Employment

Goodman Theatre is currently seeking to fill the following positions:

Manager of Individual and Major Gifts
Executive Assistant

House Manager and Accessibilty Coordinator

Production Assistants - Owen Theatre

Scene Shop Apprentice

Women's Board and Benefit Events Assistant

Shop Carpenter

Graphic Designer

Manager of Individual and Major Gifts

Reports to: Associate Director of Development / Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts

Position Summary:

Manages annual performance and strategic growth of Premiere Society giving (approximately 265 Members giving $2,500 or more) through in-person solicitations and solicitations coordinated with Staff and Trustee leadership. In collaboration with the members of the Goodman Theatre Individual Fundraising staff, helps to raise nearly $4 Million annually.

Responsibilities:

  • Drive planning and management of individual giving programs, including production sponsorships and Premiere Society.
  • With Manager of Stewardship and Community Engagement Events and Annual Fund Coordinator, plan and implement annual donor stewardship and cultivation events and evaluate effectiveness of these events on an ongoing basis.
  • Manage the planning, logistics, and financial reporting of trips and tours for Goodman’s major donors
  • Oversee the creation of all Sponsorship and Premiere Society related solicitation materials and collateral.
  • Write solicitation and acknowledgement letters and proposals as needed. Draft and facilitate solicitation letters for Goodman leadership and other colleagues.
  • Have oversight of all related contributor benefits for Production Sponsorship and Premiere Society donors, including special event invitations, donor perks and VIP subscriptions.
  • Facilitates solicitations on behalf of volunteers for annual giving.
  • In partnership with Annual Fund Coordinator, help strategize of tele-funding, direct mail, and other annual fund mass appeal solicitations
  • Manage Portfolio of prospects with annual giving potential in the range of $2,500-15,000+.
  • Primary staff contact for the Premiere Society Council, the steering committee for the Premiere Society donor group  
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Previous experience managing high-level volunteers and ease of working in an environment with a broad range of personalities
  • 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.
  • Experience with staff and project management
  • 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)

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 cover letter and resume to this link. Please indicate in your cover letter how you heard about this open position. No phone calls, please.

 


 

 

Executive Assistant

Reports to: Executive Director/Managing Director

Position Summary:

The Executive Assistant provides administrative support to the Executive Director and Managing Director.  The ideal candidate will have solid administrative assistant skills and an exceptional ability to work with a diverse group of people and competing priorities. The Executive Assistant must be proactive, able to initiate projects and anticipate needs.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office/Outlook
  • Minimum of three years administrative assistant experience
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple competing tasks and demands
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • High level of interpersonal and communication skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations (this position requires demonstrated composure, tact and diplomacy)
  • Strong administrative skills, including writing, proofreading, editing, managing schedules and travel arrangements
  • Familiarity with Tessitura and ArtsVision a plus

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide administrative support to the Executive and Managing Directors, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining appointment calendars, including planning and scheduling appointments for both internal and external meetings, phone calls, conferences, travel, etc
  • Managing needs/requests from Goodman department heads, staff, artists, trustees and patrons
  • Coordinating all internal and external executive communication, including taking calls, emails, and other general correspondence  
  • Providing administrative support to the certain committees of the Board of Trustees, including coordinating committee meeting logistics/schedules; preparation and dissemination of meeting materials; recording and distribution of committee meeting minutes; and general board correspondence
  • Assisting with ticketing and reservations for VIP guests
  • Coordinate Goodman staff meetings and events
  • Coordinate minor personal tasks for Executive Director
  • Other duties as assigned

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. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to this link.

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


 

House Manager and Accessibility Coordinator

Reports to: Front of House Manager

Position Summary:

This position is the main public contact during performances and special events.  The House Manager provides customer service, supervises hourly staff, and oversees public safety during performances and events. This person will assist with house events and be able to give guided tours of the Goodman facility.  The ideal candidate must have a passion for providing accessibility to patrons of all needs.  In this role, the House Manager will assist in the coordination of accessibility services for performances, programming and community events.  This is a full-time position with regular evening and weekend hours.  The position is salaried, with an employee benefits package. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage the front of house operations during performances
  • Lead Sensory-Friendly Coordinator
  • Coordinate and Execute Touch Tours
  • Prepare the theatres and lobby spaces prior to each production
  • Ensure cleanliness and timely maintenance of all front of house areas
  • Assist with special event planning and provide on-site supervision of events
  • Maintain the supply of playbills, stuffers, and additional marketing materials for patrons and visitors
  • Ensure that Goodman patrons have a superior experience at the theatre
  • Able to provide insightful tours when requested
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Experience in the performing arts, preferably theater
  • Experience working in retail and concessions
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Able to work and think independently or as part of a team
  • Must love working with all kinds of people
  • Must thrive in a fast paced environment
  • Must be skilled at problem solving

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.

We are an inclusive and accessible employer; successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people.

Send cover letter and resume to: this link or via fax to 312.553.7234. NO PHONE CALLS. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this position by listing the specific website or posting location.


 

Production Assistants - Owen Theatre

Posted: 6/28/2018
Job Title: Production Assistants - Owen Theatre
Reports to: Stage Management
Dates Required: per show, starting in Fall 2018

The Goodman Theatre seeks Production Assistants to work with Equity Stage Managers for the 2018/2019 season in the Owen Theatre.  The Production Assistant will be an essential member of the Stage Management Team in rehearsals working with exciting directors, designers, and actors. Applicants should have training in stage management procedures and practices, be self-motivated, organized, collaborative, positive, and professional.

By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Stage Manager in pre-production and daily setup of rehearsal and support as necessary to ensure rehearsals run smoothly
  • Maintain up-to-date paperwork and Assist Stage Manager with preparation of rehearsal notes and reports
  • Work as an integral part of the stage management team and serve as liaison between SM/designers and Goodman Theatre production staff
  • Attend weekly production meetings and report on the status of the show to Goodman Theatre production staff

This is an hourly position.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to this link. NO CALLS PLEASE. Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position.


 

Scene Shop Apprentice

Position Reports to: Technical Director

The Goodman Theatre is searching for a Scene Shop Apprentice to join our scene shop staff.  This position provides an opportunity to develop scenery construction skills and gain experience working in a professional theatrical scene shop.  The Scene Shop Apprentice will work collaboratively with the Technical Director and production staff to construct, load-in, maintain and load-out scenery for the 9 show subscription season, including our annual production of A Christmas Carol, at the Goodman Theatre. This position can require some evening and weekend hours on an as needed basis.

This position is full-time and is under the jurisdiction of the Goodman Theatre’s collective bargaining agreement with I.A.T.S.E Local 2.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in scenic carpentry, metal working, and stage rigging
  • Knowledge of theatrical procedures used in scenic construction, finish carpentry and in automation/motion control is beneficial
  • Ability to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver 50-70 lbs, either alone or with assistance from others as well as scale ladders and work in high places
  • Work collaboratively as a team member and maintain a positive attitude

By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to this linkNO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position.


 

Women's Board and Benefit Events Assistant

Position Reports to: Senior Director of Special Events and Stewardship

The Women’s Board and Benefit Events Assistant will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of fundraising/cultivation events throughout the season.  The assistant will also work closely with the Goodman Theatre Women’s Board providing communication, information management and clerical support.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support, maintain calendar and coordinate and prepare for meetings for the Senior Director of Special Events and Stewardship
  • Support the Senior Director of Special Events and Stewardship in the solicitation and stewardship of Women’s Board members
  • Coordinate correspondence with Women’s Board members
  • Support all Benefit Events, Opening Night Donor events and Women’s Board projects
  • Prepare graphic design requests for all event invitations and programs
  • Prepare customized solicitation materials, letters, and proposal packets; provide support for Women’s Board members in their solicitation of others, including processing event invitation/solicitation mailings
  • Process gifts, prepare acknowledgements and provide accurate donor lists for use in publications and on the Goodman website
  • Maintain accurate and complete records in Tessitura database
  • Other responsibilities 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 execute good judgment
  • Ability to work independently, to seek input and to take direction
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, and Access; knowledge of Tessitura 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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to this link. No phone calls please.


 

Shop Carpenter

Position Reports to: Technical Director

The Goodman Theatre is searching for a Shop Carpenter to join our scene shop staff.  The Shop Carpenter will work collaboratively with the Technical Director and other scene shop staff members to construct, load-in, maintain and load-out scenery for the 9 show subscription season, including our annual production of A Christmas Carol, at the Goodman Theatre. This position can require some evening and weekend hours on an as needed basis.

 This position is full-time and is under the jurisdiction of the Goodman Theatre’s collective bargaining agreement with I.A.T.S.E Local 2.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3 years professional theatre experience in scenery construction;  scenic carpentry,  finish carpentry, metal working, stage rigging, and automation/motion control
  • Knowledge of theatrical procedures used in scenic construction
  • Ability to repeatedly lift, push or maneuver 50-70lbs, either alone or with assistance from others as well as scale ladders and work in high places
  • Safely operate a forklift or safely drive a 24’ box truck is beneficial
  • Work collaboratively as a team member and maintain a positive attitude

By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community— the Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

 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.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to this link. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position.


 

Graphic Designer

Position Reports to: Senior Designers; Director of Communications

Position Summary: The Graphic Designer is responsible for creating and executing design concepts as well as maintaining visual appearance, usability and brand continuity. Areas of work may include but are not limited to: print design for advertising, direct mail and flyers, event invitations, environmental signage, design for web, and assistance with photo and video shoots.

Essential functions of this job include, but are not limited to:

  • The ability to interact and collaborate with all departments, specifically working with the Co-Senior Designers and within the Communications Department
  • Taking projects from initial concept to finished piece
  • Working on multiple projects under tight deadlines
  • Maintaining individual workflow and project schedules
  • The ability to effectively design within Goodman brand standards
  • The ability to work across media
  • Communicating with outside vendors

Competencies: Excellent visual, oral and written communication skills; strong knowledge of hardware and software tools for visual design, specifically the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator); the ability to collaborate and contribute ideas within the department and cross-departmentally; a thorough knowledge of the institution and its current and past productions; a working knowledge of print and digital production. Familiarity with Mac OS, Wordpress and Basecamp is a plus.

Work Environment and Physical Demands: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, scanners, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, printers, as well as professional photo and video equipment. The employee is regularly reviewing and analyzing data on computers and in print media, generally in a stationary position. Occasional attendance at evening events is expected and may require traversing between rooms or groups of people.

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or related field.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:  2+ years experience in art and design, preferably communication design; experience working with clients, vendors and other visual artists.

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. We are an inclusive and accessible employer; successful candidates will have experience working with diverse groups of people.

Please submit cover letter and resume to this link.

Please indicate in cover letter how you heard about this open position by listing the specific website or posting location.  No phone calls, please.