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Annie Rezac

Major Gifts Lead

Department: Development

Reports to: Managing Director


  • Lead major gifts fundraising initiatives as a member of the organization’s development team
  • With assistance from the development team and the board of director’s fundraising committee, create and implement an ambitious major gifts plan to achieve current organizational goals
  • Collaborate with development and marketing teams to ensure website and fundraising collateral are up to date and representative of fundraising initiatives
  • Lead all aspects of major gifts including creating and executing strategies for identification/prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition
  • Conduct donor and prospect research, particularly mining the 1000 patrons recently wealth-screened but largely not yet solicited
  • Update and maintain major gift move management in the organization’s CRM (Patron Manager)
  • Actively participate in ongoing reporting to the senior staff and board of directors, in the annual budgeting process, in regular meetings and events as needed
  • Ensure the organization and its mission and programs are consistently presented in a strong, positive image to relevant constituencies with a strong case for support

Professional experiences and the skill set will include:

  • Proven track record of successfully soliciting major gifts above $1000 for a mid-sized non-profit organization
  • Ability to relate well, work effectively, and serve multiple constituencies, audiences, and high-net-worth individuals and families
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written/verbal communication, and presentation skills; ability to make a strong, effective case for support
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and to handle multiple tasks and priorities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and knowledge of fundraising CRM
  • Sense of personal and professional accountability
  • Demonstrated ability to think innovatively and strategically and to achieve results in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Outgoing, energetic, and engaging
  • Proven high degree of integrity, ethical decision-making, and sound business judgment
  • A passion for Emerald City Theatre’s mission to help Chicago’s children creatively face the world


Compensation will be commensurate with experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. This position is part-time, non-exempt at 25-30 hours per week.

Emerald City Theatre provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago