Development Officer

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About Hawaii Youth Symphony (HYS):

Children who make music embody commitment, discipline, teamwork and persistence; all proven to be vital to success in school and to joy in life.


Each year, HYS serves more than 750 children ages 7-18 statewide and produces and presents more than 40 orchestra, jazz, and ensemble concerts per season with a budget of $1.5 million and 20 employees. Incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1964, HYS has nearly 5,000 alumni and has introduced over 100,000 children to the joys of orchestral music.


Vision: Making music is a right, not a privilege.


Mission: To help youth develop to their fullest potential through orchestral music, in the setting of our Islands’ unique cultures.



This position is charged with planning, organizing and managing a donor-centric program that acknowledges, engages and stewards donors.  The Development Officer is responsible for providing strategic direction in prospecting potential donors including establishing and cultivating strong and meaningful relations with donors, constituencies and agencies that provide philanthropic support for Hawaii Youth Symphony. 


The Development Officer must maintain professional relationships with a variety of constituents, including but not limited to donors, students, parents, volunteers, and administrative staff, while carrying out all required duties in a manner consistent with the policies, procedures, goals and objectives established by the Board of Directors. This person will supervise part-time staff who will assist with contributions management, and also supervise event volunteers. Many HYS events occur on nights and weekends, and the person in this position will be expected to work accordingly. 


This position requires in-person, in-office work. All employees must be fully-vaccinated to comply with HYS policies and procedures for safe work environment. A valid driver's license and clean driving record are required for this position. 


Compensation: $45,000 to $65,000 per year; commensurate with experience.

Employment Type: Full Time

Compensation: $45000.00 to $65000.00 / Salary

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