Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives

Position:  Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives                     
Reporting To: CEO
Compensation: DOE

The Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives reports to the CEO and is responsible for the successful execution of Swallow Hill’s comprehensive fund development plan and outreach programs. This position works closely with the Board of Directors and will supervise a Development Manager, Outreach Manager, contracted grant writer, and Administrative Assistant.


  • Create annual budgets, with corresponding goals and outcomes, for the Outreach and Development Departments
  • Develop, plan and execute a comprehensive development program (including campaigns, appeals, and corporate partnerships) that achieve or surpass annual revenue goals for foundations, corporations, government and individual donors and members
  • Work with Swallow Hill’s marketing team to integrate development into all marketing efforts across the organization and maximize investments in materials and messaging
  • Work with the CEO and COO to set vision and strategies for growth of educational and experiential outreach programs, including:
    • Little Swallows (Pre-school)
    • Assemblies and After-School Lessons (K-12 schools);
    • Music therapy (Community organizations); and
    • Instrument Petting Zoo
  • Responsible for the success of the Board Development Committee
  • Provide support, education and leadership to enhance the Board’s ability to identify and engage new funding prospects;
  • Provide reports to the Board regarding development strategies, tactics and the achievement of goals;
  • Work to elevate Swallow Hill’s culture of philanthropy

Work with the Development Manager to:

  • Coordinate with the Finance Department to monitor expenditures of grant funds and preparation of financial reports to funders
  • Assess and update current systems, policies, and procedures for development efforts including: cultivation, stewardship, gift/pledge processing, fund reporting, acknowledgments, tracking and reporting

Work with the Outreach Manager to:

  • Develop recommendations for the COO and CEO on any changes to, or the creation of new programs and partnerships
  • Cultivate new partner schools and organizations and steward those relationships on an on-going basis
  • Create reports for current and potential future funders

Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 5 years of experience in development including 3 years of senior management experience, a successful track record in fundraising with a high level of leadership and fiscal management skills. The successful candidate should have a passion and enthusiasm for Swallow Hill’s mission and strategic plan elevating music education and performance in the community.

To Apply
Send cover letter and resume to Include Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Initiatives in subject line. Only those candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted. Application deadline is Dec 15, 2017.

Development Manager

Position:  Development Manager
Reporting To:  Director of Development
Compensation: DOE


The Development Manager reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for implementing Swallow Hill’s development plan including research and preparation of materials for successful donor acquisition, tracking moves management, event execution, and donation processing, and membership retention and acquisition. The Development Manager works with the marketing team to enhance development messaging through numerous outlets including Swallow Hill’s website, social media, newsletters, and information booths.



  • Execute goals and tactics to secure individual, corporate, foundation and public support through identification, cultivation, stewardship and recognition.
  • Create and implement cultivation and stewardship plans for all donor types and giving levels and coordinate moves with Director of Development, CEO and Board members when appropriate.
  • Maintain donor database and track, coordinate and report on prospect and donor moves
  • Plan and coordinate logistics of tours and meetings with prospects and donors
  • Research new potential funding sources that align with Swallow Hill’s mission and goals
  • Oversee donor correspondence, including gift acknowledgments, tax receipts and impact reports
  • Maintain grant management system, ensuring all deadlines and requirements are met and coordinate grant applications with a contracted grants writer, assisting with reports, draft reviews, budget formatting and other materials as required
  • Coordinate Colorado Gives Day and end-of-year giving campaigns and scholarship drive
  • Work with the Marketing team to maintain, update, and improve Swallow Hill’s website and social media presence
  • Create annual report, letters, e-newsletters, flyers, and other marketing materials
  • Responsible for membership retention and aquisition
  • Assist in planning and execution of donor events, member events, and the annual fundraiser
  • Coordinate logistics for fundraising events including venue, marketing, and tracking
  • Manage volunteers to support fundraising events
  • Assist the Director of Development in setting short-term and long-term fund development strategies, goals and objectives.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Organization and planning
  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Work ethic
  • High standards
  • Written and oral communication
  • Teamwork



Qualified applicants must have a bachelor’s degree; a minimum of 3 years of experience in development; proven ability at maintaining relationships, anticipating challenges and proactively addressing them; and a passion for Swallow Hill’s mission and strategic plan.

Send cover letter and resume to Include Development Manager in subject line. Only those candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

Outreach Instructor: After School Programs

Job: Swallow Hill is seeking guitar, vocal and ukulele instructors for our after school outreach programs in Denver-Metro area schools.
Term: Part time
Pay: $52 per hour
Start Date: January 2018
Application Deadline: 12/11/2017
How To Apply: Send resume, 3 references with phone numbers, and a cover letter providing information on your education and professional teaching experience to:

Chris McGarry: Director of Outreach and Instruction
Subject: Outreach Instructor: After School Programs
No phone calls, please.

Schedule: Schedule will be set upon hiring and based on demand. Most outreach opportunities take place between Monday and Thursday during the after school hours.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Education or equivalent experience
  • At least one year of teaching children in a classroom setting
  • Teaching experience in public schools, non-profits, after school programs or summer camp programs a plus
  • Knowledge of how to play, teach, and write curriculum for guitar and/or ukulele
  • Ability to engage class by incorporating recognizable and popular songs
  • Ability to sing for a class and lead a class in song
  • Ability to engage children by incorporating popular songs into weekly lessons
  • Experience designing course curriculum and private lesson curriculum


  • Provide well-rounded quality musical instruction to students
  • Work with Swallow Hill curriculum to develop a plan for the duration of the session.
  • Evaluate and keep records of student progress throughout the session.
  • Work closely with our partner schools to meet the needs of students.
  • Effectively manage and engage classrooms of elementary and middle-school students