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The Development Manager is a full-time position reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. The Development Manager fills a critical role of strategically implementing multi-channel and broad-base fundraising campaigns. Development Manager will be responsible for building and enhancing the Elgin’s Symphony Orchestra’s individual donor program including major gifts, planned giving, annual giving, grant-writing and special events. The Development Manager will have primary responsibility for leading the organization's annual giving and major gifts efforts, setting strategy and executing fundraising plans for sustaining and growing annual donors, the size of individual donations that include renewals, increased giving, donor acquisition, monthly giving and special giving. He/she also leads development events to help the organization meet its revenue goals and access the resources necessary to fulfill its mission.
Success in this role requires enthusiastic and clear communication with internal and external constituents, excellent project management skills, creativity and vision, as well as enthusiasm for the cause that will inspire a strong case for support. There is also significant technical expertise required in using the ESO’s CRM, Theatre Manager, to manage donor data, organize prospecting efforts, and pull lists and data.
? 2-3 years related experience in Development and Non-profit Management, preferably in the arts
? A background and/or interest in classical music preferred
? Ability to craft a compelling, donor-specific case for support and solicitation package
? Success in annual fund management and broad knowledge of the principles of fundraising
? Demonstrated success in events management, timelines, planning and cultivation
? Interest in and dedication to communicating the ESO’s priorities to an external audience
? Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills with the ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective individual donors via telephone and in person
? Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies
? Demonstrated success in organizing work, meeting strict deadlines, and setting priorities
? Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and networking skills with individuals and large groups
? Creative, professional, and entrepreneurial spirit
? Ability to maintain highly sensitive and confidential donor information
? Knowledge of a CRM Database (such as Patron Manager, Raiser’s Edge) and the Microsoft Office suite of products
? Excellent critical thinking, strategic planning, and problem-solving
? Night and weekend work required during concert and event weeks, work from home and office hybrid possibilities
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves.
Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three year history. With the appointment of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis as Music Director in 1971, the Orchestra’s artistic growth advanced significantly. The Orchestra became fully professional in 1985 under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Hanson, who was named Music Director earlier that year. Maestro Hanson held the position u...ntil his retirement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 concert season.
In 2013, after a two year international search in which over 250 applicants were reviewed, Andrew Grams was selected as the new Music Director, a position he held until 2021. The ESO will announce a new Music Director in May, 2023 following a 2-year international search. The ESO will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2024-25.