Program Assistant, Ravinia Steans Music Institute

RaviniaHighland Park, IL

8 months ago


Job Title

Program Assistant - Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI)

Job Location

Chicago, IL

Job Overview

Ravinia Festival is seeking passionate and dedicated staff for the Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI), their summer music program. As a Program Assistant, you will have the unique opportunity to participate in various aspects of festival and performance production while building relationships with fellows and faculty. This position provides valuable experience and has often led to full-time employment with major arts organizations.


  • Pay: $15/hour
  • Hours: 25 to 45 hours per week with potential for overtime (paid at time and a half)
  • Internship course credit option available
  • Monthly cell phone stipend
  • Some meals provided throughout the summer


As a Program Assistant, your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Artist transportation and hospitality
  • Responding to and prioritizing artist requests
  • Meal orders and pick-up
  • Rehearsal video and audio recording and processing (no experience required)
  • Master class and concert stage management and backstage duties
  • Master class and concert program production
  • Maintaining building organization and inventory
  • Monitoring upkeep on Ravinia-owned houses
  • Administrative support
  • Special projects working individually and as part of a team
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team and independently
  • Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to following instructions and procedures accurately; detail-oriented
  • Flexibility and creativity in the face of challenges
  • Punctuality and ability to work outside of normal business hours
  • In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office and superior word-processing skills
  • Clean driving record
  • Must have or be able to establish either a permanent or summer residence in the greater Chicago area

Ideal candidates may also possess:

  • Excellent customer service or residence assistant experience
  • Knowledge of the musical repertoire studied at RSMI, particularly instrumental chamber music and art song
  • Knowledge of sound and/or video recording
  • Stage management and lighting experience
  • Knowledge of Chicago attractions, roadways, and public transportation

We're excited for you to apply!

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