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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Work cross-departmentally to identify funding needs, bolster
cases for support, and capture impact stories and supporting
- Stay abreast of trends in corporate philanthropy, including
strategies to leverage social media and digital fundraising.
- 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.
- Bachelor’s degree in arts, business development, or
- Master’s degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related
- 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
Core Competencies and Other Desirable
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the
ability to present information clearly and attractively
- Strong capacity for listening and extracting information from
- Customer service mindset with an ability to foster strong
- 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
- Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic and business
- Interest in music and the Music Institute’s mission
- Ability to work after hours and weekends on
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
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.
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
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