Employment Opportunities

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a unique, musician-governed organization presenting top-level symphonic and chamber concerts at venues around the Chicago area. Our educational outreach initiatives reach over 4,000 participants yearly, and we are a proud partner of the Joffrey Ballet, Ravinia Festival, and other arts organizations.

Development Coordinator

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is seeking an entry-level grants writer and detail-oriented self-starter to join our administrative team.

Reports to: Development Manager


  • Write applications for grants for foundations, government agencies, and corporations
  • Maintain and implement grants calendar and tracker, including reporting activities
  • Writes reports to government, corporate, foundations and other funders
  • Collect and generate required materials for grant applications and reports
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure consistency in grants reporting
  • Research and identifies new funding opportunities
  • Assist the Development Manager to execute development strategy, including annual and long-range goals for grants, individual contributions, and sponsorship
  • Assist the Development Manager and Executive Director with materials and preparations for communicating with donors
  • Assist the Development Manager by managing donor thank you process to ensure timely acknowledgements
  • Assist the Development Manager to write materials, compile recipients lists, and provide printing and mailing support for annual fundraising campaigns
  • Assist the Development Manager with reporting efforts to board and executives regarding development efforts and progress
  • Assist the Development Manager with planning and executing donor events
  • Provide occasional concert-day assistance
  • Miscellaneous administrative duties in marketing, operations, and other areas as needed

Skills & Qualifications

  • Bachelor/Master’s degree in writing, arts/nonprofit administration, music, arts, or other related field
  • At least one year experience in development/grant writing for musical, artistic, or other nonprofits
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong attention to detail and organization skills
  • Knowledge of orchestral/classical music a plus
  • Prior experience with government agency grants a plus
  • Proficiency in Ovation, Tessitura, Access, and/or other donor database software a plus

Job Type: Full Time – entry level position

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.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing samples to development@chicagophilharmonic.org by February 16, 2018. No phone calls please.