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Women’s March Los Angeles

Development Director

Employment type
Full Time
7 days ago
Los Angeles

Development Director, MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena, CA (

MUSE/IQUE seeks a full-time Development Director to implement its strategic plan to procure funds for the organization, including supporting the leadership of the organization toward building a sustainable future. This exciting growing nonprofit organization is under the artistic and musical direction of Maestra Rachael Worby, the founding Artistic Director. The position will report to the Executive Director, Brian Colburn.

MUSE/IQUE is a professional counter-conventional orchestra that is revitalizing the live music and orchestra experience through innovative, new approaches to presenting and producing live music events. Founded only in 2011, MUSE/IQUE has rapidly grown to serve nearly 18,000 with a $1.3M budget through its four dynamic programs: Uncorked Series, Summer of Sound, FREE/FOR ALL, and KIDS/IQUE, our musical immersion program for foster and at-risk youth. An informal collective of over 100 artists have coalesced around Artistic Director Rachael Worby including Savion Glover, Patti Austin, Flea, Charlie Haden, Arturo Sandoval to experiment with new approaches to interpreting music. All genres and styles are brought anew at MUSE/IQUE from Mozart and Motown to Brubeck and The Beatles to Peter Seeger and the performance of world premieres for orchestra. MUSE/IQUE performs ten major live music events in unexpected public spaces and iconic locales like the Avon Distribution Center, The Blacker House, Rose Bowl Locker Room and Caltech throughout the year.

Major responsibilities:

  • To focus on locating sources of funding, approaching suitable funders and soliciting major donors for campaigns. To create and administer fund-raising programs and spend a significant amount of time writing to and meeting with donors.
  • To maintain strong communication with the Executive Director, board of directors and donors via emails, newsletters or other publications to demonstrate financial need and show the fiscal responsibility of the organization.
  • To create fund-raising programs and activities that enable the organization to meet short and long term goals. To manage annual development budget with revenues currently at $1.2 million and expected to grow to $1.5 million over two to three years. To develop and manage a development staff of 2 to 3 additional individuals.
  • To oversee annual fundraising Gala and other fundraising events. To attract and maintain high-level corporate sponsorships, and to supervise grant-writing and manage foundation and government agency relationships.
  • To serve as a senior member of the leadership and planning team, collaborating and assisting in the efforts of the Executive and Artistic Directors and the board to create strategic short and long range plans for the organization.
  • To build upon and create key relationships to expand his/her funding bases and to ensure that the organization’s programs and goals are realized.

Experience and Education

  • College degree preferred, in Arts Administration, Business or Music.
  • Five years’ experience as a Development Director of a non-profit organization based in the San Gabriel Valley, preferably in the arts; experience with a start-up organization a plus.
  • Proficiency in web/social media communications
  • Excellent communications skills in documentation and presentations.

Desired Attributes

  • Strong communicator, verbal and written
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
  • Confident
  • Meets commitments
  • Diplomatic
  • Sense of humor
  • Dependable
  • Results-oriented
  • High energy

Salary range:
Commensurate with experience. EOE

To apply

Send resume to: Trish Bennett, HR Committee Chair, at [email protected]