For twenty years, JAZZ HOUSE KiDS has been an instrument for change, transforming lives using the power and the uniquely American art form of jazz, through world-class education and performances that create avenues of access, learning, career development and community building. We use jazz and the joy of music, advanced by master practitioners, as a gateway to student achievement.
The JAZZ HOUSE and students have received more than 135 awards and honors for excellence in jazz and jazz education. Our award-winning organization has documented outcomes including boosted social and emotional learning, improved academic outcomes, acquisition of life skills, and increased civic engagement. Alumni are among the most talented young jazz musicians and young professionals in the nation. Every day we keep our promise to build community leaders and develop global citizens through a series of in-school programs in New Jersey and out-of-school programs in Montclair and New York City, the JAZZ HOUSE helps young people gain an artistic edge. Most recently, the Jazz House has been featured on the Kelly Clarkson show, the CBS NY News Channel, and is preparing to host the Ralph Pucci 8th Annual Jazz Set, co-hosted by world-renowned Grammy-award winning musician, Sting.
The JAZZ HOUSE produces 150+ free public concerts per year to audiences over 45,000, including the organization's far-reaching cultural signature program, the award-winning MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, the largest free jazz festival in the NYC area, attracting more than 25,000+ attendees to downtown Montclair each year. Last year, fans enjoyed 45 musical acts performed by 200+ performers. This multi day event also included 150+ food and artisan vendors and is cited as a significant economic engine for the small businesses in and around Montclair.
The JAZZ HOUSE seeks a smart, inspiring, collaborative, seasoned development professional to oversee the organization's fundraising efforts, including raising at least $3M annually and supporting a five-year $5M capital campaign for the 20th anniversary of the JAZZ HOUSE. The ideal candidate will have considerable direct experience in individual giving, with particular expertise cultivating and growing major gifts. Additionally, experience securing corporate sponsorships and/or designing membership programs is also a huge plus.
The Chief Development & Partnerships Officer will serve as a chief fundraiser for JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and the MONTCLAIR JAZZ FESTIVAL, which is produced annually by the JAZZ HOUSE; as such, they must have the ability to contribute to and activate a long-term fundraising vision and strategy along with overseeing the tactics to meet the identified benchmarks and goals. The successful candidate will build and manage a small development team implementing year-round fundraising initiatives totalling $3M in contributed income, including coordinating its corporate sponsorships, individual donor programs, and foundation and government grants. The Chief Development & Partnerships Officer will maintain a collaborative relationship with the founder and president, leveraging her history and reputation and setting her up for success with signature donors and sponsors. They will also work directly with the chair of the board and other board members and advisors, keeping them engaged and enabling their fundraising as well. The Chief Development & Partnerships Officer will be ultimately accountable for the day-to-day operations of the development department, managing the team to achieve organizational goals. As the head of the department, the Chief Development & Partnerships Officer must exemplify JAZZ HOUSE KiDS' collaborative, forward-thinking, and inclusive culture, maintaining open lines of communication and inspiring excellence in those around them.
This is a unique opportunity to direct your energy and talents toward making a substantial impact on the lives of children and building diverse communities. The successful candidate will have the satisfaction of guiding a highly visible and nationally recognized organization through its next phase of development and play a leading role in securing contributed income and championing JAZZ HOUSE KiDS and its programs, building mission awareness, and increasing levels of support and engagement.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Campaigns & Events
The salary range for this position is $150,000 to $175,000 annually. This is the good faith range at the time of posting. Incoming salaries are determined based on experience and internal equity.
JAZZ HOUSE KiDS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Please let us know if you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability.
Like JAZZ HOUSE KiDS, On-Ramps is deeply committed to equity. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with a common purpose. We’re partnering with the team at JAZZ HOUSE KiDSto build a diverse team that empowers youth and transforms lives through jazz. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
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