The Chicago Philharmonic Society is seeking a detail-oriented self-starter to manage our annual giving, grant-seeking, and donor relations activities.
– Plan and execute the annual development plan, achieving both annual and long-range goals.
– Maintain and implement the grants calendar, ensuring timely submission of letters of intent, proposals and reports for foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
– Manage targeted annual direct mail, email and social campaigns aimed at acquisition, retention and upgrade of individual donors.
– Oversee gift processing and timely acknowledgment/stewardship of all gifts.
– Oversee the maintenance of donor information in the database (Ovation).
– Serve as primary staff liaison to the Board of Directors and the Development Committee, report periodically to the Board regarding development efforts and progress toward goals.
– Coordinate major gift cultivation and solicitation plans; support the Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors in their interactions with donors and prospects.
– Manage donor stewardship, including donor recognition, updates, post-performance gatherings and other donor events.
– Cultivate relationships with funders, including individuals and representatives for grantmaking organizations; communicate with funders and attend (or assign) information sessions to ensure that Chicago Philharmonic has a complete understanding of all funder requirements.
– Attend symphonic & chamber concerts and other public programs, serve as a public representative of Chicago Philharmonic.
– Produce fund-raising progress and cash-flow reports, and monitor development expense budget, provide regular status reports to the Executive Director.
– Partner with programming and marketing staff to produce the annual report, performance program content and donor updates and to ensure consistency in grants reporting.
– Research and identify new funding opportunities.
– Other duties as assigned.
Skills & Abilities
– Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field with strong background in writing and communication.
– At least three years of experience in nonprofit fund development, including prior experience writing grants and managing annual campaigns (experience writing grants for state and local funding highly desirable).
– Outstanding written and verbal communications skills; displays empathy and emotional intelligence when relating to others and is comfortable engaging and interacting with new people.
– Strong attention to detail and organization skills.
– Experience with or interest in learning about digital communication.
– Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to quickly re-prioritize tasks and assignments as needed.
– Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Ovation, Tessitura, or other donor management software.
– Knowledge and/or interest in learning about orchestral/classical music a plus.
This is a full-time permanent position.
Compensation: Commensurate with skills and experience
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About The Chicago Philharmonic Society
The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of over 200 of the highest-level classical musicians performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. Governed under a groundbreaking structure of musician leadership, the Society presents concerts at venues throughout the Chicago area that cover the full spectrum of classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and beyond. The Society’s orchestra, known simply as the Chicago Philharmonic, has been called “one of the country’s finest symphonic orchestras” (Chicago Tribune), and its unique chamber music ensembles, which perform as the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players, draw from its vast pool of versatile musicians.
The Society’s outreach programs connect Chicago-area youth to classical music and provide performance opportunities for members of the community. Founded in 1988 by principal musicians from the Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, aside from presenting symphonic and chamber music concerts, currently serves as the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet, continues its longtime association with the Ravinia Festival, and partners with other outstanding local and national arts organizations on a regular basis.