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Giles Lemmens

Development and Communications Manager


Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA), incorporated in 1983, is the independent, not-for-profit umbrella organization that comprises Windy City Gay Chorus (WCGC) and Windy City Treble Quire (WCTQ). Each chorus performs a variety of musical styles from classical to pop. As an organization with nearly four decades of history in the Chicago community, we pride ourselves on musical excellence regardless of the style of music we’re performing, including major choral works and specially commissioned pieces. We are particularly proud to have been the first LGBTQ choral organization to sing the U.S. national anthem at a professional Illinois sporting event, opening for the Chicago White Sox back in 2003. The choruses of WCPA have performed on a broad range of regional and local stages, from the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Ill., to Carnegie Hall in New York City.

About the position

Windy City Performing Arts sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. If this sounds like a place where you could make a substantial administrative contribution to the Chicagoland arts community, please read on. We want to talk with you!

Our Development and Communications Manager (DCM), reporting to the Windy City Performing Arts Board of Directors and Board Chair, takes a collaborative and creative approach to managing the fund development and communications of Windy City Performing Arts with and through coordination of volunteer teams charged with executing the business of the organization. This is a contracted position, with contracts being issued on an annual basis.

Primary Duties

  • Manages the organization's fund development including donor database management, acknowledgement and contribution statement creation, grant applications, appeal mailings, and benefit event planning and implementation
  • Manages the overall communications strategy for the season’s programmatic events, including organizing digital and physical publicity mailings, managing patron communications, and working with graphic designers
  • Manages external communications for the organization relating to fund development, including communications with donors, foundations, and granting organizations
  • Assists the WCPA Artistic Director with the fund development and communications aspects of programmatic events
  • Assists other WCPA staff with fund development and communications aspects of tasks
  • Interacts with singers and other volunteers to convey information related to fund development and communications
  • Attends all meetings of the Fund Development Committee
  • Attends meetings of the Board of Directors at the request of the Board Chair

Secondary Duties

  • Provides office support for the organization related to general office functions, correspondence, email, telephone and other general office administration
  • Serves as one of the primary representatives of Windy City Performing Arts to internal and external constituencies

Core Skills Desired

  • Strong project management skills with detail orientation
  • Experience in fund development and/or communications roles or adjacent roles
  • Experience in grant writing or management is a plus
  • Event management or other production-related skills
  • Understanding of core non-profit and/or performance-organization functions
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to enable positive interactions with constituencies
  • Ability to anticipate organizational needs and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Bring a positive, ‘figure it out’ attitude to challenges that require perspective and directional contributions based on position’s familiarity with the broad operation of an organization
  • Familiarity with organizational operations software, such as database software and other key administrative programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or other programs
  • While performing the duties of the role, the DCM may be required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Additionally, the DCM must have sufficient digital dexterity to use a computer keyboard extensively, and be capable of reading from a computer screen. The DCM may sometimes lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified candidates who are differently-abled to perform the essential functions of the role.
  • This is primarily a remote position and offers flexible scheduling with occasional requirements — primarily evenings/weekends for concert events and rehearsals; during COVID-19, all work and meetings are performed remotely

Salary Range- $15,000-$18,000 annually, paid in monthly installments. Option for contract extensions annually

Please submit a resume and cover letter to with the job title in the email subject.

This position is slated to begin August 1, 2021 but may begin sooner depending on candidate availability.

Contact Info:
Giles Lemmens
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL