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Senior Coordinator, Institutional Giving

About Music Will

Music Will runs the largest nonprofit music education program in the U.S. public school system. We transform lives by transforming music education.

Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and hip hop, our program empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids they serve. As a result, students see themselves reflected in their classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their peers, and their community. Music Will also donates necessary instruments and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music programs.

Since 2002, Music Will has served more than 1,600,000 students in more than 6,000 schools in over 1000 cities and communities across 50 states with highly inclusive and culturally responsive music education. Today, approximately 650,000 kids currently participate in Music Will programs. Learn more here:

Summary of the Opportunity

We are looking for a Senior Coordinator, Institutional Giving. This position will report to the Senior Manager, Institutional Giving.

At Music Will (“MW”), the Institutional Giving team is one arm of the Development department that is currently responsible for generating more than $6M annually in grants to support the work of the organization. The Senior Coordinator, Institutional Giving fills an essential role at MW that includes generating compelling and targeted proposals for funding, managing a portfolio of institutional funders, stewarding relationships with grantors, and researching prospective funders.


  • Drafting proposals, letters of inquiry, briefing materials, internal memos, and other documents
  • Assuring compliance with current grants in the portfolio by monitoring grant reporting requirements and preparing narrative and financial reports as appropriate
  • Identify and vet potential funders to grow the institutional funding portfolio according to programmatic priorities and scaling models
  • Conducting and compiling external research on arts and music education, youth development, and mentoring, among other issues, to strengthen and update case statements
  • Maintaining an updated set of supporting materials, as well as Music Will’s profiles on third-party rating sites such as Guidestar and Charity Navigator
  • Processing grants in database, preparing grantor acknowledgments, and liaising with finance and program staff to coordinate bookkeeping allocations
  • Supporting organization-wide and development initiatives

Skills, Experiences, and Qualifications

About You

Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. At Music Will, we strive to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic.

The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from underrepresented groups.

Detail Oriented
Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task while demonstrating an understanding of all the components involved, no matter how big or small.

Balances team objectives while being directly accountable for their individual responsibilities. Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views. Gives and welcomes feedback. Contributes voice, talents, and efforts to ensure the success of organizational objectives for self and team.

Able to identify the actions necessary to achieve task completion and positive results. Able to meet deadlines and performance goals.

Data-Centric Mentality
Ability to thrive in creating order out of random data across spreadsheets. Able to organize processes and move forward the visibility of critical information so that it is easier for the team to make data-driven decisions.

Required Skills and Experiences

  • At least 2-4 years of experience in successful grantsmanship, which includes writing, reporting, and interacting with funders
  • Proven superior writing skills with a clear, concise, and compelling style overall; able to adapt personal writing style to capture the voice of Music Will and tell the Music Will story
  • Ability to organize, expedite, and manage multiple projects simultaneously, working within and across diverse groups and teams
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing priorities and new opportunities
  • Workplace experience using and/or managing donor databases or customer relationship management tools, such as Salesforce
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, Google Workspace, and internet search engines
  • A strong collaborator, who can work well with colleagues, recognize and optimize their talents, expertise and skills, and foster cross-departmental enthusiasm for generating grant support

Preferred Skills and Experiences

  • Experience working as an educator, or with educators is a plus
  • Music maker is a plus

Preferred Skills and Experiences

Salary range for this position is $60,435 – $81,765 per year. Music Will is committed to its team and strives to offer employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the organization’s values, culture, and mission. Salary is in accordance with Music Will’s competitive compensation and career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include medical coverage (health, dental, vision) with significant employer contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance, matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter). Perks include generous discretionary time off policy, flexible work arrangements, and professional development.

Application Process

The application window has closed as of November 1, 2023. Our team is currently reviewing all submissions. Candidates who are selected to move forward in the process will be notified. Please note that references may be requested. 

Location and Travel

This is a full-time position, based remotely. Occasional travel will be required, including funder site visits and events such as our annual Benefit event each spring and our annual Modern Band Summit each summer.

Working at Music Will – Our Workplace Values

  1. We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of music to impact their lives.
  2. We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together we make good things happen.
  3. We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive, and playful.
  4. We are inspirational.
  5. We are accountable.
  6. We are respectful.
  7. We support personal and professional growth.
  8. We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and with urgency.

Music Will is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to create a healthy and safe workspace as we work together to foster success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.