The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is currently seeking a Development Director. Work is estimated to take 20 hours a week. More hours may be needed in December, but you can use flex time in January to reduce your hours to balance out the overage.


If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to info@DuPageSymphonyOrchestra.org.

The Development Director oversees everything related to fundraising, donor retention, and helps to grow Education & Outreach Initiatives

  • Responsible for managing everything related to fundraising and donor retention (individual giving, corporate giving, foundation/grants, and special events).

  • Oversee special events committee.

  • Coordinate with Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to increase education & outreach initiatives.

  • Create and oversee any budget lines (rev / exp) related to fundraising, special events, and outreach revenue.

  • Co-Chair Development & Fundraising Committee

  • Co-Chair Education & Outreach Committee

  • Non-voting member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee


Development & Donor Retention:

  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy for the DSO including individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation / grants, and special events.

  • Manage appeal strategies throughout the year; corporate appeal, year-end appeal, lapsed donor appeal, orchestra appeal, BoD giving, major giving, and others as needed.

  • Cultivate relationships with individuals and corporate partners to increase donor retention.

  • Develop and grow the Major Donor Program

  • Develop and grow Planned Giving Program

  • Ensure individuals and corporate partners receive all benefits that correspond to their giving level. Follow up with corporate sponsors to ensure we receive their image / logo by the appropriate deadline to be included in concert programs or special event materials. 

  • Oversee committee that organizes special events to attract new audiences to the DSO.

  • Coordinate attendance at area networking events to reach potential corporate partners.

  • Prepare grant applications and submit follow-up materials as required for grant compliance.

  • Research additional grant / foundation funding options. 

  • Set annual revenue and expense budget numbers for all fundraising and outreach revenue lines and monitor throughout the year.

  • Work with the Managing Director to develop strategies that convert subscribers and patrons to donors.


Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Work with the Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to identify new Education & Outreach initiatives. Research corresponding grants or corporate sponsors to offset related expenses.

  • Complimentary Tickets – Identify schools to offer free tickets to season subscription concerts. Send ticket reservation information to Managing Director.

  • Open Dress Rehearsals - Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, confirm sponsor needs, coordinate Instrument Petting Zoo set-up and volunteer coverage.

  • Outreach Concerts (Tiny Great Performances & Library Concerts) - Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, cover DSO table at event.

  • Young Artists Auditions - Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee. Managing Director processes/tracks all applications. 

  • Preludes & Interludes - Work with Music Director and Marketing Committee on promotion, ensure set-up information received and submitted to Managing Director

Board of Directors:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings 

  • Provide monthly status reports on all projects


Attendance Outside Normal Business Hours:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings.

  • Cover DSO table (or arrange Board volunteer coverage) at Outreach events: Tiny Great Performances at DuPage Children’s Museum, Music at the 95th Street Library, or other initiatives as scheduled.

  • Attend Open Dress Rehearsals or Season Concerts as needed if meeting with sponsors or major donors.

  • Various committee and donor meetings (if unable to schedule during the day).

  • Special events / Fundraising events


Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years proven fundraising experience specifically in annual fund management and grant writing

  • Knowledge of education & outreach program evaluation and fundraising

  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills

  • Experience using MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, and OUTLOOK) required.

  • Knowledge of Bloomerang donor management system preferred. 

  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize tasks and work independently

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • Previous not-for-profit (NFP) experience required

  • Interest and knowledge of music and/or performing arts industry desirable

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P.O. Box 844, Naperville, IL 60566

info@DuPageSymphony.org  |  630.778.1003

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