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Chief Development Officer

The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with the Cleveland Institute of Music in the search for a Chief Development Officer. The selected candidate will have a strong professional development background as well as the skill and vision necessary to enhance the Institute's profile and long-term philanthropic capacity. This will include a successful record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gifts, preferably in higher education and/or the musical arts, together with a demonstrated proficiency in team and program building. The Chief Development Officer will be a trusted colleague and thought-partner as well as an inspiring and effective talent manager.

Since 1920, the Cleveland Institute of Music has offered a world-class education to students from age 3 to 93. Located in University Circle, Cleveland's cultural hub, CIM is easily accessible to all music lovers, providing hundreds of concerts annually, most free of charge. CIM graduates play important musical roles in the world as composers producing meaningful new repertoire, as eminent instrumental and vocal soloists, as world-renowned chamber musicians, and as members of premier orchestras around the globe.

The Chief Development Officer will be responsible for the overall management of the programs that expand and serve the Institute's community of support. This includes cultivating and managing relationships and securing support from individuals and organizations at all giving levels with special attention to those capable of making gifts of $50,000 and higher. The Chief Development Officer will create and impement a plan for major gift fundraising in Cleveland as well as nationally and internationally. The Chief Development Officer will build a team and program capable of planning and executing a new campaign, focused on endowment for scholarship support, and through this campaign expand annual giving and build a sustainable major gift program capable of supporting CIM long into the future.

Candidates must be committed to the Institute's mission to cultivate new generations of young musicians through an immersive and creative educational process, guiding the most musically talented individuals as rapidly as possible towards fulfilling careers that engage diverse and global audiences, stimulating the understanding and love of music throughout the world.

A bachelor's degree, along with seven years or more of fundraising experience is required. An advanced degree is a plus, as is knowledge of the Cleveland philanthropic community.

To apply for this position, visit

Human Resources

Megan Swerbinsky

Director of Human Resources

p. 216.791.5000 ext. 219

f. 216.795.3141


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