Marketing Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Fine Arts Building

Fine Arts Building, a historic landmarked building located at 410 S. Michigan Ave, home of two performance spaces, Studebaker Theatre (a 600 seat proscenium) and Playhouse (350-400 cap theatrical event space) is seeking a highly creative, data driven and thoughtful Marketing Manager to add to our growing team. The right candidate will be a team player and eager to build new procedures and infrastructure. This is a ground floor opportunity to be part of building a new commercial art space in a landmark historic building. This is a major opportunity for impact and growth. What is unique about this role is that you will be the first ever Marketing Manager hired to be dedicated to building the brand awareness of Fine Arts Building and as such this role will continue to grow along with the company.  If you are someone with vision and a particular passion for graphic design, social media and audience engagement who is excited to have ownership over building new systems – this opportunity is for you!  We are looking for someone to meet this moment with the care, strategy and vision that these historic venues so richly deserve.

Reporting directly to the Managing Artistic Director, you will be part of the launch of a new website that is currently being designed and constructed for Fine Arts Building. Utilizing your strong storytelling skills, the Marketing Manager will create a message calendar for regular eblasts and social media platforms to promote events at Fine Arts Building. By overseeing the ongoing management and updating of the organization’s website you will be a conduit between the Fine Arts Building, its patrons and the local arts community.

In concert with the Managing Artistic Director, the Marketing Manager will seek to develop innovative ways to creatively strengthen the Fine Arts Building brand awareness. This role will start very graphic design heavy and morph into one that’s driven by audience data and creative strategy.

In collaboration with the management team you will design and create physical and digital assets specific for both theater venues events, rental initiatives and for Fine Arts Building property management. Additionally you will be asked to design a stock portfolio of digital assets for the property management for our sister building the Flat Iron Arts Building.

The ideal candidate is someone who is strategic, empathetic, innovative and a strong leader. You are someone who enjoys working collaboratively as much as independently. If you have a passion for graphic design, storytelling, historic landmarks and possess strong writing skills this role is for you! Due to the multiplicity of performance artists that come through the venues a strong knowledge of theatre, dance and music is strongly preferred.

Candidates with experience as a Marketing Manager, Graphic Designer or Digital Marketing Manager at a Performing Arts Center or rental venue are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range is $45,000 – $55,000 with employer paid benefits package. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, design examples/portfolio and 3 professional references to jobs@fineartsbuilding.com Please put “Your Name | Marketing Manager” in the subject of your email.  Please note that Fine Arts Building joins the coalition of Chicago theatres in implementing safety policies and guidelines for our staff and audience to protect against the spread of Covid-19.

Fine Arts Building is an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

ABOUT Fine Arts Building –  Built in 1885, Fine Arts Building was originally designed to house the carriage assembly and showroom for the Studebaker Company. Within a year, the company outgrew the space, paving the way for the building to become Chicago’s first fine arts colony, housing some of the most acclaimed artists with national and international impact on the arts. Fine Arts Building acknowledges its place on the traditional unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox also historically called this area home.

In 1898, Fine Arts Building created the historic Studebaker Theater, originally built to house vaudevillian performances, but later expanded into large productions in the 1920s. During subsequent years, performances by Bob Hope, Peter O’Toole, and Vincent Price graced the stage with their immense theatrical skills. Studebaker Theater continued throughout the years being known as one of the most important live theatrical venues in Chicago.In the 1970s, the city underwent a downturn in live theater attendance and the Studebaker was converted into four separate motion picture cinemas.

After extensive restorations began in 2015, Studebaker Theater reopened for live performances and now holds more than 600 seats. Restoration efforts are underway for the Studebaker’s sister theater, the Playhouse, which is being designed as a theatrical event space. The Playhouse will be equipped to host productions as well as galas and events. With a projected capacity of 450, the Playhouse will provide a more intimate experience when it opens in 2022.

Fine Arts Building embraces a commitment to Indigenous rights, racial justice, and cultural equity. As a home to some of Chicago’s most prominent artists, Fine Arts Building believes that art is for everyone and must be accessible to all. While the Studebaker and Playhouse are not a producing organization, the venues are committed to building an inclusive, accessible, diverse, equitable and anti-racist environment for artists to thrive. These core values are driving the decision-making shaping this new version of the organization.

Instructions to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, design examples/portfolio and 3 professional references to jobs@fineartsbuilding.com Please put “Your Name | Marketing Manager” in the subject of your email. 

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@fineartsbuilding.com

Pay Rate/Range*: $45,000-$55,000