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
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).