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Director of Development

Chicago Opera Theater is searching for its next Director of Development. This position is responsible for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all fundraising activities: individual, corporate, foundation, government, and events. As a member of the senior management team, the Director of Development will report to the General Director and work closely with the Managing Director, Department Heads, and the Board of Directors. They will collaborate closely with the Director of Marketing in the planning and coordination of patron-centered activities. The Director of Development will also lead the planning, organization, and implementation of the fundraising efforts of COT’s Board of Directors.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Set, execute, and meet short and long-range goals for fundraising efforts
  • Manage all donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship programs
  • Oversee all fundraising, cultivation, and donor benefit events including the annual gala and donor room throughout the season
  • Lead 50th Anniversary campaign with guidance from outside consulting firm
  • Secure sponsorships of productions and community programs across all giving categories as well as in-kind sponsorships
  • Manage all Board of Directors and President’s Council activities including recruitment, fundraising, and engagement and stewardship
  • Manage the board development and marketing committee
  • Research and seek new funding sources
  • Oversee grant research and writing
  • Manage department expense budget and provide regular income forecasts
  • Supervise and coordinate all data management activities. Ensure security and quality controls as well as data integrity. Work closely with the finance department to reconcile all transactions and ensure accuracy.
  • Supervise a full-time Development Manager and a Grants Writer, plus additional contractors as necessary.


  • 3-5 years of high level development/fundraising experience in a nonprofit organization required
  • Experience with direct solicitation
  • Experience with event planning & management
  • Knowledge of PatronManager or similar CRM software helpful
  • Desire to support arts & culture and/or opera
  • Familiarity with the Chicago philanthropic community a plus
  • Committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion and supporting an institution striving to be anti-racist

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 annually plus health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation, holidays, sick and personal days; paid family leave; life insurance; 403(b) plan; complimentary tickets; and other benefits. Relocation assistance available for out-of-town candidates. COT employees currently work a flexible, hybrid (remote & in-person) schedule, with a dedicated space at WeWork, 1 S Dearborn, Chicago, IL. Salary is commensurate with experience. Position is full-time salaried, exempt.

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Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL