Employment

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  • Become our Development Director

    How would you like to channel your inner rock star and make a big impact on a small organization? At Youth Music Project, our mission is our passion: We provide outstanding rock, pop, and country music education for youth, regardless of their family’s income or ability to pay — after all, we know how critical music is to childhood development. Approximately 40 percent of the 904 students currently enrolled at our school benefit from things like free or reduced tuition for classes and free instrument rentals. All of our students, though, benefit from opportunities to perform and learn from our wonderful, dedicated instructors!

    Youth Music Project supports kids who dream of being rock stars, and now we need a rock star of our very own. If you have a passion for music, for children, and for helping nonprofits thrive, our Development Director position is for you! As Development Director, you will be responsible for helping Youth Music Project grow, so that we can better serve the youth of Clackamas County and beyond. You’ll identify and reach out to new donors and continue to engage our current ones, communicating the importance of our work and how their contributions can directly change kids’ lives for the better.

    As Development Director, you will develop fundraising efforts of all sorts, from events like our annual gala to community sponsorships. You will use your excellent communication skills to build key relationships with individual donors and corporate communities to drive awareness of, and build support for, the important work we do. We need more cowbell — and that cowbell could be you!  

    Your Skills

    • Design and maintain a structured development plan focused on donor strategies and significant growth in annual giving as well as mid-level and major donor portfolios
    • Develop and implement annual, planned giving and major gift development plans and strategy
    • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and Executive Director to create a fund development plan which increases revenues to support the strategic direction and mission of the organization
    • Develop and implement a comprehensive communication plan to promote the organization to its donors and maximize public awareness of the fundraising activities of the organization by establishing a sound fund development plan
    • Train and lead staff to support fundraising, friendraising and marketing efforts
    • Willingness and ability to make cold calls to potential new donors or corporate sponsors
    • Create and maintain relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors, including individual donors and develop opportunities and manage the coordination of special fundraising events
    • Prepare reports on progress, budgets, receipts and expenditure related to fundraising and the management of fund development activities, including the preparation of grant proposals
    • Participate in the implementation of development software and the entering of data and gift processing
    • Manages one Development Specialist
    • Hands-on development and leadership skills needed to support this young organization with a management team that assists each other as necessary
    • Coordinate any in-kind donations and make decisions regarding the issuing of receipts
    • Working knowledge of special events planning and management
    • Oversee the financial status of fundraising efforts and develop and monitor the budget to ensure short and long term financial plans and goals are met
    • Other duties as assigned

    Your Credentials

    Required for position:
    • Bachelor’s degree in education, music or related field preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • MBA a plus
    • Minimum of 5 years of fundraising experience
    • Knowledgeable with Microsoft Office Suite
    • High regard for confidentiality and respect to sensitive material both financial and personal
    • Clear written and spoken communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills, presentation skills and interpersonal skills
    • Strong attention to detail
    • Passion for Youth Music Project’s mission
    • Hands-on experience with donor databases
    • Demonstrated professionalism and ethical standards
    • Strong strategic planning, development and implementation experience
    • Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License with acceptable driving record
    • Must be able to successfully pass criminal background check

    Skills Highly Desired:
    • Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) a plus
    • Understanding of finances and marketing
    • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) skills a plus

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  • Become an Instructor

    Youth Music Project employs professional music educators who teach group classes and private lessons in piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, bass, drums, vocals and rock band. Instructors typically work weekday afternoons and evenings, and Saturday morning and early afternoons, two to five days per week at YMP’s state-of-the-art facility in West Linn, Oregon. We offer competitive pay and a supportive work environment. YMP is an equal opportunity employer and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

    At this time all of our Instructor Positions are filled, however we do accept applications for intermittent sub positions. Please fill out the substitute application.

    Your Skills

    – Passionate about providing music education opportunities for underserved youth.
    – At least two years of experience teaching music to children.
    – Exceptional musicianship in piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, drums or vocal performance.
    – Ability to work with both children and parents.
    – Ability to pass a strict background check.
    – Dependable transportation for work.
    – Positive outlook and collaborative disposition.

    Your Credentials

    Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

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  • Become a High School Intern

    The Youth Music Project Internship is a paid position for high school juniors and seniors from the surrounding community who are proficient musicians as well as passionate, creative, dependable and responsible workers. The position is generally for two years with a one year minimum commitment. Interns work 4 to 8 hours a week as assistant music instructors and tutors.  They may also work at events, staff the front desk and carry out various administrative responsibilities.  Internships are awarded at the end of the student’s sophomore year, after which they can work during the summer before junior year through the summer after senior year. YMP interns receive an hourly wage, an incredible work experience, discounts on lessons and ongoing professional development in music education.

    YMP’s internship positions have been filled for the 2016-2017 school year. 

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  • Become a Volunteer

    Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer! We appreciate everything our volunteers do to help keep YMP such a great organization. Whether you play music, or just want to be a part of a fun organization and give back, there are many ways you can help. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities, such as assisting with events, summer camps, concerts, guitar & ukulele jams, and daily operations throughout the facility. By volunteering with YMP, you make it possible for kids of all ages to expand and explore their musical and artistic abilities. 

    Learn about our volunteer opportunities here!

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