Director of Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $65,000
Maximum: $75,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



2936 N. Southport Ave
United States


Emerald City Theatre (located in Chicago) seeks a motivated individual to create and implement the annual strategic development plan for the organization, refining a structure for effective fundraising to meet the organization’s current and future financial needs in a sustainable and consistent way. With the support of our engaged board and Executive Director, this position is the first-ever full-time Development Director. With a specific focus on individual and major gifts, the Development Director fosters relationships with existing and potential individual donors, funders, corporate sponsors, and other public/private organizations in an effort to advance the mission and vision of ECT. The Development Director directly supervises the Development Manager on individual giving, fundraising events and department administration.

Candidate Qualifications: 

·      Proven track record in meeting fundraising goals, preferably for an organization with a budget of at least $1million or larger

·      Exceptional interpersonal, written/verbal communication, and presentation skills; ability to make a strong, effective case for support; ability to establish and develop solid donor relationships

·      Excellent computer skills; experience with SalesForce or other cloud based database a plus

·      Strong organizational and planning skills with ability to focus on strategic vision as well as day-to-day plans

·      Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and to handle multiple tasks and priorities

·      Proven track record in setting and executing development strategy, and meeting fundraising goals

·      Team-player with high level of initiative and professionalism

·      Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as performances, events or meetings require

·      A passion for Emerald City Theatre’s mission to help Chicago’s children creatively face the world


·      40+hours/week with some evenings and weekends

·      At Emerald City we celebrate and support differences in people as it benefits our employees, artists, families and community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer  


·      Salary commensurate with experience, range of $65K - $75 annually, generous time off package and benefits

·      Collaborative, creative and playful work environment

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and salary history/requirements via email to . Subject header “Development Director”. No phone calls, please.