Serving as a member of CCC’s senior staff, the Chief Development Officer will develop and execute fully integrated plans across all fundraising avenues to grow annual philanthropic support to approximately $4M by fiscal year 2022. This position reports to CCC’s Chief Operating Officer, and works closely with the President & Artistic Director, on fundraising initiatives. S/he will manage, lead and mentor a team of five development staff which currently includes: Director of Institutional Advancement, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager (to be hired), Individual Giving Manager, Development Services Manager and Development Coordinator.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to develop and implement a fundraising plan that outlines monetary and activity goals for all areas of support, including annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, corporate and foundation support, special events and alumni relations
Serve as lead solicitor for the organization, working closely with the President & Artistic Director and Chief Operating Officer to develop an active solicitation program
Strengthen CCC’s major gifts program by building relationships with a targeted segment of CCC’s donor base and other major gift prospects and moving them through all stages of the gift cycle, including cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
Identify opportunities, institutional capacities and resources for enhancing relationships with philanthropic, community and political leaders
Provide leadership to Director of Institutional Advancement and Individual Giving Manager in developing a solicitation program for lower-level donors and prospects
Provide staff support to Board of Directors and manage their solicitation activities
Staff the Development Committee of the Board of Directors and sit on the Marketing Committee, others as assigned
Recruit and manage volunteers for CCC fundraising event committees
Work closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to establish a comprehensive communication strategy–particularly as it relates to corporate and individual relations
Work closely with Chief Program Officer to leverage parent body for volunteers, donor prospect and advocacy
Create and staff high level cultivation and stewardship events
B.A. degree required
8-10 years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities
Proven ability to lead a team to achieve goals
Direct experience soliciting six figure gifts
Demonstrated experience in building a successful annual giving plan and infrastructure needed to achieve
Demonstrated experience procuring Foundation and Corporate support
Experience working effectively with Board of Directors
Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
Internal Number: 3128498300
About Chicago Children's Choir
Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is the nation’s preeminent youth choral organization, serving over 5,000 students across the city of Chicago. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs driven by one mission: to inspire and change lives through music.
CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 62-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields.
Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir has achieved new heights and revolutionized the youth choral arts through innovative ...creative partnerships and new artistic endeavors. Recent projects include the world-premiere hip-hop musical Long Way Home, written and directed by the renowned Q Brothers Collective, which played to five sold-out houses in 2018; performance in a new staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS under the direction of Marin Alsop in July 2018 with two frequent creative partners: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Ravinia Festival; and collaboration on Chance the Rapper’s GRAMMY winning 2016 mixtape Coloring Book. CCC has served as a model for youth choirs across the country including Boston Children’s Chorus, Denver Children’s Choir and Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
As a national and international touring ensemble, Chicago Children’s Choir has performed throughout the United States, in Cuba, South Africa, India, Argentina, Uruguay, Korea, Canada, Japan and Europe and for such dignitaries as former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Chinese President Hu Jintao, former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso.
CCC has performed with or for such acclaimed artists as Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Kathleen Battle, Luciano Pavarotti, Samuel Ramey, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Enrique Iglesias, Quincy Jones, Al Green, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Celine Dion, Eddie Vedder and Beyoncé. Chicago Children’s Choir has five studio recordings – We All Live Here (2016), Holiday Harmony (2010), Songs on the Road to Freedom (2008), Sita Ram (2006) and Open Up Your Heart (2004).