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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.


Chief Development Officer

Position Description

As a member of the senior team, the Chief Development Officer (CDO) will determine the fundraising strategy to meet CCC’s goal of growing annual philanthropic support to $4.2 million by fiscal year 2022. This person will report to the Chief Operating Officer and work closely with the President & Artistic Director and the Board. The CDO will be focused on supporting the growth and stewardship of CCC’s vibrant and engaged individual donor and foundation funder community. They will also foster a culture of philanthropy within the organization and work collaboratively with senior leaders to assure that CCC’s culture, systems and procedures support and institutionalize philanthropy and fund development throughout the organization. Leading a development of team of five staff, the CDO will execute fully integrated plans across all fundraising avenues.

The ideal candidate has strong strategic planning skills and is capable of developing and implementing clear goals, systems and priorities. They must be hands on with experience developing collaborative relationships, internally and externally, and with the ability to translate CCC’s mission into resource development opportunities. The right person will also have input into the development of CCC’s next five-year plan.

Key Responsibilities

  • Strategic Leadership
    • Partner with the Board, Artistic Director & President, Chief Operating Officer and other senior organizational leaders in setting fundraising strategy and goals that align with CCC’s mission, vision, values and plans
    • Drive development efforts and planning for the organization and invest a culture of philanthropy into the entire CCC community
    • Develop a structure, systems and goals for the implementation of development efforts
    • Establish performance measures, monitor results and assist the senior team and Board to evaluate on an ongoing basis the effectiveness of CCC’s development program
    • Staff the development committee of the Board and others as assigned
    • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with code of ethical principles and standards of professional conduct for fundraising executives
  • Relationship Management and Donor Stewardship
    • Maintain portfolio of CCC’s highest net worth donors and key foundations and corporations serving as the primary leader responsible for stewarding these relationships
    • Cultivate new philanthropic, community and political relationships using a wide range of acquisition strategies to expand the base of supporters and contributors at all levels and meet CCC’s development goals
    • Manage interdepartmental/cross-functional coordination and communication between Development, Marketing and Communications, Finance, and Program Tearns, to capture and communicate the CCC ‘story’ and assemble resources to support fundraising efforts
    • Represent CCC at key donor and foundation meetings and events, and partner closely with and support the Board, President & Artistic Director and other senior leaders to develop an active solicitation program including the development of fundraising opportunities and conducting outreach
  • Team Development & Management
    • Build and lead a best-in-class performing development team with a high level of professionalism and dedication
    • Lead the development team to implement fundraising plans that outline monetary and activity goals targeting all donor levels and for all areas of support including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation support, special events and alumni relations
    • Increase the effectiveness, productivity, and collaboration of the team by serving as a coach and mentor, promote diversity and inclusion, and motivate team members with energy and passion

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Chief Development Officer role will possess the following skills and attributes:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline preferred with at least 8 years of increasingly responsible managerial experience
    • Demonstrated experience with multiple categories of giving such as major gifts, events and campaigns, individual, foundation and corporate support, planned giving, and in-kind partnerships
    • Proven success securing major gifts and building and stewarding relationships with major individual donors, foundations, corporations and other potential donors
    • Evident experience and success building a development infrastructure to achieve strategic and annual goals
    • Impeccable judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive information
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with experience in development and marketing related writing
    • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to project professional competence, leadership capability and personal maturity
    • Ability to present in a convincing and professional manner and to inspire and generate enthusiasm among donors, volunteers and staff
    • Excellent team building, facilitation, and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task
    • Experience or interest in the arts, preferably music
    • Passion for the CCC mission and program

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send the following materials to www.DRGsearch.com:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

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
    • Identify key prospects for sponsorship and attendance at all CCC events, and guide post-event follow-up activity
    • Lead the implementation of a suite of donor cultivation and recognition activities, including recruitment of and coordination with hosts, event invitations, vendor management, and program development
    • Organize, motivate and lead volunteers to success through all CCC produced events
    • Develop high quality experiences for CCC supporters at all events, including management of reserved seating at all self-produced concerts

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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Development Associate

Position Description

As a key member of the development team, the Development Associate will provide support for fundraising activity that meets CCC’s goal of growing philanthropic support to $4.2 million by fiscal year 2022. This person will report to the Director of Engagement and work closely with the full development team as well as colleagues in programs and marketing. The Development Associate will manage development communications, build relationships with CCC alumni and provide departmental support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development Communications and Operations
    • Project manage communications with key stakeholders, including annual appeals, holiday cards, events- related emails and institutional newsletters, ensuring on-time, on-budget and on-strategy deliverables
    • In concert with appropriate CCC staff, project manage the creation of the annual report each season
    • Maintain donor communications and Annual Campaign calendar
    • Work with Director of Engagement to set strategy for executing CCC’s Annual Fund Campaign
    • Assist with gift acknowledgments, tax-receipts and other donor acknowledgement communications
    • Write compelling copy for select external communications, including select funding proposals and reports
    • Assist with development of materials for donor, prospect and board-related meetings
    • Responsible for creating and distributing “look-books” for all major donor and fundraising events
    • Manages the administration of donor portfolios for the development team by creating contact reports/activities in Raisers Edge for donor interactions
  • Alumni Engagement
    • Work with Director of Engagement to set strategy around engaging Alumni in meaningful CCC activities
    • Execute engagement activities for past participants of the choir with a goal to foster alumni as advocates of the organization and grow philanthropic support from this community
    • Serve as a staff representative to the Alumni Council
    • Liaise with Marketing on alumni highlights across CCC communication channels
    • Support CCC’s ability to communicate regularly with alumni through well-maintained and augmented data
  • Administrative Support
    • Learn the function of daily gift processing and serve as support for the Sr. Manager of Donor Services
    • Field inquiries from donors regarding contributions, donor benefits and development related activities
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor information in database; schedule and provide daily, weekly and monthly donor reports
    • Coordinate parent and corporate volunteers at concerts and events
    • Work with Director of Events to track development event RSVP’s, table seating, check-in and assist with other development event related activities
    • Contributes to the success of annual gala by taking on responsibilities as assigned
    • Cultivates and stewards donor relationships, attending events and helping the team as needed

Qualifications

Ideal candidates for the Development Associate role will possess the following skills and attributes:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline
    • 1-4 years experience in a non-profit or arts-related setting
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
    • Superior customer service
    • Experience or interest in the arts, preferably music
    • Passion for CCC’s mission and programs
    • Committed to an equitable and inclusive community
    • Committed to open and honest communication
    • Raisers Edge experience or other CRM knowledge
    • Builds strong, collaborative relationships with fellow staff, board members and donors alike
    • Detailed oriented and take pride in creating and participating in efficient processes
    • Excited about digging in to data, fearless and has a “can-do” attitude
    • Is a planner, a list-maker and an organizational aficionado

How to Apply

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

No phone calls, please.

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Director of Marketing

Position Description

The Director of Marketing serves as the organization’s lead communications strategist. The position is responsible for leading institutional efforts to raise brand awareness, drive program enrollment and build and engage audiences. This person will report to the Chief Operating Officer and manage two full-time staff and external consultants in design, public relations, videography and photography.

The ideal candidate will be a fountain of creativity, offering ideas for stories and audience engagement on an ongoing basis. They must maintain a pulse on digital trends and have strong project and budget management skills.

Key Responsibilities

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

  • Brand Management
    • Manage the organization’s brand, including positioning and refinement, setting the overall institutional tone and editorial voice and crafting compelling narratives for the general public, audiences and donors
    • Communicate regularly with program staff to acquire and craft stories around the impact of participation in CCC programs
    • Develop brand-aligned visual and written content in support of comprehensive season-long and campaign-specific plans
    • Increase exposure for CCC through relationships with high visibility brand ambassadors, user generated content and mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Drive Earned Revenue
    • Develop and implement integrated program marketing campaigns against annual enrollment goals
    • Increase attendance at CCC concerts and events
    • Serve as primary liaison with concert and event venues and CCC staff as it relates to ticketing and front of house operations
  • Leadership and Operations
    • Coordinate with the Marketing Chair of the Board of Directors to organize and lead quarterly Marketing Committee meetings
    • Manage marketing budget and continuously improve ROI
    • Work with Marketing Manager to ensure digital channels, including website, email and social media, are brand-aligned, easy to use and effective tools for engagement
    • Work with external public relations consultant to develop and execute earned media strategies and tactics
    • Champion the power of data and play a key role in the selection, implementation and ongoing use of a central data warehouse
    • Collaborate with CCC staff and contractors in project management of brand assets and institutional communications
    • Report regularly on program enrollment and event attendance
    • Report regularly on exposure and engagement from earned, paid and owned media
    • Research and implement current industry trends and professional best practices
    • Increase the effectiveness, productivity and collaboration of the team by serving as a coach and mentor, promote diversity and inclusion and motivate team members with energy and passion

Qualifications

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

    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline preferred with at least 6-8 years of increasing responsibility
    • Demonstrated experience with multiple aspects of marketing such as campaign development, community engagement, digital platforms, promotions and partnerships or ticketing
    • Proven success building audiences through compelling content
    • Ability to leverage data for effective personalization of communications
    • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with experience in marketing related writing
    • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to project professional competence, leadership capability and personal maturity
    • Flexibility to work after regular office hours for concerts and events
    • Experience or interest in the arts, preferably music
    • Passion for the CCC mission and program

Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid time off, medical, dental, life insurance and 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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