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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.

Assistant Technical Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is accepting applications for the year-round, full-time position of Assistant Technical Director.

Duty and responsibilities include:

  • Planning and supervision of construction, load-in and strike of all productions.
  • Assisting the Technical Director in the budgeting and planning process
  • Drafting in AutoCAD using both two dimensional and three dimensional applications
  • Construction and hands on setup at load in as required
  • Assisting the TD in mechanical design of automation components as well as implementation
  • Coordination with the scene shop foreman of service to tools and equipment
  • Purchasing show material, consumables and supplies
  • Strong communication and time management

Required Skills and Experience:

  • The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3 years of experience in professional theatre
  • Proven build experience in carpentry and advanced metalworking
  • Proven drafting experience in AutoCAD
  • Strong rigging and mechanical/structural design skills
  • Experience with automated scenery and fluid power control including both pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Familiarity with scenic painting processes
  • Familiarity with stage electrics
  • Ability to lift 70 pounds
  • Valid driver’s license

Desired:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Technical Theatre or equivalent experience

This position reports to the Technical Director.

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 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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

How to apply:
Interested and qualified candidates should send a confidential cover letter, resume and 3 professional references by May 25th to:

Russell Poole, Technical Director
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please state in your email how you heard about this position and ensure ‘Assistant Technical Director’ is in the subject line of your email. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Events Management Director

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time, salaried position of EVENTS MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR. The Director leads the organization’s event functions including managing the scheduling of all events, meetings and workshops across the three-building Steppenwolf Campus at North and Halsted; the meeting and event services and support needs for all events (150+ events, meetings and workshops annually of varying scope); and the planning, implementation, and management of events as conceived by the various departments at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The Director supervises a staff of one full-time Events Management Associate, and works directly with the Production and Operations teams to coordinate, execute and manage all on-site events.

He/she is also the primary operational planner, in close collaboration with the Director of Special Events and in support of each program’s co-chairs, for the premiere fundraising events of Steppenwolf Theatre: the Women in the Arts Luncheon, the Red or White Ball, and the Steppenwolf Gala. He/she is the central contact for all event vendors, secures long-term vendor partnerships and leverages relationships with vendors to solicit in-kind donations.

This position offers the opportunity to run the Events Management department at one of the most successful theatre companies in the country. As a non-profit, Steppenwolf requires our events management team to be skilled in producing at an elevated level of excellence with modest budgets.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Logistical management and production of Steppenwolf’s major fundraising events including the annual Gala, the Auxiliary Council’s Red or White Ball, and the Women in the Arts Luncheon.
  • Manage the organization’s event calendar, and internal venue and space calendars.
  • Maintain and build upon the internal event processes, collaborating with Production, Facilities, and Front of House teams to ensure effective event execution.
  • Deliver effective management and execution of all events, frequently on-site as the lead event planner.
  • Serve as primary contact for internal and external clients for all event-related operational needs.
  • Create and manage vendor contracts and partnerships, event budgets, RFP’s, invoices, and timelines.
  • Lead production meetings for events and special projects.
  • Supervise the Events Management Associate.

Who should apply for this position?
Applicants must have experience coordinating large multi-faceted events at a professional level. Three or more years of professional theatre experience is strongly preferred. Preferably, candidates will have experience with a variety of events (both corporate/association and social/fundraising) and/or venue management experience.

The ideal candidate is someone who can prove him/herself to be:

  • An excellent written and oral communicator, able to effectively communicate with stakeholders on all sides of the event process
  • Compulsively organized, detail-oriented and someone who can’t imagine missing a deadline
  • A collaborative problem-solver
  • Passionate about and enjoys working with people
  • Capable of working with a wide variety of personality types and able to navigate difficult situations with calm, charm and grace
  • Able to manage multiple, large-scale, concurrent projects
  • Able to handle multiple projects at one time
  • Willing to work hands-on to get a job done
  • Expert in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Able to lift 25 lbs
  • Maintain a flexible schedule to work evenings, early mornings and weekends as required

This position requires a valid driver’s license and the successful candidate will be comfortable driving a 15 passenger van. Candidate must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.

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.

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.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should carefully adhere to the following instructions to apply. Candidates should send the following pieces of information by May 19, 2014.

  • A resume listing applicable experience and three references with current contact information.
  • A cover letter describing your interest in this position and addressing the following: Leadership and communication go hand in hand. Write about a time when your communication skills were powerful enough to enable you to influence the way others thought or acted in a very difficult situation. Please describe the situation and the specific results of your communication.
  • Please include in your email how you heard about this position.
  • Please include “Events Management Director” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be sent to:

David Schmitz, Managing Director
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE