Jobs at NMS

Current Openings

Department: Development
Reporting Relationship: Reports to the Executive Director
Pay Status: Salaried, Full-Time, Exempt

Director of Development
Do you agree with us that the arts are a basic human right and a basic human need? Do you believe that every person has an artistic voice? Have you witnessed the power of the arts to connect people and create community? Are you an experienced, highly organized fundraising professional with a warm, welcoming personality, and the ability to motivate individuals and teams?

Neighborhood Music School (“NMS”), one of the nation’s leading community arts schools, seeks a Director of Development (“DoD”) to lead all contributed revenue programs in support of our mission. Working with the Executive Director and the Board’s Development Committee, the DoD is responsible for growing annual individual giving (currently $250,000 per year), as well as grant funding (currently $200,000 per year) by 10% annually. In addition, the DoD develops and directs special campaigns such as the annual Great Give, alumni appeals, and campaigns to raise special purpose funds.  This position oversees 2-4 fundraising events per year. The DoD manages a Development Associate, and oversees external contractors for grants and special events support. A member of the school’s senior leadership team, the DoD participates in developing school-wide strategy, programs, and messaging while working collaboratively with other departments on operational matters. Contributed revenue currently accounts for less than 20% of the school’s $4.2MM budget. Success measures for this position include increasing the share of contributed revenue in the school’s budget, engaging the Board as partners in fundraising, creating a culture of philanthropy to engage NMS student families and alumni, and working collegially with faculty and staff.

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate who thrives in an environment of change, and is excited to help us reinvent NMS for a new era – while preserving our school’s traditional strengths of teaching excellence and community. NMS offers a competitive compensation package, commensurate with experience, including generous paid-time-off benefits. Please send your resume, along with a thoughtful cover letter and salary requirements, to attn: Dan Gurvich, Executive Director.

• Minimum of 5 years’ professional fundraising experience;
• History of positive, authentic relationships with Board members, donors, and funders;
• Track record of personally asking for and securing major gifts (> $1,000);
• High emotional intelligence and effective listening skills;
• A track record of designing and managing successful fundraising campaigns;
• Proven ability to translate broad goals into achievable steps, and to meet deadlines;
• Event planning and management;
• Demonstrated grant writing experience;
• Excellent verbal and written communication;
• Demonstrated ability to motivate teams and individuals to a high level of performance;
• A sense of humor, and the ability to remain poised and positive under pressure;
• An appreciation of diversity, in all of its forms.
• Familiarity with electronic media and social networking as a tool for outreach and fundraising;
• Flexibility and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours as needed;
• Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred, but not required;
• Experience in the arts and/or education preferred;
• Bachelor’s Degree.


Teaching Positions
We are always on the lookout for talented and dedicated instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers to join our exceptional faculty! If you are passionate about teaching, please send your CV/resume, along with a cover letter detailing your teaching interests and expertise to Tell us what you value, and why you feel you might be a good fit for NMS. We look forward to hearing from you!

About Us
Neighborhood Music School (NMS) is the largest non-profit community arts organization in Connecticut, with the mission of creating community, sparking potential and sharing joy through the arts. Founded in 1911 as part of the settlement house movement supporting new immigrants to New Haven, NMS now serves nearly 3,000 students from 80-plus cities and towns annually.  NMS offers music, dance and drama classes for children and adults. Music education includes individual instruction on over 30 instruments and presents at least 250 performances and events each year. Programming includes seven genres of dance, with a focus on positive body image, health, and collaborative creativity. NMS also houses an early childhood music program; an After-School Arts Academy, a state-certified, arts-integrated preschool and toddler program; and several summer programs, plus more than 100 weekly ensembles. Students range in age from toddlers to seniors in their 90's. Committed to the values of diversity and inclusion, NMS provides more than $220,000 in financial aid and tuition waivers for more than 500 students each year.