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
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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
- 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
- Superior attention to detail, written and oral communication
- Excellent judgment and professionalism in dealing with donors
and the public.
- Ability to initiate and build relationships with current and
- Comfortable and effective working in a fast paced,
donor-focused environment, successfully collaborating with team
members and managing a variety of projects with limited
- Experience with Tessitura preferred, and proficiency in
Microsoft Office applications (especially Word and Excel) and
- $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
- Nights and weekends are required during the Festival's summer
season and for occasional organizational events during the
- Position Start Date: October 2021
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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
For more information on the Grant Park Music Festival, please
visit our website: https://www.gpmf.org