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Now Hiring: Director of Development

Position Available in Fundraising & Donor Relations

emptydeskAs we embark on a new year at Youth Education in the Arts, we are sad to announce that current Director of Development Brad Martin will be departing the team on January 31 to relocate for personal reasons.

"My time here with The Cadets and YEA! has been a tremendously rewarding experience," Martin said. "I am sad to leave, but it's important for me to go back to South Carolina and be with my family. Thanks to all the donors and alumni who have given to YEA! over these past two years. Please continue to be a part of this amazing family and support these magnificent young people."

"Brad's passion and devotion to the cause was noticed by everyone he came into contact with," CEO George Hopkins said. "Through his work, the fundraising efforts of The Cadets and YEA! are stronger then they have been in some time. We wish him well in his future pursuits as we begin the search for someone who shares our passion for young people and the pursuit of excellence."

Easing the transition, former USBands Volunteer Coordinator Ashley Pittman recently joined YEA!'s Development Team as Associate Director of Donor, Volunteer and Alumni Relations.

"Brad's departure gives us the opportunity to add to the team as well as give Cadets alum Ashley Pittman the opportunity to act as liaison to our donors and alumni, with whom she has so much in common," Hopkins said.

Ashley attended the College of Charleston, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management as well as a Minor in Dance.


"I'm so happy to be at YEA!, pursuing my passion for the arts in a different role than I ever have before," Ashley said. "While studying arts management, I found that one of my favorite things about being involved in the performing arts is sharing the experience with others. In this new role, I'm honored and excited to connect with donors, volunteers and other alumni through this organization that has meant so much to me."

Ashley has been involved with marching music for her entire conscious life, as her family has planned their vacations around drum corps shows since she was a toddler. In 2003, at the young age of 12, she began her drum corps career as a member of the Teal Sound Colorguard. She returned to Teal Sound for 2004, and then became a Cadet in 2005. She was a member of The Cadets Colorguard for eight years until she aged out as a third-year captain in 2012. She won two DCI World Championships with the corps and was a featured soloist and outstanding leader.

Position: Director of Development


Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Development is a key leader and an active participant in making strategic decisions.

In partnership with the CEO and the Director of Marketing, this position is responsible for all fundraising and development activities. The successful candidate will help forge new relationships to build YEA!’s visibility, impact and financial resources. The Director of  Development will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for developing key external alliances by cultivating individual and philanthropic support.

The Director of Development will have primary responsibility for establishing and implementing the infrastructure needed to grow a $6 million budget through the solicitation of major gifts, federal and state grants, special events, and corporate and foundation support as well as individual giving.

S/he will expand and diversify YEA!’s non-profit donor base/pipeline and work closely with other team members to secure funding for new initiatives. In addition, the Development Director will work closely with YEA!'s board of directors and support board members as they take on a more active fundraising role.

As the Director of Development systematically and effectively strengthens the organization's overall fundraising capacity, it is expected that the funds raised by YEA! will increase in future years. 


  • Partner with & support CEO & board members in all major fundraising initiatives
  • Collaborate with COO to develop & implement financial strategy
  • Actively work with CEO & Director of Marketing to develop & implement comprehensive development strategy to include corporate & foundation donations, government grants, etc.
  • Take primary responsibility for development & execution of all proposals; write & archive all proposals with long-term, relationship-management approach
  • Oversee research funding sources & trends with foresight to help position YEA! ahead of major funding changes or trends
  • Monitor all donor information & present statistical analysis to board & senior leaders
  • Develop & implement stewardship program aimed at cultivating deeper ties with donors
  • Monitor & report regularly on the progress of the development program
  • Develop & mentor the development team


  • Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
  • 5+ years of professional non-profit experience
  • Demonstrated success in a development function (managing & forging relationships with multiple donor sources)
  • Tangible experience of expanding & cultivating existing donor relationships over time
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills, ability to influence & engage wide range of donors & build long-term relationships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Flexible, adaptable, professional & resourceful style
  • Can positively impact both strategic & tactical fundraising initiatives
  • Ability to work independently without close oversight AND as a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within & outside YEA!
  • High energy level & passion for YEA!’s mission (see note below)
  • Ability to construct, articulate & implement annual strategic development plan
  • Strong organizational & time-management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Customer focus
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks/projects at a time 


YEA! currently generates most income from individual donors, most connected to The Cadets. This is indeed an important part of our strategy, but we need to move forward. We MUST be involved in grants, planned giving and special events. We have plenty of ideas; it is the execution of ideas where we seem to struggle.

The Development Department is small. The director will work closely with Ashley Pittman, Associate Director of Donor, Volunteer & Alumni Relations, while also being a part of the marketing/sales team of five or six in the coordination of online efforts.

The hours for this position are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., as many of our donors are only available in the evenings. While some schedule adjustments could be possible, we are interested in serving our clients and have concluded that a later shift is most appropriate.

To conclude, it would be fabulous if the successful candidate for this position had a background in the marching arts. This could be a good place for someone seeking more responsibility and higher pay, and combined with a true appreciation for music and arts education, it could be a dream job.

The position is located in Allentown, PA, and salary will be based on proven fundraising ability.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to George Hopkins, CEO of Youth Education in the Arts, at

More than a Job

Our mission at Youth Education in the Arts is to support the development of young people into magnificent human beings through their participation in the performing arts.

We are an organization driven by the pursuit of excellence and the inspiration of performance. As a business, we believe that we have an unlimited pathway to a new tomorrow. We are a true non-profit in our approach to and philosophy of operations.

From our finance department, to the marketing team, to the event managers and everyone in between, we are a group of people passionate about providing life-changing experiences for America's youth.

Apply today, and give your professional skills magnificent purpose.

YEA! Programming:
Performing ensembles including The Cadets, Cadets2, and Cadets Winter Percussion
USBands the presiding body and host for 150 scholastic music competitions
The Urban Arts Center of the Lehigh Valley


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