Employment Opportunities

Development Officer

Development Officer Position Summary

The Development Officer (DO) is in a key position to help maintain and expand The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s philanthropic relationships in its local and national community. The DO reports to the Executive Director and is the principal staff member responsible for achieving the organization’s fundraising goals in the area of corporate sponsorships, annual gifts from Guarantors (individual donors), planned giving, and special events. The DO also supports the Executive Director and Artistic Director/Conductor in major individual gift solicitations. Note: The Executive Director is directly responsible for foundation and government grants and achieving fundraising goals in these areas. The DO is the staff liaison for the Board of Managers’ Corporate, Guarantor, and Gala Committees.

This is a part-time (30 hours per week) position based in Bethlehem, PA. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure
Interested candidates should submit a resume, letter of interest, three professional references, and salary requirements to: Executive Director by e.mail: hr@bach.org or by U.S. mail to The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, 440 Heckewelder Place, PA 18018. No phone calls. Position is open until filled. Desired start date for position is February 17, 2014.

Development Officer Areas of Responsibility

  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and Board committees, develop and implement a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan (in the areas of corporate sponsorships, Guarantors, planned giving, and special events) with specific, measurable annual goals that will enable The Bach Choir to meet its current budget and achieve future growth.
  • Develop and implement communication strategies for prospective and existing corporate donors. This includes cultivation and stewardship strategies and submitting all sponsorship requests and reports.
  • Nurture and regularly acknowledge current individual Guarantors/donors and develop strategies to identify, solicit, and cultivate new Guarantors/donors.
  • Support the Executive Director and Artistic Director/Conductor with major individual gift solicitations through prospect research, follow-up, and selected solicitation assignments.
  • Manage special events, including the annual Gala/Fundraiser, working with the Deputy Executive Director, Administrative Assistant and Board members as assigned.
  • Work with the Accounting Manager and Administrative Assistant to consistently track and document donor/prospect contacts, process gifts in an accurate and timely manner, and produce regular progress reports.
  • Strategically leverage the time and connections of the Board of Managers to achieve fundraising goals particularly as the staff liaison for the Board’s Corporate, Guarantor, and Gala Committees.
  • Write and/or oversee Development sections of The Bach Choir’s publications and website.
  • Work with Accounting Manager on charitable organization registration in multiple states

Development Officer Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum)
  • History of progressively responsible fundraising experience and meeting or exceeding fundraising goals
  • Experience with special events management
  • Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Ability and willingness to travel to meet current and potential donors. Must have a driver's license.
  • Experience with industry standard database (Bach Choir currently uses Choice Ticketing - an integrated marketing and fundraising database system) as well as with Word, Outlook (email), and Excel spreadsheets. Familiarity with Publisher and Power Point also a plus.
  • Strong initiative and ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long term relationships
  • Committed team player
  • Proven management and leadership capabilities
  • Creative and positive approach to problem solving
  • The personal energy, enthusiasm, and drive to achieve ambitious organizational goals
  • Passion for the mission of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the power of choral and orchestral music