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Executive & Development Associate

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Executive & Development Associate


Position: Executive & Development Associate

Reports To: Executive/Artistic Director

Status: Part Time (11-month cumulative contact subject to annual renewal; 15/hours per week)

Compensation: $14,000-$17,000 commensurate with experience

Goal Effective Date: March 1, 2019

Position Highlight:

When you join the Choral Arts Initiative family as an Executive & Development Associate, you will have a direct impact on the overall direction of the organization.  You will find fulfillment in building meaningful relationships with community, business, foundation, and corporation partners.  You will thrive by working both independently and with a small team of motivated staff members.  You will keep the mission and vision at the forefront of your daily practice.  You will grow the position to be self-sustainable and ultimately lead to a full-time Development Director or Executive Director opportunity.

Detailed Position Summary:

Choral Arts Initiative seeks an enthusiastic and motivated leader to serve as its Executive & Development Associate.  Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, Executive/Artistic Director, and staff, the Executive & Development Associate will develop, implement, and monitor actionable strategies that achieve the organizational goals and objectives as it relates to development and arts administration.  The Executive & Development Associate will possess excellent organizational and communication skills and will use those skills to create sustainable financial opportunities to support the operations of the organization.  The Executive & Development Associate will seek out new and established funding opportunities at the local, state, and national level.   The Executive & Development Associate will plan, coordinate, and facilitate fundraising and community engagement events to build lasting partnerships.  The Executive & Development Associate will be available to serve as an ambassador for the organization in all performances, events, and guest interactions.

Primary Responsibilities

Development and Fundraising:

Develop, coordinate, and execute a comprehensive strategy of financial development and support:

  • Plan and oversee the individual donor campaign(s)
  • Identify and pursue new sources of financial support from individuals, local businesses, foundations, and corporations
  • Develop and implement the strategy for cultivating, securing, and sustaining corporate sponsorships
  • Secure performance sponsorships for upcoming performances
  • Prepare foundation and government grant requests and reports
  • Develop materials to support development efforts
  • Establish and support committees and task forces to implement fundraising projects
  • Maintain and update our donor relations database regularly


Coordinate with the Marketing & Publicity Director in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to market Choral Arts Initiative, affiliated groups, and programs throughout the market area:

  • Oversee sales of tickets with the goal of increasing the audience base
  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing plan, including press releases, advertising, calendar listing, brochures/postcards, public service announcements, and other platforms

Community Relations:

  • Serve as an ambassador for the organization in all public appearances
  • Develop an ongoing relationship with arts colleagues in the community
  • Act as a spokesperson for the organization as needed for media inquiries, government agencies, corporate community, foundations, and the local community
  • Attend Board of Director meetings and prepare agenda items as requested


Assist with short-term and long-term planning and engage the board and staff in annual planning sessions:

  • Prepare the strategic plans in partnership with the Artistic Director/Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff
  • Evaluate progress towards goals on a regular basis

Staffing and Training:

Assist in the hiring, training, and supervision of administrative staff as needed to achieve the organization’s objectives:

  • Monitor and evaluate performance of Administrative Assistant and Marketing & Publicity Director
  • Create and maintain job descriptions for all approved positions
  • Hire staff to fill position openings
  • Create policies, practices, and procedures to ensure adherence to state and federal laws

Other Duties as Assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration, Business, Music, or other related field
  • 1-3 years of development or donor relations experience with nonprofit organizations
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations in the performing arts field
  • A background in choral music is preferred though not required
  • Excellent communication, organization, and leadership skills
  • Highly organized and able to keep track of a wide array of events, projects, contacts, and objectives
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with Choral Arts Initiative Artistic and Administrative staff, the Board of Directors, and Artistic Advisory Committee.

Application Process:

Choral Arts Initiative is committed to cultivating a vibrant and diverse community.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

To be considered, the following materials must be received no later than Monday, January 14, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. PST.  

Application Link:

  • A current CV/resume
  • A cover letter detailing your interest in new choral music, and how the mission and vision of Choral Arts Initiative resonates with you as an arts administrator.
  • Up to two (2) letters of recommendation are highly encouraged, but are not required. Letters may be attached directly to online application submission or may be submitted by the recommender directly at
  • Optional: A sample of a fundraising/development plan you have created as part of an academic project or as part of your work with another organization (if from another organization, please feel free to omit any specific figures or sensitive information, and please be sure to obtain permission from the organization).

Selected candidates will be invited to an interview with the Executive/Artistic Director, one staff member, and at least one member from the Board of Directors.

Final candidates will be invited to a discussion with the Board of Directors to be determined in late January or early February 2019.

All final candidates are subject to a background check prior to final offer of engagement.

About Choral Arts Initiative

Mission: Inspired by the call to champion new music, Choral Arts Initiative works in partnership with composers and the community to illuminate emerging choral music, and to inspire musical creativity.

Vision: Our vision is to be a world-class destination for new choral music for composers, singers, and audience.

Widely recognized as a champion of new choral music, Choral Arts Initiative has been praised as “gracefully lyrical” (Voice of OC), hailed as one of Orange County’s “Best Choirs” (CBS News, Los Angeles), and received the American Prize in Choral Performance, and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.  Choral Arts Initiative’s recent album, “How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore” ranked #6 on the Billboard Charts (Traditional Classical Albums) and was the #4 Best Seller on iTunes Classical Charts.  Their passion for new music has led to the commission of eighteen compositions and the premiere of over sixty choral works.