Associate Director of Individual Giving
For 65 years, Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) has united and empowered youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity through the power of music. What began as a small choir on the South side of Chicago born at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement to foster racial understanding has since grown into a nonprofit with an international footprint that is Chicago’s premier arts education and performance organization. Uniting Voices serves young people ages 6 through 18 from every zip code of Chicago - and beyond - through a vast network of school and after-school programs.
Uniting Voices provides transformative programs through partnerships with over 80 schools, 12 community-based after-school music programs, Dimension, an ensemble for singers with changing or changed voices, and the world-renowned Voice of Chicago ensemble. As a national and international touring ensemble, Uniting Voices has performed for dignitaries such as former President Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and former Chinese President Hu Jintao and with artists such as Chance the Rapper, Yo-Yo Ma, Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé and Celine Dion.
Uniting Voices is a civic treasure and model for culturally responsive music education. More than seventy five percent of youth access its programming free of charge and one hundred percent of high school seniors graduate.
Serving as a member of Uniting Voices Chicago’s development staff, the Associate Director of Individual Giving will develop and grow relationships between key stakeholders and the choir. This position is responsible for strategy and execution of a robust individual giving program, including prospect identification and qualification, donor communications and stewardship, annual fund, mid-level, and planned gift solicitation, and serving as staff liaison to the Ambassadors Board. This individual will play a key role in supporting special fundraising initiatives and other activities as outlined in the strategic plan and is expected to significantly grow annual philanthropic support from individuals, primarily through annual operating support, by the end of fiscal year 2026. Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Associate Director of Individual Giving works closely with the Senior Manager, Donor Services on database management and prospecting, and cross-departmental collaboration on the integration of special events.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Manage a diverse portfolio of donors and prospects, helping donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through commitments to Uniting Voices
- Serve as a key solicitor for the organization, working closely with the President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Development on an active solicitation program
- Drive collaborative prospecting strategy and leverage prospect research tools and other lead identification to develop the broad base of choir supporters and expand the reach of the organization
- Act as liaison to the Ambassadors Board, the choir’s emerging philanthropic leaders board, and manage their solicitation activities
- Participate in the Development Committee of the Board of Directors
- Coordinate with VP Development and marketing team to deliver effective communications to donors and prospects
- Provide strategic support for special fundraising initiatives such as multi-year campaigns, special projects/events, and incremental targets related to organizational growth
- In concert with Senior Manager, Donor Services, leverage a robust, central database of Uniting Voices supporters and provide engagement reports for select constituents
- Attend external events and represent Uniting Voices with community stakeholders and donors/supporters
Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and attributes:
- Bachelor’s degree required
- 5+ years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities
- Direct experience soliciting mid-level gifts
- Demonstrated experience in building a successful annual giving plan
- Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
- Team player who is motivated to augment the efforts of the organization in general and the development department specifically
- Experience with CRM applications/fundraising software
- Flexibility to work after regular office hours for concerts and events
“OTR” LIFE EXPERIENCE: We know that many of your most character-building experiences — where resilience, grit and grace were required to persevere — do not show up neatly on a resume. So, we want to hear some of those “OTR” (“off the resume”) moments for you. In order to be on the Uniting Voices team, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is not a nice-to-have…it’s a must. So, show us your EQ.
A NOT-SO-FUN FACT: We know research tells us that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and people of color tend to only apply when they feel they’ve checked every single box. If you are unsure that you’ve checked every box above, but you think you have what it takes to enhance Uniting Voices as we grow our team, we want to hear from you.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Competitive salary with benefits for full-time employees including unlimited paid time off, medical, dental and life insurance, as well as a tax-deferred retirement plan.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume, cover letter and references to email@example.com, with the job title in the subject line.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Uniting Voices Chicago is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to all employees, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, age, medical condition, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.