Contracting Associate

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website steppenwolfthtr Steppenwolf Theatre Company

For over 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been a cultural leader in Chicago and model for theatre companies in the United States and around the world. Formed by a collective of actors in 1976, the ensemble represents a remarkable cross-section of actors, directors, stage managers and playwrights. Steppenwolf’s artistic ambitions are made possible by its incredible workforce of individuals, who help create a culture of inclusivity, collaboration and accountability. To that end, we attempt to use an anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens in our roles and everyday decision-making. Join us in this ongoing process, as we navigate, together, our complex world. Steppenwolf seeks a CONTRACTING ASSOCIATE to work as part of the production management team with a focus on artist contracting and compensation, liaising with artist unions, budgeting, and strategic planning. This position reports to the Director of Production and collaborates closely with the Assistant Production Manager, Company Manager, and Production Administrator, and liaises regularly with the Artistic, Executive, and Marketing teams. The Contracting Associate generally works in-person during normal business hours M-F with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.

Areas of Responsibility:
• Commissioning, Licensing, and Royalties – supports Director of Production in negotiation and execution of agreements, and is responsible for submitting and tracking appropriate payments including royalties.
• Directors, Designers, and Consultants – negotiates and executes agreements in collaboration with Director of Production, and is responsible submitting and tracking appropriate payments.
• Actors- provides oversight to Company Manager in the execution of Actor/Understudy/SM agreements and bi-weekly pay sheets
• Other Contract Workers – drafts letters of agreement/ makes payments for non-staff artistic/ production personnel in partnership with Assistant Production Manager
• Contract Tracking – tracks status of all agreements and payments to ensure deadlines and goals are met
• Artist Engagement – collaborates with Production and Artistic departments in onboarding, communication, and other support of all artists. As needed provides support / relief to company manager in travel, housing, and other artist hospitality efforts.
• Partnerships – collaborates with Director of Production and Executive Director on budgeting, contracting, and other logistics related to partnerships including tours, transfers, co-productions, guest companies, and presenting.
• Budgeting – tracks/ reconciles all artist payments, collaborates on creation of production budgets, and creates artist compensation budget estimates for all special projects. Provides assistance to Director of Production, Executive Director, and Artistic Directors in various strategic planning efforts including analysis of past producing practice, industry comparisons, and exploration of new initiatives.
• Contract Compliance – works to ensure that all departments across theater are aware of and comply with artist/partner contract terms including; interpretation of union rules, billing, media rules, and where necessary seeking concession requests.

Successful Candidate will have:
• Capacity to manage multiple projects on overlapping timelines, recognize priorities, and work graciously under time constraints
• Capable of working independently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
• Collaborative spirit and willingness to be a proactive member of the team
• Progressive, positive, and forward-thinking attitude

Desired Qualifications:
• 3 or more years of experience with the contracting of artists in a performing arts setting as part of a
production management or general management team
• Experience with reading, interpreting and applying terms of collectively bargained agreements
• Proven ability in budget tracking and management
• Practice exercising judgement and discretion with confidential materials
• Demonstrated ability to work across a vast diversity of ages, skills, and educational/cultural backgrounds

About Steppenwolf:
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Audrey Francis and Glenn Davis are the Artistic Directors and E. Brooke Flanagan is the Executive Director.

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Steppenwolf Mission:
Steppenwolf Theatre Company strives to create thrilling, courageous, and provocative art in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. We succeed when we disrupt your routine with experiences that spark curiosity, empathy and joy. We invite you to join our ensemble as we navigate, together, our complex world.

Steppenwolf Core Values:
Equity + Inclusion
Integrity + Curiosity
Courage + Collaboration
Accountability + Leadership

Salary range: $50,000-55,000 with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement
program. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups

Instructions to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following the link. NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS PLEASE. Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal
employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in
which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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Pay Rate/Range*: $50,000-55,000