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Seeking Part-time Development Director

Posted by DuPage Symphony Orchestra ; Posted on 
Seeking Part-time Development Director




The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is currently seeking a Development Director. The DSO offers a competitive hourly rate and anticipates a 20 hour per week time commitment.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to: and include Development Director Application in the subject line.

The Development Director oversees everything related to fundraising, donor retention, and helps to grow Education & Outreach Initiatives

  • Responsible for managing everything related to fundraising and donor retention (individual giving, corporate giving, foundation/grants, and special events).
  • Oversee special events committee.
  • Coordinate with Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to increase education & outreach initiatives.
  • Create and oversee any budget lines (rev / exp) related to fundraising, special events, and outreach revenue.
  • Co-Chair Development & Fundraising Committee
  • Co-Chair Education & Outreach Committee
  • Non-voting member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee

Development & Donor Retention:

  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy for the DSO including individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation / grants, and special events.
    • Manage appeal strategies throughout the year; corporate appeal, year-end appeal, lapsed donor appeal, orchestra appeal, BoD giving, major giving, and others as needed.
    • Cultivate relationships with individuals and corporate partners to increase donor retention.
    • Develop and grow the Major Donor Program
    • Develop and grow Planned Giving Program
    • Ensure individuals and corporate partners receive all benefits that correspond to their giving level. Follow up with corporate sponsors to ensure we receive their image / logo by the appropriate deadline to be included in concert programs or special event materials.
    • Oversee committee that organizes special events to attract new audiences to the DSO.
    • Coordinate attendance at area networking events to reach potential corporate partners.
    • Prepare grant applications and submit follow-up materials as required for grant compliance.
    • Research additional grant / foundation funding options.
  • Set annual revenue and expense budget numbers for all fundraising and outreach revenue lines and monitor throughout the year.
  • Work with the Managing Director to develop strategies that convert subscribers and patrons to donors.

Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Work with the Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to identify new Education & Outreach initiatives. Research corresponding grants or corporate sponsors to offset related expenses.
  • Complimentary Tickets – Identify schools to offer free tickets to season subscription concerts. Send ticket reservation information to Managing Director
  • Open Dress Rehearsals – Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, confirm sponsor needs, coordinate Instrument Petting Zoo set-up and volunteer coverage.
  • Outreach Concerts (Tiny Great Performances & Library Concerts) – Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, cover DSO table at event.
  • Young Artists Auditions – Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee. Managing Director processes/tracks all applications.
  • Preludes & Interludes – Work with Music Director and Marketing Committee on promotion, ensure set-up information received and submitted to Managing Director

Board of Directors:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings
  • Provide monthly status reports on all projects

Attendance Outside Normal Business Hours:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Cover DSO table (or arrange Board volunteer coverage) at Outreach events: Tiny Great Performances at DuPage Children’s Museum, Music at the 95th Street Library, or other initiatives as scheduled.
  • Attend Open Dress Rehearsals or Season Concerts as needed if meeting with sponsors or major donors.
  • Various committee and donor meetings (if unable to schedule during the day)
  • Special Events / Fundraising Events

Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years proven fundraising experience specifically in annual fund management and grant writing
  • Knowledge of education & outreach program evaluation and fundraising
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Experience using MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, and OUTLOOK) required.
  • Knowledge of Bloomerang donor management system preferred.
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Previous not-for-profit (NFP) experience required
  • Interest and knowledge of music and/or performing arts industry desirable

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