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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)


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, with the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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