Administrative Support, Case Management/Social Services, Development/Fundraising
4 Year Degree
Background For more than 60 years, the Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC) has worked to inspire, unite and change the lives of youth through music. What began as a small choir in Hyde Park born in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement to foster racial understanding has since grown into a nonprofit with an international footprint that is Chicago’s premier arts education and performing organization. CCC serves every corner of Chicago through a vast network of 140 choirs whose singers bridge cultural and economic divides to become ambassadors for peace. CCC partners with over 90 schools to provide music education, administers 11 neighborhood after-school music programs and is home to the critically acclaimed and award-winning DiMension, an ensemble for boys with changing voices, and Voice of Chicago choirs. As a national and international touring ensemble, CCC has performed for dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and former Chinese President Hu Jintao and with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Beyonce, Celine Dion and Chance the Rapper. CCC is a civic treasure and model for urban music education with more than 75% of youth able to access its programming free of charge.
Opportunity As a key member of the development team, the Development Associate will provide support for fundraising activity that meets CCC’s goal of growing philanthropic support to $4.2 million by fiscal year 2022. This person will report to the Director of Engagement and work closely with the full development team as well as colleagues in programs and marketing. The Development Associate will manage development communications, build relationships with CCC alumni, and provide departmental support.
Development Communications and Operations
Project manage communications with key stakeholders, including annual appeals, holiday cards, events-related emails and institutional newsletters, ensuring on-time, on-budget, and on-strategy deliverables
In concert with appropriate CCC staff, project manage the creation of the annual report each season
Maintain donor communications and Annual Campaign calendar
Work with Director of Engagement to set strategy for executing CCC's Annual Fund Campaign
Assist with gift acknowledgements, tax-receipts and other donor acknowledgement communications
Write compelling copy for select external communications, including select funding proposals and reports
Assist with development of materials for donor, prospect and board-related meetings
Responsible for creating and distributing "look-books" for all major donor and fundraising events
Manages the administration of donor portfolios for the development team by creating contact reports/activities in Raisers Edge for donor interactions
Work with Director of Engagement to set strategy around engaging Alumni in meaningful CCC activities
Execute engagement activities for past participants of the Choir with a goal to foster alumni as advocates of the organization and grow philanthropic support from this community
Serve as staff representative to the Alumni Council
Liaise with Marketing on alumni highlights across CCC communication channels
Support CCC's ability to communicate regularly with alumni through well-maintained and augmented data
Learn the function of daily gift processing and serve as support for the Sr. Manager of Donor Services
Field inquiries from donors regarding contributions, donor benefits and development related activities
Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor information in database; schedule and provide daily, weekly and monthly donor reports
Coordinate parent and corporate volunteers at concerts and events
Work with Director of Events to track development event RSVP's, table seating, check-in and assist with other development event related activities
Contributes to the success of annual gala by taking on responsibilities as assigned
Cultivates and stewards donor relationships, attending events and helping the team as needed
Ideal candidates for the Development Associate role will posses the following skills and attributes:
Bachelors' degree in relevant discipline
1-4 years experience in a non-profit or arts-related setting
Outstanding oral and written communication skills
Superior customer service
Experience or interest in the arts, preferably music
Passion for the CCC mission and program
Committed to an equitable and inclusive community
Committed to open and honest communication
Raisers Edge experience or other CRM knowledge
Builds strong, collaborative relationships with fellow staff, Board members, and donors alike
Detailed oriented and take pride in creating and participating in efficient processes
Excited about digging into data, fearless and has a "can-do" attitude
Is a planner, a list-maker, an organizational aficionado
HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com
Chicago Children’s Choir is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, race, religious belief, gender, gender identify or expression, sexual orientation or disability in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.
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).