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Production Assistant, Ravinia Festival

The Ravinia Festival Association is seeking a team of Production Assistants to assist in the coordination and execution of all non-technical backstage operations for the 2021 summer season. These positions are highly coveted, and past employees have gone on to obtain full-time employment within major arts organizations.

·        Dates of Employment

Anticipated dates of employment: June through September 2021 (with some flexibility)

·        General Responsibilities

Assistants will perform the daily operations of the Production Department including, but not limited to; artist transportation, hospitality shopping, setting dressing rooms, restocking inventory and general office work. 

·        Requirements

Ability to work well as part of a team and independently. Strong communication, organizational and problem-solving skills. Attention to detail. Clean driving record** (must be submitted with application). Comfortable driving Ravinia’s fleet vehicles. Excellent computer skills. Consistent source of transportation at any time of day or night and a reliable cell phone. Ability to work outside of normal business hours (position requires extensive evening and weekend hours, some seven-day work weeks). Employees are required to sign an offer letter and a confidentiality agreement.

·        Additional Notes

In addition to the general responsibilities, these positions integrate substantive areas of production management including: arts administration, music business, technical coordination, and production coordination. Candidates with any of these backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Stage elements are handled by a union crew. There are no technical/on-stage aspects to this position.

·        Compensation

$13/hour (subject to change in 2021). Thirty to fifty hours per week with opportunities for overtime pay. Free attendance at most concerts. Some meals provided. Cell phone reimbursement. Internship credit is available. 

Ideal candidates will also offer some of the following skills/experience:
·        Customer service experience
·        Knowledge of performing arts
·        Knowledge of Chicagoland area attractions, roadways and public transportation
·        Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
·        Excellent written and proofreading skills
·        Foreign language speakers encouraged to apply

Qualified applicants should apply online at and are required to provide a cover letter, resume, and a current copy of their driving record. All hiring is conditional on receiving an approved background check. Please no phone calls or emails.

Application deadline is May 2021 - specific date TBD. 
**Driving records are generally available at your local Secretary of State or DMV office.