Employment

Employment

Goodman Theatre is currently seeking to fill the following positions:


Properties Head – Run Crew

Reports to: Properties Supervisor

Position Available: August 2015

Duties and Responsibility:

  • Preset/Reset/Run all props for Goodman productions as assigned
  • Maintain all props in proper working condition, repair props as needed, and report status to Properties Supervisor
  • Prepare any food items as required by the show, some perishable restock shopping as needed
  • Collaborate with Stage Management in developing performance tracks specific to props, and in resolving specific performer needs, as needed
  • Keep props run room in safe and sanitary condition
  • Empty and return rehearsal prop boxes as planned
  • Arrive on time for all calls
  • Attend all load ins/outs, technical rehearsals, performances, and understudy rehearsals as called
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Must have good carpentry skills, stage firearms and weaponry experience (FOID a plus)
  • Working knowledge of backstage, best practices and be a creative problem solver
  • College education or equivalent professional background
  • Ability to repeatedly lift, push, or maneuver up to 50-70 lbs either alone or with assistance
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work at heights
  • Night and weekend work required
  • Must be able to work as a team member and be able to maintain a positive attitude

The job is a full-time, union position under the Goodman's collective bargaining agreement with I.A.T.S.E. Local 2, with a full benefits package.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: ProductionJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org.

Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position. No calls, please.


Production Apprentice

Reports to: Production Manager

Summary:
The newly-created Production Apprentice is a salaried, year-long immersion into the workings of the production department at Chicago’s largest not-for-profit producing theater. The Apprentice will gain experience working with the Goodman Theatre’s production staff in producing the 9-play subscription season, A Christmas Carol, the New Stages play development series, and a wide range of special events. This apprenticeship will be tailored to a specific area of production determined by the selected candidate’s area of interest. Those areas are Production Management, Costumes, Technical Direction/Scenery, Props, and Sound/Projections.

The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional experience, has completed an internship at a professional theater company (in any area), has knowledge of their area of interest, and awareness of industry practices. Excellent communication, organizational, and multitasking skills are a must.

Areas of Exposure:

  • Collaborate and communicate with production departments and designers to realize each production’s design on time and on budget.
  • Work with the Production staff on: Design analysis, creating time and material estimates, scheduling, technical design, developing construction processes and techniques, choosing materials, assigning resources, day to day supervision, creative problem solving, and multi-tasking.
  • Participate in rehearsals, load-in, technical rehearsals, and load-out as assigned.
  • Collaborate on the production process for visiting theater company initiatives, co-productions, transfers, and tours of Goodman productions.
  • Experience the process of negotiating and contracting personnel and designers while learning the details of production labor contracts.
  • Work with Goodman Staff to learn and maintain proper theatre health and safety procedures.

Responsibilities:
Become an integral member of the Goodman team working in all areas throughout the organization.

Candidate Qualifications:
Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Email cover letter detailing your area of interest, resume, and three (3) references to ProductionApprentice@GoodmanTheatre.org. Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.

No phone calls, please.


General Management Apprentice

Reports to: Managing Director and Associate Managing Director

Summary:
The General Management Apprentice is a salaried, year-long, holistic immersion into the workings of Chicago’s largest not-for-profit producing theater. The Apprentice gains hands-on management experience, working with the Managing Director and Associate Managing Director in all aspects of producing, fundraising for and promoting a 9-play subscription season, the New Stages new play development series, Education and Community Engagement programs and a range of special events. The ideal candidate holds a Bachelor’s Degree, has completed an internship at a professional theater company (in any area) and has knowledge of theater administration and awareness of industry practices. Excellent communication, organizational and multitasking skills are a must.

Areas of Exposure:

  • Work with the Managing Director and Associate Managing Director on budgeting and fiscal responsibilities of the organization.
  • Experience the process of negotiating and contracting with artistic personnel while learning the details of artistic and production labor contracts.
  • Secure rights and negotiate creative licensing agreements.
  • Collaborate on the negotiation process for visiting theater company initiatives, co-productions, transfers and tours of Goodman productions.
  • Work with the Goodman Artistic Staff regarding season planning, producing and casting of season productions.
  • Work with the Development Staff on fundraising initiatives and grant writing.
  • Work with the Goodman Education and Community Engagement Staff to learn about the theater’s education and community programs.
  • Work with Ticket Services Department (ticketing and telemarketing operations) to gain an understanding of the process and an introduction to the Tessitura database.
  • Work with the Development Staff and Executive Team on the interaction with the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Women's Board and Scenemakers Board.
  • Work with the Marketing and Publicity Departments on branding, marketing a season schedule of productions, PR and promotion, including social media.
  • Work with the Goodman's Company Manager to gain an understanding of the role and its responsibilities.

Responsibilities:
Become an integral member of the Goodman team working in all areas throughout the organization.

Qualifications
Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Email cover letter, resume and salary history to AdminApprentice@GoodmanTheatre.org. Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.

No phone calls, please.


Costume Design Assistant

Reports to: Costume Shop Manager

Start Date: Late summer or early fall

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager with all phases of shopping, procuring costumes and materials for each assigned production
  • Work with the Costume Shop Manager to maintain the show budget
  • Process and track receipts for all purchases
  • Aid in the communication between the costume designer, costume shop, wardrobe, and actors
  • Assist with show documentation
  • Oversee interns and assistant shoppers
  • Work with the costume shop to maintain shop spaces and equipment
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years professional costume shopping and assisting experience desired
  • Design background required
  • Must be very detailed oriented and highly organized
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Desired skills include make-up design and application
  • Valid Illinois Drivers License required

This position is full-time with a competitive hourly rate and benefits package.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to HeidiMcMath@GoodmanTheatre.org

Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position. No calls, please.


Assistant Properties Supervisor

Reports to: Properties Supervisor

Position Available: Immediately

Responsibilities:

  • Assist Properties Supervisor with all aspects in running the properties department for the Goodman Theatre
  • Assist in running properties shop on a daily basis assuring timely and efficient workflow
  • Communicate between Properties Supervisor and other staff regarding; work progress, problem solving and changes
  • Aid in communication with designers and stage management
  • Work on specific production projects as assigned
  • Maintain clean and safe properties shop and storage spaces
  • Coordinate rentals
  • Work on load in and load out crews
  • Track and maintain expenses
  • Other duties and assigned

Qualifications

  • Two to three years professional props experience required
  • Advanced knowledge and experience with prop construction methods and techniques required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Quicken required with AutoCAD, Photoshop beneficial
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and clean driving record, and able to operate vehicles in inclement weather
  • Must have own vehicle and applicable insurance to use vehicle for work purposes
  • Available to work nights, weekends, and overtime as needed
  • Must be able to multitask and maintain a positive attitude in times of stress

The job is a full-time hourly, non-union position, with a full benefits package.

The Goodman Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: ProductionJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org. No phone calls, please.


Human Resources Manager

Reports to: Managing Director

Position Summary:
The Human Resources Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the employment lifecycle for all full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees, including employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Responsibilities:

  • Managing the hiring process, including advertising open positions, reviewing resumes, coordinating and/or conducting interviews, conducting reference and background checks, drafting offer letters
  • Managing the on-boarding process for new employees
  • Managing up-to-date personnel information and files including job descriptions
  • Overseeing the annual employee review process
  • Overseeing the employee benefit program
  • Ensuring management actions conform to employee handbook
  • Creating employee policy and procedures
  • Tracking employee performance documentation
  • Addressing personnel-related issues
  • Participating in disciplinary and termination meetings
  • Conducting employee exit interviews
  • Working with Goodman’s legal counsel to discuss HR-related issues, as needed
  • Ensuring compliance with federal, state and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions
  • Ensuring compliance to all collective bargaining agreements in effect at Goodman
  • Directing coordination, training, and adherence to company-wide safety program

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Highly detail-oriented, able to work independently, excellent skills in verbal and written communication
  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years’ experience relevant to the responsibilities
  • Familiarity with federal, state and local labor laws
  • SPHR certification or equivalent, preferred
  • Excellent people skills including influence, negotiation and communication

Please submit your cover letter, resume and salary requirements to HR@GoodmanTheatre.org. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.


Institutional Giving Assistant

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving

Position Summary:
The Institutional Giving Assistant is responsible for coordinating the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process for all Corporate, Foundation and Government (CFG) prospects and performs needed clerical tasks in support of the Institutional Giving area.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as relationship coordinator for all Institutional sponsorship donors and prospects, including managing visibility and recognition benefit fulfillment and ticket requests
  • Maintain and update Tessitura database with organizational contacts for invitation lists, fundraising reports, and publications
  • Coordinate and track all CFG donor invitations to Goodman events
  • Assist in the preparation of sponsorship proposals, grant applications and reports by writing, editing, proofreading, and compiling information as assigned
  • Serve as the main contact for the Graphics and Marketing departments in coordinating CFG graphic requests, sponsor logo approvals and marketing materials for the Development department
  • Support Directors and Trustees in preparation for solicitation of Corporate sponsorships and Foundation/Government grants, including developing proposal materials and packets
  • Perform clerical tasks related to CFG check processing and donor recognition, including creating gift acknowledgments and providing accurate donor lists for use in publications on the Goodman website
  • Serve as the primary point person for all corporate entertainment events at the Goodman
  • Assist in preparation for Trustee meetings
  • Provide additional clerical support to the CFG giving program as needed to ensure that departmental priorities can be met
  • Assist the corporate annual fund giving (Corporate Connections) campaign
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Entry-level development position and event experience a key asset
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage numerous projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive of, plan and execute research projects making use of traditional and electronic resources
  • Ability to work independently, to seek input and to take direction
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint); Tessitura Database experience a plus
  • Sensitivity to confidentiality

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Email cover letter, resume and salary history to DevelopmentJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org or fax them to (312) 553-7234. Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.


Content Creator

Reports to: Marketing Manager

Position Summary:
This is a temporary position funded by a grant from the Wallace Foundation for one year. Additional funding may be available after the first year of the grant.

As part of the Wallace Foundation grant this position will focus on developing an increased and loyal ongoing audience for new work by contemporary writers at the Goodman. He/she will supplement new initiatives through the creation of rich content across multi-media channels and will work with members of the Goodman’s artistic and education and community engagement departments to develop new audience engagement programming.

Responsibilities:

  • Generate content for videos, articles, digital and more to be used on website and social media; focus on new work development
  • Work with the Marketing Manager, Director of Marketing and PR and Director of New Play Development to adhere to grant deadlines and milestones
  • Refine and contribute to the development of future new work engagement programming and initiatives; work with artistic and marketing team to develop a plan for generating participation in a new engagement program and create appropriate literature and engagement materials
  • Provide critical support in the development and implementation of branding campaign for new work
  • Provide general support as needed within and across different departments

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in arts related discipline
  • 2-4 years professional experience in journalism and/or marketing communications preferred
  • Proficient at producing video content, including storyboarding, shooting and editing pieces
  • Excellent written communication skills, including experience in long form journalism
  • Strong understanding of the theater and new work
  • Very strong organization skills/attention to detail
  • Ability to work within and across departments
  • Excellent project management skills

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Email cover letter, resume and salary history to marketingjobs@goodmantheatre.org. Please indicate in cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.

No phone calls, please.


Publicity Manager

Reports to: Publicity Director

Goodman Theatre’s Publicity team (comprised of the Publicity Director, Publicity Manager, Publicity Associate and an intern) is the theater’s liaison to the media, responsible for distributing information about productions and programs to gain positive exposure for and promotion of the institution. The Publicity team works closely with all departments of the theater—in particular, the Marketing and PR team—to promote theater of the highest quality, aesthetic and cultural diversity and forge an intrinsic connection with the Chicago community.

The Publicity Manager reports to the Publicity Director, with whom s/he collaborates, plans and executes all publicity campaigns and public information programs. The Manager analyzes the impact of each campaign and strategizes new tactics and future opportunities. The Manager cultivates and maintains relationships with the media and strategic community contacts, leads photo and video opportunities and manages the department budget.

Goodman Theatre produces a five-play subscription season in the 856-seat Albert Ivar Goodman Theatre and a three-play season in the 350-seat Owen Bruner Goodman Theatre. In addition, the Goodman produces the annual production of A Christmas Carol in the Albert each year, as well as a variety of special events and education and community engagement programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement and evaluate press plans for print, broadcast, internet and social media
  • Write press releases; research/gather background materials; and pitch stories; facilitate interviews
  • Research new media opportunities and connections using data from CisionPoint and Tessitura
  • Maintain press lists for releases, photos, video and opening night invitations
  • Evaluate, analyze and provide reporting for media response and impact of publicity efforts
  • Manage planning, logistics and internal communication for publicity opportunities
  • Manage placement distribution
  • Manage publicity department budget, including expenditures and forecasting
  • Negotiate season contracts with house photographers and video production vendors
  • Co-mentor department intern(s)
  • Supervise opening night preparations, including invitations, reservations, ticketing and photography
  • Schedule and facilitate rehearsal, production, opening night and special event photo and video shoots
  • Supervise archival duties and distribution of materials to other theaters, producers, journalists, scholars and students
  • Assist with departmental administrative duties as needed
  • With Director and Associate, work with Goodman Theatre community contacts, including Chicago sports teams, Chicago Loop Alliance, League of Chicago Theatres, chambers of commerce, Chicago sister cities, consulates, and other arts, cultural and constituent organizations

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience: Candidates must have at least three years of experience in media/public relations or communications—ideally for a theater. Must demonstrate proven success (media placements) and have established relationships with members of the Chicago and national media.
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in theater, journalism, communications, English or related field.
  • Required Skills: Must be a strong writer, self-starter, self-motivated, highly organized and able to work well with staff within all disciplines and levels within the theater. Must have excellent editing and interpersonal skills. Experience with Tessitura a plus. Must have a self-motivated work style.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience; full benefits package included.

Send cover letter, resume, three writing samples and salary history via email to publicityjobs@goodmantheatre.org.  Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.


Tessitura Database Manager

Reports to: Systems Administrator
Posted: February 3, 2015

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain Tessitura, and various other SQL BI Software used by Goodman Theatre.
    o Manage and maintain of Tessitura remote access applications and devices (RAMP, NSCAN, TSTATS)
    o Create and deploy custom reports and queries,provide support for data reporting issues (SSRS, Infomaker)
    o Create SQL stored procedures, tables and views for use in reporting and automated processes, in addition to job automation and scheduling
    o Monitor and maintain website API, facilitate with 3rd party vendors when required.
    o Monitor database integrity and implement of protocols for data hygiene
  • Assist with staff training, and advocate for the use of the database
  • Technology project management, including database upgrades
  • Additional duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Experience using and managing Tessitura
  • Experience with General Database Administration best practices and knowledge of T-SQL
  • Experience with troubleshooting and resolving database problems
  • Excellent communication and documentation skills

The job is a full-time salaried, non-union position, with a full benefits package.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to ITJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org. Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by referencing the specific website or job posting location.


Manager of Individual and Major Gifts

Reports to: Senior Director of Major Gifts

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Senior Director of Major Gifts and Individual Giving team, the Manager of Individual and Major Gifts is responsible for raising approximately $3M in annual individual contributions to Goodman Theatre through in-person solicitations; solicitations coordinated with leadership volunteers (Board of Trustees, Women’s Board) and staff; mail, telefund, and online gift solicitations; other specialized fundraising campaigns.
  • Execute all aspects of individual giving programs for production sponsorship and Premiere Society donors ($2,000+ annually). Oversee the creation of all related solicitation materials and collateral. Write solicitation letters and proposals as needed. Manage all related contributor benefits for sponsorship and Premiere Society donors, including special event invitations, donor perks and VIP subscriptions.
  • Manage Annual Fund Coordinator, with oversight of annual fund programs for donors below $2,000 via telefund, direct mail, online and honor/memorial fundraising campaigns.
  • Manage a portfolio of 80+ prospects with the capacity to make a 4- or 5-figure annual gift to the Goodman. Meet or exceed goals for prospect interactions, including, but not limited to, personal meetings and event interaction. Qualify and cultivate new Goodman prospects and solicit and steward gifts for annual support as well as select capital/endowment and planned giving endeavors. Record prospect interactions in the Goodman database.
  • Identify innovative approaches to fundraising, including new opportunities to increase contributed revenue and cultivate new donors. Collaborate with colleagues to develop individual giving opportunities for key constituencies, such as the Board of Trustees and Women’s Board.
  • Serve as primary staff liaison to the New Work Development Committee and the Individual Giving Chair, and secondary liaison to the Education and Community Engagement Committee.
  • With Manager of Stewardship and Community Engagement Events and Annual Fund Coordinator, plan and execute annual donor stewardship and cultivation events. Perform regular reviews of benefit arrays and fine-tune as needed.
  • Identify ways to maximize the use of the Goodman database in service of individual giving programs. Help to ensure continued use of tracking systems within database among major gift officers.
  • Coordinate Goodman Theatre tours and trips.
  • Provide staffing support for Development Office special events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 3-5 years progressive experience in non-profit fundraising.
  • 2-3 years direct experience with personal, one-on-one cultivation and solicitation of individual donors with a demonstrated ability to establish solid donor relationships and secure major gifts and a proven track record in meeting fundraising goals.
  • Strong strategic acumen; ability to process research and create solicitation strategies; ability to articulate strategies to volunteers and execute strategies with donors (on a one-on-one basis and in partnership with volunteers); major focus on establishing, building and maintaining relationships with donors.
  • 1-2 years staff management experience, including annual fund campaigns.
  • Previous experience managing high-level volunteers.
  • A disciplined approach to renewing existing donors and a proactive approach to seeking out new donors.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, writing, and presentation skills; a high level of professionalism and integrity.
  • Team player with superior organizational, strong analytical, computer and database skills. Experience and comfort with Excel and Tessitura (or other comparable fundraising database)

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience; annual salary/performance review; two weeks vacation; health, dental, and life insurance; retirement plan.

Goodman Theatre is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Send cover letter, resume, and salary history via email to DevelopmentJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org, or via fax to 312.553.7234. Please indicate in your email or cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location. No phone calls, please.


Subscription Sales Representatives

Goodman Theatre is seeking to add sales superstars to our Subscription Sales staff! Join us in selling our fantastic 90th Anniversary Season and spreading the news of the award winning shows produced on our stages. A background in telemarketing is helpful, however not required. A love for theater is a must. This is a part time position including commission. We are looking to fill positions on both our AM and PM shifts.  Please call 312-443-8015  and leave a message for Casey telling us why you would like to work at the Goodman, any previous telemarketing experience you may have, and your schedule availability. If we are interested, we will follow up with you.


Front-of-House Staff

Goodman Theatre seeks part-time front-of-house staff. A member of the front-of-house staff is responsible for working in all areas of the lobby; positions include bartender, coat check attendant, gift store attendant and greeter. Candidates must have outstanding customer service skills, basic bartending knowledge and must be available to work evenings, weekends, and Thursday matinees. EOE; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Please send resume with cover letter via email to FOHJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org or via fax to 312.443.3821. No phone calls please.


Security Officer

Goodman Theatre seeks a part-time Security Officer for immediate employment. The security team provides building security and customer service, and ensures public safety. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends. Competitive pay. Must have superior customer service skills! Send resume with cover letter to SecurityJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org. EOE; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. No phone calls, please.


Custodian

Goodman Theatre seeks a part time Custodian for immediate employment. Previous housekeeping experienced required. Must be able to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver 50+lbs, as well as climb ladders and work in high places. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends. Send resume with cover letter via email to CustodialJobs@GoodmanTheatre.org or via fax to 312.553.7234. EOE; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. No phone calls.