EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES


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.


DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE FOR INSTITUTIONAL GIVING

Position Summary:
Victory Gardens Theater is seeking a Development Associate of Institutional Giving to manage the theater’s contributed revenues from foundations, corporations, and government agencies. The position also supports the work of the Director of Development and the Development Manager. The position reports to the Director of Development.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Write and build grant proposals and reports for foundation, government, and corporate programs;
  • Work with the Director of Development and other department heads to create grant proposals;
  • Create/update office systems to map out grant deadlines, track current proposals, archive all grants written and organize all supplementary materials needed for proposals;
  • Research in-depth the requirements/preferences/history of giving for each current funder;
  • Research prospective foundation and corporate donors, work with other Development team members to recommend individual funders and explore corporate sponsorship opportunities;
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of the history and future of the theatre company to write knowledgeably about it;
  • Gather and organize appropriate program and outcomes information, facts, stories, and photos to write and develop grant proposals, communication and collateral material;
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals;
  • Manage development portions of website, ensuring website is up to date;
  • Maintain the donor database, process gifts, complete acknowledgement letters in a timely fashion, and create donor reports and lists;
  • Prepare donor lists for at least four fundraising campaigns annually (Spring & Fall appeals, Gala, and Spring fundraiser);
  • Support development department events and projects, such as the Chicago Stories Gala, the spring fundraiser, opening night receptions, among others;
  • Serve as a secondary liaison with individual donors with telephone, electronic, and in-person communications;
  • Attend board meetings and various committee meetings, record and prepare official meeting minutes, and distribute board communications as directed by the Director of Development;
  • Collaborate with other departments (Box Office, Finance, Marketing, Artistic, and Education) as appropriate to ensure consistent organizational messaging and accuracy and to obtain input and involvement;
  • Work closely with the Director of Development and the Development staff as part of an effective, cohesive fundraising team;
  • Support the work of the Director of Development, Managing Director, and Artistic Director as needed;
  • All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two or more years experience in development, audience services/box-office, or finance for not-for-profits; or experience in customer service-related industries.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software required; experience with a major fundraising software a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and diligent attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to high quality of work.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and projects simultaneously and effectively.
  • Interest in theatre/performing arts preferred.

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. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Qualified and interested candidates should send a cover letter resume, salary history/requirements and writing samples to:

Christopher Schram
Director of Development
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
773-549-2779 fax
hr2@victorygardens.org
www.victorygardens.org

No phone calls please.


CARPENTERS

Victory Gardens is seeking resumes to fill our carpenter positions for the ‘15-’16 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.

Qualified Candidates should posses;

  • General carpentry skills
  • An ability to give attention to the details
  • A positive attitude
  • Proficiency in carpentry and welding
  • A willingness 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 Scott Miller, Production Manager, smiller@victorygardens.org. 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 Monty Cole, Artistic Programs Manager, at mcole@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.