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Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Operations

The Opportunity

Longy School of Music of Bard College has an immediate opening for an Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Operations. We are seeking an energetic, strategic, tech-savvy and self-motivated individual to oversee annual giving and all administrative functions of a small, ambitious development operation. The hire will report directly to the Director of Development. This is a full-time position.


The Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Operations is responsible for planning and executing annual fund appeals; gift processing and acknowledgment; data entry; prospect research; special events support; and, a range of other administrative duties. She or he should be comfortable managing multiple priorities under strict deadlines, and must demonstrate strong verbal and written communications skills. Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and basic prospect research databases (The Foundation Center, Lexus/Nexus) is strongly preferred. This is a full-time position, with occasional evening commitments.

The Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Operations will be responsible for:

    • Developing Annual Fund solicitations and campaigns, including the development message and design.
    • Ensuring accurate tracking, management and recognition of donors and prospects.
    • Conducting detailed background research on current donors and donor prospects.
    • Working closely with the Development and Communications staff on special events, and assisting with the cultivation and stewardship of donors.
    • Managing Advancement financial accounts: tracking expenses, preparing monthly reports, administering reimbursements; coordinating yearly budgeting process with the Director of Development.
    • Assisting with the effective functioning of the Advancement office. This includes preparing acknowledgements, scheduling meetings, keeping the department calendar, keeping files up-to-date and organized, and other tasks as needed.


Longy offers a competitive salary, holiday and paid time-off package (in addition, the school is closed the last week of December), enrollment in Longy’s group health and dental plan, life and long-term disability insurance, and flexible spending account and qualified transportation programs.


The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial, results-driven style and the ability to identify and implement strategic approaches to fundraising and constituency development. S/he will thrive in an environment of growth and collaborative decision-making. S/he will possess:

  • Five years of experience or demonstrated potential in annual fund work, prospect research, major gifts solicitation and fundraising campaigns.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge and basic prospect research databases.
  • Self-confidence, flexibility, excellent judgment and a high degree of discretion.
  • A proactive “customer-centered” orientation.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong writing skills, attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and to work independently.
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree and/or additional fundraising coursework are a plus.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, Constant Contact and other design programs.
  • Knowledge of, and affinity for, the arts and/or music would be helpful.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to: Sue Pekock, Director of Development, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. To apply via e-mail, include Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Development Operations in subject line and send to:jobs(at)

About Longy

Longy School of Music of Bard College is a conservatory with a mission to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world. World-class faculty and innovative curricula give students the skills they need to succeed while encouraging them to push their artistic presentation beyond the proscenium model. Longy promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, inspires growth of imagination, and fosters an attitude of inquiry about the musician’s role in the world. Longy serves graduate and undergraduate students from over 35 states and 16 countries between its Cambridge campus, and its campus in Los Angeles, which houses the El Sistema-inspired Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age.