Development Manager

AMP Center for Performance & Education
Posted 2 weeks ago




Full-Time, Starting September 2019


Please follow application instructions listed at the end of this job description

Statement of Job:

The Development Manager will be responsible for supporting the Chief Executive Officer and the development team in various initiatives related to fundraising to include special events, major gift development and grant applications. The Development Manager tasks and responsibilities will overlap with those of the executive team, program team and development team.  

The AMP development team consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Development Manager, Grants Manager, and the Marketing & Development Associate.

The successful candidate will possess an unyielding commitment to empowering youth to realize their possibilities through music. This position reports to the Atlanta Music Project’s Chief Executive Director.

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 mission is to empower underserved youth to realize their possibilities through music. In addition to four after-school learning sites providing band, orchestra and choir instruction, AMP’s programs include: the AMP Academy, providing advanced musical training to AMP’s most talented and dedicated students; the AMP Summer Series, a music festival and school; and the AMP Youth Orchestras and Choirs.

AMP music ensembles perform more than 50 concerts annually, performing in venues all across Atlanta, from community centers to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. AMP music ensembles have performed alongside international stars such as the Harlem Quartet, electric violinist Lindsey Stirling, pianist Terrence Wilson, soprano Alison Buchanan, rapper Lecrae, R&B singer Monica, and the Imani Winds. AMP musicians can be seen performing with rapper T.I. on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. AMP’s young musicians have successfully auditioned for Georgia All-State ensembles, the Atlanta Opera, and have concertized as far away as Los Angeles, Aspen, Mexico City, and Scotland. AMP is a 2019 winner of ArtsATL’s Luminary Award for Arts Education and a 2018 winner of Emory University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award. In 2016 and 2017, the White House named AMP one of the top 50 youth arts programs in the nation.

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 2019-2020 school year will be a milestone year for AMP as we celebrate our tenth year of programming. This will also be AMP’s first full year in its first ever headquarters space, the AMP Center for Performance and Education. With a 2019-2020 annual operating budget projected at just over $1MM, AMP will serve 350 young musicians.

AMP’s current and past funders include Carnegie Hall, PwC, 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 M. 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 Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta Public Schools and Clayton State University and Carnegie Hall. 

AMP is a member of “El Sistema USA,” the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.

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General Responsibilities

  • Support the Chief Executive Officer in general development and donor cultivation
  • Support the development team in fundraising operations and achievement of annual fundraising goals
  • Contribute and participate in the grant-writing process
  • Understand and represent the AMP philosophies for uplifting youths, families and communities through the pursuit of musical excellence

Major Gift Development (60%)

  • Research, identification and successful cultivation of major gift prospects ($10,000+)
  • Prioritize actions for Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors around cultivating, soliciting and stewarding donors
  • Attend events as representative of the organization

Special Events (25%)

  • Contribute to the development and execution AMP fundraising events
  • Assist Chief Development Officer in handling media inquiries

Grant Writing (15%)

  • Contribute to the research and discovery of new grant funding opportunities
  • Assist in writing process and information gathering for grant application

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 2 to 4 years work experience in non-profit fundraising
  • Experience in designing and executing annual campaigns
  • Experience in cultivation of major gifts from individuals
  • Experience organizing and executing fundraising events
  • Demonstrated experience with current prospect and donor management software applications
  • 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
  • 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 at the successful candidate’s earliest convenience. Health, dental and vision benefits included. AMP provides MacBook laptop, telecommuting options and generous vacation policy. Background check required.

To Apply:

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 “Development Manager.” Applications will be accepted through August 18, 2019. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the successful candidate may be hired prior to August 18, 2019.

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.

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