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Theatre Manager

Theatre Manager

Chicago Children’s Theatre has an immediate opening for a talented, passionate, committed Theatre Manager. This core staff member will be a team member serving both the Production department & Facilities-Operations of CCT.

This is an early-career opportunity to gain exposure and skill development throughout several aspects of our progressive & visionary non-profit arts organization.

 Primary Duties:

  • Coordinate with the Director of Administration & Operations, Production Manager, part-time technical supervisors, and other members of the management team in planning & supporting resourcing for productions, tours, educational programs, special events, and facility management.
  • Respond in real time to the evolving nature of operating our West Loop facility.
  • Perform standardized preventative maintenance procedures to ensure that machines & mechanical systems continue to run smoothly and efficiently.
  • Perform basic inspections, testing, and technical support on all operational technology & equipment as needed.
  • Troubleshoot simple lighting, plumbing, and mechanical problems.
  • Secure facilities & grounds for the purpose of minimizing property damage, loss, and liability.
  • Respond to emergency situations during & after hours, nights, and weekends for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
  • Work with the Production Manager & part-time technical supervisors in the management & scheduling of all aspects of the production season including:
    • Payroll & AEA paperwork for all artists & show staff.
    • Budgets, purchases, and reconciliation of spending.
    • Contracts with AEA, USA, SDC, and non-union artists & show staff.
    • Production calendars & production meetings.
  • Coordinate with other department’s relevant information as needed for the smooth operation of each company event.
  • Oversee facility & equipment rentals in coordination with the Director of Administration & Operations & the Production Manager. Responsible for meeting a small annual revenue goal tied to rentals.
  • Plan, develop, and submit estimates for proposed modifications, alterations, and capital improvements to the facility & grounds in coordination with the Director of Administration & Operations.
  • Provide administrative support to Production & Facilities/Operations departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Utilize outstanding collaborative & time management skills along with the ability to prioritize a wide range of competing demands.
  • Knowledge and/or excitement to explore the function & maintenance of various mechanical & technical equipment and related software.
  • Knowledge of equipment commonly found in a theatre facility (e.g scene shop, rigging, lighting, sound, house, and stage areas, etc.).
  • Knowledge of technical theatre practices.
  • Skill and/or excitement to explore efficiently using common hand & power tools.
  • Skill in and/or excitement to explore supervisory practices & techniques for assigned staff and holistic theatre management.
  • Exhibit exceptional discretion in dealing with highly confidential information.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Qualification and Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to work changing & irregular shifts in all weather conditions as needed.
  • Ability to work with a wide range of internal & external personalities in a professional and congenial manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations and take positive actions to ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.
  • A good work ethic.
  • An abundant curiosity to learn & a willingness to assist.
  • A valid drivers license and working vehicle is highly preferred.
  • A sense of humor!

Working Environment:

  • Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs individually), carrying, pushing and/or pulling, climbing & balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching and/or crawling.
  • Occasional hazardous conditions that may require special protection and/or special safety precautions.
  • Occasional transport, installation, and/or strike of scenery, props, costumes, lights, and sound.

Compensation:

Salary commensurate with experience & benefits package available including health insurance, 401k, Flex Spending Account, Ventra employer discount, & an annual 5 weeks of Paid Time Off.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter (emphasizing any previous arts organization and/or non-profit experience), resume, and salary requirements to jobs@chicagochildrenstheatre.org. No calls please. The position is immediately available for hire.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to recruiting & fostering a diverse community of staff. Women and traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE

 Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to the principle of diversity & providing an equal employment opportunity in all terms and conditions of employment. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, & individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability, age (40 & over), genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.