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Corporate Giving Coordinator

Music Institute of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Capital Campaigns, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Administrative, Arts Administration, Office Administration
Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is one of the largest and most reputable music schools in the country. Renowned for its innovative teaching approach, a first-rate faculty, and a fundamental drive to ensure equitable access to music, MIC provides high-quality education, world-class performances, and countless moments of inspiration for its community each year. Through all its offerings, MIC creates innovative pathways for individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds to develop a lifelong engagement with music.

The Music Institute of Chicago seeks a Corporate Giving Coordinator to champion its mission to provide high-quality music education, world-class music performances, and countless moments of inspiration to thousands across the Chicago region each year.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Development, the Corporate Giving Coordinator will support the organization’s comprehensive efforts to build strong philanthropic relationships with the business community, inclusive of annual corporate membership and event sponsorship, multi-year major sponsorship, matching gifts, and in-kind support. This position will work collaboratively with the development team and across departments to develop compelling and innovative engagement opportunities for the business community and execute cultivation and solicitation strategies in alignment with MIC’s mission and core values.

Essential duties and responsibilities 

  1. In partnership with the Senior Director of Development, develop and execute a strategy for garnering philanthropic business investment in annual programs, fundraising events, and special projects.
  2. Coordinate all aspects of the corporate fundraising cycle from research, identification, and qualification of new prospects to proposal development, meeting scheduling and preparation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  3. Ensure positive sponsor and prospect relations by overseeing the timely delivery of benefits (event invitations, tickets, donor recognition and acknowledgement, and employee and client engagement activities), engaging in regular stewardship communications, and developing ROI reports.
  4. Maintain corporate donor files and records, including accurately tracking proposals, contributions, and related actions in Raiser’s Edge. Maintain concise and accurate moves management reports to be shared with the Senior Management Team and External Affairs Committee.
  5. Work cross-departmentally to identify funding needs, bolster cases for support, and capture impact stories and supporting data.
  6. Stay abreast of trends in corporate philanthropy, including strategies to leverage social media and digital fundraising.
  7. Serve as a department representative at sponsored concerts and events, including the Annual Gala.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, an innovative problem-solver, and an excellent verbal communicator with strengths in working collaboratively to achieve goals and ensure an exceptional donor experience.

They will have a positive spirit and energy, a good sense of humor, and a flexible/adaptable working style.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts, business development, or nonprofit/arts administration
  • Master’s degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related field desirable
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in a development department, with front-line fundraising experience preferred
  • Experience working with Raiser’s Edge or similar customer relationship management (CRM) software
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite, or similar programs

Core Competencies and Other Desirable Traits

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present information clearly and attractively
  • Strong capacity for listening and extracting information from others
  • Customer service mindset with an ability to foster strong constituent relationships
  • Solid organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task and a keen eye for detail
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals
  • Self-motivated and driven to take initiative
  • Solid work ethic, with a high level of integrity and accountability
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic and business landscape
  • Interest in music and the Music Institute’s mission
  • Ability to work after hours and weekends on occasion

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time position with an outstanding benefits package, including generous paid time off. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Music Institute of Chicago has a casual yet professional work environment and is conveniently headquartered in downtown Evanston, close to public transportation – CTA, Metra and PACE. Salary and benefits are offered competitive and commensurate with experience.

COVID-19 Notice

All employees and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering. In addition, all current and new employees are required to be fully vaccinated or follow CDC vaccination guidelines.

To Apply

Applicants who wish to be considered must submit a cover letter including salary requirements, a resume/CV, and a writing sample. Please send all correspondence to Lisa Brown, Senior Director of Development ( 

Statement of Non-discrimination

It is the policy of the Music Institute of Chicago to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to people in all aspects of employer/employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, age, or disability. This policy affects decisions regarding hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, training and development, transfer, and other privileges of employment.

 Music Institute of Chicago

1702 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, IL 60201


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