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Finance and Administration Associate

The House Theatre of Chicago seeks a Finance and Administration Associate to ensure fiscal responsibility, manage office and facility administration and support the company’s HR function. An excellent opportunity for an early-career arts administrator to grow with one of Chicago’s most innovative theatre companies as The House moves into a brand new headquarters that will house all off-stage operations under one roof. This full-time, exempt position reports to the Managing Director.

The mission of The House is to unite Chicago in the spirit of community through amazing feats of storytelling. Through our programming and operations, we strive to achieve inclusive artistic practices that promote inclusive institutional structures. We seek to build a diverse team, and candidates from all ethnicities, racial backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

Finance:

  • Manage and process AP/AR and general accounting using Quickbooks.
  • Complete monthly reconciliations of revenues and expenses with marketing, development and production departments.
  • Project operating cash flows and provide recommendations to the Managing Director.
  • Lead and manage yearly audit process.
  • Organize financial results to be reported to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Ongoing improvement of accounting controls and processes based on industry best practices.
  • Support the annual budgeting process through recapping the historical year, providing analysis and discussing with department heads for future planning.
  • Work with production department to calculate artist royalties and settlements for The House productions.
  • Monitor company’s line of credit.


Human Resources:

  • Process employee payroll.
  • Coordinate employee benefits.
  • Administer HR record keeping.
  • Support administration of employee and contractor HR concerns.


Additional Administrative Duties:

  • Coordinate operations by addressing the functional and logistical needs of the organization: IT and phone support, building security, insurance, office supply and general administration.
  • Support the administration of ancillary streams of earned revenue, including rehearsal room and scene shop rentals, retail and other contracted work.
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Qualifications
Experience using accounting software (specifically Quickbooks), and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and the Google Suite. Experience with Total Info (EasyWare) is preferred, but not required. A general understanding or sincere interest in nonprofit theatre and appreciation for the performing arts is vital. Must have a strong ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, excellent attention to detail, good communications skills, and a sense of humor.

The House Theatre of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all ethnicities, racial backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply.

 

Compensation
Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick leave. Participation in an employee-funded health insurance plan is available.

 

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume as PDF via email to erik (at) thehousetheatre.com. Include your full name and “Finance and Administration Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

 

Audience Services Manager 

The House is Chicago's premier home for original works of epic story and stagecraft. We consider our audience a primary component in our productions, and bring our design aesthetics and inclusive approach to the audience experience for every show.

The Audience Services Manager is the company’s front-line connection to our audience and is responsible for ensuring the best purchasing and attendance experience for all House patrons. This role is ideal for a candidate who is enthusiastic about interacting with theatre patrons both young and old, new and seasoned, welcoming them, and preparing them to have an amazing experience with an original story alongside friends and strangers. This position will also provide valuable opportunities for those interested in developing additional arts administration skills related to Audience Development, Fundraising, and Fiscal Management.

The Audience Services Manager serves as the primary Box Office staff, manages part-time hourly staff, and manages policy of both sales and fulfillment of all our services and products. Additionally, they support contributed income activities as they relate to individual patrons of the organization.

 

Through our programming and operations, we strive to achieve inclusive artistic practices that promote inclusive institutional structures. We seek to build a diverse team, and candidates from all ethnicities, racial backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities are strongly encouraged to apply.

This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Audience Development.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serves as the Box Office staff person at majority of mainstage performances
  • Manages hourly part-time box office staff
  • Serves as the Front of House staff person at The Magic Parlour when mainstage is dark
  • Sets up all earned income items in Total Info Database
  • Manages Total Info Database related to tickets, memberships and swag as well as general patron record management
  • Sets box office policy for ticket, membership and product fulfillment
  • Manages ticket inventory, and issues inventory to third party resellers
  • Executes daily Ticket, Membership and Swag sales and fulfillment
  • Assembles and coordinates delivery of Magic Parlour playbills
  • Reports sales to Finance Manager and reconciles income with third-party resellers
  • Manages weekly patron emails (Attending and Post-attending)
  • Directs volunteer House Management program
  • Supports Audience Development and Marketing efforts with database tasks, such as reporting, list pulls and patron record updates
  • Supports Individual Giving campaigns by executing fulfillment of benefits as related to ticketing
  • Supports special events as needed, including rsvps, and on-site staffing

Candidate Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • A general understanding and genuine appreciation of performing arts and House patrons
  • Excellent written, verbal, and in-person communication skills
  • Experience in customer service and money handling in a point-of-sale system
  • Strong ability to work independently and prioritize in both a fast-paced environment and office environment
  • Strong ability to integrate and collaborate with our other departments towards organizational goals
  • Experience in managing crowds
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with Total Info database and/or Box Office Management experience is a plus
  • Interest in growing non-profit arts administration skills as related to Audience Development, Marketing, Fundraising or fiscal management is welcomed

LOCATION

This position works in three locations; The Chopin Theatre, Palmer House Hotel, and our northside offices. The House will soon move into a newly custom-built office space at Irving Park and Rockwell! A vehicle is a plus.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time, salaried position with regular mid-day, evening and weekend hours. Paid vacation days, and option to purchase employee-paid health coverage.

APPLY

Candidates will send a cover letter and resume to jobs (at) thehousetheatre.com with the subject "NAME - Audience Services Manager candidate".


No phone calls, please.

Starting date: January 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

Become a House Host!

Love the House? Love talking to people? Want a Front of House experience for your resume? All of the above? We'd love your help! We rely on our House Hosts to perform the duties of a house manager (greeting, seating assistance, etc.), as well as to start conversations and bring communities together! Even if you've never seen a House show before but would love the chance to host, we can make that happen. You'll get a T-shirt, and you and a friend will get to watch the show for free! If you're interested, apply by sending us an email at boxoffice@thehousetheatre.com. Be sure to include your contact information, any House shows you've seen before, what performances you'd like to host (we ask for a minimum of three for one run), and anything else you'd like us to know! 

 

 

INTERNSHIPS 

 

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NOW ACCEPTING WINTER 2018 INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS - Due Nov 17, 2017.
 

The House Theatre of Chicago’s internship program is designed to provide a collaborative, entrepreneurial experience for aspiring young theatremakers. The House is looking for undergraduate students, and recent college graduates interested in learning about and participating in the day-to-day functions of a growing professional theater. Our interns work directly with their department directors to advance the initiatives of each department, and collaboratively across departments with other staff and members of their internship class.
 

Successful candidates will be self-starters and strong communicators who are confident in their interpersonal skills and have a passion for the work of The House and its unique storytelling style. They will also be familiar with Google Apps and Microsoft Office Suite.

All internships are 12-20 hours per week, including additional hours for special events. Internships are unpaid; college credit may be arranged through your institution.

All internships require you to bring your own laptop.

Internship Benefits

  • Tickets to House productions
  • Experience working in an open learning environment for a nonprofit arts organization
  • And opportunity to meet and work with established artists, nonprofit professionals and our outstanding board of directors.
  • Possibility of college credit

 

Production Management Intern
This position will work closely with the Director of Production the Assistant Production Manager.  Interns will receive hands-on training and will have a direct impact on each production.  Interns will also have the opportunity to craft their own experience by creating their own independent projects within the production department.

 

 

Time Commitment

The internship may have a negotiable start and end dates.  The minimum term is currently eight weeks.  The intern must commit to 8-12 hours each week during regular office hours (M-F 9am-5pm).  Some evenings and weekends required during technical rehearsals.  

 

Responsibilities

  • General office administration including, but not limited to:
  • Processing expense reports and check requests
  • Drafting contracts
  • Generating financial reports
  • Maintaining electronic and paper file systems
  • Maintaining production calendars
  • Ordering supplies.  
  • Attend all production meetings and assist at technical rehearsals, which may be outside regular office hours.  
  • Other duties may include assisting production staff heads and assisting at load-in and load-out.
  • The intern will have the opportunity for feedback and goal-planning during bi-weekly check-ins with production manager.  

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate is an undergraduate or recent graduate in theatre looking for practical production management experience in an office environment and has a strong desire to learn about production management and an interest in pursuing production management as a career.
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel preferred.  A positive attitude and a passion for making great theatre


Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to jeremy (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, November 17, 2017. No phone calls, please.

 

 

Development (Fundraising) Intern
 

This position will work closely with the Development Manager and Managing Director on event planning and fundraising. Duties will include donor communications, database management and support in the planning and execution of our annual benefit on March 3, 2018.

 

Time Commitment

January 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018: 10-12 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible, though most work should take place on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 9a-5p). The week surrounding the event (February 28th- March 7th) additional hours may be required, and full availability is required for the day of the event (March 3). Exceptions can be made for other commitments. Some evenings and weekends may be required.

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Interest in event management and donor relations
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage deadlines
  • Comfortable or willing to learn how to make cold calls
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Drive
  • Experience using Total Info would be a plus
  • An extroverted person will be most comfortable in this role
 

Responsibilities

  • Support the Annual Fundraising Benefit Event
  • Reach out to businesses and individuals to ask for auction donations
  • Track the receipt and delivery of items to silent auction winners
  • Prepare items and forms for display at event.
  • Assist with other event-related tasks such as event promotion, décor, volunteer coordination and other logistics.
  • Day of event: help with set-up, breakdown, and coordination of the Silent Auction
  • Prepare and send acknowledgments
  • Make calls to donors and businesses regarding donations
  • Log donor activities in database
 

Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to lizzie (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, November 17, 2017. No phone calls, please.

 

Marketing and Audience Development Intern

This position will work primarily with the Director of Marketing and Audience Development to promote The House Theatre of Chicago and its programs to new and existing audiences. The internship will provide exposure to a wide range of tactics and methods including Ad buys, Email campaigns, direct promotion and sales, group outreach and more.

 

Time Commitment

Minimum ten (10) weeks. Must plan to attend orientation the afternoon/evening of January 19, 2018. Approximately 12-20 hours per week on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 10a-6p), with additional hours for special events and rehearsal/performance attendance.

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • An organized self-starter with an interest in talking to Chicago theatre audiences.
  • Innovative and bold communication skills
 

Responsibilities

  • Target Research
    • Identify potential targets
    • Research targets
    • Assist with communications strategy and messages
  • E-Communications
    • Promotional emails
    • Reporting open and click-thru rates
    • Social Media management
  • Partnership outreach
    • Promotion creation
    • Including targeted messaging
  • Graphic layout
    • Media selections (photo and video)
  • Events
    • Support Open House events and Opening Nights
  • General
    • Attend Marketing Committee Meetings
    • Attend Staff Meetings as available
    • Attend weekly Marketing/Mng. Dir. meeting as available
 

Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to chelsea (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, November 17, 2017. No phone calls, please.

 

 

Management and Administration Intern
 

This position will work closely with the Managing Director and the Finance and Operations Manager to support key administrative functions within the organization.

 

Time Commitment

Minimum ten (10) weeks. Must plan to attend orientation the afternoon/evening of January 19, 2018. Approximately 12-20 hours per week on weekdays during normal office hours (Monday-Friday between 9a-5p), with additional hours for special events and rehearsal/performance attendance.

 

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Interest in theatre management/administration as a career
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and manage deadlines
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word and Google Drive
  • Familiarity with Quickbooks accounting software preferred
 

Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in organizing the new administrative offices.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate systems to ensure an efficient workplace.
  • Assist in developing a structure around space rentals, researching prospects for rehearsal and scene shop rentals.
  • Support special events including:
  • Annual fundraising benefit
  • Opening of our new office headquarters
  • Performance opening nights
  • Assist Managing Director with professional scheduling and administering office procedures.
  • Support revision and further development of employee handbook.
  • Develop a facility manual in collaboration with the production department.
  • Support documentation and administration of education initiatives.
  • Coordinate and systematize the House Theatre internship program.
  • Assist the Finance Department with accounts payable.
  • Assist with human resources, benefits and vacation administration.
 

Application Deadline: Please submit resume and cover letter as PDFs via email to derrik (at) thehousetheatre.com by Friday, November 17, 2017. No phone calls, please.

 

 

Casting 

Interested in appearing on stage at The House? Audition notices are posted on the Chicago Plays website and occasionally via our Facebook page, too. You can also submit your headshot and resume electronically to:

Marika Mashburn at casting@thehousetheatre.com.

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Set Building

 

We occasionally need help sawing wood and hammering nails in the week before a show. If you want to assist with some carpentry for the arts, contact production manager Jeremy Wilson. jeremy@thehousetheatre.com

 

 

Other Opportunities

 

Are you excellent at cold-calling? Do you just love licking envelopes? If you’d like to contribute your time during one of The House’s subscription or donation campaigns, or have other skills you can contribute and think we need to know about, please email us at info@thehousetheatre.com!