ABOUT HSA: Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) is one of New York City’s pioneering art institutions and a cultural cornerstone of the community. HSA enriches the lives of young people and their families from all socio-economic levels through world-class training in and exposure to the arts across multiple disciplines in an environment that emphasizes rigorous training, stimulates creativity, builds self-confidence, and adds a dimension of beauty to their lives.
Serving approximately 4,000 young people from across the Greater New York area, HSA advances its mission from the Herb Alpert Center (renamed after a transformative $6M gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation) by offering high-quality, affordable arts training in dance, music , theatre, and visual arts to young people from 2 to 18; by providing financial aid and merit scholarships to those who need it most; and by developing key partnerships with other cultural institutions, colleges and universities, and conservatories to prepare aspiring pre-professional students at the highest level. HSA also offers adult courses and an expanded series of workshops, lectures, performances, book signings, films, and exhibitions to engage families and community members in enlightened conversations around arts, culture, and diversity. For more information, please visit hsanyc.org.
THE OPPORTUNITY: The Chief Development Officer will work with an exceptionally dedicated and passionate leadership and program team and an engaged and supportive board of directors. This is a unique opportunity for an energetic and entrepreneurial development professional who brings credibility, creativity, and a genuine passion for the HSA mission.
The CDO will create and implement a strategy to increase philanthropic support through individual major gifts, corporate and foundation grants and gifts, special events, planned giving, and government support. S/he must be able to craft and articulate a compelling case for support through effective storytelling about HSA’s programs, students, alumni, outreach, and impact. The CDO should be a comfortable front-line major gift fundraiser who is able to lead and motivate a comprehensive development team.
The CDO reports to the President and serves as a member of the senior cabinet working in close collaboration with the senior leadership team. S/he will build, lead, and mentor a team of three.
FUNDING: HSA has a 2017-18 annual operating budget of approximately $5MM of which $3.2MM is generated through philanthropy ($1.875MM), the annual gala ($1.1MM), and government ($243K). The balance is received through earned income (tuition, fees, and rental revenue).
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