The Senior Director of Development leads donor cultivation and stewardship efforts, managing individual, corporate and foundation giving programs, including major gifts. The position plays an instrumental role in developing fund raising strategy and tactics, and tracks the institution’s progress toward annual and multi-year fundraising goals. The Senior Director of Development supervises two full-time employees and two part-time employees, is a member of the institution’s leadership team, and works cooperatively with the Board of Trustees.
In collaboration with the President and CEO, develop a strategy of processes and tactics that when executed achieve the goal of meeting or exceeding annual fundraising targets.
Lead efforts to build and sustain membership in the Patron Society, the Music Institute’s premiere cohort of mid-range donors.
Lead fundraising efforts around key events, including the annual gala, special events and receptions. Work may include some evenings and weekends.
Manage a series of annual giving campaigns which cultivate and solicit multiple constituent segments, including MIC families, alumni, and others with an affinity for music and/or the institution.
Manage fundraising efforts with corporate, foundation, and governmental entities.
Support the President, Senior Leadership Team, and Trustees in their cultivation of prospective Trustees and other prospective supporters of the institution.
Development and execute best practices in prospect management and stewardship of donors and donations.
Manage communications and staff support for the Board of Trustees, Executive and External Affairs Committees, especially in regards to the cultivation and solicitation of major gifts.
Manage the development of a planned giving program.
Along with the CFO, manage Development expense and revenue budgets.
BA degree is required.
Seven or more years of progressive fundraising experience with direct experience managing major, individual, and/or corporate giving initiatives and donor societies.
Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic community and wide-ranging fundraising strategies with a demonstrated track record of achieving financial goals and building donor relationships.
Experience managing or supporting special fundraising events
Strong manager who is a creative problem solver and comfortable collaborating and interacting with people at all levels both internally and externally.
level of integrity for accountability, timeliness, reporting, and accuracy.
Experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge (NXT) software required.
Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
Capable of managing multiple projects while working with a variety of constituents.
OTHER DESIRED QUALITIES
Flexible and adaptable style
Positive spirit and energy
A good sense of humor
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Music Institute of Chicago
Founded in 1931, the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is a nonprofit organization that leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music by providing widely accessible resources for high quality music teaching, performing, and service activities.
- Music is an essential element of a strong, well-educated, and compassionate community.
- Music bolsters the brain, strengthens community bonds, and nourishes the human spirit.
- Live music and quality music education should be accessible to everyone.
WHAT WE DO:
- MIC offers the highest quality music education for all ages and levels of ability, including beginners, casual learners, aspiring professionals, and individuals whose opportunities are limited.
- MIC curates a series of performance events at Nichols Concert Hall featuring guest artist and faculty concerts, noteworthy educators, and student recitals.
- MIC offers music performances in the community in the service of good. Students and faculty are encouraged to perform for people who do not have easy access to live music because music is a powerful gift that musicians have the responsibility and the privilege to share
WHO WE SERVE:
- More tha...n 2,000 students in 8 locations across Chicagoland.
- 15,000 annual visitors to Nichols Concert Hall, a landmark building and 550-seat performance venue in Evanston, Illinois.
- 3,500 students, teachers, and community members in the City of Chicago receive music education and professional development opportunities.
- Nearly 6,000 people attend local performances and participate in community engagement activities.