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Curtis seeks highly motivated individuals, dedicated to excellence and willing to contribute to Curtis’s mission: to educate and train exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.


Current Opportunities


Faculty

No positions are open at this time.


Staff

Associate Director of Individual Giving

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

Orchestra Librarian

Director of Information Technology

 

 

Associate Director of Individual Giving

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Reports to: Erin Sammis, Director of Development
Department: Advancement
Status: Exempt
 

Position Description:

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Associate Director of Individual Giving is responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive individual giving program, anchored by the Friends of Curtis and the Leopold Stokowski Society giving programs, tailoring annual fundraising campaigns to meet the needs of its core constituents – alumni, parents and non-Board individuals. This position serves as an integral member of the relationship manager team within the Advancement Department.
 

Responsibilities:

Campaign Management

• Work closely with Director of Development and other development colleagues to develop and implement long-term strategies for increasing individual giving, utilizing best practices, and focusing on new and increased gifts to the Annual Fund.

• Manage the Friends of Curtis and Leopold Stokowski Society annual giving campaign, including its renewal, acquisition, and acknowledgement systems and related materials.

• Serve as the primary point of contact with individuals giving to these programs unless otherwise assigned to a portfolio manager, assisting with contributions, event reservations and ticketing needs. 

• Design and execute data-driven direct response campaigns, supporting the renewal and acquisition appeals for individual giving, including alumni and parent giving. 

• Work closely with the Patron Services Manager to ensure that a high-level of customer service is given to Friends of Curtis, and to develop and implement strategies that support conversion of ticket buyers and event attendees into Friends of Curtis.

• Develop and implement an annual communications plan utilizing a comprehensive scope of cultivations and stewardship communications.

• Write compelling copy that excites, motivates and inspires participation from individuals, alumni, parents and other prospective donors. 

• Work closely with Director of Events to design effective donor cultivation and stewardship events that advance the priorities of the school and deepen relationships.  

• Work closely with the Director of Events on all aspects of the annual gala; support fundraising, planning and committee meetings; recruit gala committee volunteers; assist with stewardship, recognition and event staffing. 

• Design and execute individual giving and prospect event invitations, using print and e-invitations.

• Maintain content of giving pages on Curtis.edu website.

• Serve as a power-user of digital online platforms utilized by the advancement department. 

• Coordinate individual giving messages and collateral with those of the marketing team to ensure accuracy of content, consistency of brand, and timing of external communications.

• Oversee individual donor stewardship activities including the creation and fulfillment of donor benefits, delivery of exceptional customer service for donors at every step in the giving cycle. 

• Utilize Raiser’s Edge to leverage insights into donor behavior and motivations, conduct meaningful analysis, and produce reports for members of the relationship manager team that advance individual giving objectives and grow contributed revenue.

• Work closely with the Advancement Services team to ensure accurate and timely gift entry and acknowledgement, pledge communications, donor listings, prospect management systems, and reports.    

• Support the Director of Development in her/his leadership of the Development team and with the Development Committee of the Board.

• Manage budget for the Friends of Curtis and Leopold Stokowski Society, monitoring expenses carefully and ensuring clear and timely reporting on progress against goals.

 

Volunteer Management

• Create, develop, and execute a highly effective and sustainable volunteer component within annual giving, serving as the staff liaison to the Friends of Curtis Board and the Crescendo Club Steering Committee.  

• Develop an annual strategic plan and calendar of events for volunteer groups in partnership with volunteer leadership. 

• Manage volunteer leadership and play an active role in identification of volunteers. 

• Work closely with members of the committees and the co-chairs to use their expertise and relationships to advance Curtis’s priorities and ensure they are well versed in the case for support for Curtis and for these priorities.

• Work in partnership with marketing and communications teams to develop materials and content that promote volunteer opportunities. 

Administrative/Team Responsibilities

• Respond appropriately and in a timely fashion to key stakeholders and staff. Drive cross-campus collaboration to maximize results.

• Oversee student and volunteer workers to fulfill administrative duties of the development team, such as preparing large mailings, filing, event support and other needs as they arise.  

• Ensure proper recording in Raiser’s Edge database of all individual annual donor and prospect activity (e.g. actions and next steps, event attendance, etc.)

• Participate and collaborate as a member of the relationship manager team and advancement department.

• Maintain and update master departmental calendars with relevant individual giving deadlines and activities.

• Participate actively in advancement events to cultivate prospects and steward donor relationships.

• Attend non-advancement events where designated individual stakeholders are represented in an effort to enhance external relations and serve donors in an ambassador/advocacy/facilitator role.

• Conduct facility tours of Curtis to individuals and groups as needed.

• Participate in prospecting and other planning sessions to move prospects through the pipeline and achieve best practices across the advancement department.

• Share responsibility for reaching overall fundraising goals.

• Prepare monthly progress reports against performance goals.

• Support the development of the department’s budget and upon approval, work to ensure compliance.

• Participate in related professional organizations as approved.

• Perform other duties as assigned and needed to successfully achieve advancement department goals.

 

Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

• a positive, “can-do” attitude

• devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents

• passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good

• commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to effect change

• desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions

• respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers

• an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution

 

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree recommended.  Candidates who advance to the interview stage will be required to complete a writing assignment.

• A minimum of three years professional experience in individual giving, membership, or similar field.

• Knowledge of classical music and ability to communicate the mission, goals, and activities of the school with credibility, passion, and enthusiasm; familiarity with a conservatory environment highly desirable.

• Ability to demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and to build consensus and work in partnership with alumni, parents, colleagues, faculty, students, and others.

• Strong organizational and analytical skills; evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, and attention to detail.

• Superior communications skills, both written and verbal.

• Project and event management experience.

• Knowledge of windows-based computer systems required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.

• Confidentiality, discretion.
 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

• Routine for office environment.

• Some travel required.

 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: human.resources@curtis.edu by August 31, 2017. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position will be open until filled. No calls, please. EOE. URL: http://www.curtis.edu


 

Director of Alumni and Parent Relations

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Reports to: Erin Sammis, Director of Development
Department: Advancement
Status: Exempt

Position Description:

The Director of Alumni and Parent Relations manages the engagement of alumni and parents by fostering pride, promoting volunteerism, inspiring philanthropy, and serving as a conduit for involvement and collaboration amongst these constituents. This position serves as an integral member of the relationship manager team within the Advancement Department.


Responsibilities: 

Alumni/Current Students

Manage the development of the Alumni Network, working closely with alumni leadership and others across Curtis to design special outreach and activities that will increase alumni engagement and align support for Curtis’s annual and strategic initiatives. 

Identify, recruit, and develop alumni leadership while providing support to alumni volunteer committees. 

Manage portfolio of alumni to engage through meaningful cultivation, qualification, and stewardship touches, with a goal of deepening connections to Curtis and its mission and vision for the future, as well as their volunteerism with and giving to Curtis.

Manage recognition and stewardship of alumni through award programs, special events, complimentary performance tickets, career grants, and other opportunities.

Work closely with the individual giving team to develop segmented annual fundraising campaigns and appeals to alumni; provide insights into giving preferences and motivations.

Manage all aspects of administrative services provided to alumni such as alumni database, alumni emails, etc. 

Track, quantify, highlight, and celebrate alumni achievements through Overtones, the website, and the Facebook page and other social media outlets.

Create bridge between student and alumni life through work on student notations in Overtones, new student orientation sessions, personal mentoring, and other projects.

Educate and engage current Curtis students around developing a philanthropic spirit through stewardship orientation and participating in a graduating class gift.
 

Parents

Identify, qualify, cultivate, and steward parents of current students and alumni to deepen connections to Curtis and its mission and vision for the future. Engage through consistent and meaningful conversations, participation on committees, event/performance attendance, and philanthropic investments in the school. 

Identify, recruit, and develop parent leadership while providing support to parent volunteers, and/or parents serving on committees. 

Work closely with academic and residential deans to coordinate and align parent-specific messages with school-wide communications, creating a meaningful thread for parents throughout the school year.

Work closely with the individual giving team to develop segmented annual fundraising campaigns and appeals to parents; provide insights into giving preferences and motivations.

 

Team/Administrative

Serve as the key point of contact within the advancement team for communications from alumni and parents.

Liaise closely with the Director of Special Events on the design and implementation of alumni and parent events such as Commencement, graduating student receptions, special teas, and more.

Work closely with the Patron Services Manager to ensure alumni, current students, and parents receive performance ticket benefits and performance-related communications in a timely manner in accordance with best practices. 

Collaborate with communications and editorial team to ensure Curtis communications are customized appropriately for alumni, current students, and parents. 

Maintain content on alumni and parent pages of Curtis.edu website; work closely with marketing team to develop meaningful print materials and collateral that serve the needs of these constituents. 

Support and engage in the acknowledgement and recognition process for all student, alumni, and parent contributions and pledges.

Ensure proper recording in Raiser’s Edge database and any relevant paper files/archives of alumni, parent, and current student data and activity.

Respond appropriately and in a timely fashion to key stakeholders and staff. Drive cross-campus collaboration to maximize results.

Maintain and update advancement department calendars on behalf of alumni, parent, and student activities and communications. 

Participate and collaborate as a member of the relationship manager team and advancement department. 

Prepare meaningful, data-driven and goal-oriented progress reports and work with appropriate committees to do the same.

Participate in prospecting and other planning sessions to advance the institution, develop relationships between stakeholders and the school, and achieve best practices.

Support the development of the department’s budget and, upon approval, work to ensure compliance.

 

Required Core Values:

The ideal candidate must exhibit:

a positive, “can-do” attitude

devotion and dedication to Curtis, its students, alumni, and parents

passion for his/her work, and contribution to the field and greater good

commitment and accountability for his/her work, and his/her ability to affect change

desire and willingness to collaborate, think creatively, and make data-driven decisions

respect, courtesy, and patience for colleagues, other staff, faculty, patrons, core constituents, and volunteers

an eagerness to make Curtis a more diverse and inclusive institution

 

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree recommended.  Candidates without a bachelor’s degree who advance to the interview stage will be required to complete a writing assignment.

A minimum of 2-3 years professional experience in alumni relations, individual giving, membership, sales, or similar field.

Knowledge of classical music and ability to communicate the mission, goals, and activities of the school with credibility, passion, and enthusiasm; familiarity with a conservatory environment highly desirable

Ability to demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit and to build consensus and work in partnership with alumni, parents, colleagues, faculty, students, and others

Strong organizational and analytical skills; evidence of leadership and initiative, tact, diplomacy, and attention to detail

Superior communications skills, both written and verbal

Project and event management experience

Knowledge of windows-based computer systems required; knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred

Confidentiality, discretion

 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment.

Some travel required.

 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: human.resources@curtis.edu by July 31, 2017. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position will be open until filled. No calls, please. EOE. URL: http://www.curtis.edu


 

Orchestra Librarian

Reports to: Director of Orchestral Operations
Department: Artistic Programs and Performance
Status: Exempt
 

Job Summary:

The Orchestra Librarian, reporting to the Director of Orchestral Operations, is a key member of the orchestra operations staff and is responsible for the preparation and distribution of music and scores for all large ensembles (including the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, opera orchestra, chamber orchestra, and 20/21 Ensemble), repertoire and conducting classes, and family concert ensembles. The Orchestra Librarian also fulfills all music related requests from performance faculty, fulfills acquisition and rental needs for the season, manages licensing requirements, and liaises with Rock Resource Center staff regarding chamber music purchases and rentals. Working closely with the Director and Coordinator, the Orchestra Librarian also participates in staff rehearsal duty, communicates with guest conductors regarding score and bowing requests, and communication with students as needed. The Orchestra Librarian also participates in the preparation of parts and scores for Curtis Summerfest activities.  
 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Oversee the acquisition of all orchestra parts and scores for each season, including repertoire for the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, chamber orchestra, opera orchestra, 20/21 Ensemble, family concert ensembles, repertoire and conducting classes, and other chamber ensembles as needed.

Prepare and distribute all orchestra parts for Curtis performing ensembles in a timely fashion as follows:

Curtis Symphony Orchestra – working closely with the Director, consult with guest conductors and soloists on preferred editions and bowings; prepare practice parts for students; prepare additional scores and parts as needed.

Curtis Opera Orchestra – liaise with opera department regarding preferred editions and cuts/key changes, bow and mark parts as needed, prepare practice parts for students.

Family Concerts – working closely with the Director of Community Engagement, generate PDF parts and scores, and prepare practice parts for students.

Orchestra Repertoire and Conducting Classes – consult with performance faculty on weekly repertoire, acquire parts as needed, prepare and distribute parts to students.

Curate the maintenance of on-site and off-site orchestral repertoire collection, including tracking performance history and updating inventory as needed (noting editions and bowings in stock).

Fulfill all music related requests from performance faculty and students, including preparing audition and excerpt packets, parts for individual performance or practice. 

Manage communication with publishers related to performance history, all licensing needs (including mechanical, live stream, synchronization, etc.), and ensure adherence to all copyright laws.

Train and supervise a crew of student workers who assist with bowings, part and score preparation, and administrative tasks.

Prepare the annual orchestra library budget, under the supervision of the Director and Vice President of Artistic Programs & Performance. 

Participate in orchestra staff rehearsal and performance duty and assist with orchestra production elements as needed, including set-up and tear-down of the rehearsal hall, and load-in and load-out at venues.  

Curtis Summerfest – working closely with the Manager of Summer Programs, the Orchestra Librarian communicates with Summerfest faculty regarding editions and bowings for the Young Artists Summer Program Orchestra, and in conjunction with the Coordinator, prepares scores and parts as needed. 
 

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in music performance, or equivalent combination of education and professional experience.

Minimum of three years professional experience as an orchestra librarian at the conservatory or professional orchestra level. Experience as an orchestra musician preferred.

Significant knowledge of orchestral repertoire; ability to read, understand, and transpose a full orchestra score; and ability to translate foreign language musical terms. 

Ability to copy orchestra parts cleanly and legibly using manuscript paper and/or music notation software.

Extensive knowledge of copyright laws, and experience working with publishers related to licensing needs.

Knowledge of and experience working with binding and photocopying equipment.

Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, take initiative, and exercise good judgement, while maintaining the ability to successfully work in a team environment. 

Knowledge of OPAS highly preferred, and working knowledge of Microsoft Office products required.

Outstanding interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact with students, staff, faculty, conductors, and guest artists in a professional, confidential, timely, and tactful manner. 

 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

Ability to work flexible hours, including late nights and long weekend hours during rehearsals and performances. 

Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally.

Ability to lift 25 pounds regularly. 

 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: human.resources@curtis.edu by July 31, 2017. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position will be open until filled. No calls, please. EOE. URL: http://www.curtis.edu


 

Director of Information Technology

Reports to: Senior Vice President of Administration
Department: Office of the Senior Vice President of Administration
Status: Exempt
 

About the Curtis Institute of Music:

The Curtis Institute of Music pairs tradition and innovation, educating exceptionally gifted young musicians as artist-citizens who engage a local and global community through music-making of the highest caliber. The world's premier music conservatory, Curtis is the most highly selective institution of higher education in the United States, with an acceptance rate of under 4%. Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 175 students.

The college is about to make a significant sustained investment to upgrade its digital infrastructure, in order to become a leading technology organization among performing arts organizations and music conservatories. The strategy focuses around four pillars of technology – web, mobile, social, and immersive – to deliver cutting-edge performances and educational content to anyone, anywhere, anytime, on any device.

By leveraging the power of technology and data, Curtis wants to dramatically increase its global brand awareness and convert new leads to ambassadors, advocates and financial supporters of our unique mission.  We seek a dynamic change agent with a successful track record to help us lead the charge. 

About the Role:

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Administration, the Director of Information Technology (Director) will lead the development and implementation of a Technology Master Plan that supports the college's strategic direction, including the restructuring of Curtis’s data architecture and the implementation of a comprehensive CRM solution. This new position will have a significant impact on business operations and strategy across the organization. 

S/he will be responsible for innovation and operation of technical infrastructures and applications across the school, and serve as the primary expert for determining the college's long-term systems architecture, programming platforms, and emerging technology directions. The Director will oversee Curtis’s partnership with IT Shared Services, an outsourced firm that manages Curtis’s network, hardware, and security infrastructure, and will develop plans to systematically bring more IT resources in-house over the next several years.   

Most importantly, the Director will oversee Curtis’s data ecosystem, and will be responsible for end-to-end data strategy, which spans from big data collection to data integration, repository, and utilization throughout the school.  The Director will provide management, thought leadership, and strategic direction in areas of database design, data modeling, and data visualization. 
 

Essential Functions

1. Oversee the school’s technology infrastructure

Define, manage, and optimize the architecture of IT service offerings and provide technical oversight of these services. 

Ensure operational excellence and the adoption of best practices and service improvements. 
 

2. Evolve Curtis’s technology ecosystem

Identify opportunities for improvement/expansion of services that meet the needs of the school and its key stakeholders.

Identify and evaluate technical roadmaps, architecture and research & development opportunities related to IT services.

Research the external environment for new technology opportunities and advancements in current technology. 
 

3. Drive Data Innovation

Assess "current state" data architecture, desired capabilities, and evangelize the "target state" architecture.

Oversee design, build, and maintenance of data platforms utilized to deliver information that address stakeholder use cases and business intelligence projects.

Strategize and solve data challenges as well as think of future state to enable data driven decision making.

The position will offer the opportunity to evolve and/or take on more senior-level responsibilities including:
 

4. Manage Key Programs and Projects

Provide program management for the largest and most strategic initiatives. 

Convert large strategic business concepts into smaller tangible projects with executable technology delivery goals, and delegate project management accordingly.

Work tirelessly to ensure proper balance is struck between process and agility across the technology organization.

Own the project development lifecycle and be responsible for managing technical and operational risks.
 

5. Provide Financial Management and Oversight 

Develop and manage an annual IT budget.

Assist in the development of metrics and key performance indicators to evaluate return on technology investments.

Plan for the long-term needs of the IT department, and coordinate with executive leadership as appropriate regarding critical human resources needs and gaps. 

Provide departmental management and oversight of staffing, vendor contracting, technology purchasing, and budgeting.
 

6. Build Collaboration and Consensus 

Utilize a combination of industry knowledge and technical expertise to provide strategic guidance and direction across the organization.

Share knowledge, mentor, and educate the organization’s stakeholders with regard to the company’s technological vision, opportunities, and challenges.

Work closely to build communication channels with senior staff, deans, advancement personnel, faculty chairs, and other key internal stakeholders. 

Lead and participate in planning and other mission?critical discussions with key vendors and technology partners. 

Support an environment of collaboration within all departments at Curtis and our external partners.

Collaborate with the appropriate departments to assess and recommend technologies that support organizational needs.
 

Qualifications/Requirements: 

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science, Information Systems, Applied Mathematics, or other related field

10 years of professional experience. 

5-7 years demonstrable, progressively responsible experience as a tech lead or in technology project management

Minimum of 3 years of DBA experience on a platform with a minimum of 50 million records

Knowledge of Structured Query Language and .NET Framework required

Strong analytical skills, keen attention to detail and passion for excellence

Demonstrated knowledge of development best practices and methodologies (AGILE, SCRUM), management of data quality and relational databases

Ability and desire to communicate actively, inspire, and motivate all levels of staff

Excellent writing, speaking and presentation skills. Demonstrated ease in summarizing technical issues and communicating concepts to non-technical staff  

Must be comfortable working directly with leadership, board, faculty and students

Must be willing to live and work in Philadelphia, PA.
 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands: Routine for an office environment.
 

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applications should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and salary requirements to jyablonsky@armingtonrecruiting.com by June 30, 2017.  Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. The position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please. EOE. URL: http://www.curtis.edu


Benefits

The Curtis Institute of Music provides a comprehensive benefits package to eligible (i.e. permanent, full-time) employees. The package includes health care, life and accidental death insurance, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, supplemental life, and supplemental long-term disability are available for eligible employees with little cost. Benefits coverages for health care, dental, life, and long-term care insurance are also available for eligible dependents/domestic partners; the cost of the coverage is the responsibility of the employee. In addition Curtis offers participation in a staff pension plan, supplemental retirement annuity, and Section 125 plan. Employees also receive complimentary student orchestra and student opera tickets.


Hiring Practices

In its goal to create and maintain a diverse community, Curtis does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.


To submit materials

Send résumé and salary requirements to human.resources@curtis.edu or via fax to (215) 717-3159.

 

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