Founded in 1947, the Worcester Youth Orchestras (WYO) have maintained an integral presence in Central Massachusetts for over 70 years. Drawing from over 65 Massachusetts communities, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, the orchestras are open to all aspiring young musicians studying their instruments in individual and/or school lessons. WYO is comprised of four orchestras, a jazz program, wind ensemble and chamber groups. Each season WYO produces 10-15 concerts welcoming more than 8,000 concertgoers. WYO maintains offices at Mechanics Hall where it produces a number of its concerts, including the popular Annual Family Holiday Concert. In addition, WYO regularly collaborates with other arts organizations and maintains a community outreach program.
The mission of WYO is twofold – first, providing youth with an educational and enjoyable musical experience to build the qualities of teamwork, self-discipline and diligence that will benefit them now and as adults. And second, providing accessible live musical performances and cultural enrichment to the greater Worcester community.
The vision of WYO is making greater Worcester a beacon for music education by providing students of all backgrounds (social, economic, racial, ethnic, national origin and sexual/gender identity) with the highest quality music education. WYO aspires to enrich the cultural life of the greater Worcester community with accessible concerts free from financial obstacles.
The Business Sponsorship & Development Manager solicits financial contributions from the business community to support WYO’s educational and community outreach programs.
- Solicit program ads, concert & season sponsorships from local and regional businesses.
- Obtain corporate and business endorsements to support WYO’s educational programs. Such as in kind donations for concert receptions, raffle and auction items.
- Obtain corporate based grant programs to support WYO’s mission & programming.
- Ensure all business ads and sponsorships are properly listed in concert program book.
- Send business donation and sponsorship acknowledgement letters and invitations to donor events.
- Reconciling business donations with Development Committee, Artistic Executive Director & Bookkeeper.
- Tracking business donations with donor software. (Patron Manager).
- Access to e-mail and telephone on a regular basis, ability to respond in a timely fashion to all inquiries.
- Knowledge of Google Docs/Drive highly desirable.
- Attend meetings with Development Committee when needed.
- Ability to work as a member of a team.
- Superior organizational skills.
- Proven self-starter with desire to take initiative.
Reports to Development Committee and Artistic Executive Director.
- Bachelors and/or Associates Degree required, preferably in Business, Accounting or Arts Administration, other areas considered with relevant work experience and references.
- Non-profit experience with fundraising and development strongly preferred.
- Must have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
- Connections in the Greater Worcester and Central Massachusetts business community, including chambers of commerce, local newspapers and business associations and clubs.
- Desire to promote youth education and empowerment, and enrich the cultural life of central Massachusetts.
$23.50 – $25/hour depending on experience. Flexible hours, on average 10 hrs/week, not to exceed 360 hours February through November. Must meet deadlines as needed. Possibility of incentive bonus for exceeding fundraising targets.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a CORI check, including a check of your employment references.
Please submit all applications (cover letter, resume, references and other relevant documents) and all inquiries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: Personnel Committee.
Position is considered open until filled.
Paper applications will not be accepted. Please no phone calls.