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25 Nov 2020

Full-Time Associate Director, Principal Gifts

Lyric Opera of Chicago – Posted by lyricopera Anywhere

Job Description

REPORTS TO: Vice President for Principal Gifts

STATUS:          Full-time, exempt


Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

We are searching for an Assistant Director to provide essential and flexible support to the Principal Gifts team in their work with Lyric Boards and our most generous and influential donors. The Principal Gifts team consists of the Chief Advancement Officer, Vice President for Principal Gifts, and two Senior Directors. Principal Gifts are defined as gifts of $1 Million and greater.



  • Demonstrate leadership in accordance with Lyric’s mission and vision.
  • Support the team in its cultivation efforts by writing meeting briefings for the General Director, Chief Advancement Officer, Principal Gifts team members, Board Chair, and other volunteers.
  • Working with the Manager of Prospect Research, write or edit Research Profiles on Principal Gifts donors and prospects.
  • Write and assist team with proposals and Lifetime Support Summaries.
  • Manage the Chief Advancement Officer’s appointment calendar, including scheduling internal and external meetings.
  • Support the Chief Advancement Officer and Vice President for Principal Gifts in preparing thoughtful agendas for Board and committee meetings. Maintain a disciplined schedule for preparing these proactively throughout the year.
  • Perform a variety of general administrative duties for Principal Gifts team, as assigned, to assist with on-going departmental work. These may include preparing expense reports, filing, assisting with video conferencing and presentations, photocopying, and assisting with special events.
  • As the business evolves, so may this role. These duties may change as Lyric’s leadership identifies the need at any time.



  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university preferred but not required.
  • 3-5 years of development experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of and comfort working with:
    • Microsoft suite of products
    • CRM expertise (Tessitura a strong plus)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work and think independently, a motivated self-starter who also works well in a larger team.
  • Personal charisma and the capacity to positively represent Lyric Opera to VIP donors.



  • Ability to occasionally work evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
  • Fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and to handle other office equipment.
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds.


The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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Job Types: Full-Time.

Job expires in 29 days.

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