The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. The Festival envisions a city and society in which its members engage in thoughtful dialogue, explore a diversity of ideas and come together to find positive solutions. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 130 events annually all across Chicago. CHF has a national reputation for featuring some of today’s most important, influential and inspiring minds—exceptional authors, scholars, journalists, performers and visual artists—both on stage and online.
The Associate Director, Corporate Relations and Stewardship is an integral part of CHF’s six-person development team. This newly created role will focus on expanding the Festival’s corporate funding portfolio, as well as lead its broader stewardship strategy.
The position will research, identify and guide outreach to existing and new corporate funders in partnership with the Festival’s senior team and Board, and lead department efforts in executing engagement strategies, managing timelines and developing materials. The position is also responsible for developing department-wide strategies to craft and strengthen stewardship plans across the organization.
Working closely as a key staff contact with two Board committees (Governance and Nominating and Development), this position will be highly engaged with the board. A strategic leader and creative thinker, s/he will bring new vision to crafting detailed timelines and strategies for strengthening donor engagement.
The desired candidate will lead department efforts to identify and research corporate prospects and proactively seek opportunities for funding based on corporate guidelines and interests. We are looking for someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented and creative, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies. S/he will be a team player with a keen eye for detail and superior time management skills.
Identify corporate prospects and conduct research to determine interest and giving potential
Develop, manage and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate sponsorships
Work directly with marketing team to implement corporate sponsorship agreements
Represent CHF within Chicago’s corporate and cultural communities
Oversee Corporate Membership program
With Associate Director, Membership and Special Events, create and execute corporate cultivation events
Board Committee Liaison
Work directly with the Executive Director and Managing Director of Development to lead communications and strategy for both the Governance and Nominating Committee and Development Committee of the Board of Directors
Responsible for timely preparation of necessary material including agendas, reports, action items and tracking systems
Create and execute organization-wide stewardship plans, working with other Development team members.
Arrange, conduct and coordinate cultivation, stewardship and recognition activities such as on-site signage, recognition in publications and site visits for all funders
Serve as liaison to external and internal stakeholders to ensure timely and accurate delivery of donor benefits including tickets, access, logos, marketing materials
Manage senior team’s assigned relationships and document activities in Raiser’s Edge database
Lead department efforts to conduct all research and prepare necessary materials for cultivation and solicitation meetings
Create department wide system for identifying, researching and tracking donor prospects
Other duties as assigned by the Managing Director, Development
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred (preferably in arts management, marketing, communications or business)
5–7 years’ development, marketing, corporate business development, corporate social responsibility, or related experience
Proven track record of success in corporate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies
Best practices knowledge of prospect research databases, programs and systems
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals
Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision
The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Chicago Humanities Festival
For nearly 30 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the curious at heart, CHF’s vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural, and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we’re from, and where we’re going. CHF also presents the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, Chicago’s only international performance festival for young audiences. Under the leadership of Executive Director Phillip Bahar and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, CHF is one of Chicago’s most vital presenting organizations. Visit chicagohumanities.org for more information.