The Director of Development is responsible for articulating the mission and vision of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to patrons, donors and the broader community. The role will have primary responsibility for the ESO’s fund development and is responsible for overseeing the creation and implementation of an annual Development Calendar including events, solicitations, and all annual fundraising initiatives. This position oversees the contract work of external rms handling print mail campaigns and grant writing. The Director of Development reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.
Basic Functions of the Position:
Planning and evaluating fundraising campaigns and all charitable giving activities.
Managing the organization’s budget and fundraising income programs.
Identifying and stewarding prospective donors.
Recruiting and training fundraising staff and volunteer leaders.
Staying on top of fundraising trends and the non-profit arts community.
Bachelor's degree in music, arts administration or equivalent experience.
Minimum 1-2 years of experience in fundraising, resource development preferably with a non-profit organization, and demonstrated success in individual, corporate, foundation, government and Board giving.
Minimum Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Understanding of the role of arts in society
Ability to articulate the mission, vision and brand of Elgin Symphony Orchestra to board, donors, orchestra and public. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills
Prepared to devise creative strategies to develop new donors during a transitional time for the arts
Ability to be respectful of the diverse cultures of the people served by the ESO and to provide culturally appropriate, competent, and individualized treatment in accordance with each client's age, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and culture.
Ability to manage and monitor the progress and cost-effectiveness of fundraising activities
Ability to work independently under stress, and successfully handle multiple projects simultaneously.
About Elgin Symphony Orchestra
The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is one of the preeminent regional orchestras in the United States. Since its founding in 1950, the organization has developed a reputation for artistic excellence, innovative programming, and a deep commitment to the social advocacy and economic development of the diverse communities that it serves.
Named “Orchestra of the Year” an unprecedented four times by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, (1988,1999, 2005 and 2016) and winner of a 2010 Elgin Image Award, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, now in its 67th season, is respected for exceptional performance, innovative education programs, and community outreach initiatives.
Founded in 1950 by Douglas Steensland at Elgin Community College, the Orchestra has benefited from the contributions of many talented conductors and musicians during its sixty-three year history. With the appointment of Grammy Award-winning conductor Margaret Hillis as Music Director in 1971, the Orchestra’s artistic growth advanced significantly. The Orchestra became fully professional in 1985 under the direction of conductor/composer Robert Hanson, who was named Music Director earlier that year. Maestro Hanson held the position u...ntil his retirement at the conclusion of the 2010-2011 concert season.
In 2013, after a two year international search in which over 250 applicants were reviewed, Andrew Grams was selected as the new Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, Grams is one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors, as well as an accomplished violinist.