Director of Development and Partnerships
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) links the strengths of the cultural and business sectors to promote community growth and vitality through the arts. By enlisting business volunteers to provide essential assessment, training, consulting and board service, A&BC enhances management capacity of arts organizations while promoting a highly engaged form of business participation in the arts.
A&BC is committed to inclusion and equity and strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of our volunteers and clients. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups including veterans, people with disabilities, or individuals who identify as a members of ALAANA communities. Members of these groups are encouraged (but are not required) to self-identify as such in their cover letters and asked to describe the unique perspective this identity provides for this role.
Position Summary: As a new position, the Director will enhance the Arts & Business Council’s connection between the arts and business communities in Chicago. The Director is committed to executing strategic initiatives to package programs and cultivate clients that leads to greater revenue. This is accomplished through employee engagement programs, the development of emerging leaders, and fostering creativity in the workplace; and includes both stewardship and growth of existing relationships in addition to driving significant revenue from new partners.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Reflect the vision and priorities communicated by the Executive Director.
- Represent A&BC to business, government and philanthropic partners to expand programs and services within a wide range of sponsorship, custom projects and earned revenue ventures.
- Generate proposals that are informed and sophisticated, and grow revenue, relationships and opportunities for A&BC.
- Promote programs through innovative approaches that showcase A&BC.
- Execute and evaluate programs by maintaining strong relationships with program staff.
- Up to 50% local travel will be required.
- Excellent account management skills with the proven ability to develop and grow high-yield relationships.
- A high degree of initiative with the desire and ability to meet aggressive revenue goals.
- Quick study to learn so as to inform the organization’s processes and protocols; products and services.
- Bring ideas on how to accomplish objectives and address challenges.
- Able to work independently and within a team, prioritize and manage multiple projects, work efficiently.
- Project management skills/experience, problem solver skills/experience.
- An entrepreneurial spirit and creative approach to strategy development.
Interpersonal and Communication
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Listen and act. Experience needed: skills and evidence as listener and thoughtful participant in team setting; evidence of being methodical and decisive.
- Ability to infuse creativity, innovation and insight into proposal development.
- Superior organizational skills with high attention to detail.
- Strong researching and prospecting skills.
- Ability to research and convert research into materials and proposals.
- Excellent computer skills including database management.
- Knowledge of Salesforce program a plus.
- A commitment to arts and culture.
- Ability to thrive in a co-working space that is characterized by significant growth, diversity and constant change.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives, specifically within cultural and corporate contexts.
- Ability to accept accountability with responsibility.
Qualifications: A level of experience that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:
- A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree preferred.
- A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience with demonstrated success in start-ups, fundraising, business development, sales, membership and/or customer service. This includes paid and unpaid / volunteer and community work.
- Experience with the intersection of non-profit and corporate cultures.
- Willingness to work within anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks and actively engage in ongoing learning about these frameworks.
Salary: Competitive based upon experience, with excellent benefits package.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to:
firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject line: ‘DIRECTOR’
Arts & Business Council of Chicago
100 S. State Street Chicago, IL 60603
Application deadline April 27, 2018
ArtCore Director of Finance and operations
ArtCore is a non-merging partnership between the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), See Chicago Dance (SCD) and Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA), created in 2016 for the purposes of sharing resources to support each partner’s mission. Each partner operates independently and ArtCore provides infrastructure and staffing support to the partners. ArtCore operates in a shared office space in a WeWork location in downtown Chicago.
ArtCore is committed to inclusion and equity and strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of our volunteers and clients. We are committed to removing barriers to employment that are faced by equity-seeking groups including veterans, people with disabilities, or individuals who identify as members of ALAANA communities. Members of these groups are encouraged (but are not required) to self-identify as such in their cover letters and asked to describe the unique perspective this identity provides for this role.
Position Summary: The Director of Finance & Operations reports to the Managing Director of ArtCore, who also is the Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago. The position is a salary exempt position. The Director shall manage and oversee the development and implementation of a sound financial infrastructure and plays a critical role on the leadership team of ArtCore, comprised of the Executive Directors of the partner organizations.
Responsibilities and duties include but are not necessarily limited to:
- Responsible for day to day operations in the finance department. Including general accounting, cash flow management, projections, and budgeting; Monthly financial analysis and preparation of detailed reports of variances; Developing financial recommendations, budgets, and cost allocation plans; Updating and implementing all necessary business policies and accounting practices; improve the finance department’s overall policy and procedure manual.
- Train and support staff and volunteers on internal controls. Conduct internal reviews to ensure compliance.
- Manage bank accounts in alignment with policies and procedures.
- Oversee the processing and accounting for revenue and expenditures by program; ensures accuracy, completeness, and compliance with agency, local, state and federal requirements, and standard accounting and audit procedures.
- Oversee all payroll activities, including timesheets, taxes, withholdings and other deductions.
- Collect, interpret and present key financial data in an accurate and timely manner clearly communicate monthly and annual financial statements; collate financial reporting materials.
- Oversee the preparation of, including gather information for the annual independent audit and all required tax filings; interface with external auditors/ CPAs.
- Assist the Executive Directors with annual and long-term financial projections and strategic planning.
- Effectively communicate and present the critical financial matters to the Executive Directors and if necessary to the board of directors.
- Cooperate with the preparation of proposals and reports. Prepare governmental and funding reports.
- Manage personnel benefits administration.
- Maintain and manage IT functions.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in business, business administration, accounting, finance or related degree.
- Three to five (3-5) years’ experience in financial management and accounting, ideally in the nonprofit sector.
- Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively affect both strategic and tactical operational and administrative initiatives.
- Ability to complete and lead focused, detailed work, assuring completeness and accuracy.
- Demonstrated experience in setting priorities, proposing new ways of creating efficiencies and guiding organizational investment.
- QuickBooks expertise essential.
- Salesforce experience desirable; database/CRM experience required
Full-time position that offers a competitive salary, based on experience, and a comprehensive benefits package.
Please send resume and cover letter to:
email@example.com; Subject line: “DFO”
Application deadline April 27, 2018
To learn more about our organizations, visit:
Arts & Business Council of Chicago: www.artsbiz-chicago.org
See Chicago Dance: www.seechicagodance.com
Chicago Cultural Alliance: www.chicagoculturalalliance.org
summer 2018 Programs Internship
The Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) is a non-profit organization that facilitates partnerships to enhance the management capacity of over 250 arts organizations in the Chicagoland area each year, while promoting leadership development for business professionals through skills-based volunteering. A&BC prides itself on contributing to Chicago’s creative economy by linking the culture and commerce of Chicago.
The Programs Department oversees the key components of A&BC’s mission. This internship will assist in all aspects of planning and managing such programs as Business Volunteers for the Arts, our pro bono management consulting program; On BOARD, our program to train professionals to be effective members of arts and cultural boards of directors; our Learning Lab series; and our Membership Program.
The Summer 2018 intern will gain exposure to A&BC’s unique partnership with The Chicago Community Trust (CCT). A&BC provides support to CCT’s SMART Growth program, a three-year capacity building program for Chicago-based arts and culture organizations. Through A&BC’s proprietary smARTscope® tool, A&BC assists CCT in assessing and evaluating arts and cultural organizations to help them set goals for growth and success.
A&BC is a member of ArtCore, a non-merging collaborative composed of three of Chicago’s most respected non-profit organizations, Arts & Business Council of Chicago, See Chicago Dance, and Chicago Cultural Alliance. Interns will have an opportunity to learn about the missions of these organizations and understand the planning and strategy behind this innovative partnership and shared resources.
Responsibilities may include:
- Revising program curriculum to align with leading research and emerging issues
- Supporting meetings and interactions with arts clients and business volunteers
- Compiling data for program implementation, program evaluation, and grant reporting
- Developing innovative program evaluation measures
- Analyzing program evaluations to develop new strategies for growth, retention, and recruitment
- Gathering and analyzing social media data
- Updating records in company Salesforce database
- Assisting with event planning and management
- Providing general administrative tasks
- Managing self-directed special projects based on interests and skills of the intern
- Current college student or recent college graduate with an interest in arts administration or business
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
- Experience with MailChimp, Salesforce, and WordPress a plus
- Ability to prioritize urgent and important tasks, flexible and adaptable, receptive to feedback
- Thrives in a co-working environment
- Strong communication skills, energy and confidence for outreach by phone
- Ability to work well independently
This is a full-time, paid internship. College credit, as available through an intern's academic institution can be arranged.
Schedule: Flexible; 30 - 40 hours/week
To apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Braden Cleary at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 27 at 5:00 P.M.
A&BC is committed to inclusion and equity and strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of our volunteers and clients. We are committed to removing barriers that are faced by equity-seeking groups including veterans, people with disabilities, or individuals who identify as a members of ALAANA communities. Members of these groups are encouraged (but are not required) to self-identify as such in their cover letters and asked to describe the unique perspective this identity provides for this role.