A unique opportunity to work for an international cultural diplomacy organization based in Saint Louis, MO. Under the general direction of the Executive Director, duties include overseeing Development, Fundraising, Board Oversight, Community Engagement and Implementation of the five year Strategic Plan for the Association of American Voices and its International Cultural Diplomacy Initiatives and Programs both domestically and abroad.
The Association of American Voices has been creating cross-cultural engagement with audiences in over 145 nations worldwide since 1993. Founded with a focus on nations in Central and Eastern Europe, American Voices has expanded its mission towards supporting youth in nations emerging from conflict or isolation such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Lebanon, Iraq, Pakistan, and Sudan. Recent programs included music students from Mosul, Iraq just days after being liberated from ISIS, and singers from Aleppo, Syria whose cities have been decimated by war.
Serving as a cultural bridge, American Voices introduces American performing arts to the world, showcasing a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to classical orchestral to hip hop and Broadway. Among its flagship programs are the Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Academies hosted in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, which provide much-needed performing arts and entrepreneurship training that empower participants to use their talents to create positive change in their fragile nations. The U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) selected American Voices as a "Best Practice Organization" in 2010 for its cultural diplomacy work.
In October 2011, American Voices was selected by the U.S. Department of State to administer American Music Abroad—a program that has evolved out of an illustrious line of cultural diplomacy programming conducted by the U.S. government, including the renowned Jazz Ambassadors and The Rhythm Road programs.
While the majority of funding comes from the U.S. Department of State, American Voices also receives funds through a diversity of sources ranging from online campaigns and annual drives to individual and family donations to foundations. Funding also comes from American and international corporate sponsorship.
FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
The overall goal of the Director of Development and Community Engagement (DDCE) is to create a cohesive development strategy and a plan for engagement with diverse Saint Louis communities: immigrants, refugees, public schools, international university students, world music audiences, etc.
DDCE will create, develop and implement a comprehensive annual strategy with the Executive Directors approval that includes grant writing and the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual giving. DDCE, together with the Executive Director, will oversee the implementation of current Strategic Planning Goals. This position may include limited international travel to Iraq or Lebanon to maintain familiarity with our flagship programs.
Strategic development and execution of a comprehensive Development Plan, including the coordination and oversight of community engagement, donor and board relations.
The Director of Development and Community Engagement provides strategic direction and long-range/short-range planning in the context of growing the various Development Campaigns while supporting the greater development, mission and goals of American Voices
Works collaboratively with AV staff to identify and cultivate prospective major donors in Saint Louis, greater U.S., and internationally.
Direct and implement giving strategies and the day-to-day management of all aspects of the plan.
Oversee and manage the acknowledgement and recognition and tracking of all gifts.
Responsible for researching, profiling, soliciting and stewarding relationships with current and potential donors.
Cultivate new grant prospects; develop, write and submit grant solicitations.
Continue development of existing stewardship program.
Work closely with the Director of Communications to implement giving opportunities and solicitation strategies involving social media, email, direct mail, phone, and personal visitation all focused on shaping a sustainable tradition of annual support.
Works closely with the American Voices Staff and Board to ensure coordination with their respective fundraising and programming efforts such as the Music Across Borders world music series.
Responsible for evaluating the Development program and reporting program’s progress.
Work closely with American Voices Staff to develop a Youth Board to serve to support the Music Across Borders series in audience development and volunteer recruitment.
Maintain eTapestry system.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge of Saint Louis donor community and/or donors at the nationwide or international level
Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to work towards goals within deadlines.
Ability to listen carefully to and understand others, both internally and externally, and proactively respond to those needs in a consistent and timely manner.
Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential.
Previous experience in leading fundraising campaigns, from strategizing to implementation to management of the program.
Proven track record of achieving fundraising goals and initiatives.
Understanding of database management, gift processing and donor relations.
Ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical activities and prioritize them to attain goals.
A results-oriented individual, who demonstrates the ability to work well with people at all levels of an organization.
Openness to new ideas and their implementation.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience in Development or comparable field required.
Prior experience in development/nonprofit management preferred.
POSITION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Skills and Abilities which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position:
Ability to perform a wide variety of duties.
Ability to apply principles to solve problems and deal with a variety of variables.
Ability to plan and prioritize a significant portion of own work, referring only unusual cases to supervisor or others.
Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating with internal and external contacts in a manner using considerable tact required to achieve results without friction.
Ability to work and meet deadlines in an environment with distractions.
Ability to work within budgetary constraints.
Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out oral or written instructions.
Possess detail and goal oriented work habits.
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and proofreading skills.
Assist with various administrative duties as needed.
Perform other duties as needed or directed.
Physical Visual Activities or Demands: Physical/visual activities or demands that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
Standing, Walking, Sitting, Stooping or Crouching, Kneeling, Reaching, Talking, Hearing.
Sedentary Work - Employee required to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and /or negligible amount of force frequently to lift, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
Clarity of vision at a distance of 20 inches or less with the ability to bring objects into sharp focus.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow other job-required instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.
Certain job functions described herein may be subject to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
“Commonly associated” is not intended to mean always or only. There are different experiences that suggest other ways or circumstances where reasonable changes or accommodations are appropriate.
All activities, Demands, Conditions and Requirements are linked to Essential Job Functions unless marked with an asterisk which denotes linkage only to marginal function(s).
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
American Voices is a nonprofit organization that has been conducting cross-cultural engagement with audiences in over 140 nations worldwide since 1993. Founded with a focus on the nations of Central and Eastern Europe, American Voices has expanded its mission towards supporting youth in nations emerging from conflict or isolation.
Serving as a cultural bridge, American Voices has introduced Ame...rican music and culture the world over, showcasing a wide variety of genres ranging from jazz to classical symphony to hip hop and Broadway in counties including Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Meanwhile, our Youth Excellence on Stage (YES) Performance Academies have brought instruction and teacher training in classical music, Hip Hop, Jazz and Broadway to places such as Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Sudan, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia and the ASEAN nations.
American Voices programming provides much-needed expertise and support to aspiring musicians, dancers and actors, as well as enhancing cultural understanding and communications among peoples and nations. For its cultural diplomacy work, the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD) selected American Voices as a "Best Practice Organization" in 2010.
In October 2011, American Voices was the chosen by the U.S. Department of State to administer the American Music Abroad program. The American Music Abroad program has evolved out of an illustrious line of cultural diplomacy programming conducted by the U.S. government, including the renowned Jazz Ambassadors and The Rhythm Road programs.