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Handel Choir of Baltimore seeks Development Associate

Handel Choir of Baltimore is seeking a part-time Development Associate.

Founded in 1935, Handel Choir of Baltimore is a highly regarded community choir that presents yearly performances of Handel’s Messiah with period instrument orchestra, as well as other major choral and choral-orchestral works. Handel Choir takes pride in presenting a wide range of music and in performing throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. Handel Choir presents baroque, classical and early romantic works, as well as modern and contemporary repertoire and commissioned works. The Choir is led by Artistic Director and Conductor Arian Khaefi, DMA, Director of Choral Activities at Towson University since 2012.


  1. Update existing FY16 development plan, including
  • Schedule meetings of the Development Committee
  • Coordinate HCB Gertrude’s Restaurant Community Night (January 21, 2016) messaging (email, flyers, Choir and Board communications)
  • Assist with Gertrude’s night logistics as needed
  • Create calendar/tracker of grant application and reporting deadlines for existing HCB government, corporate and foundation grants. Tracker should include pending requests for supporting materials/information from staff and Board.
  • Schedule the workflow & dates for completion of annual appeal letters to be mailed in December 2015 and May 2016
  • Create HCB marketing/development kit for prospective funders (folder with basic information, contacts and sample recordings)
  1. Working with Development Committee, staff and Board, secure new FY16 revenue from foundation, corporate and other non-government sources.
  • Update list of funding priorities based on HCB staff and Board input
  • Study existing HCB foundation and corporate research results. Consult with Development Committee Chair and President to learn about existing relationships and status of pending requests. Enter all information into tracker described in #1.
  • Investigate opportunities for additional Board support in pursuing grants and sponsorships from foundations and corporate sources. (Specifically, how are our current Board members linked to individuals and organizations that have relationships to our targeted funders?). Use this information to refine development plans and to recommend Board member tasks.
  • Conduct additional research to match funding priorities with the appropriate sources
  • Assist in applying for grants and conducting all follow-up and communications in coordination with Development Committee, with work recorded in tracker.
  1. Report out on all development income and progress for the Board at Board meetings (6x/year), or provide report to Treasurer to report out to Board
  1. Work with Artistic and Managing Directors and Development Committee to create draft FY17 development strategy for presentation at January 2016 Board meeting
  • Research individual donors, major donors, existing and potential foundations and corporate donors; research new approaches for individual giving (planned giving, Amazon Smile, iGive, iDonate, crowdfunding platforms)
  • Review and update funding priorities for FY17 (artistic, marketing, administration and other)
  • Identify existing strengths and untapped development potential among Board, staff, choir members, volunteers and supporters
  • Develop strategy to match artistic and other goals with possible FY17 funding sources
  1. Update donor database regularly with all development activities and contacts.
  1. Assist with donor correspondence as needed.
  1. Occasional evening and weekend work, including but not limited to committee meetings, concerts, donor meetings, events.


  • Strong attention to detail, excellent organizational and time management skills required.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and achieve deadlines under pressure.
  • Strong communication skills; writing and proofreading.
  • Proficient in MS Office suite and Email.
  • Good analytical skills and sound judgment.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Experience working in an arts or non-profit organization is a plus.
  • Prior development experience is also a plus.

Reports to Managing Director but will work closely with President and Development Committee Chair.

Part-time contract position @ 20 hours/week.

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply: Email cover letter and resumé to [email protected]. Position is open until filled. No phone calls please.

Employer Name:
Handel Choir of Baltimore
Job Title:
Development Associate
Employer Contact Information:
[email protected] No phone calls please.
Job Submission Requirements:
Email cover letter and resumé to [email protected] Position is open until filled.

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