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About Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recognized in 2009 as a Top Small Workplace by The Wall Street Journal, is where great acting meets big ideas. The theatre’s passion is to tell stories about how we live now; its mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes people think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The theatre celebrates and honors the core values of ensemble, innovation and citizenship. Steppenwolf has a commitment to diversity and equity, and the organization has a focus on diversifying the artists, audiences, staff and board who make Steppenwolf great. As a not for profit, ensemble based theatre company operating in the city of Chicago, the company’s activities include a wide range of artistic programs including a five play subscription series, non-subscription mainstage productions, new play and visiting company repertories, national and international tours, Steppenwolf for Young Adults play series, professional leadership programs, educational programs, new play commissions and workshops. Steppenwolf seeks to engage its community in a spirited dialogue around today’s issues, which results in more than 200 events produced throughout the year. The company owns five different facilities housing its three theatres, production facilities, offices and other support facilities and is managed under the leadership of Martha Lavey, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Managing Director.

Graphic Designer

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full time position of Graphic Designer. This individual must be a self-motivated designer with intelligent design skills and a detail-focused sense of typography.  This position works on a wide variety of both print and digital materials, in support of marketing campaigns, institutional branding, fundraising campaigns, education materials and other efforts. A successful candidate will be organized, dependable, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, able to work both autonomously and as part of a team, and possess the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. The Graphic Designer is responsible for working with the Design Director on a wide range of projects across the organization.  This position reports to the Design Director.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Displays eagerness, innovation and self-motivation in design approach
  • Experience in design, graphic arts, interactive media or related field
  • 3 years of design experience for agencies, freelance, non-profits, arts organizations, etc., or equivalent experience
  • Well-developed typography skills (with knowledge of visual and communication hierarchies)
  • Strong conceptual and brainstorming skills
  • Strong organization and self-motivation skills
  • Excellent verbal and collaborative skills
  • Proficient with Mac OS and Adobe Creative Suite  (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop proficiency and efficiency required)
  • Interest/knowledge in HTML5 and Web development
  • Ability to work in a timely manner on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Experience, knowledge or interest in theatre and/or other performing or visual arts
  • Ability to prepare final mechanical files for release to printer

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create design solutions for print, e-mail, web and signage
  • Design program books for the theatre, working with Marketing Assistant
  • Work in conjunction with other departments on collaborative projects
  • Prepare files for printing and publishing, gain bids from vendors, review proofs
  • Interface with merchants, creative, pre-press, and Project Managers to ensure design approvals
  • Partner with Project Managers in meeting deadlines and review of layouts
  • Manage deadlines and workload to ensure on-time delivery of all projects

Compensation
Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.  Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and work samples by February 8th, 2016 to:

Donovan Foote
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Graphic Designer and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Special Events Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full time position of Special Events Associate. The Special Events Associate is responsible for managing the administrative functions for Steppenwolf’s annual Gala, Women in the Arts Luncheon and other special events. The Special Events Associate assists the Director of Special Events in developing and implementing an annual fundraising strategy for the annual Steppenwolf Gala as well as other special events that achieves the contributed income goal and expands the event donor base. This staff position is a member of the Development Department, reports to the Director of Special Events and works with a staff team consisting of the Director of Special Events and members of the Events Management Department.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 1-2 years of experience in fundraising and/or special events, or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to work occasional night and weekend events.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including letter formats, document layout, mail merges, tables, and spreadsheets. Experience with PowerPoint or a good eye for design a plus.
  • Experience with Tessitura (or equivalent fundraising database system) and/or WordFly.
  • Accuracy in maintaining data records and managing data and deadlines efficiently.
  • Excellent organizational ability, keen attention to detail, and good writing skills with the ability to proof-read.
  • The ability to handle multiple projects at one time and a capacity to work independently.
  • The ability to be a team player and work successfully with volunteers.
  • Effective communication with supervisors on the status and priority of assignments.
  • Confidence and a cool head under pressure.

Key Responsibilities include:

    Special Events
  • Assist the Director of Special Events in coordinating the Trustee event committees activities, including communications, meeting materials and minutes, prospect lists, mailings, tracking event sales, and event attendee stewardship activities.
  • Coordinate the development and design of event solicitation materials, invitations, event collateral and other printed materials. Create and deploy electronic event communications through WordFly.
  • Assist in the preparation of sponsorship proposals and track the fulfillment of benefits for sponsors and event attendees.
  • Manage the event mailing list preparation and coordinate mailings.
  • Process the event sales, including pledges, gifts, acknowledgment letters, pledge reminders and donor listings.
  • Manage event attendee reservations, ticket mailings and onsite registration.
  • Research key event attendees and prepare background information for theater and event leadership.
  • Coordinate event timelines and work with the Events Management Department to execute the event logistics according to the event budget and deadlines, including venue preparation, event design and implementation, volunteer coordination, entertainment coordination, and onsite recognition.
  • Other Events
  • Coordinate the opening night cultivation dinners including invitation mailings and reservations, and guest registration (table assignments, guest bios, theater tickets, and nametags).
  • Assist in the administrative functions for donor trips, including sales and itinerary mailings, reservations and sales processing, guest logistics, and theater leadership preparation.
  • Serve as the project manager for the Holiday Luncheon, including managing invitations and reservations, acting as a liaison to restaurant partner, and theater leadership preparation.
  • Assist the Director of Special Events in implementing other special events as scheduled, including Trustee and Board Chair entertaining and private in-home events.
  • General
  • Serve as an articulate and enthusiastic staff member during events and functions at the theater.
  • Coordinate directly with the intern, apprentice and/or special event volunteers on projects as needed.
  • Maintain the event records in Tessitura and work closely with the Tessitura administrator to create efficient and effective systems, procedures and reports.

Compensation
Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should carefully adhere to the following instructions for application. Candidates should send the following pieces of information in by Friday, February 26, 2016:

  • Resume listing applicable experience
  • A list of three references
  • A cover letter (no longer than one page) describing your interest in this position and addressing the following three questions:
    1. What has motivated you to apply for this position? Why are you looking for this particular opportunity, and why at Steppenwolf?
    2. Describe a time in your previous work or school experience when you identified a small problem and fixed it before it became a major problem.
    3. Describe the most complex project on which you’ve worked, your role, and the outcome.
  • Please include in your cover letter how you heard about this position and salary requirements.

Please list Special Events Associate and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.

Materials should be sent to:
Kendra Van Kempen, Director of Special Events
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Part-time Audience Outreach Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position (16-26 hours a week) of Audience Outreach Associate. Audience Outreach Associates solicit donations and subscriptions by educating audience members about our programming and fiscal needs.

Requirements
We are looking for knowledgeable theatre enthusiasts with phone sales experience who are comfortable soliciting donations and subscriptions from our patrons. Availability during the hours of 5pm and 9pm on weekdays is a must for any candidate. Previous Box Office experience or familiarity with Tessitura or Salesforce CRM is a plus.

Compensation:
Compensation will be commensurate with qualification and experience, and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.  Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay, paid sick leave, and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resumeby Monday, September 21st to:
Tiffany Wilson, Audience Outreach Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Audience Outreach and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Run Crew

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time temporary position of Run Crew to assist in performing all pre-show, performance, and post-show responsibilities in a safe, professional, and timely manner. Duties include pre-show and post-show setup and clean up as well as run crew duties as dictated by the production. Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience in stage operations, and be able to lift and move 50+ pounds. Experience in carpentry, rigging, run crew, properties, and basic paint knowledge is preferred. As the position involves the running of shows, the employee will work mostly evening and weekend hours, and may potentially work over 40 hours per week.

Compensation:
Hiring is on per-show basis. Compensation is based on an hourly rate and is commensurate with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry in the Chicago Area.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and references to:

Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Run Crew and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.