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Philanthropy Officer

Chicago, IL, USA

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with the job title in the subject line.

Position Description

A member of Uniting Voices Chicago’s Development team, the Philanthropy Officer will nurture and grow relationships with individual donors and institutional partners, as well as seek and cultivate new potential funders. This position is responsible for creating and implementing a relational fundraising strategy to expand the individual and institutional giving donor segments to help meet the organization’s strategic growth goals (15%) by the end of fiscal year 2027. This role will also serve as staff liaison to the Ambassadors Board, and will play a key role in supporting special fundraising initiatives and other activities as needed. Reporting to the Vice President, Development, the Philanthropy Officer works closely with the Senior Manager, Donor Services on prospecting and reporting, and participates in regular cross-departmental collaboration on donor engagement, communications strategy and grant management. 


  • Serve as a key solicitor for the organization, managing a diverse portfolio of individual and institutional donors/prospects, and helping them accomplish their philanthropic goals/priorities through commitments to Uniting Voices

    • Develop and execute rigorous and dynamic outreach and stewardship strategy that  includes emails, phone calls, in-person meetings, site-visits, and personalized letters

    • Build innovative partnerships that maximize engagement, affinity and advocacy

    • Track and report on all activities (e.g., prospects identified, face-to-face visits, solicitations made, etc.) using the organization’s CRM (Salesforce).

    • Set annual goals for prospect engagement and portfolio members

  • Act as liaison to the Ambassadors Board, the organization’s emerging philanthropic leaders, and guide annual strategy

  • Work closely with the President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President, Development on comprehensive solicitations

  • Participate in the Development Committee of the Board of Directors as needed

  • Attend external events and represent Uniting Voices with community stakeholders and donors/supporters 


Ideal candidates for the Philanthropy Officer role will possess the following skills and


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline or equivalent work experience

  • 6+ years professional development experience in a non-profit setting with demonstrated advancement in responsibilities  

  • Direct experience successfully soliciting, closing, and stewarding mid-level gifts

  • Excellent oral presentation, writing, relationship-building, and listening skills  

  • Strong administrative and organizational skills, with the ability to multitask, set goals, and prioritize workload

  • Experience with CRM applications/fundraising software

  • Flexibility to work after regular office hours for rehearsals, concerts and events, as needed

  • Passion for the mission to inspire and change lives through music

OTR” Life Experience: We know that many of your most character-building experiences -- where resilience, grit and grace were required to persevere -- do not show up neatly on a resume. So, we want to hear some of those “OTR” (“off the resume”) moments for you. In order to be on the Uniting Voices team, EQ (Emotional Intelligence) is not a’s a must. So, show us your EQ.

Uniting Voices is an equal opportunity employer that actively pursues candidates of diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to all employees, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, nationality or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, age, medical condition, disability, or veteran status in admission or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.


How to Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to [email protected], with the job title in the subject line.

Organization Info

Uniting Voices Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
About Us

Founded in 1956 and inspired by the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) is rooted in the belief that music is the most powerful vehicle for fostering mutual understanding and respect between young people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations.

Since its founding, we have grown from a single choir into an internationally renowned network of in-school and after-school programs that serve thousands of students across the city of Chicago every year. Uniting Voices Chicago offers a performance-based learning experience that includes innovative creative partnerships and artistic endeavors—from regular appearances at Lyric Opera and Ravinia Festival to features on high caliber recording projects such as Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book and The Big Day.


We do more than campfire songs and holiday carols. Uniting Voices Chicago’s (formerly Chicago Children's Choir) world-class music training encourages singers to find their voice in the world—then enables them to make it heard. Our programs empower students to carve out a place for themselves on the global stage and provide them with the tools they need to turn their dreams into reality.

Why Work For Us?: 

What it's like to work at Uniting Voices Chicago:

Sincerely, we’re a family. We get it done while having fun. At Uniting Voices Chicago, we’re all working toward a colorful, peaceful, equitable future—and that feels good. We share a passion for music and the vast potential of young people.

In addition to work you can believe in, Uniting Voices Chicago offers the following perks:

  • Unlimited paid time off, including 8 state holidays and company-wide two week winter break.

  • Half-day Fridays out of respect for the work we do on evenings and weekends.

  • A choice from three health insurance options with 70 percent of medical and dental premiums covered. We also offer vision plans, short and long-term disability insurance and life insurance.

  • retirement plan with matched contributions up to 3 percent after a year of employment. We’re invested in your future!

  • pre-tax commuter program that allows you to save on public transportation and parking.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Feb 3 2024
Active Until: 
Mar 2 2024
Hiring Organization: 
Uniting Voices Chicago