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Seattle Music Partners Development Manager-RVC Fellow

Note: This role will be a part of the RVC Community Impact Fellowship Program

Position: Development Manager (as part of Community Impact Fellowship ​at RVC)
Reports to: Marlett Buchanan, Executive Director at Seattle Music Partners
Location: Greater Seattle Area
Position type:  Term-limited, Full-Time exempt (37.5 hours per week)
Salary:  $46,125/yr (prorated to a 10-month term)
Benefits: 9 days paid time off, 10 paid holidays, flexible, family-friendly schedule, medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package. Transit Orca card available as well. 
Start date: September 2020 – July 2021

About RVC Community Impact Fellowship

RVC’s Community Impact Fellowship Program places talented leaders of color in a two-year full-time position at local grassroots organizations led by communities of color. Our Fellows bring the experience, passion, and talent — we pay a livable wage, benefits, and provide ongoing professional development training.

Fellows will participate in RVC’s professional development activities and will apply their learning to strengthen the effectiveness and organizational capacity of their host organization. Opportunities for learning include: 

  • Monthly Training sessions and other professional development trainings
  • Lunch and Learns
  • Collective Projects
  • Professional development and team-building retreats
  • Mentorship, with regular check-ins
  • Coaching and 1:1 check-ins with Fellowship team

We’re hiring for a Development Manager fellow position to be hosted at Seattle Music Partners from September 2020 – July 2021.

More about Seattle Music Partners

Seattle Music Partners cultivates a diverse and vibrant music-making community by providing youth with free music instruction and one-on-one mentoring to eliminate racial and economic barriers to quality music education. We do this by offering free after-school and evening program opportunities that use music and mentorship to impact the lives of young people. Our unique program matches skilled volunteers from the community, one-on-one, with students who wish to learn how to play an instrument. SMP students also attend weekly group lessons, led by our trained teaching artists, to gain ensemble experience. Instruments, music books, music stands and even transportation are provided free of charge. We believe that music is a powerful tool for inspiring and empowering young people, and that music-learning opportunities should be available to all children on an equitable basis.

MISSION: Our mission is built on the foundational pillars of quality music instruction, youth development, and social justice. Through this structure, SMP mentors and teaches more than 100 students each week as they develop their skills as individual performers and ensemble members.

Position Description

Be part of an inspiring after-school music program for youth in low-income schools. Seattle Music Partners seeks a Development Manager with experience in fundraising, grant-writing, special events, sponsorship solicitation, and the ability to develop and nurture relationships with major donors, partners, and corporate sponsors. The position requires strong organizational, networking skills, and the ability to work on various events simultaneously with a keen eye for detail. This position will analyze donor data and give. trends to create strategies to ensure new donor acquisition, increased giving, donor retention, and recovery of lapsed donors. 

Essential Responsibilities

Fundraising (60%)

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to create an annual development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction of the organization (includes planning for SMP’s annual appeal at the end of the year)
  • With oversight from the ED, implement fundraising plans pertaining to assigned special events, grants and sponsorships 
  • Develop and manage timelines for various fundraising activities to ensure strategic plans and critical fundraising processes are carried out in a timely manner 
  • Research, write, submit and present grant applications in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Assist in expanding the SMP’s donor community by cultivating relationships with the donor, foundation contacts, and sponsor prospects
  • Track grant funds, grant calendar and coordinate grant requirements with alignment with grant reporting timeline by developing a schedule to manage SMP’s major sources of income
  • Maintain and track donor relationships on SMP’s donor database (LGL/Little Green Light)
  • Process donations and donor recognition and thank you letters
  • Assist in donor identification, cultivation, solicitation, and management
  • Prepare written materials including reports, general correspondence, and other necessary solicitation materials

Communications (25%)

  • Participate in SMP’s electronic communications by creating and maintaining a quarterly e-newsletter, ensure SMP has a consistent voice and presence on all social media platforms, and create collateral (print or virtual) as needed for respective fundraising or brand efforts
  • Work with a website consultant/volunteer to update the organization’s website regularly and troubleshoot as necessary

Other Duties (10%)

  • Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting SMP’s future
  • Engage in deep professional development through the Community Impact Fellowship Program and external trainings/workshops/conferences 
  • Represent and attend community events and activities to ensure the engagement of SMP with larger music, arts, and communities served.
  • Administrative duties as assigned

After-School Programming Direct Service/Internal Partnerships (5%)

Due to the impact of Covid-19, some of our after school programming will be virtual until schools reopen.

  •  Participate in the recruitment and support of volunteers, partners
  • After-school support is subject to change based on COVID-19 restriction during the school year, the time commitment will increase to 15% if COVID restrictions are lifted


  • Ability to work remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in fundraising, development, capacity building or closely related field
  • Deep level of music appreciation
  • Culturally and linguistically reflect the community in which they will be working
  • Demonstrate a passion for community work and social justice and intent to stay and advance in the nonprofit field 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to adapt and exercise resourcefulness
  • Excellent computer skills including word processing, database management, and spreadsheets
  • Be legally authorized to work in the U.S
  • A criminal history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being selected as a Fellow. However, some CBO positions may not be open to applicants with certain kinds of criminal records. Applicants should expect to consent to a criminal background report as part of the interview and selection process 


  • Connection to the Central District community
  • Basic understanding of music principles

How to apply

Complete the application by clicking on the image below:

In your cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • How do you want to grow as a leader?
  • What do you hope to gain from participating in this fellowship program?
  • One of RVC’s values & leadership principles is about transformation, can you describe a time where you embodied this value?

Our Hiring Process & Timeline

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled

  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews by mid-August
  • We will begin virtual one-hour interviews in August with the Fellowship team
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview with host organization – SMP, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in September.

Equal Opportunity Employer

RVC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodations during the application process are available to individuals upon request. To request assistance or accommodation, please contact [email protected].

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