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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.

Communications Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is soliciting applicants for the position of Communications Director. The Communications Director is one of the most important external contacts at the theatre, acting as the public face to various constituencies, including the press. This person in this position must be responsive to external requests while focusing on presencing Steppenwolf in the best way on local, regional, national and international platforms. The Communications Director reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and supervises the efforts of a publicity apprentice.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement and manage full publicity campaigns for all production, events and fundraisers. This includes writing and distribution of press releases, pitching and coordinating advance feature stories, coordinating and distributing all photo and b-roll shoots, coordinating press performances and tracking and disseminating media clips.
  • Presence the Steppenwolf brand, identity and mission in local, national and international press.
  • Serve as the marketing and media liaison for all outside productions, including Broadway, national tours, international and national transfers.
  • Supervise style guidelines on all external communications and act as editor for all show programs.
  • Manage external photos, video and informational requests and participate in archive maintenance.
  • Co-coordinate Steppenwolf’s presence and strategy on social networking sites, be aware of best practices and assist in content development with Social Media Producer.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years- experience in public relations and communications at a professional performing arts institution
  • Deep knowledge of local and national media, including digital
  • Strong editorial and writing skills
  • Experience interacting with artists
  • Knowledge of how to reinforce brand reputation through media

Desirable Qualifications

  • Familiarly with social media platforms and best practices
  • Experience in non-production related coverage (institutional expansion, mission-based stories, educational directives, grant initiatives, etc)

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.

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

To Apply
Interested candidates should send the following pieces of information by April 21, 2014

  • A resume listing applicable experience
  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position and addressing the following question:

    Describe a situation in which you leveraged an unseen opportunity to create press coverage, how you galvanized support within the company for that coverage, and the result.
  • Please include in your cover letter how you heard about this position
  • Please include “Communications Director” in the subject line of your email

To John Zinn
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

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 Chicago Transit Authority card and a 401(k) matching retirement program.

How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should email a cover letter and resume by April 30, 2014 to:
Casey VanWormer, Associate Campaign Director
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. 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.