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Vice President & Chief Development Officer

Music Institute of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Oct 22, 2022

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For 90 years, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) has been transforming lives through quality, accessible music education. As one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, MIC is dedicated to sharing our love of music with the next generation and to cultivating musical ability and appreciation in people of all levels, backgrounds, and interests.

MIC harnesses the power of music to educate and inspire through its Community Music School, which provides comprehensive private and group music education to 2,000+ children and adults annually; the Academy, a nationally recognized training center for pre-college pianists and string players; Nichols Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art 550-seat performance space hosting 15,000 individuals annually for workshops and master classes, and performances; and community engagement programs and Music as Service, which create equitable access to music education for under- resourced communities.



The MIC seeks a dynamic Vice President & Chief Development Officer to join its team. This person will share a love of the arts and will support the organization’s efforts to steward and cultivate its existing donors and widen its support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities. This position is charged with employing the latest development trends to creatively develop and oversee an advancement strategy that yields upwards of $2 million annually.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President & Chief Development Officer is a member of the Senior Management Team, and provides 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 five (three FTE and two PT), the Vice President & Chief Development Officer 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.

The MIC values diverse ideas and is a friendly and welcoming work environment.  The next Vice President & Chief Development Officer will share and demonstrate those values. 



  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 and staff a team of five (FTE: Assistant Director of Development, Donor Engagement Manager, Annual Fund Specialist; PT: Development Coordinator, Development Assistant) 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



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, and a flexible/adaptable working style.



  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related field desirable
  • 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


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present information clearly and attractively
  • Strong capacity for listening to diverse ideas 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
  • Utilizes data in decision making
  • Exceptional prioritization skills, with the ability to multi-task, a keen eye for detail, and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and goals


The Music Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We adopt employment policies that advance our vision of a workplace culture where employees are valued for their unique perspectives and participation in the activities and operations of the institution.

The Music Institute of Chicago makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business, artistic, and pedagogical needs at the time, and prohibits discrimination and harassment based on 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 applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, transfer, and other privileges of employment.

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

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 commensurate with experience.



This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates. Those interested in applying should submit a resume and cover letter outlining specific qualifications to: 

Gail Luxenberg, c/o

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