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Associate Director of Development | Chicago Opera Theater

The Associate Director of Development, Donor Services & Legacy Giving will design, develop, and implement all individual major gift fundraising efforts for Chicago Opera Theater (COT), including planned giving efforts. This position will cultivate and manage relationships with and solicit donations from existing major gift donors and prospects, and steward new prospects. An ability to clearly communicate COT’s mission and programs to outside parties is key.

This role functions in coordination with the Director of Development, General Director, and Development Coordinator to advance ongoing campaigns, initiatives, and events. This role manages the Development Coordinator, and reports to the Director of Development.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage existing portfolio of 175 major gift donors ($1,000+ annually) and prospects, including members of COT’s President’s Council (giving society of $1,500+), and Encore Society (Legacy/Planned Giving)
  • Steward new major gift prospects, and develop and execute moves management plans around these
  • Make direct solicitations and assist the board with their solicitations (e.g. provide portfolio development support, strategic counsel, help with donor communications)
  • Acknowledge major donors through public and private recognition
  • Develop and implement planned giving initiatives based on industry best practices
  • Oversee tracking of all major gifts made to the organization, as well as incoming planned gift documents and received bequests through COT’s customer relationship management system
  • Manage the planning and implementation of an annual fundraising gala
  • Oversee the execution of smaller events including Donor Room, President’s Council and Encore Society events, and annual Holiday Soiree
  • Draft and schedule annual appeals


3-5 years of development/fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization required, with direct solicitation and fundraising responsibilities. Bachelor’s degree encouraged. Candidate should have a desire to support arts & culture and/or opera. Includes remote work, but preference for location in the greater Chicago area, and familiarity with the Chicago philanthropic community a plus. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range is $55,000 - $60,000 annually plus health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation, holidays, and sick days; life insurance; 403(b) plan, and other benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is full-time salaried, exempt.

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Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago