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2 May 2013

Full-Time Director of Development – Green Music Center

Green Music Center – Sonoma State Univ. – Posted by Jewish Jobs Rohnert Park, California, United States

Job Description

The Green Music Center invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of Development, available in the Spring of 2013.

The Green Music Center

The Green Music Center (GMC) is the home for music and the arts at Sonoma State University.  With the vision to “aim high, reach wide, educate all,” the Green Music Center is committed to providing transformative experiences in the arts and education that promote active learning and contribute to the to the cultural and economic well-being of the community.  This extraordinary complex offers access to internationally acclaimed artists and an excellent education for the next generation of musicians, vocalists, dancers and performers.

The GMC consists of the 1,400-seat Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall, the intimate 250-seat Schroder Recital Hall, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill Lawn and Commons with the Master Card Performing Arts Pavilion, capable of accommodating an outdoor audience of 10,000.  The GMC is the home of the Department of Music within the University’s Center for Performing Arts.  A capital campaign is currently underway to complete construction of Schroder Hall and the Master Card Performing Arts Pavilion.

Weill Hall, the centerpiece of the GMC, is acoustically designed to rival the great concert halls of the world and was inspired by Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Symphony Hall in Boston, and Vienna’s Musikvereinssaal.  The modular rear wall of Weill Hall opens to expend the concert experience to an outdoor audience of 4,000.

2012/13 is the inaugural season of the Master Card Performance Series at Weill Hall and the season began in September with a sold out performance by internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang as well as Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas.  The season includes appearances by such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Barbara Cook, Winton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as a series of performances by both the San Francisco Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony.  Other programming includes Sonoma State University’s On Campus Presents series designed specifically for college students.  The venues of the GMC also support the curricular and co-curricular components of the Center for Performing Arts.

Sonoma State University has partnered with the Academy at Carnegie Hall to create the Weill Hall Artist in Residence program at the GMC.  This unique program will bring recent graduates from the Academy at Carnegie Hall to the SSU campus.  As part of a one-year fellowship, the Artists will live on campus and enhance the quality the University’s performing arts instructional programs through direct instruction and performance.  The Artists will also play an important role in the GMC’s educational programming with local K-12 school districts.

The Executive Director of the Green Music Center is Laurence Schlereth, the University’s Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.  Emmanuel Morlet is Artistic and Managing Director.   The core administrative team is currently being expanded to include a development department.  The Center has a distinguished Advisory Board, which is chaired by Sanford I. Weill and includes leaders from the area philanthropic community.

Sonoma State University is located in the heart of California wine country approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco. The University serves a student population of over 9,000 students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Known for its outstanding programs in the liberal arts and sciences, the University is the only institution in California to be invited for membership in the prestigious national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).  Sonoma State University has programs of instruction in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Extended Education, Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.

The Position

The Director of Development reports to the Artistic and Managing Director and closely coordinates activities with the University’s Vice-President for Development.  The Director is responsible and accountable for the planning, implementation, oversight, and management of all aspects of the Green Music Center’s fundraising efforts.

The Director of Development designs and implements multi-year strategies to achieve and exceed goals for contributed income from all sources, including major gifts, annual fund, endowment, corporations and foundations, planned giving, projects, and special events.  S/he takes a leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of major donors.  S/he recruits, trains, motivates, supervises, and evaluates a high caliber development staff.

The Director of Development provides strategy, impetus, direction, and support to the fundraising efforts of the Advisory Board.  S/he assists in the identification, recruitment, and orientation of new Board members.

The Director of Development ensures that the systems and procedures are in place for donor cultivation and recognition, recording and acknowledgement of gifts, research and prospect management, timely and accurate reporting, and compliance with all grant and sponsorship requirements.  S/he develops and monitors the budget for development and special events.

The Director of Development serves as an advocate and ambassador for the GMC across the University campus and in the community.  S/he represents the Green Music Center to external constituencies locally, regionally, and nationally.  S/he attends performances and is an active participant in other GMC and University events.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years’ senior development experience with a not-for-profit organization, preferably in the arts or education.   S/he will have a track record for achieving or surpassing fundraising goals.  S/he will have a thorough understanding of all aspects of development, including annual funds, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, endowment and capital campaigns, planned giving, and special events.

The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to cultivate and solicit prospects for major annual and capital gifts.   S/he will be experienced in providing staff support to executive and high profile volunteer leadership.   S/he will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with a diverse community of donors and prospects.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and excellent planning and implementation skills.   S/he will be a skilled supervisor with the proven ability to manage and motivate both professional staff and volunteers.  S/he will be familiar and comfortable with donor management systems and related technology.

The successful candidate will have superb communication skills.  S/he will be able to write and speak persuasively about the Green Music Center and its case for support.  S/he will embrace and articulate the vision, mission and goals of GMC.  The successful candidate will be willing and able to attend evening and weekend performances and events and to travel as needed for development purposes.   S/he will welcome the opportunity to represent the Green Music Center to the philanthropic community of individual and institutional donors locally, regionally, and nationally.


Compensation, including benefits, is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter that describes both interest and specific qualifications for the position. Send with a professional resume, salary history or requirements, and three professional references. Applications will be considered confidential and references will not be contacted without the agreement of the applicant. Please send materials to: GMC Director of Development c/o Catherine French Group 2500 Q Street NW, Suite 623 Washington, DC 20007 Email:

Job Categories: Indeed, Non-Profit, and Other. Job Types: Full-Time.


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