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The Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF)—a 34-year old, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and presentation of Early Music, with offices in Cambridge, MA—is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Director of Development to manage and grow a strong and sustainable program for institutional support. Reporting to the BEMF Executive Director, and responsible for managing a team of two professional staff, the Director will maintain and continue to cultivate existing relationships while forging new partnerships—from high-level individual donors, to foundations and institutions across the corporate sector—for the purpose of supporting a broad range of BEMF projects, including concerts, educational and community programs, opera recordings, tours, lectures, and more. The Director will serve as the primary liaison to key leadership donors, as well as to foundation, community, and corporate leaders within the Boston area and beyond, participating in executive-level cultivation of these constituents, and is responsible for keeping the institution’s name and achievements alive in the minds of these constituents.

Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in fundraising, communications or management strongly desired. A minimum of seven years of experience in high-level fundraising, with demonstrated success in the cultivation, solicitation, and securing of major gifts. Must possess an understanding of the current philanthropic and public relations interests of individuals, foundations, and corporations, acquired through regular contact with those individuals and organizations. Leadership ability, outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities, and to relate effectively to a wide range of constituencies and individuals.

How to Apply:
Please submit your letter of interest and resumé to: You may also send your materials to: Human Resources Department, Boston Early Music Festival, 43 Thorndike Street, Suite 302, Cambridge, MA 02141-1764.

Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including three GRAMMY®-nominated CDs and a 2015 GRAMMY® Award-winning recording (Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs) in the category of Best Opera Recording, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.


2015-2016 Season Volunteers
If you would like to be contacted about opportunities for the 2015–2016 season, please contact Carla Chrisfield.


There are currently no internship opportunities.