Employment Opportunities

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Current WYSO Employment Opportunities


Development Manager

Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) is seeking a Development Manager to support fundraising efforts for one of the most highly respected youth orchestra programs in the country. WYSO has retained Tapestry Talent, Search & Consulting to conduct the search for the Development Manager.

Position Overview

The Development Manager will serve as a key member of the WYSO staff, supporting and managing the development functions of the organization. This will include supporting the capital campaign, stewarding existing individual, foundation and corporate donors, helping plan and run events, and serving as a representative of WYSO to existing and prospective donors. The successful candidate will support the work of WYSO’s fundraising committees, tracking data and ensuring they receive accurate reports. The Development Manager will report to and work closely with the Director of Development and Communication and will have the opportunity to grow their non-profit fund development skills at an exciting time in WYSO’s history. Compensation range is $55,000 – $65,000 depending on level of experience. Excellent benefits include: health, dental and vision insurance, disability/life, 403b retirement savings plan, and generous paid time off.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Utilize the development database to enter gifts and pledges, pull lists, prepare reports and generate timely acknowledgments and pledge reminders.
  • Build relationships with donors. Ensure sponsorship agreements have been fulfilled.
  • Work with the communications team to create impactful communications aimed at deepening relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Manage the preparation, production, and distribution of stewardship reports sent to donors and serve as a key point person for stewardship related inquiries.
  • Assist with corporate, government, and foundation solicitations by prospecting, proposal writing, submitting funding requests, and writing reports.
  • Assist with the production of digital and print pieces for sponsorships, impact statements and appeals.
  • Assist with the development and execution of a strategy for alumni engagement and support.
  • Assist in the planning, publicizing and coordination of donor related events and alumni activities.
  • Maintain and update the development pages of the website.
  • Assist WYSO leadership with their cultivation activities (create one-pagers, thank you notes, invitations, etc.) and serve as a representative of WYSO at various functions.
  • Actively participate in and support the needs of the Development, Capital Campaign, and Art of Note committees.
  • Conduct grant and foundation prospect research to expand the portfolio of WYSO prospects.
  • Develop individual and institutional donor prospect lists that will yield budgeted results.
  • Analyze individual giving patterns, appeal response rates, and return on investment (ROI) to make data-driven changes to the annual campaign strategy.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in arts administration or related field, or two years of working in development in a nonprofit organization.
  • Excellent people skills and ability to represent WYSO in the community.
    Strong writing ad editing skills and high level of comfort working in Microsoft Word
  • Proficient skills in analytical thinking, data management and use of Excel.
    in PowerPoint, WordPress, MailChimp, Zoom, Event invitation software, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Ability to become quickly proficient with Little Green Light, One Cause, Wealth Screening software, CRM solutions and other fundraising software.

Application Information

WYSO has retained Tapestry Talent, Search & Consulting to conduct the search for the next Development Manager. Applicants will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send an email and cover letter to:

Jennifer Winding
Tapestry Talent, Search + Consulting:
jennifer@tapestrytalent.co (yes, .co, not .com!)
or apply through LinkedIn: https://tinyurl.com/WYSODevelopment

WYSO is an equal opportunity employer.