EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The Audience Development Manager reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications and is responsible for the development and execution of the theater’s strategic audience development initiatives. This newly-created position will be responsible for identifying opportunities for audience growth and designing, implementing, and analyzing strategies to attract new theater patrons. This individual will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships, on behalf of the theater, with many diverse communities of Chicago.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan and implement all audience development activities – which include but are not limited to; supervise and manage the Council of Community Leaders and its activities; identify potential partner groups and organizations within target communities; form and maintain relationships with new communities; identify new audience growth opportunities; and support and advance institutional and production awareness.
  • Develop and coordinate Public Programs affiliate nights in collaboration with the Literary Manager.
  • Work in partnership with group sales to cultivate new group sales opportunities.
  • Represent organization at group events at the theater and in the community.
  • Create visual and written content for partner publications.
  • Identify opportunities for, and, execute theater promotion at festivals and events throughout the city.
  • Collect data, analyze, and report on all audience activities.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Previous career experience in audience development or related field.
  • Excellent strategic and analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent and proven organizational skills.
  • Excellent networking and relationship-building skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and projects simultaneously.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Enthusiasm for team building.
  • Interest in and knowledge of theatre/performing arts.

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 “Audience Development”


DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Individual Giving and Events

Victory Gardens Theater is seeking a Development Manager to report to and work with the Director of Development to coordinate the theater’s individual giving efforts. The Development Manager will serve as the primary liaison to individual donors, oversee the planning of all special events, including two annual fundraising events, and all donor cultivation events.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as Primary Liaison to individual donors, especially related to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities in addition to recognition and implementation of benefits. Responsibilities will also include donor tracking, setting individual donor strategies and conducting research, and personal solicitations including drafting solicitation and other correspondence.
  • Oversee and organize Development events including the Annual Gala (Fall), Spring Fundraiser, donor cultivation events, and Opening Nights. Specific tasks include: supporting event committees, soliciting in-kind donations and auction prizes, managing invitation and guest lists, overseeing all event logistics, maintaining income and expense budgets, developing talking points for event co-chairs and staff, and managing event follow up.
  • Collaborate with other departments (Box Office, Marketing, Artistic, Education) as appropriate to ensure consistent organizational messaging and accuracy and to obtain input and involvement.
  • Liaise with Audience Services to ensure that the appropriate levels of service are provided to donors.
  • 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.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three or more years experience in development for not-for- profits. Experience with individual solicitations, fundraising events, and donor relations preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software required; experience with 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 and available to work events and performances on nights and weekends.

Compensation:
Salary is competitive within the industry and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

To apply:
Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified and interested candidates should email a cover letter & resume to: HR2@victorygardens.org (please put DEVELOPMENT in the subject line)

Christopher Schram
Director of Development
No phone calls or personal emails please.


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:

Hand To God
1st day of tech rehearsals – 9/13
Closing/Strike – 10/23

Roz And Ray
1st day of tech rehearsals – 11/8
Closing/Strike – 12/11

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 Scott Miller, 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:

Hand To God
1st day of tech rehearsals – 9/13
Closing/Strike – 10/23

Roz And Ray
1st day of tech rehearsals – 11/8
Closing/Strike – 12/11

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 Scott Miller, 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.


ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Position Available Immediately.

The Administrative Operations Coordinator (AOC) is a key member of the Operational Staff for Victory Gardens Theater. As such, the AOC is responsible for maintaining a smooth running front office which includes some phone answering. Primary areas of responsibilities include rentals; financial management; hr/company management.

The AOC works Mondays through Fridays, and is the key building staffer to supervise any building-related issues that arise.

The AOC is an exempt position that reports to the Managing Director and Director of Finance. This is a salaried position with health benefits and vacation.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Space Rentals: Along with the Managing Director, the AOC will build rental programming; tasks include drafting and negotiating agreements for short term rentals, coordinating billing for space rental, and coordinating event details with Front of House and Production.
  • Finance: Reconcile the daily box office, concessions and merchandise reports; reconcile monthly bank statements; prepare bank deposit slips for all deposits; prepare weekly settlements for renters; prepare weekly royalty statements; manage bulk mail accounts.
  • HR /Company Management: Prepare actor and designer contracts; process weekly payroll paperwork, file tax paperwork with Director of Finance, coordinate travel arrangement for out of town artists.
  • Operations: Answer the general administrative phone line, maintain spacebook, schedule meetings, and order office supplies.

Qualifications: College Degree or Equivalent. 2-3 years management/supervisory experience preferred. Impeccable customer service skills, pleasant and calm demeanor is essential. Marketing and bookkeeping experience a plus. Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and must be able work on a variety of projects and be able to quickly change focus. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programs is a requirement.

Victory Gardens Theater is an equal opportunity employer. Please send resume and cover letter to hr2@victorygardens.org. No phone calls, please.


DIRECTORS INCLUSION INITIATIVE

The Directors Inclusion Initiative at Victory Gardens is a program aimed at encouraging and nurturing emerging artists of color and disability, and women who are interested in stage direction.

Each year, Victory Gardens accepts applications, performs interviews, and places early-career directors on one of our five main stage productions as the assistant director with access to mentorship by our staff. There will be a modest stipend.

To apply for our 16/17 season: Email a cover letter and resume to Monty Cole, Artistic Programs Manager, at mcole@victorygardens.org by June 1st, 2016.

The cover letter should include the following:
– What has brought you to this moment as a theater practitioner?
– Why directing? Why theater?
– What do you hope to get out of working at Victory Gardens Theater?
– How will this initiative be of service to you?
– What specific plays and directors are you interested/available to assistant direct in the 16/17 season?


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 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.