Boston Landmarks Orchestra

545 Concord Avenue Suite 318
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
July 08, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Manager


Boston Landmarks Orchestra is seeking a creative and energetic development professional to support all aspects of our fundraising program in the position of Development Manager. The Development Manager will report to the Executive Director, and will work closely with our Artistic and Administrative staff. 

The ideal candidate will have 3-4 years of experience working in development for a nonprofit arts organization across a wide range of fundraising areas, including annual appeals, special events, major gift strategy, board relations, stewardship, and fundraising operations and database management.

The Development Manager will have a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • -Updating and implementing an annual development plan and strategy to expand philanthropic support for the organization, and maintaining an annual development calendar;
  • -Directing and managing the individual donor program, including development and implementation of engagement strategies to attract, steward, and grow annual giving and major gifts;
  •  -Assisting in planning and organizing board and donor events;
  • -Working with the Executive Director and marketing consultant to develop Annual Fund strategies to implement through direct mail campaigns, e-newsletters, and social media;
  • -Identifying, researching, and managing potential federal, state, corporate, and foundation funding opportunities, and working with Executive Director to write and submit grant proposals and reports; oversee compliance and fulfill reporting requirements for all grants;
  • -Managing the Annual Fund program, including writing appeals, overseeing design of end-of-year and spring appeal brochures, creating mailing lists, benefit fulfillment, and communicating with donors;
  • -Working occasional evenings to assist in preparing for and overseeing board meetings, donor events (“Informances”), and attending all summer concerts;
  • -Supervising the drafting and processing of acknowledgment letters for all gifts, grants, and sponsorship payments; working with Landmarks bookkeeper to reconcile all revenue throughout the year;
  • -Overseeing the Raiser’s Edge database to update and maintain clean and accurate development data and performing donor and prospect research;
  • -Managing all aspects of development special events, including cultivation and stewardship events, and annual gala, and managing special event budgets;
  • -Working with Executive Director and artistic staff to design, budget and execute annual fundraising gala;
  • -Staffing and supporting five Board of Trustee meetings each year, one annual meeting of Trustees and Overseers, and various board committee meetings (including Nominating and Governance and Gala Committees), as necessary;

Salary commensurate with experience. Full-time employees receive healthcare and dental benefits. Generous paid time off, including 10 sick days and 15 vacation days, in addition to comp time related to working performances and events.


The ideal candidate will:

  • -have excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • -be detail oriented and take pride in producing work that is accurate and reflects excellence;
  • -be extremely organized and efficient; enjoy working in a collaborative and flexible environment as well as have the ability to work independently;
  • -be able to handle confidential information with discretion;
  • -multi-task with ease, and be able to shift priorities quickly and pro-actively as needed;
  • -be proficient in standard office software such as Word, Excel, and Google Calendar, and will be able to learn specialty software such as Raiser’s Edge, WordPress, and iContact quickly
  • -be outgoing and enjoy working with Board Members, donors, and other VIPs, and will do so with professionalism and tact;
  • -be capable of managing, prioritizing, and leading multiple projects at once;

A Bachelors’ Degree is required for this position. A passion for orchestral music is a plus.
How To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to: Brandi Main at

Apply by:
August 19, 2019
Salary commensurate with experience.
About this Organization:
Boston Landmarks Orchestra was founded in 2001 by conductor and community advocate, Charles Ansbacher. The Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians, and is active in the neighborhoods of Boston. The Orchestra is currently led by Music Director and Conductor, Christopher Wilkins in collaboration with the Executive Director and Artistic Administrator, Arthur Rishi.
The name of the Orchestra comes from the close connection the Orchestra has to Boston’s public spaces, having performed on the Boston Common, in the Charlestown Navy Yard and at Fenway Park, in addition to public parks, youth centers and under-served neighborhoods throughout the City. In 2007, the Orchestra established a regular summer concert series at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Esplanade, entertaining a growing audience along the banks of the Charles River on a weekly basis.

The performances of the Orchestra are designed to be approachable, with storylines and visual elements adding context and excitement to the experience. The Orchestra regularly collaborates with other Boston area artists and organizations including Boston Ballet II, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the New England Aquarium. In recent years, the Orchestra has become a leader in promoting accessibility and inclusiveness, and is proud to be a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP Organization, and is the only orchestra to have earned that distinction.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra is part Boston tradition, part Beantown innovation; and has become an essential part of summertime in Boston.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic