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Grants Manager

Position Description:

The Grants Manager will lead and implement all foundation, government, and corporate funding for Chicago Opera Theater (COT). This position is responsible for creating, tracking progress, and meeting revenue goals from institutional funders annually. The Manager will also write and submit all proposals and reports, build and maintain relationships with key decision makers at institutions COT interfaces with, and identify and cultivate new opportunities for funding. The individual must be a motivated and organized professional who will be able to cultivate and grow partnerships with members of the philanthropic community, donors, and board members. This position is a key member of the Development team and supports the overall goals and initiatives of the Development Department. This role functions in coordination with the Director of Development to advance ongoing campaigns and new initiatives.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Write all proposals and reports for COT’s grant program, meeting all deadlines
  • Develop and implement fundraising initiatives for foundations, corporations, and government sources, including tracking and oversight of grant opportunities, proposal inquiries, and reports
  • Lead in the development and maintenance of relationships with the institutional funding community
  • Develop and maintain moves management donor system to track stewardship and revenue goals
  • Identify new opportunities for support
  • Maintain current knowledge of all COT program initiatives
  • Oversee in-kind solicitations and relationship management
  • Act as key support staff for all development events, including annual gala and donor room events
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • 2-3 years experience writing grants, including grant proposals, reports, and prospect research
  • Strong relationship building skills to maintain proactive relationships with program officers and foundation staff
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Experience reading and interpreting budget reports
  • Must have the ability to work without close supervision.
  • 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 $45,000 - $50,000 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 may be 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.

Please let us know how you heard about this opportunity along with submitting a resume and cover letter to

Chicago Opera Theater is an equal-opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. As such, COT encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, and ages to submit for auditions and open positions.

Contact Info:
Kelley Dorhauer
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL