Ravinia is an internationally renowned, non-profit arts organization dedicated to drawing together artists and audiences for the celebration of music. Ravinia maintains its position as a leader in the arts through uncompromising dedication to: presenting artistic events of excellence and diversity; providing a unique opportunity to advance the professional capabilities of young performers; developing broader and more diverse audiences for classical music through education and community programs; actively promoting appreciation of the performing arts among all the people of the Chicago area; and maintaining affordable classical ticket prices.
Ravinia is one of the world’s foremost music festivals attracting approximately 600,000 people annually to its 36-acre campus for a diverse array of concerts featuring a vast array of musical genres including classical, opera, music theater, jazz, blues, pop, and rock. Through its historic summer festival, year-round performances, and commissioned works, Ravinia presents music of the highest artistic merit and features an international roster of the finest artists—from emerging talent to established luminaries.
In addition to its celebrated summer concert season, Ravinia also serves more than 85,000 people in under resourced schools and communities throughout Cook and Lake Counties through its Reach*Teach*Play (RTP) music education programs as well as promotes and advances the careers of emerging musicians through its world-renowned Fellows program of the Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI).
The Manager, Foundations & Government Relations is responsible for Ravinia’s grant portfolio and managing the annual Magic of Music Golf Benefit. This role reports to the Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations. Responsibilities include identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, tracking and reporting of foundation, government and selected corporate and individual donors to generate funding for music education programs, general operating and special productions for Ravinia. In collaboration with the Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, staff of the Reach*Teach*Play Department and the Director of Development, the position is responsible for the timely submission and reporting of grant proposals and reports. The Magic of Music Golf Benefit is Ravinia’s only signature event in which all the proceeds go directly towards the Reach*Teach*Play programs. This position manages the day-to-day operations of this event. Currently, this position will supervise one part-time professional consultant for the outing.
Duties and Responsibilities
Foundation and Government
In partnership with the Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations, sets goals, objectives, and timelines for foundation, government and Reach*Teach*Play grant initiatives
Manages the strategy to reach fiscal year goals and objectives. Annually evaluates the results, adjusting and fine-tuning for future activities and plans
Writes proposals for Reach*Teach*Play, Ravinia Steans Institute of Music (RSMI), general operating and special funding requests
Researches prospects for Reach*Teach*Play programs, special initiatives and concerts and a variety of projects throughout the year
Maintains calendar of proposal and reporting deadlines; prepares progress and final reports as needed
Manages all foundation and government files – scans and stores all documents on hard drive as well as paper files
Oversees activities relating to recognition of donors and sponsors including event planning with the Reach*Teach*Play department
Acts as primary or supportive liaison with foundation and government contacts on details of grant agreements and proposed new partnerships
Acts as supportive development staff for the Reach*Teach*Play Program Committee which may include coordinating prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, follow-up and reporting of Development activities
Makes personal visits with prospects for major funding requests as necessary.
Interfaces with appropriate Festival staff regarding details of grant agreements, such as recognition, ticketing, facilities and operations
Acts as development staff representative to Reach*Teach*Play Program Committee
Represents Ravinia at social, cultural and other engagements in the Chicago community
Provides customer service to Trustees, donors and prospects
Participates and helps as needed at all major functions including Ravinia’s Music Matters Benefit, Women’s’ Board Gala and other special events or activities as needed
Helps as needed with phones for Donor Ticket Request (DTR) activities; includes answering a variety of questions and providing help such as ticket purchases, dining reservations and more
Compiles DTR and Benefit packets for foundation/government patrons
Provides concierge services to foundation/government patrons during DTR and throughout the summer; includes help with ticket purchases, dining reservations; parking and more
Magic of Music Golf Benefit
Administers planning and execution of the annual Ravinia’s Magic of Music Golf Benefit
Supervises one part-time professional consultant
Works closely with consultant and Golf Committee co-chairs (Ravinia Trustees) to plan event details and strategize sponsorships
Oversees full golf committee, including meetings, follow up, and materials as needed
Works with Associate Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations on corporate sponsorship confirmation from current concert and project sponsors at higher levels.
Knowledge and Skills
Creative and proactive approach to fundraising
Proven track record in successful public, government and private grant writing, with an emphasis on foundation fundraising
Experience working on or managing events such as golf outings or other fundraising events
Superior writing skills and communication abilities.
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to work collaboratively and independently
Proficient to advanced skills in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Raiser’s Edge
Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple priorities and shift gears while remaining cheerful and customer focused
Education and Experience
Bachelors degree in related field or equivalent experience
A minimum of five years experience in development at a cultural institution or related nonprofit.
Key Organizational Relationships:
The Corporate Relations Manager interfaces regularly with all internal departments including but not limited to Communications, Ticket Operations, Facilities, Finance, Production, and Artistic. This position may also have occasional interaction with members of the Board the Trustees, Women’s Board, Associates Board, Annual Fund Committee, and others from Executive Management. External contacts include corporate sponsors at all levels and multiple vendors.
Embraces and actively supports Ravinia’s culture of integrity, professionalism, collaboration, mutual respect and customer focus.
Works effectively in a fast paced and intense customer focused environment that frequently requires employees at all levels to work evenings and weekend, especially during the summer Ravinia season.
Ravinia is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested applicants must attach a cover letter and resume to apply
No phone calls please
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