Music of the Baroque (MOB) is seeking a Development and Community Relations Manager to join its organization at an exciting time in its history. Long recognized as one of the region’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of works from the 18th century and before. Music of the Baroque operates with an annual budget of over $2.5 million raising $1.8 million through fundraising. The ensemble performs about 20 concerts a season at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, as well as at city and suburban church venues and concert spaces. ‘MOB in the Community’ is MOB’s diversity, inclusion and education program. Activity has increased in recent years through collaborations in local communities and partnerships with other organizations. Education is a core component of our work, centered mainly on our Strong Voices choral education program in 6 Chicago public schools. There is a strong connection between fundraising and our education and outreach work at MOB. The Development and Community Relations Manager reports to the Director of Development, spending roughly 60% of their time working on fundraising, and devoting the remainder of their time to education and community projects, supervised by the Director of Artistic Operations. Responsibilities include: - Maintaining PatronManager (a Salesforce based application) donor database, including running reports and analysis as needed - Processing and acknowledging all contributions - Researching prospects and compiling information on corporate and foundation grant applications - Assisting with the planning and execution of the fundraising gala, including procuring raffle prizes - Assisting with the coordination of donor engagement events throughout the year - Managing intermission receptions at concerts
- Compiling donor information for program books and other publications - Serving as back-up phone support to the audience services manager - Working with the Director of Artistic Operations to ensure that MOB’s Strong Voices program runs smoothly, including vendor procurement requirements, communicating with Chicago Public School (CPS) choral teachers and MOB teaching artists, implementing program elements, and writing the final yearly Strong Voices grant report - Responsibilities also include concert and other artistic and operational duties as required
To apply, please email resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience in the areas outlined above, and your interest in this position, to: email@example.com with “Development and Community Relations Manager” in the subject line.
Qualifications: - Bachelor’s degree required - Excellent communication skills, written and verbal - Familiarity with relevant software programs, Excel and other office applications - An ability to adapt to multiple tasks, some of which may lie outside of the job description - Strong attention to detail, and a positive team player - A minimum of two years of professional work experience in relevant areas - Knowledge of Chicago’s philanthropic and arts community - Interest in classical music and knowledge of Chicago’s classical music scene is a plus
About Music of the Baroque
Under the direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Dame Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the region’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century works.
Over the past four decades, Music of the Baroque has presented premiere performances of many early masterpieces, including Monteverdi’s operas and 1610 Vespers, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Day of Judgment, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and numerous Handel operas and oratorios. The ensemble has drawn particular praise throughout its history for its performances of the major choral and orchestral works of J. S. Bach and Handel, Mozart, and Haydn.
Opera News calls Music of the Baroque “one of Chicago’s musical glories” and the Chicago Sun-Times writes, “Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra may be the big guys on the local classical music scene, but in terms of sheer quality of performance…Music of the Baroque inhabits the same stratosphere.”
Music of the Baroque draws audiences from acr...oss the Chicago metropolitan area, performing regularly at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, as well as at intimate Chicago and suburban churches.
Listeners across the country enjoy the work of Music of the Baroque through radio broadcasts and recordings on 98.7WFMT Radio.