Job Opportunities

Development Director – Full-time

Job Description

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (GLCO) is currently seeking a full-time Development Director to lead fund development in an expanding non-profit arts organization. The ideal person will be enthusiastic, extremely well organized, and passionate about the GLCO mission. The Director of Development’s primary role is to drive revenue growth by identifying connections and cultivating relationships, creating innovative campaigns to engage donors. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Director of Development will work closely with the key leadership to develop and execute campaigns and special events aligned with GLCO’s mission, vision, and core values. The ability to move multiple projects forward, utilizing high-level strategic thinking and hands-on implementation is critical.

Reports to the Executive Director

  • Develop and execute Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations for programmatic, capital and operational need.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors while developing strategies to secure new financial support.
  • Oversee organization’s fundraising and special events.
  • Assist with the production and implementation of appeal campaigns and other fundraising communications and strategies.
  • Work with Donor Perfect database. Design and run reports and assist with database maintenance.
  • Assist in grant research, writing and tracking.
  • Assist Executive Director as needed.
  • Other duties upon request.

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • An understanding of and belief in the mission of GLCO.
  • 3–5-years non-profit fund development experience.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of communication principles and practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with data entry systems and reporting.
  • Knowledge of social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Proficient in the use of various MS Office programs, including Word, Excel and Outlook, and ability to use various databases. Experience with Donor Perfect and Constant Contact a plus.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends with advance notice.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience in business or non-profit or related field such as communications, public relations or marketing.

Email application/contact:

Judith Zorn, Executive Director

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

219 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770


Eric Lawson

Assistant Concertmaster

Violinist, violist, conductor and professor Dr. Eric Lawson has had a varied career in performance and education. Past performances as a conductor, soloist and lecturer have taken him to Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Romania and Scandinavia. Before returning to his home state of Michigan, he was based in North Dakota where, in addition to serving as a violin instructor at Bismarck State College, Jamestown College, and the University of Mary, he was also concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and established the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony. Other former academic appointments have included Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Central College in Pella, Iowa and the University of North Dakota where he founded the string program and the UND Chamber Orchestra.

Here in Michigan, Dr. Lawson as been very active with the Alpena Symphony Orchestra as its concertmaster, conductor and president of the board. He also performs with many other orchestras in Northern Michigan and participates in the Traverse Symphony as a first violinist, in the Gaylord Symphony as concertmaster and as assistant concertmaster in the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.

And finally, in what has been one of the most important experiences of his life outside of music, he also served almost four years as an Alpena County Commissioner, representing Ossineke and Sanborn Townships. In addition to serving as chair of the Salary and Personnel Committee, he also served on the Airport, Ambulance, District Court, Circuit Court Management and Jail Committees. He also represented Alpena County in Gaylord with the Northern Michigan Regional Entity Substance Use Disorder Board and continues to serve on the Northeast Michigan Community Mental Health Board. Dr. Lawson resides in Ossineke with his wife and two children.