Development Manager (Hybrid)

Fort Worth Youth Orchestra
January 24, 2024
4401 Trail Lake Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76109, Fort Worth, Texas
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Salary Range


(Full-Time - Exempt)
Reports to: Executive Director
Department: Administration
Work Location: 4401 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109 (Hybrid)
Hours: Negotiable/flexible core office hours with 2-3 days a week WFH and occasional
Supervisory duties: None


  • Undergraduate degree
  • Masters preferred
    • Preferred major: Communications or management
  • Driver's license and reliable transportation
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must pass a background check
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs

Job Overview

The FWYO is seeking to expand our small development team with a development manager over annual fund and development communications.

This position is an essential member of the development team and will be responsible for managing all aspects of the FWYO Annual Giving Program. The Development Manager plays an active role in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and recognition of individual donors and will be responsible to meet budget goals.

The FWYO offers a generous working calendar with holiday breaks and paid time off. This position will also be hybrid, allowing for several days a week WFH in addition to some on-site core hours.

While the FWYO does not currently have a health care plan, reimbursement for healthcare premiums is negotiable and the FWYO is seeking to launch a matching retirement plan for full-time employees in the coming year.

The FWYO will also cover reasonable fees for professional development.

As a non-profit, employees at the FWYO are also eligible for the federal Public-Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Interested candidates should submit an application with a resume and optional cover letter. We would also like to see an example of an email or letter appeal you have created in the past.

Essential Duties

  • Assists development department on cyclical campaigns by contributing digital and print content for North Texas Giving Day, End of Year, Giving Tuesday, Spring Campaign, event invitations, letters and other fundraising efforts.
  • Meeting contribution goals.
  • Design, implementation and growth of all annual Direct Public Support campaigns including online, direct mail and newsletter.
  • Administrative support of major gift fundraising
  • Utilize direct response communication and fundraising tools (direct mail, email, website) to inform, engage, connect and solicit current, lapsed and prospective
  • Monitor, report and analyze outcomes.
  • Maintain an active level of written and digital correspondence with all donors.
  • Working with the grants manager and Executive Director, maintain and cultivate individual donor records in the donor database.
  • Coordinate department-wide stewardship efforts of current donors to retain and encourage repeat and increased giving year-over-year.
  • Prepare and execute stewardship mailings
  • Assist with print programs for performances, including 4-6 major concert programs and other small leaflet programs for various performances
  • Assists with creating quarterly FWYO Beat stewardship newsletter with occasional article contribution.
  • Collaborates on managing social media pages
  • Collaborating with the Executive Director on an annual report and other special projects
  • Occasional press release creation, website updates, and press management
  • Occasional assistance with front-of-house and managing donor events
  • Adhering to brand standards and ensuring a unified FWYO brand to the public
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Fundraising experience
  • Experience with adhering to brand guidelines
  • Independent work ethic with the ability to self-manage time, coordinate efforts internally, and work with competing deadlines
  • Comfort with managing large database files
  • Excellent English writing skills (plus for Spanish speaking and writing as well)
  • Familiarity with Google for Work
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs

Application Instructions

Please fill out the application at

Include a resume and a sample appeal.

If you have questions, please reach out at

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