ABOUT THE MUSIC INSTITUTE OF
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,
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
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & 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 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.
- 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
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, 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
CORE COMPETENCIES & OTHER DESIRABLE
- 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
- 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
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
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 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
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.
search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates. Those
interested in applying should submit a resume and cover letter
outlining specific qualifications to:
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