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
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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Spearhead the External Affairs Committee, encouraging active
volunteer engagement and creating bi-monthly agendas.
- 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.
- Manage departmental expense and revenue budgets
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Master’s degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related
- 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
- 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 positive
- 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.
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