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About Chicago Children’s Choir

For more than 60 years, the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) has worked to inspire, unite and change the lives of youth through music. What began as a small choir in Hyde Park born in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement to foster racial understanding has since grown into a nonprofit with an international footprint that is Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organization. CCC serves every corner of Chicago’s 57 zip codes through a vast network of 140 choirs whose singers bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors for peace.

CCC partners with over 90 schools to provide music education, administers 11 neighborhood after­ school music programs and is home to the critically acclaimed and award-winning DiMension, an ensemble for boys with changing voices, and Voice of Chicago choirs. As a national and international touring ensemble, CCC has performed for dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and former Chinese President Hu Jintao and with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Beyonce, Celine Dion and Chance the Rapper.

CCC is a civic treasure and model for urban music education with more than 75% of youth able to access its programming free of charge.

Equal Opportunity Employment

CCC does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, religious belief, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.


Director of Institutional Partnerships

Position Description

Serving as a leader within CCC’s development department, the Director of Institutional Partnerships oversees CCC’s fundraising efforts with institutional partners and leads several key development communication projects.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lead CCC’s fundraising efforts with foundation, corporate and government partners (which comprises over 35% of CCC’s fundraising budget)
    • Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan that outlines monetary and activity goals for foundation, corporate and government partners and fosters increased philanthropic support
    • Craft proposals and reports for CCC’s grant partners, manage grants calendar and submission timeline
    • Work with Chief Financial Officer to develop proposal and report budgets
    • Manage institutional relationships with program officers and other institutional contacts at all phases in the donor cycle (including cultivation and stewardship). Lead meetings and site visits with foundation and corporate representatives
    • Work with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to determine strategy for engaging CCC’s development committee on fundraising efforts with foundation and corporate funders
    • Work with the Development Associate to identify and research new funding prospects
    • Work with the program team and senior leadership to identify future initiatives in need of institutional support and ensure that projects deliverables for all current grants are met
  • Lead key development communications projects
    • Oversee the planning and execution of the annual report and solicitation presentations
    • Lead the copy generation and case development for projects outlined above. Work closely with the marketing team to ensure that projects advance the goals of CCC’s communications plan while also resonating specifically with CCC’s donor audience
    • Create content for appeals and other donor-related communications as needed
    • Work with Senior Development Operations Manager to identify the recipients of each communication piece, with an eye for advancing cultivation and stewardship goals for institutional funders
  • Additional responsibilities
    • Attend events hosted by philanthropic partners (current or prospective)
    • Attend CCC concerts and fundraising events, and support other staff members (as needed)

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Director of Institutional Partnerships role will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline preferred
  • 4-6 years of direct experience in grant writing and development for a non-profit organization
  • Proven success securing and stewarding corporate, foundation and government gifts
  • Superior communication and relationship-building skills required
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, set goals and prioritize workload
  • Comfort in a deadline-driven environment
  • Expert proficiency with MSOffice programs, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Comfort with Raiser’s Edge database preferred
  • Passion for the CCC mission and program

Compensation & Benefits

Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as tax-deferred retirement plan.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references to jobs@ccchoir.org, with the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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Development Manager, Events

Position Description

As a key member of the development team, the Development Manager, Events is responsible for $2 million in annual philanthropic support through special events. This person will support the cultivation and stewardship of CCC’s donors through compelling engagement activities. The ideal candidate will have exceptional guest focus and a collaborative spirit.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • In collaboration with the Ambassadors Board leadership, develop and execute the strategy for the annual Ambassadors Board fundraising event, including but not limited to, soliciting sponsorship, tracking event attendees, coordinating with vendors, leading internal meetings, managing the event budget, and coordinating event marketing and communications
  • Manage select aspects of CCC’s annual gala, Red Jacket Optional, including but not limited to, reporting, auction item acquisition, event logistics, and internal coordination

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Development Manager, Events role will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
  • 3-6 years of experience in a non-profit or event planning concentration
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
  • Team player who is motivated to augment the efforts of the organization
  • Experience with customer relationship management software applications is a plus
  • Flexibility to work after regular office hours for concerts and events

Compensation & Benefits

Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as tax-deferred retirement plan.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references to jobs@ccchoir.org, with the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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Program Assistant, Pilsen/Little Village of Chicago Children’s Choir

Position Description

Chicago Children’s Choir seeks a part-time Program Assistant for the Pilsen/Little Village Neighborhood Choir of Chicago Children’s Choir. The Program Assistant is responsible for all non-musical activities related to their Neighborhood Choir. The Program Assistant is present at all rehearsals and events to ensure safety of the singers.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Track/maintain registration and attendance. Report updates to conductor and office regularly
  • Make every attempt to retain singers throughout the choir year. Reports on singers who discontinue should include end date, reason for leaving and communication efforts
  • Meet with the conductor and report to main office weekly
  • Prepare music binders, room set-up and other rehearsal needs per conductor
  • Report 30-45 minutes before singers arrive to rehearsals, concerts and events and stay until all singers are picked up
  • Supervise singers at all times during rehearsals, concerts and events to ensure they are safe and well behaved in venues
  • Create relationships with choir families and rehearsal venue to build trust and comfort with communication
  • Create monthly calendars in time for proofing by office and conductor to be delivered weekly via email/paper to parents/families
  • Create, copy and distribute information flyers for fundraisers, events and other choir activities
  • Create and send weekly emails with schedule and choir updates. Communicate with all families regarding all choir issues
  • Collect payments (tuition/fundraising/tour) from choir families, issue receipts and deliver payments to the office in a timely manner. Keep accurate records of all transactions
  • Assist with tour accounting, planning and attending tour
  • Assist in raising awareness of Chicago Children’s Choir by participating in recruitment opportunities and welcoming new singers/families to the choir
  • Assign parent chaperones for concerts and events

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Program Assistant role will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Experience in working with children and youth from varied backgrounds preferred
  • Basic computer skills
  • Bilingual (Spanish)

Required Schedule

Regular rehearsal coverage for assigned choir (Mondays from 4:00pm-7:00pm and Wednesdays from 4:00-7:45pm), Neighborhood Choir concerts and events and office hours to be scheduled weekly (approximately 15-20 hours/weekly).

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references to Cece Hill, Program Director, at chill@ccchoir.org with the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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