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Development Manager

Winchester Community Music School
Job Title: Development Manager
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June 15th, 2021
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(The following are representative examples of the principal tasks to be accomplished but are not considered to be all-inclusive.)

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, create and implement the overall development strategy for the school’s Annual Fund which includes individual giving and corporate giving, as well as oversee the strategy for grant funding.
  • Develop and manage WCMS’s annual budget for development activities.
  • Oversee the monthly Development Calendar to ensure sufficient planning and execution of development activities.
  • Organize and implement five major campaigns for Annual Fund including Fall Direct Mail Appeal, December Giving Tuesday, December End-of-Year Giving, March Direct Mail Spring Appeal, and May Teacher Tribute.
  • Develop fundraising materials and content throughout the year to support fundraising initiatives and outreach including appeal letters, stewardship letters, invitations, e-Communications, and social media verbiage.
  • Plan and manage fundraising events and donor appreciation events; oversee details such as invitations, catering, and party rentals.
  • Steward and cultivate individual donors by producing specialized correspondence and touch points such as invitations to special events; grow the donor base where possible.
  • Oversee the renewal of WCMS corporate sponsors; identify new corporate sponsors where possible.
  • Manage grant renewals with foundations; identify new funding opportunities as needed.  Write grants as appropriate.
  • Work with the school’s communication staff to ensure that development communications are in keeping with the school’s branding and image. Ensure there is accurate information on the school’s website in relation to all development activities.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the Board of Trustee’s Development Advisory Panel.
  • Directly supervise a part-time development assistant to ensure that gifts are being processed, acknowledged, and recorded in the development database in a timely manner.



Demonstrated skills, knowledge, and experience in the design and execution of development campaigns and activities. Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational, and personal skills. Experience developing and managing budgets. Established success in the area of corporate giving and grant funding. Knowledge of the Greater Boston funding community is a plus. Must be an exceptional written and verbal communicator with hands-on experience with computer systems and information technology. Attention to detail and ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects under demanding deadlines are essential. Must be able to work collaboratively with WCMS Development Assistant and all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, students, parents, and other supporters. Successful person will be a self-starter, able to work independently, and will enjoy creating and implementing new initiatives. Knowledge of Sage FR50 development software is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits

WCMS offers a competitive hourly rate commensurate with experience.  Salary range:  $33-36K. Benefits include access to:  a 403b tax-deferred annuity retirement savings plan through TIAA, 25% WCMS tuition discount for employee and immediate family members, paid sick time in accordance with the MA Sick Leave Law, a comprehensive employee assistance program, voluntary vision & accident insurance. 

To Apply

For immediate consideration, submit letter of interest, resume, and references to the attention of Laurie Russell, Executive Director at info@winchestermusic.org. No phone calls, please. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. WCMS is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

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