Development Director, West Coast | Save The Music

Development Director, West Coast

Position Summary:

The Development Director, West Coast is responsible for leading all development efforts and revenue generation to implement Save The Music (STM) programs in California. Based in Los Angeles, this key role reports to the Senior Director, Growth and Partnerships and will collaborate with the Senior Director, Philanthropy to execute the West Coast fundraising and grow our impact in this region. This role will also work closely with the West Coast, Program Director. The Development Director, West Coast is an adaptable, articulate, and highly motivated professional with a proven record of fundraising and/or business development experience. S/he demonstrates passion and enthusiasm for STM’s mission, inspiring donors to give.



Corporate, Individual, Major Gifts and Foundation Relations


  • Build and maintain effective relationships with corporate partners, individual donors, major gift donors and foundation staff through in-person meetings, phone calls, and written communication.
  • Ensure regular communication with regional donors to keep STM supporters informed and engaged, via a variety of print, digital, and social media.
  • Draft funding proposals, presentations and oversee proposal timelines.
  • Work with the Senior Director of Growth and Partnerships to build a California Advisory Board.  Including: helping to set a strategic vision for the Advisory Board’s role in Development, preparing for and participating in Advisory Board meetings, managing Advisory Board members on specific projects or activities, and corresponding with members as needed.


  • Supported by the Development Team, help plan and implement regional fundraising events.
  • Organize and participate in various other development activities and initiatives (school events and exclusive events) to promote STM, as appropriate.

Database and Administration

  • Support development management by ensuring timely information and reporting between the LA and the NYC office.
  • Maintain donor and prospect records in Salesforce; ensure the accuracy and efficacy of information entered.



  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited four-year college or university.
  • Minimum 5 years of fundraising or business development experience, including grant and proposal writing.
  • Passion and enthusiasm for Save The Music’s mission.
  • Proven track record in meeting fundraising goals and in-person solicitations.
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing effective relationships with staff, volunteers, school communities, and donors.
  • Extremely detail oriented and organized, with the strong ability to successfully multi-task as necessary or requested.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to lead multiple long- and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines with the ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work.
  • Proven ability to work unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems independently, effectively, and creatively.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.
  • Extensive computer skills, including intermediate or higher-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Word) and experience working with Salesforce or another CRM database.
  • STM offers a competitive salary and benefit salary package.

Salary Range Based on Experience:

$80,000 to $105,000


Interested candidates can send a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Development Director, West Coast”.


Los Angeles, California


The mission of the Save The Music Foundation (STM), a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to help students, schools and communities reach their full potential through the power of making music.

Since 1997, Save The Music Foundation has distinguished itself as a leading force for music education, restoring comprehensive music education programs in 2,201 schools in 277 school districts around the country–impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of students.

From our governing and advisory boards to our operating team, we strive to be representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities of the communities we serve. We want to recruit, retain, and advance diverse talent because it makes our work more effective, creative, and resilient. If you are passionate about music and education, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.