Job Opportunities

last updated 9.20.17


Full-Time Annual Fund and Special Events Manager

Brooklyn Youth Chorus seeks an Annual Fund & Special Events Manager to join its growing development team as the Chorus reaps the benefits of a groundbreaking 25th Anniversary season and enters the public phase of a $3 million-dollar capacity-building campaign. This full-time position reports to the Director of Development (DOD). The Annual Fund and Special Events manager will be responsible for an array of day-to-day development operations including management of the Annual Fund and the logistics surrounding the organization’s Spring Gala, house parties, and other development events (Kickstarter, sing-a-thon, etc.).

  • Manage the Annual Fund
    • Design and implement a comprehensive Annual Fund campaign. This includes multi-letter direct mail campaigns, phone solicitations, Kickstarter campaigns, digital communications, and individual outreach.
    • Work closely with the DOD to manage a portfolio of existing, dormant, and prospective donors with the goal of securing first time gifts, moving current donors up in class, and reactivating dormant donors.
    • Coordinate all solicitation efforts, including writing solicitation letters, creation of collateral materials, and pledge reminders.
    • Work closely with Marketing and Communications Manager and provide content for the annual Newsletter and fundraising e-blasts, in addition to regularly updating related content for the website.
  • Manage the Annual Spring Gala and other special events
    • Work closely with the DOD to strategize, plan and execute the Chorus’s Annual Spring Gala.
    • Spearhead the planning and implementation of recognition/cultivation events for major donors/prospects, as well as other 3-5 BYC special events including the gala kick-off party, pre- or post-concert receptions, board dinners, fundraising house parties, parent parties, and other.
    • Work with gala co-chairs to build gala committee and activate its members, as well as the entire board of directors
    • Lead creation and distribution of all event communications, including Save the Date and invitations and coordinate proper follow up
  • Other Activities
    • Help manage day-to-day operations of the Development department
    • Work with the DOD and Board Development Committee to develop annual strategic objectives and goals for individual giving.
    • Provide informed and timely activity and pipeline reports and revenue forecasts. Help maintain accurate information in the donor database.
    • Attend and assist with Brooklyn Youth Chorus events
  • 5 years non-profit experience in fundraising/development
  • Familiarity with Annual Fund campaigns and demonstrated ability to meet fundraising goals
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communications skills
  • Strong sense of accountability
  • Superior attention to detail and organizational skills including the ability to anticipate tasks, set priorities, multi-task, and function smoothly under strict deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Significant experience in event planning
  • Ability to demonstrate thoughtfulness and attention to donors year-round through personalized contact as appropriate
  • Experience with databases (FileMaker Pro, Raiser’s Edge) a plus
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and judgment. Ability professionally represent BYC internally and publicly; develop and maintain effective relationships with donors, committee members, prospects, and the BYC community
  • Proven ability to work well within a team and independently
  • A sense of humor and collaborative spirit
  • Familiarity with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus philanthropic community a plus

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered, including generous vacation package, medical, dental, and vision insurance.


Please send a resume, cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to with “Annual Fund & Special Events Manager” in the subject line. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. No calls, please. EOE.