Starting September 2017


Please follow application instructions carefully. Incomplete and/or inaccurate applications will be dismissed upon receipt.

Summary of Position

The Atlanta Music Project seeks a dynamic, motivated and experienced individual to take on the new position of Director of Development. The Director of Development will be responsible for designing, directing and leading the execution and strategy of the organization’s development operations. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of delivering measurable results in the area of annual fundraising and major gift development.

This position reports to the Executive Director. The Director of Development will oversee the Grants Manager and work collaboratively with the Marketing and Operations Manager and Operations Assistant. The Director of Development will work with and interact regularly with the AMP Board of Directors, major donors, institutional funders and volunteers.

About the Atlanta Music Project

Founded in 2010, the Atlanta Music Project provides intensive, tuition-free music education for underserved youth right in their neighborhood. AMP’s existence is a direct result of the 2009 TED Prize, which was awarded to Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s El Sistema. AMP’s co-founders were members of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

The 2017-2018 school year will be AMP’s eighth year of programming, during which 300 students at five program sites will be served. AMP’s annual operating budget will approach $900,000. In addition, a modest capital campaign will be launched to secure funding for AMP’s first ever headquarters. AMP’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2018 to 2020 is currently in development.

AMP’s funders include Carnegie Hall, Bank of America, the Chick-fil-A Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, MailChimp, The Zeist Foundation, the Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, the Harland Charitable Foundation, the Arthur Blank Foundation, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Fulton County Arts Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia Music Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

AMP’s partners and collaborators include the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation, The Kindezi Schools, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Woodruff Arts Center, The Westin Peachtree Downtown, Sylvan Hills Middle School, Clayton State University and Carnegie Hall.

AMP provides all its students with an instrument, a teaching artist, classes and numerous public performance opportunities. AMP does not hold entrance auditions – the only requirement is a commitment to attending all classes.

AMP’s programs include: the AMP Orchestra; AMPlify, the choral program of the Atlanta Music Project; the AMP Academy, which provides advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; and the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school.

In September of 2017, AMP students will perform the national anthem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium at an Atlanta United FC game. AMP’s young artists have performed at Atlanta’s most prestigious venues, including the Woodruff Arts Center, Spivey Hall, Center Stage, and the Rialto Center for the Arts. In 2015 Clayton State University established the Atlanta Music Project Endowed Scholarships, providing college scholarship funds for AMP students.

In both 2016 and 2017 the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities named AMP one of the top 50 youth programs in the nation. AMP is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders award, which will support the development of AMP’s first ever headquarters space in Southwest Atlanta. AMP is a member of “El Sistema USA,” the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.

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General Responsibilities

  • Design, direct and lead the execution of the organization’s annual fundraising strategy and operations
  • Oversee the Grants Manager and the Operations Assistant
  • Present to the board of directors the organization’s annual fundraising plan
  • Achieve or surpass AMP’s annual fundraising goal, currently $900,000
  • Understand and represent the AMP philosophies for uplifting youths, families and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence

Fundraising Operations

  • Develop, implement and manage fundraising operations including donor-tracking systems, data management, meeting preparation, gift processing and post-gift donor management
  • Develop, implement and manage unique and innovative strategies for fundraising in the context of AMP concerts and related events
  • Work collaboratively with Operations Assistant to maintain an updated donor database

Major Gift Development

  • Design, direct and execute the organization’s first major gift program
  • Research, identification and successful cultivation of major gift prospects ($25,000+)
  • Prioritize actions for executive director and board of directors around cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors
  • With executive director and board of directors, design and lead the execution of a modest capital campaign to secure funding for the future AMP headquarters space.

Annual Campaign and Report

  • Design, implement and manage innovative annual campaigns to be disseminated across multiple platforms (mail, phone, online, events etc.)
  • Leverage AMP’s existing database of donors and incorporate them into annual campaigns
  • Contribute to and assist the Marketing and Operations Manager with the production of AMP’s Annual Report

Grants Supervision

  • Monitor grant and grant report deadlines to ensure organization compliance with both
  • Oversee the Grants Manager
  • Work collaboratively with the Executive Director and the Grants Manager to ensure all grant applications are completed accurately
  • Work collaboratively with Grants Manager to continually research and identify appropriate public and private grant application opportunities

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelors degree required, masters degree preferred
  • 5 to 7 years work experience in non-profit fundraising
  • Proven track record and achievement in designing and executing annual campaigns
  • Proven track record and achievement in cultivation of major gifts from individuals
  • Experience with capital campaigns preferred
  • Experience organizing and executing fundraising events
  • Demonstrated experience with current prospect and donor management software applications
  • Experience in Atlanta strongly preferred
  • Experience with arts non-profit preferred

Candidate Profile and Skills:

  • Possesses extreme optimism and tenacity, especially in the face of challenging, high-pressure situations
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative spirit who thrives in a fast-paced and ever-changing work environment
  • Strong storyteller with the ability to inspire and engage donors, supporters and partners through the presentation of AMP’s mission of social change through music
  • Impeccable communication skills, both written and oral
  • Sharp understanding of the beliefs, contexts and motivations of local and national philanthropic sector
  • Highly organized and motivated to manage self and others
  • Ability to work and thrive in diverse communities and settings
  • Excellent leadership ability and impeccable inter-personal skills
  • Ability to adapt, be flexible and have a sense of humor
  • Possesses natural curiosity and desire to improve and develop professional abilities
  • Knowledge of the arts and arts education, particularly music

Additional Work Demands

  • Must be willing and able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Must be willing to travel occasionally for work, professional development
  • Must have driver’s license and regular access to a vehicle

Notes: The Development Manager is a full-time position starting during the month of September 2017. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Health, dental and vision benefits included. AMP provides MacBook laptop, telecommuting options and flexible vacation policy. Background check required.

To Apply:


Please follow application instructions carefully. Incomplete and/or inaccurate applications will be dismissed upon receipt.

Prepare one document in PDF format consisting of the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three professional references
  • Salary expectations

Email the one document in PDF format to with subject “Director of Development.” Applications will be accepted through Wednesday August 16 at 11:59pm. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of the Atlanta Music Project not to discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of age, color, sex, disability, national origin, race, religion, or veteran status.