EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

MARKETING ASSISTANT JOB POSTING

Posted: November 15, 2016
Full Time / Exempt Position
Some weekend and evening hours

Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago seeks a full time Marketing Assistant. This position plays a pivotal role in all single ticket and subscription campaigns, external communications and audience development initiatives. As a member of the marketing department, the Marketing Assistant reports to the Director of Marketing; works closely with the Audience Services and Group Sales Manager and the Graphic Designer, as well as all departments to provide communication and promotional support; and hires and supervises department interns.

Victory Gardens is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization which produces five productions per year in our intimate 259-seat theater in the historic Biograph Theater. The Marketing Assistant works collaboratively with each staff member at Victory Gardens to achieve the goals set forth by company leadership and to serve the mission of the theatre.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and maintain promotional relationships with neighborhood businesses
  • Execute marketing events, including invited rehearsals, season kick-off events, subscriber and member nights, public programs, and community events
  • Analyze and report on patron and survey data on an ongoing basis
  • Analyze and report on single ticket and subscription sales
  • Manage Playbill content and layout
  • Maintain collection of institutional media archive (photo, video)
  • Make design adjustments to institutional publications as needed (surveys, signage, etc.)
  • Work with publicity firm on company press releases
  • Manage email blast campaigns including schedule, strategy, copywriting, layout in MailChimp and reporting
  • Shoot and edit promotional videos
  • Photograph and document events to be shared on social media
  • Manage the Theater’s social media presence through Vimeo, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • 1-2 years of professional experience
  • Excellent verbal and written skills including proof reading and editing
  • Experience with ticketing database software
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, video editing software, and email marketing platforms (e.g. MailChimp)
  • A collaborative spirit, creative mind, and sense of humor
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to work within tight deadlines, sometimes with short notice
  • Ability to manage, delegate and prioritize projects
  • Attention to detail and ability to incorporate feedback from multiple parties
  • A passion for live theater and the arts preferred

Compensation:
Salary is competitive within the non-profit performing arts industry and commensurate with qualification and experience. Excellent benefits package. 

To apply:
Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Qualified and interested candidates should send a letter of interest, confidential resume, and salary history/requirements to HR2@victorygardens.org with subject line “Marketing Assistant”

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60014


PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Victory Gardens is seeking resumes for Production Assistants for our upcoming 2016-2017 season. We are looking for incredibly motivated individuals to join our team. Employment would typically begin at tech for our first production and continue on a show to show basis. This position is paid hourly and performances are typically Wednesday through Sunday. A detailed Schedule will be provided upon request.

Key employment dates for our 2016-17 season are below:

A Wonder In My Soul
1st day of tech rehearsals- 2/7
Closing/Strike – 3/12

Queen
1st day of tech rehearsals – 4/11
Closing/Strike – 5/14

Native Gardens
1st day of tech rehearsals – 6/13
Closing/Strike – 7/16

Production Assistant Requirements:

  • Stage management experience essential.
  • Excellent communication skills and even temperament.
  • Creating and maintaining proper backstage paperwork.
  • Multi-tasking in a fast paced environment.
  • Storing props and wardrobe and resetting scenery properly after each performance.
  • Participating in a light duty strike after the closing of the show.
  • Working with Stage Management on any other required tasks.

Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit all resumes to Aaron Shapiro, Production Manager, productionjobs@victorygardens.org. Please include Production Assistant Position in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

ABOUT US:
Victory Gardens Theater is home to the bold voices of world premiere theater. Located at the newly restored historic Biograph Theater, the company features the work of exciting playwrights who are changing theater in the United States and abroad. Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Regional Theatre. The company’s dedication to developing, supporting and producing new work makes Victory Gardens an American Center for New Plays.


WARDROBE PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Victory Gardens is seeking resumes for Production Assistants for our upcoming 2016-2017 season. We are looking for incredibly motivated individuals to join our team. Employment would typically begin at tech for our first production and continue on a show to show basis. This position is paid hourly and performances are typically Wednesday through Sunday. A detailed Schedule will be provided upon request.

Key employment dates for our 2016 -1017 season are below:

A Wonder In My soul
1st day of tech rehearsals- 2/7
Closing/Strike – 3/12

Queen
1st day of tech rehearsals – 4/11
Closing/Strike – 5/14

Native Gardens
1st day of tech rehearsals – 6/13
Closing/Strike – 7/16

Production Assistant Requirements:

  • Stage management experience helpful.
  • Day to day maintenance of costumes while maintaining design integrity.
  • Experience with maintaining wigs helpful.
  • Excellent communication skills and even temperament.
  • Creating and maintaining proper backstage paperwork.
  • Multi-tasking in a fast paced environment.
  • Assisting run crew with changes.
  • Storing props and wardrobe and resetting scenery properly after each performance.
  • Participating in a light duty strike after the closing of the show.
  • Working with Stage Management on any other required tasks.

Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit all resumes to Aaron Shapiro, Production Manager, productionjobs@victorygardens.org. Please include Production Assistant Position in the subject line.

No phone calls please.

ABOUT US:
Victory Gardens Theater is home to the bold voices of world premiere theater. Located at the newly restored historic Biograph Theater, the company features the work of exciting playwrights who are changing theater in the United States and abroad. Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Regional Theatre. The company’s dedication to developing, supporting and producing new work makes Victory Gardens an American Center for New Plays.


MANAGING DIRECTOR

Victory Gardens Theater is currently accepting applications of qualified persons for the position of Managing Director.

Position Summary:
Victory Gardens Theater is seeking a strategic, entrepreneurial and collaborative leader who will further our mission to present new plays and build new diverse audiences while ensuring the Theater’s long term financial viability. The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and works in close partnership with the Artistic Director. The MD acts as Chief Operating/Revenue/Administrative Officer, overseeing and directing the Development, Marketing, Audience Development, Facilities/Operations, Educational Outreach and General Management/Business Management efforts of the theater. The MD works with the Executive Committee of the Board on long range planning. The MD prepares the annual budget and works to maximize the income potential of Victory Gardens’ activities. The MD represents Victory Gardens in the community and among funders. The MD also negotiates a variety of contracts.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five or more years of experience in theatre management and arts administration
  • Senior organizational leadership experience in arts administration, including responsibility for preparing and managing a significant budget
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic plans that align with an organization’s mission and vision
  • Prior success in audience development, fund raising, marketing, and donor development
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships with donors, audience members, the arts community and internal stakeholders (staff and board)
  • Strong people skills and ability to inspire and develop internal staff
  • Passion for the arts

Compensation:
Salary is competitive within the industry and commensurate with experience, and includes a benefits package.

To apply:
Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, professional references and salary requirements to:

MD Search
Search@victorygardens.org

No phone calls please.


CARPENTERS

Victory Gardens is seeking resumes to fill our carpenter positions for the ‘16-’17 season. We are looking for individuals who are detail oriented, able to provide basic hand tools and are able to be called on for various shop hours or load in dates for our show builds. The dates for the first show are 8/17 through 9/17.

Qualified Candidates should posses;

  • general carpentry skills
  • a willingness to give attention to the details
  • a positive attitude
  • proficiency in carpentry
  • welding skills preferred though not necessary
  • an ability to assist load-in and strike of set and scenic pieces
  • must be able to lift 75 lbs and be comfortable working at heights

How to Apply:
Qualified and interested candidates should submit all resumes to Kevin Douglass Jr., Technical Director, productionjobs@victorygardens.org. Please include Carpentry Position in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


ELECTRICIANS

Victory Gardens is seeking resumes to fill our electrician positions for the ‘15-’16 season. We are looking for individuals who are detail oriented and are able to be called on for various load in and focus dates for our shows.

Electrician qualifications:

  • Assist Master Electrician with hang, circuit and focus of lighting equipment
  • Ability to understand and interpret a lighting plot
  • Comfortable working on ladders and at heights
  • Experience with lighting control consoles a plus
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

How to Apply;
Qualified and interested candidates should submit all resumes to Tom Albright, Master Electrician – talbright@victorygardens.org. No phone calls please.

Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


STAGE MANAGEMENT INTERNS

We’re always looking for Stage Management Interns. Interns will assist the production stage manager for the duration of the rehearsal process as well as the run of the show. Interns will interact with directors, designers, as well as members of the administrative staff. In addition, interns will learn the skills necessary to maintain day-to-day operation of the technical departments of the theater. Interns must have a strong, varied background of technical theater and experience in stage management. Contact Laura Baker, Artistic Programs Manager, at lbaker@victorygardens.org for more information.


PLAY SUBMISSIONS

Victory Gardens Theater accepts full-length scripts year-round from literary agents and theater professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. Mailed copies of scripts are welcomed, though we encourage electronic pdf or word doc submissions if at all possible. A member of the Literary department will respond to submissions once they have been read and processed.


PRODUCTION CASTING

Victory Gardens holds general auditions for both Equity and non-equity members each year. For more information about our upcoming Spring Generals, click here.

Submitting Your Headshot
Victory Gardens maintains a data base of actors. We keep a file of the photos and resumes of actors who have worked at and/or auditioned for the theatre in the past five years.

It is important that we have current information. Any time you change your telephone number or union status, please send us an updated headshot including your name, address, telephone number, and email address and send it to:

Victory Gardens Theater
Attn: Casting
2433 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614


OUT OF TOWN ACTORS

Victory Gardens is only interested in auditioning actors who plan to relocate to Chicago in the near future. Our mission is to provide jobs for Chicago theater artists. If you are an Equity actor visiting from out of town and are planning on relocating, you are welcome to request an audition appointment by e-mail or inquiry letter. Auditions are scheduled on a time-available basis. There may be times that we are not able to accommodate an audition, but we will do our best.