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Job Description

The Annual Fund and Development Communications Manager at the Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) is a critical member of the fundraising team and works to champion the organization's mission to lead people toward a lifelong engagement with music by providing widely accessible resources for high quality music teaching, performing, and service activities -- and harnessing the power of music to educate, inspire and bring comfort to the communities we serve.


The Annual Fund and Development Communications Manager is responsible for contributions from a constituency of Individuals and leads the cross-departmental collaboration required for the smooth execution of donor communications. In collaboration with the Vice President and Chief Development Officer, this position will develop, execute and manage audience-based fundraising strategies for individuals, including direct mail, online giving, email and social media, and additional campaigns as appropriate that build relationships, increase contributions and continually move donors to higher levels of annual giving.

Core Competencies and Desirable Traits

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong capacity for listening and extracting information from others
  • Customer service mindset with an ability to foster strong relationships
  • Solid organizational and project management skills, with the ability to multi-task and a keen eye for detail
  • Knowledge of Chicago's philanthropic and business landscape
  • Experience working both independently and collaboratively
  • Flexible working style, with the ability meet deadlines and goals while navigating a complex and entrepreneurial work environment
  • Solid work ethic, with a high level of integrity and accountability
  • Self-motivated and driven to take initiative
  • Positive spirit and energy
  • A good sense of humor

Supervisory responsibilities

This position has no direct reports.

Work environment

MIC is full of highly competent, respectful, mature, and accountable employees working to fulfill the mission of the Music Institute of Chicago.

Physical demands

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Required education and experience

BA or equivalent

  • 2+ years of professional experience in a development department or related field
  • Experience working with Raiser's Edge or similar CRM
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work after hours and weekends on occasion
  • Interest in music and the Music Institute's mission

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in nonprofit/arts administration or related field
  • Membership in professional Development groups such as Association of Fundraising Professionals, and others.

U.S. Work Authorization is required.

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement

It is the policy of the Music Institute of Chicago to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to people in all aspects of employer/employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, marital status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, age or disability. This policy affects decisions regarding hiring, compensation, benefits, terms and conditions of employment, opportunities for promotion, training and development, transfer and other privileges of employment.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time.