Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse, presenting over 140 different events throughout the summer. These concerts run the gamut from Yo-Yo Ma to John Legend to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The 36-acre park is nestled in a gently wooded area that makes it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the park restaurants.
As a nonprofit organization, community outreach and music education initiatives are our mission. Over 75,000 people are served through Ravinia's Reach*Teach*Play programs each year, ensuring that great music remains accessible to all.
The Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts, reports to the Director, Development Department, and is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors of special gifts to Ravinia. Key areas of responsibility include individual major gifts to the Annual Fund, individual sponsorships, planned and estate giving, endowment giving, support for Ravinia's Steans Institute’s endowment, commemorative giving, and capital resource campaigns. This position also supervises the Coordinator, Major Gifts.
Duties and Responsibilities:
In coordination with Ravinia's President/CEO and the Director of Development, identifies and solicits gifts from its growing list of individuals of $10,000 or higher to Ravinia’s Annual Fund, including those for sponsorship of Ravinia concerts; stewards these donors through fulfillment of benefits, recognition and events; and cultivates donors currently at lower levels and new prospects.
Serves as a visible, active presence for Ravinia and its Development Department, proactively engaging donors and prospects throughout the year, and in the Freehling Room (Ravinia’s private donor dining room), the Park View Restaurant and at concerts during the intensive summer months.
Continues the development of a competitive planned and estate giving program for Ravinia. Develops programs to enrich the relationships between the Festival and members of the Edward Gordon Society. Determines appropriate vehicles for communication, recognition and stewardship. Identifies candidates for membership in the Edward Gordon Society and secures commitments for planned and estate gifts to the Festival.
Develops and implements an appropriate strategy for the funding of the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute (RSMI) general operation expenses and endowment. The Associate Director works in coordination with the Manager, Major Gifts, to organize all stewardship activities and recognition programs associated with the RSMI.
Building on a strong endowment (Fund to Assure Ravinia’s Future), develops appropriate strategies to add to the principal of this fund. Assists in the development of additional funds as relates to future needs of the Festival. Builds appropriate, consistent recognition for donors to the endowment, thus enhancing stewardship and recognition programs.
Identifies and solicits prospects for naming opportunities at the Park, including gardens, buildings and programs. For smaller naming opportunities on the grounds, such as benches and trees, works with members of Ravinia’s Women’s Board To Beautify and Tribute Programs of the Women’s Board. Works with the Sculpture Committee of the Board to maintain relationships with donors of sculptures and fountains to the Park. Maintains Park’s Brick Program.
In collaboration with the Director of Development, develops and implements strategy for any needed capital resources or endowment campaigns. Executes continued recognition of multiple donor societies.
Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Proven strong interpersonal skills
Strategic planning skills
Commitment to participating as a team member in a dynamic, fast-paced office.
Education and Skills:
Bachelor’s Degree required
Five to eight years progressive experience in development, preferably with a cultural institution, including supervisory responsibilities.
Experience and ability to work with high level donors and trustees, as well as the general public.
Experience using Raiser’s Edge software a plus.
1. Embrace and actively support Ravinia’s culture of integrity, professionalism, collaboration, mutual respect and customer focus. 2. Work effectively in a fast paced and intense customer focused environment that frequently requires employees at all levels to work evenings and weekends, especially during the summer Ravinia season.
About Ravinia Festival Association
Ravinia, North America's oldest music festival, stands today as its most musically diverse. The privately run not-for-profit presents over 100 different events--something different every day--throughout the summer. These concerts run the gambit from Sting to Matisyahu to the annual summer residency of the nation's finest orchestra, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ravinia employs about 50 full-time staff year round, but that number explodes tenfold as summer arrives and seasonal jobs go to ushers, waiters, phone center operators and others who help the show to go on.
Ravinia runs the Ravinia Steans Music Institute on its grounds. This summer music conservatory awards 60-70 fully paid fellowships each year to the most talented young professional musicians from around the world to work with an esteemed faculty and the headliners who frequent the festival.
Ravinia's 36-acre park is nestled in a gently wooded area that makes it an enchanting place to experience music. Guests can bring their own picnics or eat at one of the restaurants serviced by Levy Restaurants. Children up to age 15, high school and college students are admitted free to the lawn for classical performances