This job has expired

Associate Director of Individual Giving | Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival
Illinois, United States
$60,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021

View more

Position Type
Fundraising, Annual Fund, Donor Relations, Fundraising Administration, Major Gifts, Prospect Research
Salary Band
$50,000 - $69,999
Employment Type
Full Time
You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

The Grant Park Music Festival (the Festival) seeks an Associate Director of Individual Giving to join our development team and play an integral role in the continued growth in philanthropic support from individual donors. Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, this role is responsible for planning and executing the Festival’s multi-channel annual fund campaign, strengthening relationships with existing and new donors, and supporting efforts to build the Festival’s endowment. The Associate Director of Individual Giving is detail oriented and utilizes Tessitura to create data-driven strategies and targeted fundraising communications that capture donor interest and inspire response.


  • Spearhead comprehensive annual fund campaign comprised of direct mail, telefund, and digital fundraising strategies focused on acquisition and retention of lower and mid-level donors.
  • With guidance from the Chief Development Officer, serve as the primary relationship manager for a portfolio of individuals, identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding existing donors and prospects.
  • Initiate personal connections with donors to move major gift prospects in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation, with a focus on increasing donor engagement and giving.
  • Utilize Tessitura to develop and execute annual fund donor/prospect segmentation plan and generate lists for targeted and personalized appeals.
  • Write content for annual fund campaign solicitations, working with marketing/patron services team to align fundraising messaging and project timelines, and ensure overall brand adherence for all communications.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Development Officer, President/CEO, and other partners to build a strong endowment for the Festival by supporting donor cultivation and solicitation efforts, preparing proposals and meeting materials, and tracking fundraising activities and results.
  • Serve as the development team expert in Tessitura functionality and features, producing lists, extractions and reports to measure progress against goals and inform data-driven planning.



  • 5-7 years development experience with a focus on individual giving.
  • Superior attention to detail, written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment and professionalism in dealing with donors and the public.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with current and prospective donors.
  • Comfortable and effective working in a fast paced, donor-focused environment, successfully collaborating with team members and managing a variety of projects with limited supervision.
  • Experience with Tessitura preferred, and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (especially Word and Excel) and computer tasks.


  • $60,000 - $65,000 annually, commensurate with experience.
  • Competitive benefits package includes 10 days paid vacation, ten paid holidays, four personal days, paid sick leave, comprehensive health, dental, vision and life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan with 3.75% employer match after one year of employment.
  • Nights and weekends are required during the Festival's summer season and for occasional organizational events during the year.
  • Position Start Date: October 2021


For more than 85 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago's summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus can have a transformative impact on the city. Showcased in the city's most spectacular setting, the Festival continues to be the summer gathering place for all of Chicago. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is the official home of the Grant Park Music Festival, with free seats available for every concert.

The Festival is led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar, along with Grant Park Chorus Director Christopher Bell, Grant Park Orchestral Association President and CEO Paul Winberg, and Board Chair Adam Grais.

The Festival strives to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our city and the audiences we serve. People of all backgrounds and experiences, and especially those that have been historically underrepresented in the field, are encouraged to apply for open positions at the Festival. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, pregnancy, genetic information, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other classification protected by law.

For more information on the Grant Park Music Festival, please visit our website:

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert