Employment Opportunities

The Elgin Master Chorale is currently seeking candidates for three key positions within the organization. Please see the complete job descriptions below.

  • Elgin Master Chorale Development Officer (Part-Time)

Elgin Master Chorale Development Officer (Part-Time)


The Elgin Master Chorale, a cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley, seeks a personable, strategic, and detail-oriented Development Officer to advance the organization in meeting and growing its contributed and earned income goals. The Development Officer is pivotal in establishing and deepening relationships with institutional and individual donors, supporting the Board of Directors and key staff in cultivation and stewardship, and managing special events and grant proposals as a key outreach partner. The position reports to the Executive Director.


The Development Officer is responsible for creating and executing fundraising and corporate sponsorship initiatives and programs to support EMC’s mission and the strategic goals of brand awareness, recruitment, and sustainability. This position involves researching, prospecting, cultivating, and nurturing donors, identifying and securing funding from corporations and businesses, networking to build authentic relationships within the Fox Valley, and supporting committee volunteers in the development and planning of fundraising events.


  1. Partner with the Executive Director and Board of Directors in setting and implementing annual and long-range development strategies and plans.
  2. Manage the implementation of department budget and development plans that articulate focused and diverse efforts to meet or exceed fundraising goals.
  3. Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donors (board, individuals, foundations, and corporations). Build donor relationships that bring continuity to the organization over the long-term.
  4. Create and monitor the annual deadline calendar for grant proposals, reports, and other strategic fundraising initiatives.
  5. Supporting the Executive Director, the Development Officer will research, write, and file grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  6. Research donors, track communications/efforts, solicit gifts/grants, and provide timely acknowledgement for gifts from board members, individual donors, corporations, and Build and maintain donor profiles.
  7. Write and prepare annual individual solicitation mailing(s), invitations, and special fundraising campaigns, among other materials.
  8. Plan and implement special cultivation and performance events, (e.g., house parties, large-scale fundraising events), and coordinate with the Music Director, Executive Director, Board, and volunteers in project planning and execution.
  9. In partnership with the Development Committee, create and manage sponsorship efforts for individuals and corporations.
  10. Represent the Elgin Master Chorale in the arts community and the community-at-large as a viable resource for EMC and partner arts organizations, reflecting the mission and values of Elgin Master Chorale.


The ideal candidate for the Development Officer will have three to five years’ experience in fundraising, preferably for the performing arts or a related field, and have outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and written/verbal communication skills, with a working style that is collaborative, respectful, and professional.

Must have proven experience with increasing revenues through contributed income, and a measurable record of success in building and deepening donor relationships with individuals and institutional funders.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and donor management software required. College degree preferred.

Attends bi-monthly Board meetings and the annual Board retreat.

The Development Officer is a part-time position of twenty hours per week on average, with the opportunity to work at home.  Hours are flexible, and the annual salary is $26,000.  Additional duties may be assigned to support the overall goals of the Elgin Master Chorale and its Elgin Youth Choir.

The Elgin Master Chorale is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to smartin@elgin.edu. Please include “EMC Development Officer Application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


The Elgin Master Chorale (EMC) is a cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley and the longest serving performing arts group in the area. EMC creates a thrilling, emotional experience for audiences at each performance by achieving an overall level of excellence in singing, presentation, and production.

The Elgin Master Chorale is an In-Residence Ensemble at Elgin Community College. It is led by an all- volunteer board consisting mainly of committed members dedicated to advancing the performing arts. We collaborate with professional musicians and orchestras with a paid staff of section leaders committed to excellence.

EMC is comprised of approximately ninety adult singers – admitted by audition only – who share a passion for choral masterworks and an increased focus on diverse and underrepresented composers. Performing in an environment of fun and collaboration, we are dedicated to enriching our community through the power of music. With a commitment to artistic excellence and community engagement, we strive to inspire audiences and foster a love for choral music.

In addition to producing two mainstage concerts per year and performing with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for their annual holiday concert, EMC produces a free educational concert each year for local school districts, with in-person attendance and the opportunity to view virtually. Additionally, EMC performs for free at various local events as part of its commitment to community outreach. And, EMC manages the Elgin Youth Choir, with approximately thirty youth participating weekly and performing twice a year.