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Development and Communications Consultant
Position Description

Reporting to: Director

Timing: Ongoing, Starting Immediately

Compensation: $28 per hour


About the Organization:

ENSEMBLE ALTERA (Altera) is fast becoming a leading American chamber choir dedicated to bringing thoughtful, engaging, and relevant programs of choral music to in-person and digital audiences at home and around the world. The group is versatile, working on multiple scales, in a wide range of idioms, across the full gamut of medieval to modern to minimalist music. Led by internationally acclaimed countertenor Christopher Lowrey, Altera – which comes from the Italian word for change – prides itself on its truly transformative approach to music-making. Recent projects undertaken by the group include: “We Remember,” an in-person and digital Covid memorial concert; a Christmas program titled “We Watch and Welcome, featuring treble voices centered around Britten’s Ceremony of Carols; an innovative series of digital concerts recorded in empty parking garages during the Covid pandemic; as well a virtual series of Christmas concerts produced for viewers around the world. Future projects include a debut commercial recording in Summer 2022.


About the Position:

Altera seeks an experienced fundraising professional to serve as counsel to the organization for fundraising, communications, and executive functions. Day to day functions will include managing all aspects of fundraising operations, as well as directing marketing efforts for upcoming initiatives. The Consultant will also serve as a top advisor to the Director in matters of financial planning, board engagement, and strategic planning. This is an hourly contracted position, anticipated to require 10-15 hours per week, with flexibility for additional hours surrounding concerts and events. The ideal candidate will have the ability to be present in Providence, RI and surrounding areas for major concerts and events 3-4 times per year. The balance of the position is expected to be remote.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:



  • Create and follow annual development plan and outline ongoing fundraising strategy for organization.

  • Oversee development operations, including gift entry, financial reconciliation, database maintenance, and reporting.

  • Proactively research and solicit institutional funding, maintaining existing relationships and seeking new funders.

  • Support Director in major donor fundraising, setting personalized solicitation strategies and providing briefings and support for personal solicitations.

  • Manage annual fund operations, including direct mail, social media, and email solicitations.

  • Create and execute donor stewardship program, including oversight of Founders Circle.

  • Ensure prompt fulfillment of donor benefits and tax receipting of all gifts.

  • Working with Board Treasurer, create budgets and financial reports for board review and approval, and ensure revenue goals are met or exceeded.

  • Actively support board of directors, engaging them in fundraising activities as possible.



  • Create ongoing communications calendar, including both marketing and development messages. Draft all content, with support from Director and in-house designer.

  • Manage ticket interface using Eventbrite system, creating ticketing pages and monitoring sales.

  • Draft content for social media pages and manage Feed platform (social media optimization).



  • Manage front of house operations for concerts and events, including box office, venue set up, and volunteer management.

  • Lead all development events, both stewardship and revenue-producing. Includes concept, strategy, and execution of all logistics.

  • Provide executive briefings for Director and key volunteers for events as needed.


Other duties as assigned.


Ideal Qualifications:

  • Passion for performing arts, choral music or classical music is strongly preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years professional fundraising experience, with a preference for those with experience in the performing arts field and New England philanthropy.

  • Strong adherence to industry ethical standards, and preference for those with strong knowledge of tax and legal compliance requirements for charitable giving.

  • High level of professionalism and discretion when dealing with information of a highly confidential nature.

  • High level of proficiency with Google suite (Docs, Sheets, etc.), and experience managing a CRM system.

  • Positive attitude and willingness to support a young organization as it grows. 


How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume by email to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled.

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