ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW Serving more than 5,000 singers from every Chicago zip code, Chicago Children's Choir (CCC) is a nonprofit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. What began in 1956 as a small choir in Hyde Park fostering interracial understanding during the civil rights movement has grown into one of Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organizations. This $5M non-profit consists of a network of 140+ choirs whose singers are empowered to bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors of peace in their communities. With programs in over 90 Chicago schools, 11 after-school neighborhood programs, an ensemble for boys with changing voices called DiMension and the internationally-acclaimed Voice of Chicago, the diversity of Chicago Children's Choir reflects the cultural landscape of the city. CCC is proud to provide access, with 85% of participants paying less than $50 for a year of programming. CCC is a civic treasure and a model of urban music education. In addition to numerous self- produced concerts and collaborative efforts with Chicago’s finest cultural institutions and as a result of its commitment to achieving intercultural understanding, CCC undertakes approximately 5 domestic tours annually featuring singers from the Neighborhood Choir Program and DiMension and an international tour featuring singers from Voice of Chicago.
POSITION DESCRIPTION Serving as a leader within CCC’s development department, the Director of Institutional Partnerships oversees CCC’s fundraising efforts with institutional partners and leads several key development communication projects.
RESPONSIBILITIES Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Lead CCC’s fundraising efforts with foundation, corporate, and government partners (which comprises over 35% of CCC’s fundraising budget).
Develop a comprehensive fundraising plan that outlines monetary and activity goals for foundation, corporate, and government partners and fosters increased philanthropic support.
Craft proposals and reports for CCC’s grant partners, manage grants calendar and submission timeline.
Work with Chief Financial Officer to develop proposal and report budgets.
Manage institutional relationships with program officers and other institutional contacts at all phases in the donor cycle (including cultivation and stewardship). Lead meetings and site visits with foundation and corporate representatives.
Work with the Chief Development Officer (CDO) to determine strategy for engaging CCC’s development committee on fundraising efforts with foundation and corporate funders.
Work with the Development Associate to identify and research new funding prospects.
Work with the program team and senior leadership to identify future initiatives in need of institutional support and ensure that projects deliverables for all current grants are met.
Lead key development communications projects.
Oversee the planning and execution of the annual report and solicitation presentations.
Lead the copy generation and case development for projects outlined above. Work closely with the marketing team to ensure that projects advance the goals of CCC’s communications plan while also resonating specifically with CCC’s donor audience.
Create content for appeals and other donor-related communications as needed.
Work with Senior Development Operations Manager to identify the recipients of each communication piece, with an eye for advancing cultivation and stewardship goals for institutional funders.
Attend events hosted by philanthropic partners (current or prospective).
Attend CCC concerts and fundraising events, and support other staff members (as needed).
Qualifications Ideal candidates for the Director of Institutional Partnerships role will possess the following skills and attributes:
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline preferred
4-6 years of direct experience in grant writing and development for a non-profit organization
Proven success securing and stewarding corporate, foundation, and government gifts
Superior communication and relationship-building skills required
Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to multi-task, set goals, and prioritize workload
Comfort in a deadline-driven environment
Expert proficiency with MSOffice programs, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Comfort with Raiser’s Edge database preferred
Passion for the CCC mission and program
Additional Salary Information: Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including paid vacation, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as tax-deferred retirement plan.
About Chicago Children's Choir
Founded in 1956 during the Civil Rights Movement, Chicago Children's Choir is the nation’s largest youth choral music education organization. It currently serves over 2,700 children, ages 8 to 18 through choirs in 46 schools, after-school programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Singers are racially and culturally diverse, with 75% from low-income households, representing almost every zip code in Chicago. With an incredible breadth of repertoire, the Choir performs throughout the city, nation and world, collaborating regularly with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and Millennium Park.