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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 inclusion, 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 Hawkanson, Executive Director.

Audience Outreach Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is soliciting applications for the position of part-time (no more than 24–30 hrs. per week) Audience Outreach Associate. Audience Outreach Associates represent the theater through in-depth artistic conversations with audience members; including education about Steppenwolf’s mission, 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. Night and weekend availability is a must for any candidate. Must be comfortable with the Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office. Previous Box Office experience or familiarity with Tessitura or Salesforce CRM is a plus.

Compensation
Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Part-time employees are eligible for Steppenwolf’s vision insurance, a pre-tax Ventra card and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and minorities.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should email a resume and cover letter to:
Tiffany Wilson, Audience Outreach Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

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

Overhire Carpenter

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Overhire Carpenter to assist in constructing scenery for upcoming productions.

Requirements
Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience constructing theatrical scenery, provide basic personal hand tools, and be available to work 8am-5pm M-F. These positions are available immediately and applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

Compensation
Compensation will be on an hourly basis 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 minorities.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and references to:
Email:jobs@steppenwolf.org

ASL Theatrical Interpreter

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is pleased to announce a general call for interpreters interested in joining its 2014–2015 ASL Theatrical Interpreter team. Interpreters will work with Steppenwolf and each other to uphold the integrity of Steppenwolf’s artistic and accessibility mission, and will be assigned to plays according to the needs each production.

Job Description
Through a relaxed, attentive and diligent level of teamwork, ASL Theatrical Interpreters will work closely with Steppenwolf staff, other interpreters and ASL Theatrical Directors (native-signing people who help ensure the delivery of quality interpretation) to present interpretation that (1) provides the highest level of impactful communication to our deaf audience, and (2) as closely as possible conveys the intentions of Steppenwolf’s actors, playwrights and directors.

As part of Steppenwolf’s accessibility team, ASL Theatrical Interpreters will attend preview performances of a play, practice independently to audio CD production recordings, conduct script analysis with the ASL Theatrical Director and Interpreter Team, and participate in multiple Interpreter Team rehearsals.

Rehearsal and preparation times vary according to the needs of each production and Interpreter Team, and will be coordinated during the initial assignment process.

Performance times for Steppenwolf main stage plays are traditionally Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Performance times for Steppenwolf for Young Adult plays can include both weekday mornings and weekend afternoons or evenings.

Steppenwolf historically presents nine ASL-interpreted performances a year, in addition to assorted special events.

ASL Theatrical Interpreters will serve as independent contractors.

ASL Theatrical Interpreters report to the Steppenwolf Director of Audience Experience.

The successful candidates will:

  • Hold Advanced or Master Level License in Illinois
  • Have theatrical interpretation experience
  • Have excellent time management skills and be able to commit to a variety of rehearsal and performance schedules
  • Respond to email communication within 24 hours of receipt
  • Be willing to collaborate with Interpreter Teams comprised of Steppenwolf staff, other interpreters and ASL Theatrical Directors
  • Be comfortable standing for durations up to two hours at a time, as well as moving from point to point onstage during the performance (sometimes in the dark)

Compensation
Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.

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 minorities.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by October 17, 2014 to:
Evan Hatfield
Director of Audience Experience
Email: ASL@steppenwolf.org

Please list ASL Theatrical Interpreter 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

Development Associate

The Development Associate is a full-time member of Steppenwolf’s Development Department and works with the Director of Corporate Relations and the Director of Special Events in supporting our young professionals group, the Steppenwolf Auxiliary Council, as well as other development events at the theater.

Auxiliary Council Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the Council’s membership events, leadership group meetings and weekly calls, and new initiatives as assigned.
  • Assist in the communication for all Council activities including email creation and execution of the marketing timeline.
  • Responsible for registering annual memberships, assisting with new member orientation, ensuring member recognition, and creating and implementing strategies to encourage membership growth with Council leadership.
  • Coordinate Council committee activities including communications, meetings, materials and minutes, prospect lists, sponsor solicitation mailings, auction and raffle solicitations and package coordination, invitation mailings, tracking event sales and event attendee stewardship activities, and benefit recognition and fulfilment for monetary and in-kind sponsors.
  • Coordinate the execution of the Auxiliary Council’s signature fundraising event, the Red or White Ball assuring that all revenue, marketing, and strategies are executed according to the event timeline and budget.

Development Event Support

  • Provide administrative support including mailing invitations, preparing attendance reports and nametags, and day-of assistance for opening night dinner celebrations and corporate events at the theater, and coordinate with the Events Management department to ensure proper facilities setup for Steppenwolf Board of Trustee Meetings.
  • Assist with the creation of the Gala live auction, including securing package elements, generating materials for the package winners, and gathering audio/visual materials to use at the event. Assist with auction package redemptions throughout the year.
  • Coordinate honoree research for the Women in the Arts Luncheon program, and assist in the email communication to Women in the Arts committee members and past event attendees for activities and events throughout the year.
  • Aid in the preparation of Gala and Women in the Arts solicitations, assist with pre-and post-event mailings, and help with the entry of event attendance. Prepare day of event research and materials and coordination of sponsor benefits as needed. Assist in day-of logistics for the Gala and Women in the Arts.

General Department Responsibilities

  • Research and write e-newsletters for trustees and other VIPs and distribute through Wordfly.
  • Coordinate with Development Coordinator to process trustee contributions and personalized acknowledgement letters, and coordinate annual subscription renewals for Opening Night subscribers and other VIPs.
  • Manage a smooth and accurate pledge receivable process for the department. Prepare a monthly review of all outstanding donor pledges, recommend appropriate next steps to ensure payment and help staff with sending pledges invoices when appropriate.
  • Oversee general department expense budgets to ensure the department keeps on track with quarterly spending budgets.

Qualifications

  • 1–2 years of experience in fundraising, events or applicable experience.
  • Ability to work night and weekend events.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including letter formats, document layout, mail merges, tables, spreadsheets and PowerPoint.
  • Experience with Tessitura (or equivalent fundraising database system), WordFly (or equivalent email system) and social media a plus.
  • The ability to be a team player, build relationships, and work successfully with volunteers.
  • Excellent organizational ability, keen attention to detail, and accuracy in managing data and deadlines efficiently.
  • The ability to handle multiple projects at one time and a capacity to work independently.
  • Effective communication with supervisors on the status and priority of assignments.
  • Confident, adaptable and a cool head under pressure.
  • A good eye for design and excellent writing skills a plus.

Compensation
Compensation is commensurate with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.

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 minorities.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send:

  • A 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 two questions:

    1. Why are you looking for this particular opportunity, and why at Steppenwolf?

    2. Describe a time when working on a complex project in your previous work or school experience that you had to think quickly on your feet to solve a small problem before it became a major one.

Please include in your cover letter how you heard about this position and salary requirements.

Please send materials by Thursday, November 6, 2014 to jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please include “Development Associate” in the subject line of your email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Finance Manager

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full time position of Finance Manager. The Finance Manager is a member of Steppenwolf’s Finance Department and works with the Finance Director and Finance Coordinator in executing the financial functions of the Theatre.

DETAILS OF SPECIFIC JOB DUTIES:

Accounts Payable

  • Review accounts payable sessions weekly and reconcile to general ledger
  • Reconcile accounts payable transactions to electronic requisition transactions

Payroll

  • Review payroll sessions weekly and as needed
  • Prepare cash requirements report for cash planning
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Prepare invoices for miscellaneous events held at the Theatre
  • Record invoices in accounting and monitor collections

Monthly Close

  • Prepare journal entries outlined on the monthly close checklist
  • Reconcile fixed asset schedule to general ledger
  • Prepare balance sheet schedules
  • Prepare bank and investment reconciliations
  • Collect information and prepare entries for one-time transactions as needed

Budgets

  • Assist Finance Director with compilation of the annual operating budget
  • Enter budgets into accounting software and reconcile to annual operating budget

Audits

  • Prepare and maintain schedules for annual financial statement audit
  • Assist Finance Director with financial statement audit prep as needed
  • Assist Finance Director with Workers Compensation audit prep as needed

Qualifications:

  • 3–5 years of experience with the responsibilities listed above
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs with Excel being the priority
  • Experience with MIP Fund Accounting a plus
  • Ability to juggle moving priorities and be a team player
  • Excellent attention to detail, keen organizational skills, and accuracy in managing data and deadlines
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks at one time and a capacity to work independently
  • Effective communication with supervisors on the status and priority of assignments

Compensation
Compensation is commensurate 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 minorities.

How to apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send:

  • A 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 question: Why are you looking for this particular opportunity, and why at Steppenwolf?

Please include in your cover letter how you heard about this position and salary requirements.

Please include “Finance Manager” in the subject line of your email. Please send materials to jobs@steppenwolf.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
Deadline: Monday, November 17th

Scenic Artist Overhire

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Overhire Scenic Artist to assist in painting scenery for upcoming productions.

Requirements
Qualified candidates must be detail oriented, have experience with scenic art, be familiar with a broad range of tools and spray equipment, and be available to work 8am-5pm M-F.

These positions are available immediately and applications will be accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

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 inclusion, 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 Hawkanson, Executive Director.

Compensation
Compensation will be on an hourly basis 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 minorities.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send a resume and references to:
Email:jobs@steppenwolf.org
Please list “Scenic Artist Ovehire” in the subject line of your email.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE