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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.

Development Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is soliciting applicants for the full-time position of Development Associate. The Development Associate’s primary responsibility is to administer the entire scope of gift processing into the patron database (Tessitura) to ensure accurate financial records and constituent data and is responsible for overseeing the timely creation of all donor acknowledgement letters.  The Development Associate also generates weekly and monthly development department revenue reports and assists in department’s usage of Tessitura to collect and store donor information as well as efficiently extract information. 

Additionally, the Development Associate will be responsible for providing support to the board of trustees, by tracking information, scheduling meetings, and coordinating yearly giving and trustee subscriptions. 

The Development Associate reports to the Annual Fund Manager and the Director of Development.

Responsibilities:

Gift Processing, Acknowledgement and Reporting

  • Enter all donations into Tessitura and maintain the accuracy of all transactions.
  • Working with the apprentice/intern, oversee the printing and mailing all Annual Fund and Directors Circle acknowledgment letters in a timely fashion, so that donors receive acknowledgement promptly after making a gift. Continue to enhance the department’s personalization of letters and Tessitura’s ability to automate this process.
  • Actively manage the printing and mailing all highly personalized letters (e.g. board contributions, corporate or foundation sponsorships) by coordinating content with other development staff members and keeping the process moving quickly.
  • Manage a pledge program that ensures the timely and accurate charging of all auto-billed pledge installments and proactively updates donors’ credit card information so as to prevent delinquent or unfulfilled pledges.
  • Coordinate all matching gift requests.
  • Generate all weekly, monthly, and yearly contributed income reporting and giving trend analysis. 
  • Working with the apprentice, digitally scan all contribution paperwork and maintain an organized digital archive for the department.
  • Serve as editor of development content of playbill by preparing the donor listings for the development section of all production programs. 

Board of Trustees Assistance

  • Maintain up-to-date board contact information, correspondence and files for current, new, and retired trustees and non-trustee committee members, and coordinate annual update to trustees of contact information and bios.
  • Coordinate Board and Executive Committee meetings, including maintaining annual meeting calendar, preparing meeting notices and tracking attendance, preparing advance electronic updates and materials, gathering committee minutes, and coordinating day of registration, presentations and meeting packets.
  • Maintain board member and officer terms and committee assignments in Tessitura and Outlook groups.
  • Prepare board election/re-election ballots and track election responses.
  • Assist in electing new trustees, including preparing information packets for board candidates and tracking the orientation of new members following their election.
  • Prepare correspondence and mementos for retiring trustees and update Tessitura.
  • Board Giving (October, January, May-August)
    • Create annual board activity report for each trustee detailing attendance at board meetings, committee participation and summary of board gifts.
    • Prepare annual fall solicitation combined with the board activity report; maintain a chart detailing board giving for the fiscal year and coordinate follow-up mailings.
    • Complete gift and pledge entry forms for trustee contributions and prepare personalized acknowledgement letters.
  • Coordinate annual board subscription renewals for trustees. (May-August)
  • Supervise apprentice in processing board ticket exchanges and house seat purchases.
  • Schedule monthly development department and director/manager meetings.

Qualifications:

  • Proven organizational skills and keen attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong knowledge of MS Office, particularly Excel.
  • Knowledge of a donor database system; knowledge of Tessitura a plus.
  • Self-motivated and able to prioritize and multi-task efficiently.
  • Previous work experience in a non-profit environment preferred.
  • Interest in working as an enthusiastic member of a team, accepting and giving feedback, sharing information in a timely manner with supervisors and co-workers.

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 send a cover letter and resume by May 24th to:

Suzanne Miller, Annual Fund Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please include “Development Associate” in the subject line and mention where you heard about the position in your email.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. 

Technical Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Technical Director. The Technical Director leads the Scene Shop team in the budgeting, technical design/engineering, construction, installation, and maintenance of scenery for a season of 7 mainstage productions and 2 young adult productions plus special events across three stages. In collaboration with the Production Manager, the Technical Director plays a leadership role in the technical planning for each production to ensure the successful integration of all production elements.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Significant high level professional experience in scenery construction techniques, theatrical rigging, mechanical design, automation, and drafting
  • Track record of leadership promoting a culture of high performance that values creativity, quality, respect, diplomacy, inclusivity, and collaboration
  • Strong problem solving skills and an ability to research and develop new techniques/materials
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and on-going projects to achieve the highest standards within the time, human resource and budgetary constraints available
  • Experience managing production transfers nationally (including Broadway) and internationally
  • Knowledge of safety policies and procedures within a scene shop environment
  • Thorough knowledge of scenic automation theory, system design, installation, and troubleshooting. Experience with winches, elevators, hydraulics, and pneumatics involving complex integration across axes

Five or more years of professional working experience in Technical Direction is preferred. Candidates with equivalent experience and expertise will be considered.

This position reports to the Production Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Review, interpret, and troubleshoot design drawings to assess financial and practical feasibility
  • Develop preliminary budget estimates based on early drawings and provide suggestions on scope adjustments as needed.
  • Proactively collaborate with scenic designers to realize as much of their concepts as possible within the responsible bounds of budget, time, and infrastructure.
  • Create and manage technical drawings for communication with carpentry staff, designers, and all other production departments
  • Assisting advising, meeting, and maintaining build schedules for each production.
  • Developing long term plans for capital equipment purchase and maintenance including oversight of Steppenwolf’s 65,000 sq. ft. off-site shop and storage facility
  • Adhering to strict health and safety guidelines and playing a leadership role in maintaining a safe work environment
  • As a member of the technical staff, this position is involved with training and mentorship of Steppenwolf apprentices and overhire crew
  • This is a scene shop-based position but regularly works in other Steppenwolf locations such as the rehearsal hall, theatre, and at various vendors all across Chicagoland. Candidates must have a current, valid driver's license, clean driving record, their own car, and the ability to drive company vans and 24’ trucks.
  • Once a season of plays is decided, create and manage a casting budget including likely number of ensemble rolls, equity contracts, out of town contracts and understudy contracts – working with production to stay on budget and communicating any shifts or changes throughout the season.
  • Hires, supervises, and evaluates scene shop staff including; Assistant Technical Director, Shop Foreman, Scenic Charge, and Carpentry Staff
  • Ensures that the scene shop work environments are safe, humane, and respectful.

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 three references to:

Tom Pearl, Production Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Technical Director and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail. Please note in your email where you found out about this job. Applications for this opening will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Audience Services Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position (15-20 hours/week) of Audience Services Associate. Night and weekend availability is a must for any candidate.  Previous customer service experience, computer proficiency, and general office skills are required.  Ticketing and/or Tessitura experience is a plus. 

This position reports to the Audience Services Manager.

The successful candidate will:

  • enjoy proactively, positively and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment
  • be punctual and ready to work for each shift
  • be able to consistently work 15-20 hours a week
  • have availability evenings and weekends
  • have a positive, respectful, and caring attitude

This position reports to the Audience Services Manager.  

Compensation:
Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry.   Part-time employees are eligible for dental and vision insurance, a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority card 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 send a cover letter and resume by May 6th to:

Billie Bryant, Audience Services Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Audience Services 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

Parking Attendant

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the part-time position of Parking Attendant. This position is ideal for college students and people looking for supplemental income.

Job Description: 
Through a relaxed, attentive, and sincere level of customer service, members of the Steppenwolf Audience Experience staff are committed to cultivating a comfortable and inviting experience for our audience and guests in our public spaces. As part of this team, the Parking Attendant will help facilitate guest parking in a friendly and efficient manner; maintain their workspace and ensure the quality of our operations; educate themselves about the theater and our community; engage our patrons as courteous, professional representatives of our company; assist patrons with disabilities (which includes developing a proficiency in accessibility etiquette); coordinate with the box office and other departments to streamline service; monitor and maintain public spaces for safety, cleanliness and presentation; and serve as knowledgeable sources of information about the theatre and city. 

This position reports to the Parking Manager.

Successful candidates will: 

  • enjoy proactively, positively and calmly interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment 
  • be able to consistently work 10-hour shifts on Sundays, with flexibility to work more hours or days as needed 
  • have experience working a Point of Sale System, including handling cash and credit card transactions 
  • be able to lift 50 pounds, use stairs and comfortably stand for up to three hours at a time
  • be comfortable and willing to work outside in in all types of Chicago weather   

Compensation: 
Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the hospitality industry. Part-time employees are eligible for Steppenwolf's dental and vision insurance, a pre-tax Chicago Transit Authority card 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 send a cover letter and resume by May 6, 2016 to: 

Don Coulson
Parking Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org 

Please list Parking Attendant 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