The Managing Director will work with Raven’s Artistic Director Cody Estle to lead its artists, Board of Directors, donors, and staff in realizing the theatre’s artistic potential and ensuring its place in the Chicago theatre community.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and is reviewed annually.

Raven owns its space in the Edgewater neighborhood on the northside of Chicago. The building houses two stages as well as office and storage space. The theatre has five full-time and two part-time staff members.


·         Oversight of and active participation in development and marketing activities

·         Supervision of Development and Marketing Managers

·         Liaison with the Board of Directors on fund-raising activities

·         Lead institutional fund-raising with foundations, corporations and government agencies

·         Oversee communication relating to fund-raising and marketing with donors and patrons

·         Oversight of financial management of the theatre

·         Manage the financial operations of the organization

·         Manage the creation of the annual budget and operate the theater within budgeted parameters

·         Provide financial reports to the Finance Committee and to the entire Board of Directors

·         Provide financial analysis and recommendations to guide the organization’s financial decisions

·         Manage, coach, and supervise all non-production employees except those who report to the Artistic Director

·         Oversee recruiting, training, coaching, and retention of staff

·         Ensure compliance with the theatre’s Code of Conduct

·         Ensure compliance of the theatre employment practices with local, state, and federal guidelines

·         Foster a culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation, and mutual support


·         External Relations

·         Serve alongside the Artistic Director as a key representative of the organization in the community, including the cultivation of donors, funding institutions, and government agencies

·         Support and attend fundraising events, 1st reads, opening nights, and other events of the organization


·         Board Relations

·         Work with the Artistic Director and Board President to support the development and effective operation of the Board of Directors

·         Work with the Board President to identify and to prioritize work of the Board of Directors

·         Provide bi-monthly written reports to the Board of Directors

·         Work to grow the membership on the Board of Directors through active cultivation and recruitment

·         Serve as a member of the Board of Directors

·         Serve as an active member of (at least) the Finance and Fundraising committees of the Board of Directors



The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees the administrative staff.



·         Prefer a bachelor’s degree in arts administration, non-profit administration, or business

·         An interest in theatre

·         Management experience

·         Experience working with a non-profit organization and with fund-raising

·         Experience interacting with boards and funders

·         Experience in grant writing


We need a candidate who

·         Combines business acumen with good management skills

·         Is a charismatic communicator with the ability to establish long-lasting, productive relationships with the Board of Directors, the staff, and the theatre’s community of patrons and funders

·         Has a demonstrated ability to generate earned income and contributed revenue


The Managing Director is a full-time, exempt employee. Compensation, including salary and benefits, will be competitive for an organization of Raven’s size.  Raven is an equal opportunity employer.

Instructions to Apply:

Applications should include detailed cover letter, CV, and three references and should be emailed to managingdirectorsearch@raventheatre.com no later than February 15, 2020.

We anticipate telephone interviews between March 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 and on-site visits between April 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020.

The search committee will make its decision no later than May 1.

To apply for this job email your details to managingdirectorsearch@raventheatre.com

Pay Range: Compensation, including salary and benefits, will be competitive for an organization of Raven’s size.