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The Chicago Humanities Festival has opportunities for year-round and seasonal positions. We invite you to work alongside leading thinkers and performers, share your passion for the humanities, and help bring outstanding cultural programming to your community.

  • ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, FOUNDATION AND PUBLIC SECTOR RELATIONS JOB POSTING

    Reports to:         Managing Director, Development

    Classification:    Full-time, exempt

    ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                                         

    The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) celebrates ideas within the context of civic life, connecting artists, authors, journalists, scholars, policy makers, and other thinkers with passionate and inquisitive audiences. CHF presents over 150 programs to 50,000 people annually (including discussions, lectures, and performances) during its Fallfest, Springfest, and throughout the year. It has a robust educational program, EdLab, which welcomes middle-school and high-school students to programs celebrating the arts and humanities.

     

    POSITION DESCRIPTION                                                                                                                                                                               

    The Associate Director, Foundation and Public Sector Relations is an integral part of CHF’s six-person development team. This role is responsible for the creation and implementation of a well-coordinated, strategic cultivation plan to meet CHF’s contributed revenue goals from foundation and public sector sources. Working closely with the development and programming teams and senior staff, this position works to establish long-term partnerships, strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within this sector.

     

    The desired candidate will research, identify prospects and proactively seek opportunities for funding based on foundation guidelines and interests. Candidates should have a proven track record in grant writing, reporting, and budgeting. We are looking for someone who is energetic, ambitious, goal-oriented and creative, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                                                                                                                           

    Creation and execution of fundraising plan, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundation and public sector donors and prospects Build and steward relationship with portfolio of foundation and public sector accounts Writing and editing of proposals and reports Preparation of collateral materials including budgets Document activities in Raiser’s Edge database Track submission deadlines and manage grants calendar, coordinating with staff across the organization (program, marketing, finance) to ensure that deadlines are met and grant obligations fulfilled Other duties as assigned by the Managing Director, Development.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS                                                                                                                            

    Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred 5-7 years’ development experience, including grant writing Knowledge of research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies Excellent written and oral communication skills Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills Understanding of nonprofit budgeting and financials Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision Detail and deadline oriented Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, or similar fundraising database Ability to work nights and weekends as needed

     

    HOW TO APPLY

    Send resume, cover letter, and references to:

     

    Chicago Humanities Festival       

    Attn: Laura Perlow, Managing Director, Development                   

    500 North Dearborn, Suite 825                                  

    Chicago, IL  60654

    Email: [email protected]

     

    No phone calls, please

     

     

    The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

     

  • AUDIENCE SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    Position Title:                       AUDIENCE SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE

    The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew.

    We produce more than 140 programs annually, reaching a live audience of nearly 50,000 adults and 12,000+ youth (primarily from Chicago Public Schools). In our 27 year history, we have presented over 3,000 outstanding speakers, including: 10 Nobel Laureates; 73 Pulitzer Prize winners; 56 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows; 34 Academy Award, Tony, and Grammy winners; and 18 James Beard Award winners. Our dedicated YouTube channel has had over 4.4 million views.

     

    Additional information is available at chicagohumanities.org.

    2017 Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest Dates: October 28-November 12

    Position Start Date: August 21

     

    Position Description:

    Audience Services Representatives (ASRs) will be the voice of CHF during our 27th Annual Fallfest: Belief. CHF’s box office staff is multifaceted: they provide the highest level of customer service to people of all ages and abilities; they lead volunteers; they troubleshoot technology issues; they work independently and as a team. These part-time hourly, seasonal positions start in mid-August and end in mid-November, working daytime weekday hours in the office, with evening and weekend availability required during Festival events (October 28-November 12). Training and orientation will begin August 21, which will be compensated. Box office business hours are Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5 PM, and ASRs’ schedules can be set within those parameters. Evening and weekend hours during the Festival will vary based on venue assignment.

     

    Responsibilities:

    • Processing ticket orders by taking calls, processing cash and credit card transactions, mailing tickets
    • Carefully maintaining all customer records in CHF’s ticketing software, SRO4
    • Leading as a Box Office Manager at event venues
    • Training and supervising volunteers at event venues
    • Providing excellent customer service over the phone and in person
    • Acting as a representative of the Chicago Humanities Festival and its programs
    • Fulfilling requests for accessible accommodations
    • Expanding our membership program by informing our audience about its benefits
    • Assisting the Director of Audience Services and CHF administrative staff on projects as assigned

     

    Applicants must possess:

    • Experience in theater box office or customer service
    • Tech-savvy with solid computer, data entry, and database management experience
    • A professional demeanor with good communication skills
    • A demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service
    • Ability to multi-task with accuracy and attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to lead and work as part of a team
    • Flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving
    • High energy, a positive personality, and grace under pressure
    • An interest in working in the arts or cultural industry

     

    Helpful, though not required:

    • Familiarity with Chicago cultural venues
    • Training in disability awareness, CPR, or American Sign Language
    • Ability to speak conversational Spanish a plus

     

     

    How to apply:

    Please email the following materials by July 7, 2017

    • Letter of interest
    • Résumé
    • Contact information for 3 professional references

    To
    Brittany Pyle, Director of Audience Services

    [email protected]

    Please indicate “application for audience services representative” in the email subject line.

    *Email applications only. No phone calls please.                          

    The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

     

  • HOUSE MANAGER

    Position Title: HOUSE MANAGER

    The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew.

    We produce more than 140 programs annually, reaching a live audience of nearly 50,000 adults and 12,000+ youth (primarily from Chicago Public Schools). In our 27 year history, we have presented over 3,000 outstanding speakers, including: 10 Nobel Laureates; 73 Pulitzer Prize winners; 56 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows; 34 Academy Award, Tony, and Grammy winners; and 18 James Beard Award winners. Our dedicated YouTube channel has had over 4.4 million views.

    Additional information is available at chicagohumanities.org.
    2017 Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest Dates: October 28 – November 12

     

    Position Description:

    CHF is seeking part-time seasonal House Managers to oversee front of house operations and supervise teams of volunteers at our 27th Annual Fallfest: Belief. These positions require both weekday & weekend availability during festival dates, as well as the availability to attend both a pre-festival training session and a venue walk-through. Hours are dependent on the needs of assigned program(s). Pay is competitive.

    Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Provide the highest level of customer service to people of all ages and abilities
    • Attend a training session and visit assigned venue(s) prior to the Festival
    • Train, supervise, and assist volunteers
    • Set up ticket scanner technology, signage, house materials
    • Manage festival crowds in primarily general admission venues
    • Work collaboratively with stage manager and box office manager to coordinate front and back of house operations
    • Oversee accessible seating
    • Lead audience Q&A after each event in your venue
    • Complete post-program reporting and evaluation
    • Other duties as assigned

     Applicants must possess:

    • A professional demeanor with excellent communication skills
    • Flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving
    • High energy, a positive personality, and grace under pressure
    • The ability to lead and work as part of a team
      • The ideal candidate will have previous house management experience
    Helpful, though not required:
    • Familiarity with Chicago cultural venues
    • Training in disability awareness, CPR, or American Sign Language
    • Ability to speak conversational Spanish a plus

    How to apply:

    Please email the following materials by July 7, 2017

    • Letter of interest
    • Résumé
    • Contact information for 3 professional references

    To
    Brittany Pyle, Director of Audience Services

    [email protected]

    Please indicate “application for house manager” in the email subject line.

     

    *Email applications only. No phone calls please.                          

    The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer