As we embark on our 20th anniversary season, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is seeking a self-starter and motivated communicator who can join our team. The candidate must be able to successfully market our performances and arts educational programs with a comprehensive message about the company. Candidates must be able to create content for social media, print and written documents, design social media graphic and flyers and programs for events and be able to work with a graphic designer for bigger projects.

The candidate must be able to reach, communicate and connect with Chicago’s diverse communities and build new audiences. Community and audience engagement are two core essential aspects to Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble. Community engagement happens outside the walls of the performance space, while audience engagement happens during performances in the form of talkbacks, social service resources and audience surveys and social media. Ideally, candidates will have established relationships with arts and culture reporters or be able to establish those relationships.

Marketing Responsibilities:

Manage overall ‘look & feel’ of branding material with Executive Artistic Director
Manage all regular communications, including: Social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), E-blasts and Newsletters (Constant Contact)
Produce monthly newsletter and manage performance and arts ed blogs
Maintain and update website (via Weebly)
Develop & implement marketing calendar for shows and events
Build campaigns per specific production and arts educational programs
Create & develop specific content for social media
Run paid ad campaigns
Coordinate show posters with Graphic Designer
Develop & implement creative marketing for Arts Education programs
Assist and design creative promotions to attract new schools and community centers
Market and sell programming to schools
Report Key Performance Indicators for digital channels once a month
Update communications plan every 3-6 months or as needed

Public Relations / Publicity Responsibilities

Write press release for events and send to media contacts and BroadwayWorld.com
Confirm media placements and coordinate journalist presence at events
Document and report media coverage
Cultivate and develop new and established relationships with key arts and culture reporters for consistent story placement
Create and manage event listings (See Chicago Dance, League of Chicago Theatres, Facebook, etc.)
Coordinate discount ticket listings (HotTix, Goldstar)
Create and manage event ticketing (Brown Paper Tickets)
Create program for performances (Google Docs)
Coordinate program advertisements
Manage distribution of posters, postcards, and/or flyers

Community and Audience Engagement Responsibilities

Attend at least one networking event a month on behalf of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble (League of Chicago Theater, See Chicago Dance, Northside Theater Group or other events that would help promote Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble)
Cultivate artists relationships with the community
OutreachWork with Artistic Director to identify and connect with relevant social service organizations
Education Booth for performances
Day-of support at performances
Maintain a relationship with local organizations, particularly with Ebenezer Lutheran and Andersonville neighbors
Funder EngagementWork with the Development Director on the following:
Invite current funders to all events
Include in regular communication updates
Ensure promotional requirements outlined in grant agreements are met, such as consistent citation in programs, press releases and other materials
Work with Development Director to create a targeted list
Invite to all events
Develop specific communication tools, as needed
Audience EngagementCreate survey to track audience demographics and responses

General Operations Responsibilities

Meet regularly with Executive Director and Development Director
Assist with organizing and coordinating fundraising campaigns/events including Annual Fundraiser Gala and Smaller Ensemble/ Board Events, Giving Tuesday and other online events
Assist with Donor Relations

Skills & Qualifications

Some formal training and at least 2 years of relevant experience in marketing communications, media, or related fields
Strong writing and communication skills, with a professional public demeanor
Detail-oriented and organized
Proficient in Google Suite, Microsoft Word & Excel and/or Mac programs, email marketing, website content management systems, basic graphic design programs, and social media platforms required. Basic understanding of video editing software and HTML preferred
Self-motivated and creative, able to work well independently and as a team
Preference given to candidates with a connection to and/or experience with the Chicago theatre community

Must have personal laptop
Can attend at least one weekly staff meeting and work from home at least 2-3 other days a week
Connected to email and phone and can check-in and respond to messages in a timely manner
Is comfortable with technology, including learning to use new platforms and systems for digital marketing
A commitment to the mission, vision and philosophy of Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble

Instructions to Apply:

​Please send cover letter, resume, and three writing samples, demonstrating writing for three different audiences or three different communication platforms, including at least one social media posting and one press release, to megan@danztheatre.org. We will contact you if we feel there is a potential match with your skills and experience and our needs. No phone calls please.

To apply for this job email your details to megan@danztheatre.org

Pay Rate/Range*: Monthly stipend, pay rate based on experience.