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Associate Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement


  • Establish a clear plan and individual prospect strategies to increase donor engagement and major gifts;
  • Focus on gifts of $1,000 and up, and cultivate donors specifically toward more major gifts;
  • Provide strategic and tactical support to the Director of Development;
  • Provide strategic and tactical support to the Board of Governors, particularly the Development Committee, in coordination with the Director of Development;
  • Assist the Director of Development, as required, to meet department goals;
  • Work closely with Communications staff to deepen relationship with local and regional media, and develop relationships with national and international media contacts;
  • Work closely with Development, Communications, and Events staff to identify Longy initiatives and events of interest to donors and the press;
  • Oversee, develop and implement all major events, including annual gala.  Supervise Events Coordinator;
  • Identify new prospects for the Board of Governors and the Georges Longy Circle (donors of $1,000 or more);
  • Work to strengthen relationships with City of Cambridge and local constituents.


The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial, results-driven style and the ability to identify and implement innovative approaches to prospect identification, research, and gift development.  The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment of growth and collaborative decision-making.

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Major gifts fundraising experience or equivalent required.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple prospects and donors.
  • Willingness to deepen understanding of charitable work through coursework, training, or research.
  • Experience in asking for and closing major gifts of $25,000 or more.
  • Experience building and maintaining long-term relationships with fundraising constituents such as major donors and corporations.
  • Knowledge of, and affinity for, the arts and music preferred.


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.

To Apply

Please submit cover letter, resume and two writing samples 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 Associate Director of Major Gifts and Donor Engagement in the subject line and send to: spekock(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.