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About Chicago Children’s Choir

Serving more than 5,000 singers from all 57 Chicago zip codes, Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. What began in 1956 as a small choir in Hyde Park fostering interracial understanding during the civil rights movement has grown into one of Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organizations. This $5M nonprofit consists of a network of 140 choirs whose singers are empowered to bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in over 90 Chicago schools, 11 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices called DiMension and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children’s Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city. CCC is proud to provide access, with 85% of participants paying less than $50 for a year of programming. CCC is a civic treasure and a model of urban music education. In addition to numerous self-produced concerts and collaborative efforts with Chicago’s finest cultural institutions and as a result of its commitment to achieving intercultural understanding, CCC undertakes approximately 5 domestic tours annually featuring singers from the Neighborhood Choir Program and DiMension and an international tour featuring singers from Voice of Chicago.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Chicago Children’s Choir 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
Serving as a member of CCC’s senior staff, the Chief Development Officer will develop and execute fully integrated plans across all fundraising avenues to grow annual philanthropic support to approximately $4M by fiscal year 2022. This position reports to CCC’s Chief Operating Officer, and works closely with the President & Artistic Director, on fundraising initiatives. S/he will manage, lead and mentor a team of five development staff which currently includes: Director of Institutional Advancement, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager (to be hired), Individual Giving Manager, Development Services Manager and Development Manager.

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

  • Work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop and implement a fundraising plan that outlines monetary and activity goals for all areas of support, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation support, special events and alumni relations
  • Serve as lead solicitor for the organization, working closely with the President & Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer to develop an active solicitation program
  • Strengthen CCC’s major gifts program by building relationships with a targeted segment of CCC’s donor base and other major gift prospects and moving them through all stages of the gift cycle, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
  • Identify opportunities, institutional capacities and resources for enhancing relationships with philanthropic, community and political leaders
  • Provide leadership to Director of Institutional Advancement and Individual Giving Manager in developing a solicitation program for lower-level donors and prospects
  • Provide staff support to Board of Directors and manage their solicitation activities
  • Staff the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and sit on the Marketing Committee, others as assigned
  • Recruit and manage volunteers for CCC fundraising event committees
  • Work closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to establish a comprehensive communication strategy–particularly as it relates to corporate and individual relations
  • Work closely with Chief Program Officer to leverage parent body for volunteers, donor prospect and advocacy
  • Create and staff high level cultivation and stewardship events

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree required
  • 8-10 years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities
  • Proven ability to lead a team to achieve goals
  • Direct experience soliciting six figure gifts
  • Demonstrated experience in building a successful annual giving plan and infrastructure needed to achieve
  • Demonstrated experience procuring Foundation and Corporate support
  • Experience working effectively with Board of Directors
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills

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

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send the following materials to jobs@ccchoir.org, with the job title in the subject line:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

No phone calls, please.

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Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager

Position Description
Serving as a member of CCC’s development staff, the Foundation & Corporate Relations Manager will work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to grow CCC’s portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government funders by researching new funding opportunities, preparing proposal and report materials, and stewarding relationships with foundation and corporate contacts.

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

  • Grant Writing:
    • Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Advancement, write and edit grant proposals and reports for submission to corporations, foundations, and government sources
    • Develop customized sponsorship materials for current and prospective corporate funders, both for fundraising events and CCC concerts and programs
    • Collect program and financial information for proposals and reports in partnership with select program staff and CCC’s Chief Financial Officer, respectively
    • Draft development-related emails for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed
  • Grants Management:
    • With Director of Institutional Advancement, ensure that all deadlines are tracked and met in a timely manner
    • Maintain accurate and up-to-date information on CCC’s corporate, foundation, and government relationships in Raiser’s Edge, including action history; oversee the process of filling grant agreements and correspondences in CCC’s electronic files
  • Cultivation and Stewardship:
    • Develop preparatory and follow-up materials for site visits and meetings with program officers. Attend these meetings, as requested
    • With Director of Institutional Advancement, develop and implement a stewardship plan for institutional funders
    • Track sponsorship benefits for all corporate funders and ensure that requirements are met
  • Prospect Research:
    • Identify potential grant-makers for annual and multi-year support through online and printed resources. Develop prospect profiles, as needed
    • Research corporate entities for sponsorship opportunities for CCC programs and concerts. Develop prospect profiles, as needed
    • Develop giving history reports for Director of Institutional Advancement, as needed
  • Additional responsibilities:
    • Draft copy for other development communications, including newsletters and the annual report
    • Attend events hosted by corporate partners and other philanthropic entities
    • Attend CCC concerts and fundraising events

Qualifications

  • B.A. degree required
  • 3-5 years professional experience in a nonprofit setting, with at least 3 years professional experience in development or marketing
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills. Strong communicator who can tailor CCC’s case for support to a variety of funding audiences
  • Team player who is motivated to augment the efforts of the organization in general and the development department specifically
  • Experience with prospect/donor management fundraising 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 a tax-deferred retirement plan.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send the following materials to jobs@ccchoir.org, with the job title in the subject line:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. References

No phone calls, please.

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