Chicago, IL

Vice President of Development

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting The Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the search for a Vice President for Development.  For more information, please review the complete Position Description.

The Vice President for Development is an innovative fundraising strategist, relationship builder, and experienced manager who will implement an aggressive contributed revenue and endowment growth program for one of America’s most celebrated orchestras and orchestral institutions. This high powered leader, a member of the senior management team, reports to the President and works closely with the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and provides the leadership, management and coordination for the CSOA’s individual and institutional fundraising efforts, capital and endowment campaign and planned giving fundraising.

Since its founding in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has been one of the most respected classical music ensembles in the world. Today the CSO is not only considered “world class”, but “world standard”; an iconic ensemble comprised of 103 of the finest classical musicians, led by one of the world’s most distinguished and experienced conductors, Zell Music Director, Riccardo Muti. Serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador for over 125 years, the CSO has performed outside of Chicago during virtually every concert season, domestically, performing in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and internationally on no less than 60 tours in 29 countries on 5 continents. Upcoming tours include Asia (2019), Europe (2020 and 2021), biennial performances in Carnegie Hall and annual week-long residencies in Florida. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), the parent organization of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Symphony Center Presents Series, Negaunee Music Institute, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Symphony Center complex, presents over 400 concerts and events annually—including more than 200 ticketed and over 200 admission-free— enriching the lives of millions of people across Chicagoland, Illinois the United States and around the World.  The current annual operating budget of the CSO is $75m with 56% of operating revenue coming from philanthropic support..

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lee Kappelman at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.