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Emma Lambert

Development Manager

Title: Development Manager

Reports to Executive and Artistic Director

Chicago Dance History Project seeks a Development Manager to serve a key role in expanding the organization and securing its archive for the future. This person will become the second full-time person on a team of four including the Executive and Artistic Director and Digital Media Production Manager, as well as seasonal hires, consultants, and interns. This position will take the lead on all areas of development and serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors in these efforts. They / she / he will work independently with minimal supervision in a generative and collaborative environment – sometimes asynchronously and remotely. Must be based in Chicago or willing to relocate.


  • Increase all sources of contributed revenues through grant- writing, giving programs, event planning, and business management
  • Represent staff on the CDHP Development Committee
  • Oversee donor relations
  • Continue developing internal systems; establish and grow databases and community relationship management
  • Research and source new business ideas and partnerships
  • Various related administrative duties
  • Contribute to grant management, writing, and reporting
  • Manage contracts for CDHP Production House clients

Education / Experience

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Three+ years related experience

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Strong working knowledge of not-for-profit development practices
  • Familiarity with and/or interest in dance and/or culture and/or archival collections in Chicago
  • Proficient in Quickbooks and Salesforce
  • Clear communication skills
  • Strong self-motivation and flexible mind


Commensurate with experience

About CDHP

Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) investigates, preserves, and presents the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago and its vicinity. It is building a digital archive that honors the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; surfaces lesser-known individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and links various collections of historical knowledge and traditions with present and future generations.

CDHP pursues three primary modes of research: conducting in-depth interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form; hosting panel discussions and other events that facilitate collaborative explorations of specific historical topics; and discovering and digitizing ephemera held by individuals within the community. CDHP also establishes partnerships with area institutions and individuals housing dance archives in order to link the various strains of knowledge maintained throughout the city.

These recorded interviews and events, along with the digitized supplemental materials, serve as a public online library and a platform for establishing a body of original and collected research that examines how Chicago has shaped dance — and how, in turn, dance has shaped Chicago — throughout the 20th century and into the present.

Organizational History

Chicago Dance History Project launched in 2015 with the hiring of Founding Artistic and Executive Director, Jenai Cutcher, and has just become an Artist-In-Residence organization at the historic Ruth Page Center for the Arts. The team also includes two part-time employees, seasonal contractors, and a robust group of interns. CDHP’s six board members and 15 Advisory Council members represent all aspects of the arts and humanities landscapes of Chicago. To date, CDHP has interviewed over 200 individuals for its original collection of materials, hosted 38 public events, and holds 47 collections of donated materials.

How to Apply

Submit questions, resume and letter of interest
to Deadline to apply for this position of November 1st.

CDHP is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL