Development Manager | Chicago Philharmonic

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is seeking a full-time development manager who is an organized, detail-oriented writer and self-starter to join our administrative team. We are a unique, musician-governed organization presenting top-level symphonic and chamber concerts at venues around the Chicago area. Our educational outreach initiatives reach over 1,000 participants yearly, and we are a proud partner of the Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, and other arts organizations.


  • Develop and execute development strategy, including annual and long-range goals for grants, individual contributions, annual report, endowment, and sponsorship
  • Write applications – comprised of project descriptions, budgets, etc. – for grants offered by foundations, government agencies, and corporations
  • Develop and sell sponsorship packages for concerts and outreach programs
  • Plan and execute annual individual fundraising campaigns, including writing materials and compiling recipient lists
  • Oversee individual major gifts strategy
  • Research and track new grant and sponsorship opportunities
  • Create, track, and report on annual development budget
  • Cultivate relationships with funders, including institutions and individuals
  • Report periodically to board regarding development efforts and progress toward goals, and serve as staff liaison to Development Committee of the board
  • Provide subscription concert-day assistance
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties
  • Oversee and direct Development Associate

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of the organization's work.

Skills & Qualifications: 
Skills & Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor degree required/Master’s degree preferred in arts administration, music, nonprofit management, writing, law degree or other related field
  • At least two years’ experience in development/grant writing for musical, artistic, or other nonprofits
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of orchestral/classical music a plus
  • Proficiency in Ovation, Tessitura, Access, and/or other donor database software

Required experience

Development/grant writing: 2+ years



To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to No phone calls please.