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Vice President of Development, Community Music School, Evanston

Music Institute of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Executive, Fundraising, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Special Events, Administrative, Arts Administration
Arts, Education
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Music Institute of Chicago seeks a Vice President of Development who will support the organization’s comprehensive efforts to widen its base of contributed support from individuals as well as corporate, foundation, and government entities. This position is charged with developing and overseeing advancement strategy and establishing fundraising targets that yield upwards of $3 million annually.                    

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development is a member of the Senior Management Team, and will provide direction for all fundraising areas, inclusive of annual fund, leadership annual giving, donor engagement, special events, corporate sponsorship, and a robust grants calendar.  A particular focus will be building a strong pipeline for multi-year major gifts that will support growth in the endowment, address capital needs, and advance strategic priorities or special projects.                     

In addition to supervising a staff of four, the Vice President of Development will serve as a primary liaison to the Board of Trustees. This person will be responsible for facilitating the dynamic engagement of the Board and various volunteer groups and committees.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, and an excellent verbal communicator with strengths in non-profit fundraising, building donor relationships and knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community. They will have a positive spirit and energy, a good sense of humor, and a flexible/adaptable working style.

Essential duties and responsibilities

  1. Develop strategy and lead a balanced, multi-channel fundraising program that includes an annual fund campaign, individual giving and leadership annual giving programs, major gifts, sponsorship, institutional giving, and special events.
  2. Manage a portfolio of major donor and sponsorship prospects capable of making gifts of $50,000 or more annually. Develop customized moves management strategies aligned with long-term institutional priorities, and initiate, maintain, and lead all aspects of the fundraising cycle.
  3. Supervise a team of four (Assistant Director of Development, Annual Fund and Database Manager, Donor Engagement Manager, Development Coordinator) to execute annual strategies, providing coaching and mentoring on best practices in donor recruitment and stewardship.
  4. Spearhead large-scale fundraising initiatives, such as the annual gala benefit, which raises more than $750,000 to support programs and financial aid offerings that provide equitable access to music education.
  5. Work collaboratively across the organization to build on MIC’s current successes and create compelling cases for support for programs aligned with MIC’s commitment to excellence, accessibility, and diversity.
  6. Maintain positive Board relations and work in partnership with the President and CEO and Executive Committee members on Board development activities. Prepare KPI reports for and attend all Executive Committee and full Board meetings.
  7. Spearhead the External Affairs Committee, encouraging active volunteer engagement and creating bi-monthly agendas.
  8. Serve as a department representative at sponsored concerts and special events, including the Annual Gala and Families in Concert, and maintain a positive presence at external meetings and events. Work may include some evenings and weekends.
  9. Manage departmental expense and revenue budgets


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related field preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years’ progressive fundraising experience, including direct experience managing major, individual, and/or corporate giving initiatives and donor societies
  • Demonstrated track record of achieving financial goals and building donor relationships
  • Experience managing teams and large projects
  • Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community a plus
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT or similar CRM software

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 positive constituent relationships
  • Solid work ethic, with a high level of integrity.
  • Exceptional prioritization skills, with the ability to multi-task, a keen eye for detail, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals

COVID-19 Vaccination Notice

All in-person employees of the Music Institute of Chicago must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster shot.


Applicants should submit a cover letter including salary requirements, resume, and a writing sample. Please send all correspondence to MIC welcomes candidate inquiries and referrals.

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