Donor Relations Steward

Website lookingglasstheatre Lookingglass Theatre Company

One of the country’s largest ensemble theatres

POSITION: Donor Relations Steward

REPORTS TO: Director of Development

CLASSIFICATION: Full time, Exempt

Theatre Overview 
As one of the country’s largest ensemble theatres dedicated to the creation of new work, Lookingglass Theatre Company seeks to redefine the theatrical experience and to make theatre more exhilarating, inspirational, and accessible to all. Founded in 1988 by a group of Northwestern University theatre graduates, Lookingglass moved into its permanent home in the historic Water Tower Water Works on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue in 2003. Now in its 34th Season, the Company is a respected source for story-centered theatrical work that is evocative, physical, and visually rich.
With a roster of 29 Ensemble Members and 22 Artistic Associates, Lookingglass productions are centered on ensemble with training in theatre, dance, music, and circus arts. Through it powerful, original theatre, the Company’s goal is to fire the imagination with love, to celebrate the human capacity to taste and smell, weep, and laugh, create, and destroy, and wake up where we first fell—changed, charged, and empowered.

Position Summary 
A member of the development team and reporting to the Director of Development, the Donor Relations Steward will collaborate with the Director of Development to support Lookingglass’ efforts to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts from individuals.
Primary responsibilities include supporting the activities of the Lookingglass Board of Directors; mid-level Scene Maker giving whose support ranges from $1,000 – $5,000; and the Annual Fund appeals.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities 
Leads the process of identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement, stewardship and benefits fulfillment, reports and follow up for Individual Donors;
Supports the planning, execution, and reporting process on individual giving initiatives including Annual Fund ($1-$999), mid-level Scene Maker giving ($1,000-$5,000), as well as other initiatives that secure annual support from individuals;
Assist in the planning and execution of stewardship events for donors, including the monitoring of event budgets;
Participates in Development events, such as Opening Celebration Nights, the annual gala, and other various cultivation and fundraising events throughout the season as a key member of the team;
Utilizing the company’s CRM system, Spektrix, to ensure gift and donor information is up-to-date, and cultivate prospective donors;
Supports Director of Development with Board Relations.
Participates in organization-wide anti-racism work and incorporate an anti-racist lens into daily practice. Lookingglass recognizes that it has much to do towards being an anti-racist and a more equitable institution. We believe that our work and our lives are infinitely more complex, rewarding, illuminating, and nearer to truth when we have a wider variety of human experiences in our room, at our table, and on our stage. This work, by the Board, Ensemble, and staff, is ongoing and is publicly reflected here: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion Statement – Lookingglass Theatre Company. (

Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel, and experience with fundraising software, such as Spektrix, and project management software, such as Asana, is a plus.
Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated presentation abilities.
Demonstrated ability to be detail-oriented along with awareness of how the successful management of each task contributes to Lookingglass’ ability to fulfill its mission.
Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, to work independently and in a team.
Desire and ability to work at Lookingglass, within the Development Department and with co-workers, along with a commitment to grow skills in planning, organization, and management as a member of a team.
Attention to detail and accuracy.
High level of professional demeanor and utmost sensitivity with confidential information.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends as necessary. (Approximately 15-20 in a season)
Ability, and comfort, in analyzing, creating, and dismantling systems for solving problems and increasing efficiently.
Ability to work remotely, with Lookingglass provided equipment, for the time being.
Current policy requires a mandatory COVID 19 vaccine before onboarding unless a reasonable accommodation is requested and granted in accordance with Lookingglass policy.

Compensation: $40,000-$45,000

Health Insurance (choice of PPO or HMO; Organization covers the cost of 95% of the HMO plan. If PPO plan is elected, staff member pays the difference between the PPO plan and 95% of the HMO plan. This is reevaluated annually in July with the adoption of the health plan.)
Vision & Rx plan;
12 paid holidays (including Juneteenth and Election Day);
Vacation, Personal, Sick, and floating holidays, including birthday.
In recognition of the unplanned costs incurred by working from home, Employee may be eligible for a monthly reimbursement of $30.00 to be evaluated and paid quarterly. Eligibility will be based on the evolution of Lookingglass’ work from home policies and availability of and access to Lookingglass-provided work resources for this position, such as a brick-and-mortar office space.
Lookingglass Theatre Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetics, or status as an individual with a disability. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

Instructions to Apply:

To be considered, please send cover letter, resume and three (3) references to Aurélia Fisher Cohen, Director of Development, at with “Donor Relations Steward” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through November 3, 2021. Anticipated start date is November 15, 2021. 

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Pay Rate/Range*: $40,000-$45,000