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DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Position Summary

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music  (“BKCM” or “the Conservatory”) is a non-profit community music school based in Brooklyn, NY. We provide high quality music education and music therapy to more than 7,000 New Yorkers out of our home in Park Slope, and at more than 70 public schools and community-based organizations across the five boroughs of New York City. Our FY23 budget is approximately $6.5 mm, of which we will raise approximately $1.75 – $2.25 mm from private individuals, corporations, foundations, local and state government. For more information on the Conservatory you are encouraged to visit our web site: www.bkcm.org and www.bkcm.org/reports.

BKCM is seeking a Development Assistant to support all aspects of BKCM’s fundraising operations. The Development Assistant reports to the Director of Marketing and Development and will be co-managed by the Individual Giving Manager. The Development Assistant will be responsible for development administration, prospect research, and support of solicitation and stewardship cycles. 

Our organization is fast-paced, and our hardworking staff is passionate about the Conservatory’s mission. This position will require flexible availability for occasional evening and weekend work, particularly around special event periods. Candidates should possess excellent organizational / project management skills, be curious and learning minded, self-starting and technologically savvy. BKCM uses Salesforce as its CRM. The Development Assistant will need to be proficient in Salesforce or demonstrate how they can rapidly achieve proficiency. This is a hybrid (remote and in-person) full-time position with a $40,000-$50,000 salary range + benefits commensurate with experience. 

Duties

  • Manage the timely acknowledgement of gifts and assure that all types of donations (cash, pledges, matching gifts, and planned gifts) are properly documented
  • Prepare accurate research on prospects and assemble materials for cultivation and solicitation visits
  • Ensure data integrity through accurate data entry and ongoing clean-up efforts
  • Produce smart, intuitive reports that illuminate date and support active decision making
  • Generate clear, action-oriented meeting notes for the department 
  • Coordinate the production and distribution of recurring appeals and stewardship materials
  • Assist with the writing and editing of appeals, acknowledgements, donor news, reports, and proposals
  • Collaborate with various departments to plan special events
  • Process incoming and outgoing mailings

Skills Required

Minimum qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree preferred

-At least two years of experience in an administrative environment

-Excellent communication skills and judgment with the ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality

-Proficient with Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel; experience with Salesforce and/or similar platforms

-Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines and high expectations

-Passion for music and/or arts education a plus

Preferred

-Familiarity with non-profits, research methods, data standards, and databases

-Interest in fundraising

-Affinity for the humanities/arts/culture and/or education

Working Conditions

Office environment, but may work on a hybrid schedule for in-person meetings with staff and donors as needed.  Will also be required to attend weekend and/or evening events.

Please email a letter of interest, current resume, and a writing sample to Rose Crichton-White, Director of Marketing and Development, at hiring@bkcm.org, by Friday, August 5. The subject line must include “Development Assistant.” 

About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Founded in 1897 as a formal music conservatory serving 200 students, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music now serves more than 15,000 individuals annually and collaborates with more than 50 organizations, including schools, youth, social service and senior centers, as well other arts and culture organizations and city agencies, to provide music instruction, music therapy, and performances in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. 

Mission: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music aims to transform lives and build community through music’s expressive, educational, and therapeutic powers.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other factors prohibited by law. 

In addition to our equal opportunity commitment, BKCM is deeply committed to a transformative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion effort. We welcome applications from job-seekers from underrepresented identities in arts administration and nonprofit leadership, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Latine/a/o/x, AAPI, and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and neurodiverse people.

INDIVIDUAL GIVING MANAGER

INDIVIDUAL GIVING MANAGER 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music  (“BKCM” or “the Conservatory”) is a non-profit community music school based in Brooklyn, NY. We provide high quality music education and music therapy to more than 7,000 New Yorkers out of our home in Park Slope, and at more than 70 public schools and community-based organizations across the five boroughs of New York City. Our FY23 budget is approximately $6.5 mm, of which we will raise approximately $1.75 – $2.25 mm from private individuals, corporations, foundations, local and state government. For more information on the Conservatory you are encouraged to visit our web site: www.bkcm.org and www.bkcm.org/reports.

BKCM is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Individual Giving Manager (“Manager”). The Manager is responsible for developing and executing BKCM’s annual fundraising strategy in partnership with the Development, Marketing and Special Events team. Job responsibilities are detailed below. BKCM is embarking upon its most ambitious campaign to date with the imminent launch of a multi-year Capital Campaign. We believe this will create the opportunity for a successful hire to grow into a Major Gifts Officer within 2 – 3 years. 

Candidates should have 3-5 years fundraising experience, possess creativity, initiative, strong interpersonal / relationship building skills, excellent organizational / project management skills and proficiency with Salesforce. This is a full-time, hybrid position (mix of in-person and remote) reporting to the Director of Marketing & Development.This position will require flexible availability for occasional evening and weekend work, particularly around special event periods.

Salary range: $65,000-$80,000 + benefits commensurate with experience.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Cultivate, manage and steward our portfolio of 700+ individual donors, including:
    • Identify, research and engage prospective individual donors
    • Grow and build our relationships with existing individual donors
    • Process, track, manage and maintain critical information on individual donors and donations. The Conservatory uses Salesforce as its donor management platform so experience with Salesforce is beneficial.
  • Day-to-day operations of the annual giving program, including solicitations, acknowledgments, answering donor inquiries, donor follow-up and stewardship.
  • With assistance of the Director of Marketing and Development oversee cultivation strategy for first-time and current donors, including donor-centric updates, benefits and events.
  • Manage special engagement opportunities that move donors to higher levels of annual giving, supporting the growth of a major gifts pipeline.
  • Draft thank you letters and written updates as well as compelling solicitation letters and campaign materials.
  • Work with Marketing department in the design of fundraising materials (i.e. website, video, social media, appeals, etc).
  • Attend and arrange meetings with donors and prospects for cultivation, stewardship and solicitation.
  • Document key conversations and other pertinent donor information in donor management database (Salesforce).
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of database to run appropriate reports and analysis for strategic planning and quarterly  review.
  • Managerial responsibilities for Development Assistant and development interns as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred 
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working in a not-for-profit development office with proven success in donor solicitation and individual giving
  • Dynamic and engaging individual with a strong sense of leadership, relationship cultivation, and management
  • Demonstrated strategic, analytic, conceptual, planning, and partnership-building abilities
  • Special event coordination / management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong project management skills with demonstrated ability to multi-task and set priorities within tight timelines and high expectations
  • Managerial experience a plus
  • Passion for music and/or arts education a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (including Powerpoint presentation creation) and CRM/database management (Salesforce), and an openness to embracing new technology.

Working Conditions

Office environment, but may work on a hybrid schedule for in-person meetings with staff and donors as needed.  Will also be required to attend weekend and/or evening events.

 Position Structure and Benefit Incentives

  • This is a full-time position with benefits, 40 hours per week (hybrid schedule).
  • The salary range is $65K-$80K; commensurate with experience

Please email a letter of interest, current resume, and two writing samples to Rose Crichton-White, Director of Marketing and Development, at hiring@bkcm.org, by August 5. The subject line must include “Individual Giving Manager.” 

About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music:

Founded in 1897 as a formal music conservatory serving 200 students, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music now serves more than 15,000 individuals annually and collaborates with more than 50 organizations, including schools, youth, social service and senior centers, as well other arts and culture organizations and city agencies, to provide music instruction, music therapy, and performances in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. 

Mission: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music aims to transform lives and build community through music’s expressive, educational, and therapeutic powers.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other factors prohibited by law. 

In addition to our equal opportunity commitment, BKCM is deeply committed to a transformative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion effort. We welcome applications from job-seekers from underrepresented identities in arts administration and nonprofit leadership, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Latine/a/o/x, AAPI, and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and neurodiverse people.

DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Position Summary

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit music school, seeks a part-time, temporary Development Intern to assist with a data entry and analysis project.

The ideal candidate is based in Brooklyn and is interested in starting or growing a career in arts administration or nonprofit operations.

This position reports to the Development Associate and the Director of Marketing and Development.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting internet searches on a list of 200+ donors to fill out biographical information in profiles
  • Researching grant prospects in line with current institutional fundraising goals and sharing findings with team members
  • Handling sensitive information with discretion and care
  • Noticing and reporting trends and/or connections between donors

Qualifications:

  • Internet/device access or willingness to travel to BKCM office in Park Slope, Brooklyn
  • Familiarity with Google Suite
  • Interest in nonprofit operations a plus
  • Interest in music/arts a plus

Skills and knowledge you will gain:

  • How to prospect donors and grants for small arts nonprofits
  • Understanding of nonprofit fundraising operations
  • A better understanding of the landscape of New York City arts nonprofits
  • Basic Salesforce competency

Compensation: $15/hour

Hours: Part-Time, Temporary. Likely 10 hours/week for 4-6 weeks.

Start: September 2022

Work from home: This position features flexible hours, with the opportunity to work from home with occasional in-person meetings.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the Development department: development@bkcm.org with the subject line “Development Intern application”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music:

Founded in 1897 as a formal music conservatory serving 200 students, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music now serves more than 15,000 individuals annually and collaborates with more than 50 organizations including schools, youth, social service and senior centers, as well as other arts and culture organizations and city agencies, to provide music instruction, music therapy, and performances in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan. 

Mission: The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music aims to transform lives and build community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. 

In addition to our equal opportunity commitment, BKCM is deeply committed to a transformative Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion effort. We welcome applications from job-seekers from underrepresented identities in arts administration and nonprofit leadership, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, Latine/a/o/x, AAPI, and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people, and neurodiverse people.

MISSION/BRAND AMBASSADOR - (Part-Time/Temporary)

POSITION DESCRIPTION
Schedule Varies-as needed
Pay: $25/hr

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) is hiring Mission/Brand Ambassadors for community engagement (“Brand Ambassadors”). The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music hosts over 200 concerts, recitals and events per year out of our Park Slope home and at various venues around Brooklyn. Events are typically on weekday evenings and during the day and evenings on weekends. Brand Ambassadors will be hired on an as-needed basis for our robust event calendar.  Brand Ambassadors are required to interact positively with donors, artists, students and concertgoers of all ages and abilities including special needs populations, and all members of the BKCM community.

The ideal candidate would have experience making public announcements, engaging in a public-facing role and being a comfortable multi-tasker.  Brand Ambassadors serve as enthusiastic representatives at BKCM’s events and other programs and are expected to present BKCM in a professional and responsible manner in line with BKCM’s brand and mission.

Brand Ambassadors report to the Marketing and Development Department with additional supervision from special events coordinators and other BKCM staff as is appropriate for each event. Events staff hours fluctuate based on BKCM’s busy events schedule and hours available. Individuals seeking rolling basis, shift-based work with backgrounds or interests in music, education, and nonprofit arts are strongly encouraged to apply. The pay rate is $25 per hour.

Brand Ambassadors’ primary responsibilities (based on the event):

  • Promote awareness of our mission, programs, fundraising initiatives and activities
  • Solicit for donations/support of our work
  • Make public announcements 
  • Track attendance and demographics
  • Set up, breakdown and/or distribution of marketing materials
  • Collection and data-entry of email addresses
  • Take photos/videos for social media posting/archival purposes
  • Miscellaneous special events tasks

Seasonal attendance at a paid training session(s) is required. Fingerprinting and background checks will be completed at hiring.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a friendly, warm personality
  • Responsive, punctual, and timely
  • Ability to work on a variable schedule
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience with ticketing platforms and point of sale platforms, i.e. Square, Zkipster, etc. a plus
  • Valid driver’s license a plus
  • Some heavy lifting may be required

To apply, please submit a resume and a short letter of interest to Rose Crichton-White at rose.crichton@bkcm.org.

About Open Stages:

Open Stages is BKCM’s FREE community music festival. On Saturday, May 21 from 3–7pm, Open Stages 2022 will bring people together and spread good vibes throughout the neighborhood in a celebration of community, culture and Brooklyn’s vibrant music scene. Stoops, school lots, parks, gardens and sidewalks host more than 150 musicians throughout the day, including classical musicians, hip hop artists, marching bands, kids groups, and so much more.

Proceeds from the event help to support BKCM’s community programs, which bring music education and music therapy to thousands of people across all five boroughs of New York City.

About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music:

Founded in 1897 as a formal music conservatory serving 200 students, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music now serves more than 15,000 individuals annually and collaborates with more than 50 organizations including schools, and youth, social service and senior centers, as well other arts and culture organizations and city agencies, to provide music instruction, music therapy, and performances in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.

Mission:

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: transforming lives and building community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music.

Core Values:

BKCM is committed to providing a nurturing environment that promotes and personifies excellence, collaboration, and community for individuals engaged in performing and music study.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

DEI Statement:

BKCM is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and culture. We believe that our staff and faculty should reflect the members of our student and client community to provide the most accessible music education and therapy services to our constituencies. We are working towards making BKCM’s team fully reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities. We strongly encourage BIPOC, AAPI, Hispanic/Latino, LGBTQIA+ and all applicants of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds to apply.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.

EVENTS/LIVE SOUND STAFF

POSITION DESCRIPTION

*We are currently actively hiring for this position, in particular we are looking for people with good live sound mixing skills.*

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) is excited to be growing our Events & Live Sound Tech Staff (“Events Staff”). The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music hosts over 200 concerts, recitals and events per year out of our Park Slope home and at various venues around Brooklyn. Events are typically on weekday evenings and during the day and evenings on weekends. Event Staff will be hired on an as-needed basis for our robust event calendar.

Our Events Staff have three primary responsibilities based on event:

        • Front of house / box office – setting up and running box office and merchandise purchasing, check-in, welcoming and greeting of guests, representing the Conservatory, volunteer coordination, and closing out/reporting on events.
        • Live sound / tech – setting up and running live sound; video projection; zoom streaming; facilities set up including Concert Hall seating and reception. In the BKCM Recital Hall where most events take place, AV skills include: setting up backline, setting up microphones and stands, running a 16 channel wireless mixer with an iPad, creating and cueing lighting presets, setting up and running video projection if needed.
        • Virtual Hosting – Leading Zoom workshops including screen shares, breakout rooms, and streaming live programing.

The ideal candidate would have both front and back of house experience and be a comfortable multi-tasker, capable of moving between roles that support a variety of needs at different kinds of events. Candidates should be welcoming, responsive, adaptive and strong troubleshooters. Events Staff are often responsible for after-hours security of the building.

The size of our Events Staff varies from event to event. Many events can be run by a single Event Staff person capable of both front and back of house tasks. Event Staff may have responsibility for managing / supervising an event volunteer. Other larger special events and fundraisers are staffed with multiple Event Staff with more specialized roles and responsibilities.

Events Staff serve are enthusiastic ambassadors for BKCM’s events and other programs and are expected to represent BKCM in a professional and responsible manner in line with BKCM’s brand and mission. We are seeking outgoing, proactive individuals who are comfortable engaging with the public. Previous customer service experience is a plus.

Seasonal attendance at a paid training session is required. Fingerprinting and background checks will be completed at hiring.

Events Staff report to the Events Manager with additional supervision from special events coordinators and other BKCM staff as is appropriate for each event. Events staff hours fluctuate based on BKCM’s busy events schedule and hours available. Individuals seeking rolling basis, shift based work with backgrounds or interests in music, education, and nonprofit arts are strongly encouraged to apply. Pay rate is $25 per hour.

Duties and responsibilities:

        • Run-of-show event coordination, including, but not limited to: setting up and running box office and merchandise purchasing; closing out events cashbox, volunteer coordination
        • Setting up and running live sound; facilities set up including Concert Hall seating and reception
        • Record keeping event data; tracking attendance and demographics
        • Accepting donations
        • Handing out Marketing materials, conversing about upcoming events.
        • Opening and/or locking and security of the building
        • Miscellaneous special events tasks, i.e., managing refreshment station, cake serving, ice cream scooping, etc.), opening and/or locking and securing the building

Skills:

        • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Events staff are required to interact positively with donors, artists, concertgoers of all ages and abilities including special needs populations, and all members of the BKCM community acting as ambassadors for the organization.
        • Live sound experience required and lighting experience a bonus
        • Experience with ticketing platforms and point of sale platforms, i.e. Square, Zkipster, etc. a plus
        • Responsive, punctual, and timely
        • Some heavy lifting will be required

To apply, please submit resume and short letter of interest to Events & Community Partners Manager Miranda Knutson at miranda.knutson@bkcm.org.

About the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music:
Founded in 1897 as a formal music conservatory serving 200 students, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music now serves more than 15,000 individuals annually and collaborates with more than 50 organizations including schools, and youth, social service and senior centers, as well other arts and culture organizations and city agencies, to provide music instruction, music therapy, and performances in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.

Mission:
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: transforming lives and building community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music.

Core Values:
BKCM is committed to providing a nurturing environment that promotes and personifies excellence, collaboration, and community for individuals engaged in performing and music study.

BKCM is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.