Development Officer

The expanding team at Flint Institute of Music's (FIM) Development Department is responsible for raising funds for crucial initiatives dedicated to the Flint School of Performing Arts' (FSPA) student experience. Building upon the successful student support fundraising efforts Seeing Stars! FIM's annual Auction and many other FSPA supporting activities and events, this new position will work closely with the Director of the Flint School of Performing Arts and the Director of Development and Marketing in order to raise critical support for tuition assistance, performance support and lifelong music initiatives all of which directly impact the experience and success of performing arts students.
FIM's Development Department team is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and results-oriented individual to join its dynamic fundraising team as the Flint School of Performing Arts Development Officer. The FSPA Development Officer will be instrumental in helping achieve aggressive goals by identifying, cultivating and soliciting individuals for significant support as well as periodic special purpose appeals and programs with key constituencies, corporations and foundations.
The FSPA Development Officer is expected to be an accomplished, responsive and collaborative member of the Development Team who executes an aggressive schedule of donor activity to ensure a continuous pipeline of private support for the school. The FSPA Development Officer will report directly to the Director of Development and Marketing, with additional reporting responsibilities to the Director of the Flint School of Performing Arts.

Essential Duties of the Position:

The FSPA Development Officer develops and implements fundraising plans for the Flint School of Performing Arts. Fundraising plans include annual giving activities, major gifts, cultivation activities, planned giving, stewardship/donor recognition activities, prospect research, proposal writing directed toward the capital, and programmatic needs for the FSPA. This position requires the ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit donors for $50,000 and below gifts.

  • Solicits donations for FSPA projects from various sources, including individuals, foundations, and corporations.
  • Works to identify giving opportunities within their department to include, but not limited to, capital, programmatic, and endowment needs.
  • Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations.
  • Works closely with leadership to identify potential major gift donors whose interests coincide with FIM’s mission. Works closely with other leaders to leverage community relationships they have established with individuals, volunteers, corporations, and other community partners.
  • Creates strategies and manages relationships with current and prospective donors; facilitates meetings between current and prospective donors, community leadership; plans strategy for prospect cultivation and donor recognition events.
  • Spends approximately 70% of time interacting with donors, volunteers, community leaders, and prospective donors. Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects.
  • Develops a proposal strategy for annual gift solicitations from individuals, corporations, and foundations which clearly articulate the need for a contribution and links this need to the prospective donors' giving interests.

Assists in prioritizing proposals and may research, write and edit correspondence to current and prospective donors, including introduction letters, gift acknowledgments, and reports on the use of grant funds.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism or related area
Five to seven years' experience with fundraising, education, performing arts or nonprofit development activities
Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to locate biographical, financial, and philanthropic information
A high level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with Raisers Edge
Must possess an ability to work well under pressure
Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential


Email resume to jsampson@thefim.org, subject line: "FIM Development Officer"