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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.

Corporate and Foundation Associate

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Corporate and Foundation Associate. This position plays a critical role in supporting the Director of Corporate Relations and Director of Foundation and Government Relations in sustaining and growing Steppenwolf’s current $2M+ corporate, foundation and government revenue portfolio.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in lead generation of new institutional prospects by researching and identifying interested institutions and key decision makers and maintain up-to-date competitive giving information on peer arts organizations.
  • Assist with and write, edit and compile institutional proposals and grant applications, reports, solicitation letters, partnership renewals and general correspondence.
  • Manage and track stewardship of current institutions including managing the stewardship timeline, drafting/updating letters and notes, sending show reviews and brochures, facilitating event invitations as well as creating and maintaining corporate benefits communication and schedule.
  • Internally coordinate institutional recognition on all marketing materials, program feature articles, title page credits, sponsors grid and donor listings, sponsors signs, sponsor website pages, printed materials including invitations, posters and fliers and print advertisements.
  • Ensure corporate benefit fulfillment including coordinating backstage tours and ticketing
  • Track and maintain donor activities including proper documentation and contact logs in the database. Maintain electronic and hard copy files of proposal and report files.
  • Coordinate corporate entertaining events at or near Steppenwolf for all corporate clients, including annual corporate events like the Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Event. Coordinate event logistics; work with sponsors on invitation lists, event preferences, catering and day-of execution.
  • Maintain proposal and report resource files including marketing and promotional materials, reviews and press clippings, current donor lists, and organizational data including participation and demographic information, and other support information related to Steppenwolf’s programming.
  • Work with the finance team to complete the annual IL-CDP and Guidestar profiles.
  • Collate research on upcoming Steppenwolf productions, including reviews and artist biographies, notes from artistic staff and marketing play descriptions.
  • Coordinate script distribution and internal brainstorming sessions among development staff around season planning.
  • Draft one page overviews on season plays and complete updates as needed.
  • Manage sponsor and funder recognition in program books and other program materials.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • 1–2 years of experience in fundraising, special events, or equivalent experience.
  • A tenacious personality with the ability to multi-task and think quickly on your feet.
  • A polished and professional approach when dealing with client-facing meetings and events.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Accuracy in maintaining data records and managing data efficiently.
  • A high degree of initiative, confidence and energy to achieve or exceed goals, meet deadlines and manage multiple projects.
  • Effective communication both externally with donors as well as internally with other theater departments.
  • The ability to be a team player and work successfully with volunteers.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, and familarity with features including letter formatting, document layout, mail merging, tables, and spreadsheet building.
  • Experience with Tessitura (or equivalent fundraising database system), WordFly (or equivalent email system) a plus.
  • Prior corporate experience is a plus.
  • Flexibility in schedule to work weeknight evening events.

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:

  • 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. Why are you looking for this particular opportunity, and why at Steppenwolf?
    2. How did you hear about this position?
    3. What are your salary requirements? Please include “Corporate and Foundation Associate” and your last name in the subject line of your email.

Please send materials to jobs@steppenwolf.org

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

Deadline: May 18th, 2015

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 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

Part-time Facilities Staff

An ideal candidate should have basic knowledge in carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and drywall/painting. Early morning hours and weekend availability, specifically Sundays, is required. This position is supervised by the Facilities Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the facilities staff on daily maintenance needs around the theater
  • First responder to maintenance problems around the theater such as fire alarms, flooding, or other emergencies
  • Setting up and tearing down onsite events
  • Seasonal grounds work and snow removal
  • Additional duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Experience maintaining varied facilities and buildings
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • The ability to be a team player, building relationships between people and departments
  • Good attention to detail and organizational ability
  • The ability to field multiple requests and juggle several projects
  • Effective communication with supervisor on the status of projects
  • Capable of working independently on maintenance projects as assigned by supervisors

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 limited dental and disability plan, as well as 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 minorities.

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Peter Van Kempen
Facilities Manager
Email: jobs@steppenwolf.org

Please list Part-time Facilities Position 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

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