Development Director (part-time)


The DuPage Symphony Orchestra is looking to hire a part-time Development Director. Work is estimated to take 20-25 hours a week. More hours may be needed at peak times throughout the year but you can use flex time to reduce your hours to balance out the overage; should not exceed 40 hours in one week. The DSO offers a flexible, work from home schedule, and 2 weeks paid vacation. Some evening and weekend hours are required.  


If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to info@DuPageSymphonyOrchestra.org. Application deadline is May 15, 2020.

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, Managing Director, and Strategic Planning Committee to increase education & outreach initiatives.

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

  • 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, , 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 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, Managing Director and Strategic Planning Committee to identify new Education & Outreach initiatives. Research corresponding grants or corporate sponsors to offset related expenses.

  • Outreach Concerts (Tiny Great Performances & Library Concerts) - Cover DSO table at event.


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:

  • A self-starter, capable of working independently without constant direction

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize importance

  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills

  • 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

  • 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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DuPage Symphony Orchestra

P.O. Box 844, Naperville, IL 60566

info@DuPageSymphony.org  |  630.778.1003

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