Play On, Philly! seeks Development Director

Play On Philly (POP) is a well-funded non-profit that enriches K-12 students’ lives by providing daily, after-school music instruction in communities that have little to no access to music education. POP students receive tuition-free instrumental group lessons as well as general music, choir and composition training. Students participate in both large and small ensembles and master classes with world-class musicians. POP is based on the El Sistema philosophy of education that uses music to develop the academic, cognitive and social skills needed for success in life.

With over 250 students enrolled in POP’s programs at 3 Philadelphia-based schools, we are planning to aggressively grow our reach to help as many student as possible experience the joy of learning to play an instrument, be in a performing orchestra, and even compose their own music. To help us realize our growth vision, we are seeking a Development Director to drive our fundraising success.

The Opportunity
Working in partnership with POP’s Executive Director and supervising a full-time Development and Communications Associate, this role oversees all aspects of raising support from foundations, individual donors, corporations and government sources which will allow POP to grow our annual $2.4 million operating budget.

This job is ideal for you if you possess a proven ability to think and plan strategically, manage multiple simultaneous projects, and work effectively with a Leadership Team. This position offers an excellent opportunity to engage directly with POP’s Board of Directors, partner organizations, foundations, and local and national philanthropic communities to garner support for our rapidly-growing, highly effective educational intervention that has proven successful at changing the lives of participants.

Our next Development Director will have an opportunity to seize on the momentum created by our past development successes and help our organization reach hundreds of additional students. They will also be able to contribute to our ongoing strategic planning process, to shape the path to an ideal organizational structure for POP to expand its programs and services in the years to come.


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