THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY
GEORGE KENT PERFORMANCE HALL
119 High Street, Westerly, RI 02891
POSITION OPENING – DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT
Posted: June 25, 2015
Title: Director of Advancement
Supervisor: Executive Director
Status: Full-time, salaried, exempt
The Chorus of Westerly seeks applicants to become the Director of Advancement, a new full-time position.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Advancement will be responsible for developing and
implementing successful programs and plans that achieve the organization’s annual fundraising goals. In addition,
and directly paired with fundraising activity, the Director of Advancement will develop successful marketing and
communication plans that promote the Chorus’s regular seasonal activities, as well as advancing the organization on
a broader level – regionally and nationally – for a greater identity and marketing reach.
1. Direct all individual giving programs of the Chorus and the George Kent Performance Hall. This
includes the Annual Fund Drive, the Continuo Society, concert sponsorships, major giving, and other
relevant activity. Ensure that these activities meet their annual budget goals while continuously
developing new prospects for future activities.
2. Solicit, secure, and manage corporate and business sponsorships for all Chorus concerts, events,
programs, and capital needs. Develop direct and personal relationships with relevant local and regional
corporate/business leaders responsible for marketing sponsorships and/or philanthropic support.
Ensure sponsorship goals are met annually and new corporate relationships are created.
3. Develop, oversee, and execute special fundraising events throughout the Chorus season including the
Charitable Gala, Conductor Circle dinners, several small fundraising “guest” concerts, and innovative
fundraising programs with the singers. Ensure systems are in place to execute these events smoothly,
to meet their budgetary goals, and to evaluate the special events success/value for future seasons.
4. Manage and write grants for Chorus programs, concerts, events, and capital needs through private and
corporate foundations. Continuously prospect and identify potential grant and foundation funders
locally, regionally, and nationally. Manage local, state, and national grant programs and applications
(such as grants through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts).
1. Develop, oversee, and execute marketing and communication plans for the Chorus season (and all
events on the season), the Chorus as an organization, Kent Hall, and member recruitment. Specific
areas of focus and management within these plans will include such items as press release and media
alert management, story pitches to editors, online PR management (social media, main website, ecommunications).
Also ensure proper vendors, volunteers, singers, and/or parents are part of a team
assembled to support these efforts and manage them appropriately.
2. Oversee and support special communications projects such as website evaluation, video, audio, and
film projects (such as the upcoming Chorus documentary and recording project).
The Director of Advancement will be expected, for all of his/her projects noted above, to actively recruit in volunteer
teams of support working in tandem with the Manager of Patron Services. The Chorus of Westerly has a broad
volunteer base able to support many of the projects above (and, as needed, to help with leadership of projects). The
Director of Advancement will be responsible for managing volunteers for his/her projects, for stewarding and
supporting them, and for providing them clear and concise direction and vision. Working with the other members of
staff, the Board, and the singing membership itself, the Director of Advancement will assemble project based
committees as needed for projects, and complete other advancement tasks as necessary.
Bachelor’s Degree required. The ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in arts administration, not-for-profit
management, public policy, or a related arts or development field.
Minimum of 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible and successful leadership and management experience.
Demonstrated success in developing and delivering a comprehensive program in one or more of the following areas:
annual giving, foundation and/or corporate grant writing, capital development.
Experience in some area of marketing, public relations, e-communications, or related fields, ideally for an arts
organization or non-profit organization.
Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills with ability to work effectively at all levels of the organization.
Excellent communication skills.
Experience with programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, Convio Luminate, Blackbaud Raisers’ Edge, Blackbaud
Standing Room Only, or similar programs, and/or an ability to quickly learn new software programs preferred.
About the position
The position is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Some weekend work is required related to Chorus of Westerly
activities and events. Salary commensurate with experience.
Send cover letter, resume/CV, two writing samples, and your salary requirements via EMAIL ONLY to Ryan
Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email subject line please put: Chorus of Westerly – Advancement
Application. Please email all materials as PDF files only. Do not mail, fax, or drop off application materials. The
packet must be emailed. If you have questions about applying, you may email Mr. Saunders at the above address.
No phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will be open until filled and search may close
at any time.
The Chorus of Westerly is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V.
About the Chorus of Westerly
The Chorus of Westerly harnesses the power of music to nurture the soul of the community.
Based in the seaside town of Westerly, RI, the Chorus of Westerly is one of the nation’s only intergenerational choral
organizations. An acclaimed auditioned chorus of 190 members with an extensive performance season, the Chorus
is unique in that approximately half of its singers are children ages 8 to 18. These children sing alongside their adult
counterparts on every performance of the symphonic season. Chorus children sing regardless of the works
programmed or a particular work’s difficulty and are musical members of equal rank with the adults. An expansive
music education program helps prepare the children to sing these major works in performance at a high artistic level.
The children’s program begins at a special music training camp held each August in New Hampshire and continues
as part of their regular Chorus curriculum and rehearsal process during the academic year. In its 56-year history, the
Chorus of Westerly has now trained several thousand children and adults in music, choral singing, and high-level
Since its founding in 1959, the Chorus has performed nearly 700 concerts for over 1.2 million people both in Rhode
Island and abroad. Beyond Westerly and Providence, Rhode Island, the Chorus has performed extensively across
England, Scotland, Wales, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic as part of four major international tours.
The Chorus has performed in such venues as Westminster Abbey, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, King’s
College Chapel in Cambridge, England, Canterbury Cathedral, and the Duomos of Milan, Florence, and Venice. In
2014, as part of a Central European Tour, the Chorus sang in Smetana Hall in Prague, Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in
Vienna, and the Matthias Coronation Church in Budapest to thousands of audience members.
Andrew Howell, who has served as music director since founder George Kent retired in 2012, has recently completed
his third season as music director. A noted area musician, Howell is a former child singer of the Chorus of Westerly
having begun his training in music as a treble (boy soprano) under George Kent. In addition to his current work with
the Chorus of Westerly, Mr. Howell also serves as music director of Saint James Episcopal Church in nearby New
London, CT, and music director of the Watch Hill Chapel. He is a graduate of the choral conducting and music
education programs at the University of Rhode Island.
Under both Kent and now Howell, the Chorus of Westerly has presented many of the major choral works in history.
These works have ranged from the Bach B Minor Mass to the Verdi Requiem. In addition to doing the ‘classic’s of
choral music, the Chorus has presented more than 15 American premieres of major English choral works including
Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet. The Chorus of Westerly’s “home” concert season now includes two to three symphonic
concerts a year (featuring masterworks with fully professional orchestras), a Christmas Pops holiday concert series
with orchestra, and Summer Pops Westerly. Summer Pops is a free community concert offered each June in Wilcox
Park in downtown Westerly. Audiences of up to 25,000 attend Summer Pops each year.
The Chorus of Westerly is one of the few independent choral organizations in the United States to own and operate
its own facility. The Chorus is the owner and operator of the historic George Kent Performance Hall located at 119
High Street in downtown Westerly. The facility is home to the Chorus and serves as a guest performance home to
many other smaller arts groups and often hosts local high school choir concerts. In November 2014, the Chorus of
Westerly was awarded $1.1 million from the state of Rhode Island for renovation and repair work on Kent Hall over
the next several years. The grant award was the result of the passing of statewide referendum Question 5, the $35
million Cultural Facilities Economic Bond. The effort to get the bond passed was directed by the RI Coalition of
Performing Arts Facilities of which the Chorus of Westerly was a leading member along with other such groups as
Trinity Repertory, WaterFire, AS220, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
The Chorus of Westerly is a certified 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.