The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategies and plans for the Paramount Theatre (PT).
Reporting to the President & CEO, the CDO will be responsible for the organization’s fundraising goals, with an emphasis on growing philanthropy throughout the community. This includes substantially broadening the organization’s donor base, with a focus on engaging and acquiring Major Gifts donors and Show Sponsorship.
Building upon a recent successful capital campaign, this is a rare opportunity for an experienced and energetic development professional to redesign their own comprehensive approach for fundraising for the fastest growing regional theater in the country.
The CDO position requires strong leadership who thrives in a high energy environment. The CDO must be a team player with extraordinary interpersonal skills and is a highly motivated and organized project manager.
The Paramount Theatre is a $23 million municipal-based community organization whose mission is to develop and grow Aurora into a major alternative entertainment destination in the greater Chicago area and Midwest. The PT is comprised of the 6000-person RiverEdge Outdoor Park, 1,843-seat Paramount Theatre, the 173-seat Copley Theatre, the impending Stolp Theatre, the Paramount School for the Arts and other educational and performing arts activities.
Located in the heart of downtown Aurora IL (the second largest City in Illinois), along the Fox River, the 88-year old landmark played host to 325,000 patrons last season that enjoyed comedy, dance, concerts, family programming and the self-produced Broadway Series shows. The Paramount currently has over 41,000 Broadway Series subscribers.
Understands PT’s mission, values, culture, communities, constituencies and governance structure;
Understands PT’s financial structure, budget and the short and long-term funding requirements of all segments of the organization;
Develops strong trust and confidence of the President, Board Members, and other senior leaders;
Understands and works in concert and alignment with the organization’s stated goals and objectives;
Actively contributes to and engages with the organization’s strategic planning and goal-setting efforts;
Ensures that the Development Department is well-structured and able to support annual fundraising goals
Being an active member of the PT Executive Leadership Team
Successfully develops and implements strong fundraising vision
Serves as top advisor to President on development/philanthropy related matters
Primary philanthropic leader and liaison to the President, Board of Directors, donors, volunteers, staff and community- at-large
Assists President with governance issues, as needed, including proposing individuals for Board membership and other key volunteer considerations
Plans, manages and directs all PT fundraising efforts including Major Gifts, Capital, Endowment, Show Sponsorship, Planned Giving, Grants and Annual/Special Events campaigns and activities (including fundraising/theater experience in New York);
Identifies, cultivates and solicits a personal portfolio of major gifts and sponsorship donor prospects;
Manages major gift portfolios for organizational leadership and others, including the President, key volunteers and staff, and the Development staff
Mentors and trains Executive Leadership Team/Development staff/other key staff and Board/other key volunteers in PT’s philanthropic goals and processes
Develops and leads cultivation and solicitation strategies, including show related donor cultivation events
Maintains relationship with PACE Board members and Community Foundation staff associated with the endowment fund
Plans and coordinates a comprehensive stewardship and donor acknowledgement program
Develops a comprehensive prospect research program
Establishes, manages and monitors the Development department revenue and expense budgeting process
In collaboration with the CEO and CFO, ensures use of restricted funds, as appropriate, in PT’s organizational budgeting, and in accordance with a donor’s gift designation
Is knowledgeable about philanthropy best practices and acts as a resource for optimal philanthropic activities
Maintains a presence in the community to build relationships and help market Paramount and other PT experiences and fundraising opportunities
REQUIREMENTS and QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum of 5-7 years of executive level fundraising
A 4-year college degree or equivalent in non-profit management/fundraising
Major Gifts and/or Capital Campaign successful track record and experiences
An interest in non profit, theater and/or entertainment industries. Theater or Performing Arts fundraising a plus
Staff and Volunteer Management experience (particularly with Board members)
Budget goal setting and management experience
Superior written and verbal communication skills, problem-solving, project management and organizational skills
Proficiency with donor databases and in Microsoft Word and Excel, and familiarity with donor software
A hands-on can-do attitude. Be willing to jump in with the rest of the senior management team and staff, and to assist with anything from pouring beer at events to putting up vendor tents and moving tables. All good stuff to accommodate our donors!
Must have own transportation and have the ability to travel.
This is a full-time position which requires a flexible schedule to accommodate show and concert performances on some evenings and weekends, as necessary.
ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
Internal Number: 81219
About Paramount Theatre
The Paramount Theatre a $23 million municipal-based community organization whose mission is to develop and grow Aurora into a major alternative entertainment destination in the greater Chicago area and Midwest. The Paramount Theatre is comprised of the 6000-person RiverEdge Outdoor Park, 1,843-seat Paramount Theatre, the 173-seat Copley Theatre, the impending Stolp Theatre, the Paramount School for the Arts and other educational and performing arts activities.
Located in the heart of downtown Aurora (the second largest City in Illinois), along the Fox River, the 88-year old landmark played host to 325,000 patrons last season that enjoyed comedy, dance, concerts, family programming and the self-produced Broadway Series shows. The Paramount currently has over 41,000 Broadway Series subscribers.