TITLE OF POSITION: Chief Development Officer



TYPE OF ORGANIZATION: Arts/Culture/Humanities

POSITION IS: Senior/executive level

JOB TYPE: Full-time



The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will lead the development and implementation of fundraising strategies and plans for the Aurora Civic Center Authority/Paramount Theatre (ACCA/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.


Understands ACCA/PT’s mission, values, culture, communities, constituencies and governance structure;

Understands ACCA/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 ACCA/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 ACCA/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 ACCA/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 ACCA/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 ACCA/PT experiences and fundraising opportunities


The ACCA, is the governing body for 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. ACCA 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.


Annual Budget for Organization: $23M

Organization’s financial resources come from: Contributions, Foundation and Corporate grants, Special events, Interest income, Earned income (dues, fees, tuition, etc.)


Performance review policy

Vacation and holiday policy

Medical, Dental, Health Insurance


Education: A 4-year college degree or equivalent in non-profit management/fundraising


Minimum of 5-7 years of executive level 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 to accommodate our donors.

Specific knowledge or experience: Annual campaigns, Direct mail, Annual report/brochure production, Grant writing, Donor research, Computer – word processing, Major gift solicitation, Volunteer management, Computer – data base, Planned gifts, Volunteer recruitment, Special events planning, Capital campaigns

Special requirements of position: Must have own transportation and have the ability to travel.

Position reports to: Tim Rater, President & CEO

Instructions to Apply:

Brad Hutchins
JS Consulting
Email: cdoparamount@gmail.com
Include: Resume, Cover letter
Organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job email your details to cdoparamount@gmail.com

Pay Range: TBD