial and relationship resources, and for maintaining and furthering an organizational atmosphere that enables its staff to fulfill its work toward Capital Harmony Works’ goals.

The Director of Development is responsible for corporate and individual giving, and the planning and execution of the annual One Voice fundraising event. They support the Grants Specialist in the identification and preparation of proposals for institutional support. They collaborate with the CEO in the research and cultivation of major gifts, and in keeping the Board informed, as appropriate, of matters related to the organization’s development strategy, and its reputation in the community and the world, so that it can fulfill its fundraising functions. Additionally, they are responsible for broad-based external communications, both print and digital, Capital Harmony Works’ development of social media channels, including at present the development and execution of a strategy to merge Trenton Music Makers’ and Trenton Children’s Chorus’s current online presence.

They represent Capital Harmony Works’ values and serve as an ambassador for the organization, both internally and to the general public. This position operates year-round, on a full-time overtime-exempt basis.

Work Environment:

Capital Harmony Works prioritizes joy and friendship, teamwork, imagination, mutual respect, and the collective striving for excellence. It celebrates cultural diversity and embraces the CATS model (citizen/artist/teacher/scholar) for all adults, both artistic and management professionals.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:


   Corporate Support: research and network with potential sources of corporate support; consult with the Board of Trustees to support their tapping of their corporate networks. Collaborate with the CEO to ensure compliance in the use of funds received and ongoing stewardship of corporate funders, and with program leaders in the preparation of appropriate reports.

   Major Gifts: support the CEO in the identification, cultivation and stewardship of major donors; support the solicitation of gifts.

    Annual Fundraising: execute an annual donor communications schedule that balances the sharing of news, the solicitation of donations, and expressions of gratitude.

    Benefit Event: in collaboration with the CEO, support for the Board of Trustees and the Benefit Host Committee in planning and executing an annual fundraising event.

    Friendraising Events: support for the Board of Trustees and other major supporters in holding smaller introductory events to cultivate new donors and steward current donors. Prepare and distribute guest invitations and other messages.

    Maintain the donor database.

    Preparation and delivery of receipt letters to all donors, including language of gratitude and documentation of the gift, with language suitable for taxation authorities confirming Capital Harmony Works’ 501(c)3 status and the charitable nature of all gifts.

Marketing and Communications

       Maintain the organization’s website, to include the donation function and a current homepage.

       Email Marketing: prepare email communications on a monthly basis.

       Annual Report: draft annual report narrative and select photographs and images; coordinate digital and print distribution.

       Social Media: maintain of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube channels, and monitor the teaching artists’ and students’ maintenance of a TikTok account, with a variety of content appropriate to each that promotes identified institutional and programming marketing messages; capture and/or solicit current photography and video from program sites to create immediate content.

Board Communication

       Attend bimonthly board meetings, engaging the Board on topics related to fundraising, external communications, and other matters related to the organization’s reputation in the community of supporters.

       Together with the CEO, prepare the meeting space and arrange for food and drink, and the preparation of any printed materials that might be required.

       Provide information to the Board as requested.

Required Qualifications:

       Five+ years of development experience

       Superior written and verbal skills

       Experience with Bloomerang or another similar CRM system

       Experience with Squarespace or another similar website platform

       Self-motivation and dedication to Capital Harmony Works’ goals

       Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations

       Demonstrated success in event planning and execution

       Demonstrated success with direct and digital marketing

       Respect for young people from racially and culturally diverse communities, and a passion for creating an impact on the lives of young people

       Strong organization skills, matched by kindness, extroversion, a sense of humor, and readiness to adapt

Other Big Plusses:

       Familiarity with the Mercer County community

       Experience in Creative Youth Development

       Amateur or professional experience in the performing arts

How to apply:

If you are inspired by the thought of working in a mission-driven, high-impact organization that enjoys a positive and collaborative organizational culture, this position is for you. Please send a cover letter and resume to hello@capitalharmony.works.

Salary Range:

$65,000 - $70,000, commensurate with experience; benefits including health insurance, retirement with employer match, and four weeks’ paid time off

Capital Harmony Works values racial and cultural diversity, and is committed to promoting equal opportunity.

No current or prospective Capital Harmony Works student, volunteer, contractor, employee or trustee will be harassed or discriminated against based upon race, religion, ethnicity, gender identification, or any other extrinsic quality whose class is protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of engagement, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation.

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