Newark Arts Education Roundtable

Grants/Funding Opportunites

Funders’ Collaborative

As part of our Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, The Newark Trust for Education is currently accepting applications to participate in the Funders’ Collaborative for the 2018-2019 academic year. This competitive grant program is provided to eligible schools in support of creating intentional, coordinated and systematic efforts to provide Safe and Supportive school environments and interventions.
Participating schools are supported in fostering the emotional well-being of students, minimizing behavioral health related barriers to school success, and the implementation of coordinated care.
For a copy of the application materials and the online submission form, please visit our webpage:
If you are interested in applying and have questions about eligibility or requirements, please contact Izabelle Denize at

Creative Leadership Grants 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Champion Creatively Alive Children® grant opportunity! The 2018 program provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools. Beginning December 1, 2017, submit your application for the opportunity to receive a grant to help build your school’s creative capacity. Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.

Here’s how you can get started now…

  • Form a collaborative team to plan innovative ways of infusing creativity throughout the school.
  • Brainstorm a leadership program that will enrich the creative capabilities and confidence within the school community.
  • Plan how and who will lead this collaborative effort.
  • Complete the application.
  • Submit application by June 22, 2018 (the principal must be a member of NAESP).
  • Receive a gift — every Early Bird application submitted before midnight on Monday, June 4, 2018 will receive a Crayola product Classpack®.

In collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), Crayola offers up to 20 grants for schools in the United States or Canada. The applications will only be accepted from principals who are members of NAESP. If you are not the principal, please collaborate with your school’s leader to develop the plan. The National Art Education Association encourages their members to partner with their school’s principal and colleagues to generate grant proposals.

Schools who received this grant in 2017 will not be eligible to apply for a 2018-209 grant. Instead, we urge those grant winners to become judges to help score new proposals. 2017 winners may apply again in 2019.

Applications should be sent to or faxed to 610-515-8781, Attn: Heather Loney. Applications will be accepted until 12:00 Midnight ET Friday, June 22, 2018.

Youth Opportunities

Program Opportunities/Calls for Proposals

Nonprofit/Arts Resources

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Learn More about the DataArts Platform

DataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, was founded to bring the language and leverage of data to the business of culture. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making.

Whether you’re a museum director, choreographer, or independent publisher, DataArts will support you in doing what you do best. The data you provide serves multiple purposes. With it, you can apply for grants, get a clear picture of your organization’s progress, inform your decision-making, and make a stronger case to stakeholders.

Add your data to the Arts Education Data Dashboard!

The Arts Education Data Dashboard, which will offer a more complete picture of the arts education happening in our schools — where it thrives, where there are opportunities for connection, and where we can work to bridge the gaps. All of the data that participants gather in their NAER Evaluation work will be part of the Dashboard, which serves to:

  • Track program offerings in one database and better understand schools, students, and teachers served
  • Tell the story of your organization’s impact to schools, supporters and current and prospective funders
  • Tell the story of the collective impact of Newark and New Jersey’s arts education community

For more information on how to participate, email


Check these webinars from our Evaluation Committee coming up this month!


Session III: Overview for Arts Education Dashboard

Friday, February 23rd 11:30am – 12:30PM

Are you familiar with the Dodge Foundation’s Arts Education Dashboard? Need a refresher? This free webinar is for you:

The Dashboard is a tool to map the creativity nonprofits bring to NJ schools and make the case for arts education in our state and beyond. But it takes all of you to map this work accurately. During this webinar, we will walk you through the dashboard basics, use program examples to take the dashboard “out for a spin,” and answer any of your questions on how to use the tool for your organization and participate in the NAER data collection project. Pre-registration is required here.


Session IV: Making the Arts Education Dashboard Work For You: Report Running & Dashboard Help Desk 

Monday, February 26th  12:00- 1:00pm

How can you mine all the great data you inputted into the Arts Education Dashboard?

Learn to use the reporting features of the Arts Ed Data Dashboard. During this webinar, we will walk you through how best to use the reporting features of the Data Dashboard for your internal assessment purposes. Additionally, as a NAER member, you can make sure that you have represented the full scope of your work as part of the Newark wide reporting. There will be time to ask your questions about how to interpret and analyze the data and even refine your data collection practices. Pre-registration is required here.

Employment Opportunities

The Trust is hiring a Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) Project Coordinator

About Newark Trust for Education

Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent organization dedicated to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise and holding all of us responsible for quality public education for all children in Newark, New Jersey.  The Trust supports and provides evidence-based and data-driven approaches to improving teaching and learning, coordinating collaborations, and empowering the community.  Most importantly, the Trust is committed to increasing the coherence, clarity, and focus of current and future reform efforts so that all Newark children have access to an excellent education.

The Trust understands that a quality public education for all children in Newark cannot be achieved without ensuring every child has a robust all-around support to thrive prior to entering 3rd grade.  To help strengthen the prenatal to eight continuum in Newark, The Trust is partnering with Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) to implement a pilot for one hundred families using their evidenced-based model for early literacy and child development.  This pilot will add to the existing body of work in Newark that is preparing children enter school with the skills and abilities to meet developmental milestones, read on grade level, and reach achievement goals in early grades.

About the Parent Child Home Program 

PCHP is a research-based early literacy, school readiness, parenting education program that prepares children for school success by increasing language, literacy, and numeracy skills, enhancing social-emotional development, and strengthening the parent-child relationship.  The program provides two cycles of intensive home visiting to families with children 16 months to four years old who are challenged by poverty, low levels of education, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy child development and education success.

Type of Position: 1 Year, Full-time, grant-funded position with possibility of extension.

Start Date: Immediately

Reports to: Director of Programs and Community Engagement

Location:  Newark, NJ

Job Description

Administration and Supervision

  • Recruits, interviews and selects Home Visitors for employment in the program.
  • Recruits, interviews and selects families to participate in the program.
  • Develops and implements the training of Home Visitors in accordance with the PCHP national Center’s curriculum, both prior to starting the program and through the year, through weekly staff meetings.
  • Maintains personnel records for all PCHP staff.
  • Maintain liaison with PCHP’s National Center.
  • Chooses appropriate early childhood curricular materials in accordance with PCHP standards.
  • Orders, maintains, monitors and distributes inventory of curricular materials.
  • Prepares curriculum guide sheets.
  • Visits and interviews program families at least twice a year.
  • Monitors and evaluates Home Visitors through home visit records, audio/video tapings, weekly staff meetings, personal conferences, and observation of home visits.
  • Works with NTE Director of Programs and Engagement to align work of PCHP with NTE Early Learning work

Family Support

  • Works closely with school district personnel who provide supportive services to participating families, such as school social workers, school psychologists, special education evaluators, Adult Education staff etc.
  • Works closely with community agency personnel who provide supportive services to participating families, such as Department of Health Evaluators, youth outreach workers, church outreach workers etc.
  • Assists participating families, at their request only, to access school and community resources.
  • Assist participating families, at their request only, to interpret evaluation and procedures that have resulted from a Parent-Child Home Program eval.

Participant Evaluation

  • Prepares and maintains records, reports and assessment data on participating children.
  • Analyzes the results of such assessments and makes recommendations.
  • Collects and preserves data, through the PCHP’s web based Management Information System.

Budgets and Funding

  • Prepares, or assists in preparing, yearly budget.  Monitors program spending.
  • Prepares, or assists in preparing, grant/funding proposals.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in social work, early childhood education or elementary education.
  • In-depth knowledge of early literacy, parent-child interaction techniques and child development.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to form trusting relationships with parent and child.
  • Leadership capabilities – strong commitment to positive team dynamics, professional development and responsible supervision.
  • Pro-active and action oriented – ability to lead team in implementing a project according to strict timelines and quality standards.
  • Strong commitment to maintain program records.
  • Basic knowledge of data collection and experience using technology to capture data.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in both English and Spanish (Portuguese and/or Haitian Creole a plus).

Preferred qualifications:

  • Some supervisory experience.
  • Experience implementing large-scale community programs, especially with home visiting components.
  • Familiarity with and connections in local communities of Newark.

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter with resume or CV by June 1, 2018 to


Part Time Internship Program Coordinator – Newark Museum is hiring

Program Overview:

The Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative is supported by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.  This initiative is a 3-year program for undergraduate students who typically are underrepresented in museum leadership.  The objective of this initiative is to provide leadership, career opportunities and guidance to encourage and development future museum leaders.


Position Overview:

The Internship Program Coordinator will work closely with Museum leadership, senior and mid-level managers, to coordinate all aspects related to this initiative.  The role of this position is to engage students, provide career guidance, and to provide support for their efforts in pursuing a career in the museum field.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages and coordinates all aspects related to the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI)
  • Partners with local colleges/universities to recruit students entering their second year of college for the DAMLI
  • Engages families and school counselors to ensure committed participation by the interns
  • Works closely with interns; leading, advising, and guiding them through the process to ensure their experience leads to professional and personal growth
  • Works with interns to ensure that work/project assignments fit their goals, skills and area of interest
  • Provides attentive guidance for interns throughout the 3-year program
  • Works with mentors to develop projects and provide on-going guidance to ensure a quality experience for the interns
  • Serves as a resource and provides guidance and direction to the interns through weekly meetings
  • Serves as the central point of contact and communication for mentors and interns on issues related to the program
  • Collaborates with college/university partners on initiatives related to the professional development of students
  • Coordinates summer externship programs at partnering institutions
  • Coordinates one on one meetings between mentors and students to provide guidance in their career choices
  • Provides assistance with resumes, graduate school applications, employment opportunities and fellowships
  • Coordinates peer group meetings for students to support one another and share experiences
  • Maintains contact with the broader network of museum professionals through participating in conferences, professional networks and organizations



  • B.A. or B.S. degree in art, education, or a related field
  • At least two years’ experience in internship management, career services, or student affairs
  • Strong organizational and effective communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-like setting
  • Strong computer skills; proficient in MS Office including Word, Excel and Outlook




Send letter of application and resume to:


Human Resources

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street

Newark, NJ 07102


Newark Museum Association
Position Announcement

Position Title:                                 MakerSPACE Educator (Part-Time)

Department:                                   Education

Reporting Relationship:              Reports to the MakerSPACE Manager

Position Objective:

Working under the direction of the MakerSpace Manager this individual will be responsible for developing and executing programming in the Museum’s MakerSPACE.  The MakerSPACE educator will facilitate creative projects utilizing science, art, and technology with a focus on developing problem-solving skills and promoting project-based learning. The MakerSPACE educator will work with a variety of audiences, including youth, families with young children, adults and adult groups.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Museum’s Education Department in designing and planning creative hands-on lessons for a variety of audiences including youth, families with young children, adults and adult groups.
  • Welcome and engage visitors in hands-on interactive exhibits.
  • Lead formal and informal instruction in the MakerSPACE in a variety of program formats, including drop-in activities, special events, workshops, and school programs.
  • Demonstrate, use, and provide instruction in operating MakerSPACE tools including hand tools, laser cutter, 3D printers, computer workstations and software, and other technology.
  • Facilitate the safe use of MakerSPACE tools and maintain tools in proper working and safe condition.
  • Research Museum collections and exhibitions and related topics to develop hands-on activities grounded in culturally appropriate and accurate information.
  • Document projects using photography, video, audio, writing, and other methods and contribute regularly to Museum social media and web outlets.
  • Assist in data-gathering and evaluation using methods including observation-based rubrics, attendance tracking, interviewing, surveys, and other strategies.
  • Monitor inventory of supplies and materials and maintain organization of supplies.
  • Other activities as required to meet the mission of the organization.


  • Working toward or holding a Bachelor’s Degree in education, art, technology or related field or equivalent professional training.
  • Experience working with children and/or family groups in an educational setting.
  • Content knowledge of studio art, technology, computer science, or creative making.
  • Familiarity with the capabilities and use of 3D printers, laser cutters, Arduino microcontrollers, shop tools, and/or computer software preferred.
  • Strong written, visual and spoken communication skills; ability to present clearly to individuals and groups.
  • Strong organizational skills; reliable and proactive.
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule including weekend hours, weekday afternoons, and occasional special events.

Send letter of application and resume to:

Human Resources

Newark Museum

49 Washington Street


Harlem School of the Arts Job Opportunity

Manager of Individual Giving 

Harlem School of the Arts is one of New York City’s pioneering arts institutions.  Over the past 50 years, HSA has transformed the lives of thousands of children through world-class training in and exposure to the arts.  HSA provides its students with the opportunity to develop the artist, student, and citizen within themselves in a nurturing environment that teaches discipline, builds self-confidence, stimulates creativity, and empowers them to become the creative thinkers and innovative leaders of tomorrow.


The Harlem School of the Arts seeks a dynamic and highly motivated Manager of Individual Giving to support the fundraising goals and mission of this nationally recognized arts institution and expand its base of individual donors.

This is a full-time exempt position reporting to the Director of Development.  Suitable candidates must be able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment. Strong administrative and computer skills and proven research abilities are required. Additional skills include critical thinking, a strong work ethic and the ability to work independently.  Due to the nature of the position, attendance at some weekend and evening special programs and events will be required as well.  This is an excellent opportunity for a detail-oriented dynamic person who loves the arts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategize with senior management and Board on raising funds from individuals
  • Manage all aspects of the gift cycle including research, cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship
  • Prepare prospect research to guide outreach and cultivation
  • Coordinate all aspects of yearly individual giving campaigns
  • Record incoming pledges and gifts and generate acknowledgment letters
  • Plan cultivation events including managing invitation lists and logistics related to production and coordination with vendors and hosts
  • Identify Associate Board prospects and plan engagement activities for Associate Board members
  • Manage mailing lists and help maintain donor management system
  • Coordinate and reconcile gifts with Finance Department
  • Coordinate Alumni outreach and maintain Alumni database
  • Research, propose, and implement ways to increase online giving

Candidate Qualifications

  • 2-5 years experience in Development, preferably at an arts institution
  • BS/BA in a related field
  • Interest in arts administration and/or nonprofit administration
  • Experience with event planning
  • Excellent oral, written, and communication/presentation skills
  • Adaptability to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional organization skills and strong attention to detail


Harlem School of the Arts

645 Saint Nicholas Avenue

New York, NY  10030

Easily accessible by public transportation (MTA/bus)

To Apply:

To apply for this position at the Harlem School of the Arts, please submit a resume and cover letter to  Please indicate Manager of Individual Giving in the subject line.

About Harlem School of the Arts:

Harlem School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives.

Harlem School of the Arts is able to achieve this with the exceptional participation of our family of loyal donors, dedicated parents, involved alumni and generous guest and resident artists.

Updated 4/19/18

Harlem School of the Arts Employment Opportunity – Manager of Institutional Giving

Harlem School of the Arts seeks an experienced Manager of institutional Giving with a proven track record of success to contribute to the fundraising goals of this award-winning, historically important arts institution.  The successful candidate will be have exceptional writing skills and will be able to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.  He or she must be a self-starter who thrives in a creative environment and has a passion for youth, the arts, and community engagement.


Act as the chief institutional grants writer for this award-winning historic institution dedicated to providing world-class arts training and making it accessible for all

  • Create proposals for foundations, corporations, and government agencies
  • Collaborate with program staff on strategic direction and priorities
  • Satisfy reporting requirements and communicate accomplishments to funders
  • Effectively articulate the mission and vision of Harlem School of the Arts to potential and existing funders
  • Identify new potential sources of funding
  • Manage grants calendar and associated deadlines
  • Other related duties as assigned

Candidate Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills
  • Proven track record of securing grants
  • Experience writing grants for the arts, arts, education, and performing arts preferred
  • Organized self-starter able to work independently
  • At least two (3) years of grant writing experience, including experience producing large, complex government proposals, as well as foundation and corporate proposals
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong database and computer skills; familiarity with Raisers Edge a plus
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple assignments
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate with program staff, executive staff, funders, and external partners


Compensation is commensurate with experience

To Apply:

To apply for the Harlem School of the Arts grants writer position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Lynne Toye, Chief Administrative Officer, at  Please indicate Institutional Giving Manager in the subject line.


Harlem School of the Arts is located at 645 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem.  It is easily accessible via the A train subway.

About Harlem School of the Arts:

Harlem School of the Arts enriches the lives of young people and their families through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines (Art, Music, Dance and Theater) in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives.

Harlem School of the Arts is able to achieve this with the exceptional participation of our family of loyal donors, dedicated parents, involved alumni and generous guest and resident artists.

Updated 5/4/18


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Vice President of Development


With its upcoming centennial celebration in 2022, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) continues to serve as one of the country’s most vibrant and innovative ensembles. Enriching lives through a passion for musical excellence and a commitment to New Jersey, its people, and its communities, the NJSO has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal as “a vital, artistically significant musical organization,” led by Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence.” The New York Times has praised Zhang for her “technical abilities, musicianship, and maturity.”

The NJSO enjoys a unique collaborative culture between its musicians, board, and staff. Its Music Director, President & CEO, and board leadership embrace their roles as fundraisers. A dedicated and experienced administrative team, an engaged and generous 50-member board of trustees, a five-year contract with its musicians, and a comprehensive new strategic plan have positioned the NJSO for exciting growth and the launch of a $50 million campaign, culminating with its 100th anniversary season.

As an anchor institution committed to the revitalization of downtown Newark, where 3,000 jobs have been added in the last year and more than $2 billion in commercial investments have been made, the NJSO is one of 17 nonprofits currently working in partnership with corporate philanthropists and city government to spearhead a model of inclusive economic growth. A mission-driven leader with statewide reach, the NJSO serves as the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, with additional performance series in five other outstanding venues across New Jersey. With over 140,000 guests attending more than 160 performances each year, and numerous partnerships with arts organizations, universities, and civic organizations, the NJSO enjoys broad support from approximately 3,000 donors and 6,000 subscribers.

At the forefront of addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the orchestral industry, the NJSO has built one of the most comprehensive arts education and community engagement programs in the state. The NJSO offers a large variety of programs and presentations, including Concerts for Young People, NJSO Youth Orchestras, and NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement, and Music Project), an intensive education program inspired by the Venezuelan social change and music education program El Sistema.

The NJSO’s current annual operating budget is $13 million, with a total contributed revenue goal of $8.5 million. 


The NJSO serves a broad cross-section of communities and constituencies across New Jersey. Its long-time administrative home is Newark, New Jersey. As the financial, commercial, and transportation nucleus of the Garden State, as well as its largest city, Newark and its surrounding communities offer a cosmopolitan lifestyle, boasting a wide selection of exceptional dining, shopping, entertainment, and sports venues.

Newark is a thriving cultural hub filled with events and attractions for visitors from near and far. As the state’s premier center for the performing and visual arts, the Newark area offers a rich variety of theater, dance, and music as well as an array of museums and galleries showcasing art and history. According to Arts and Economic Prosperity V, a study conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $178 million industry in the City of Newark. In 2017 the SMU National Center for Arts Research ranked Newark as the ninth most arts-vibrant community in the nation out of more than 900 communities surveyed across the country.

Newark is ideally located, with easy access to Manhattan (just eight miles to the east) and Philadelphia. Thanks to exceptional transportation options­—including major air, rail, bus, and highway systems—Newark is among the most conveniently located metropolises in the country. The city is home to more than 280,000 residents and is at the crossroads of New Jersey’s Gateway Region with four million residents. It has long been an important center of higher education, with more than 50,000 students, faculty, and staff filling the six colleges and universities located in its downtown business district.

This historic city is experiencing rapid growth. A multitude of new restaurants and services have opened to support the thousands of residential units recently completed, under construction, or being planned. Already home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, such as Prudential Financial, numerous corporations have recently moved significant operations to Newark, including Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., Audible, and Broadridge Financial Solutions. Newark also offers easy access to many regional attractions, including 61 state parks and forests, 130 miles of beaches, and four professional sports teams.



The NJSO is in a unique position to be a national leader as orchestras invest resources, invigorate governance structures, and create vital programming to enhance their relevance in their diverse communities. The Vice President of Development position at the NJSO will provide an extraordinary opportunity at a pivotal moment in the institution’s storied history for an ambitious and entrepreneurial fundraising professional to lead a dynamic mission-aligned team of staff, volunteers, and artists in the planning and implementation of a multi-year comprehensive campaign.

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President of Development will be an integral part of the NJSO’s senior management team. This individual will work closely with organizational and community leadership to expand contributed income and the NJSO’s donor base by building on the strong foundation of successful patron-centered advancement activities already in place. The position will collaborate with and direct nine full-time, highly motivated fundraising professionals and be an effective partner with on-site campaign consultants from CCS Fundraising.

The position will require frequent statewide travel to attend orchestra performances in six subscription venues, events, and meetings with a geographically diverse donor and prospect base.

Roles and Responsibilities

Donor Engagement

  • Inspire and guide the efforts of the development, campaign, special events, and other fundraising or project committees.
  • Develop trust and build relationships with a portfolio of key donors and high-level prospects interested in helping advance the NJSO’s mission.
  • Create and deliver a comprehensive prospecting effort with staff and volunteer teams to identify and engage potential new supporters.
  • Expand the NJSO’s culture of philanthropy by ensuring donors receive ongoing cultivation and stewardship.
  • Be a highly visible presence at NJSO and community functions, setting an example as a proactive advocate for the NJSO and facilitating connections with donors and prospects.

Fostering a Highly Effective and Sustainable Development Operation

  • Serve as a thought leader and partner, collaborating with the NJSO’s executive team, volunteer leadership, and staff to advance key organizational and development strategies to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  • Efficiently organize and implement a departmental work plan to achieve annual and campaign goals.
  • Direct efforts to refine and implement development initiatives in the NJSO’s strategic plan and focus on achievable objectives to advance long-range departmental goals.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and mentor development staff, mobilize volunteers, and oversee the effective use of financial and technological resources to achieve the organization’s contributed revenue goals and objectives.
  • Set clear expectations with the development staff, motivate and inspire the team, assist in their professional development, and maintain the highest level of professionalism.
  • Ensure appropriate departmental structure to support the ongoing fundraising operations of the NJSO.
  • Assess and refine current development practices to ensure maximum efficiency and results.

Positioning the Department for Success

  • Oversee the production of all development collateral, including copy and design of donor materials, and work closely with the marketing team to ensure consistent branding and messaging.
  • Prepare and monitor revenue and expense budgets, provide accurate reporting and analysis, and oversee the accurate maintenance of donor and prospect records.
  • Lead the staff in utilizing available data to analyze fundraising results and potential opportunities.
  • Develop relationships with all key colleagues and personnel to support annual giving programs, campaign efforts, sponsorships, and special events and to create donor stewardship and recognition opportunities.

Traits and Characteristics

The Vice President of Development will be a confident frontline fundraiser and strategic thinker with a strong passion for music and the arts. The selected individual will bring energy and a well-rounded array of fundraising competencies to inspire, guide, and mentor an effective development team committed to advancing the NJSO’s mission. A creative leader with an optimistic and positive demeanor, the Vice President of Development will be comfortable taking initiative and challenging preconceptions. This self-directed individual will exhibit a drive for excellence and will be motivated by a desire to learn and implement best practices to achieve ambitious fundraising goals. The Vice President of Development will possess keen prospecting skills along with the ability to effectively cultivate and solicit high-level donor prospects.

Other key competencies include:

  • Customer Focus – Displays superior interpersonal and communication skills and articulates strong and compelling messages to generate enthusiasm and financial support among a wide array of stakeholders.
  • Leadership – Develops relationships in positive ways and works effectively with a wide range of people at varying levels of the organization to achieve results.
  • Problem Solving – Anticipates, identifies, and resolves problems or obstacles.


Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible senior development expertise in the arts, arts education, or a related field. Experience with a significant capital or endowment campaign is strongly preferred. Candidates should have a well-rounded knowledge of and proven track record in major and individual gifts, institutional support, planned giving, and/or special events. The selected individual will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated capacity to lead and motivate both staff and volunteers, and adeptness in building consensus among a diverse set of stakeholders. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office, along with development CRM systems and software. Experience with and knowledge of the New Jersey donor community will be viewed favorably.

Compensation and Benefits

The NJSO offers competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a benefits package that includes paid time off, a generous health insurance plan, pension, parking, and other employee benefits, as available.

Applications and Inquiries

Please submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred) to:

Mr. Daniel J. Zanella, Senior Consultant

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1040 First Avenue, Suite 352
New York, NY 10022-2991
Tel        (888) 234.4236 Ext. 214

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer that
welcomes and values diversity, inclusion, and equity in all forms.


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