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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 Coordinator.

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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Conductor

Position Description
CCC seeks a Conductor. Full- and part-time available. The Conductor functions as part of the artistic team to successfully execute In-School and/or Neighborhood Choir Programs.

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

  • Direct assigned choir(s) using the curriculum and repertoire set forth by the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director
  • Attend all conductor meetings and professional development workshops as scheduled
  • Maintain high quality rehearsals and performance standards in regards to both the musical product and the level of discipline
  • Communicate regularly with the Choir administration to ensure consistency among all programs
  • Communicate regularly with parents to develop excellent relationships and programs
  • Run auditions at each In-School Program and/or Neighborhood Choir location
  • Prepare choirs for, and participate in, all concert events applicable concert events
  • Complete singer evaluations twice yearly for the In-School Program and Neighborhood Choir Program
  • Inform singers of opportunities for growth within the Choir and assist with promotion into more advanced Choir ensembles, when appropriate
  • Help raise awareness of Chicago Children’s Choir programs
  • Attend and assist with all Choir events as needed

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in music (music education preferred)
  • Experience teaching (music education field is preferred)
  • Experience working with children and youth from diverse backgrounds is preferred
  • Committed to working in a mission-driven environment
  • Must be able to take initiative
  • Must possess a high level of energy and self-motivation
  • Must possess the ability to establish strong working relationships with individuals inside and outside the organization
  • Enjoy working with children

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 Evan Bruno, Manager of Choral Programs, at ebruno@ccchoir.org, with the job title in the subject line:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume

No phone calls, please.

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