The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and the Executive Artistic Director to comprise the organization’s executive team. The Managing Director is a leader, responsible for building an effective team and generating, directing and supervising day-to-day administrative activity, including:
Board of Directors: The Managing Director serves as the primary staff liaison to the Board. They assist the Board’s leaders as appropriate with recruitment, education, and Board member development. They work closely with the Board President and the Executive Committee of the Board to establish and achieve the strategic plan.
Development: The Managing Director creates and implements the annual Development plan and this is the most critical function of the position. These activities include individual giving, Board giving, special events, corporate sponsors, government support and foundation grants. The MD is responsible for the writing and submission of grants, the cultivation of donors and the corresponding data bases. We are looking for an Managing Director who is passionate about our mission and able to ask for appropriate resources with confidence and conviction. Prior history cultivating large gifts is a priority.
Audience Development: The Managing Director works with staff to plan and implement audience development activities including marketing planning, public relations, promotions, and market research. The MD also will oversee the cultivation of data that measures outcomes related to the work, such as changes in behavior and attitudes around the chosen social issues.
Administration: The Managing Director directs all administrative operations. The Managing Director must exercise responsible stewardship of resources within the organization and ensure the distribution and allocation of those resources for the optimum balance of artistic vitality, financial strength, and institutional integrity.
Financial Management: The Managing Director works with the AED, Bookkeeper and the Board Finance Committee to generate the company’s annual and project budgets and in doing so, must be able to competently evaluate the impact of programmatic decisions on other financial and institutional priorities.
The ideal candidate will:
Have the desire and ability to partner with Collaboraction’s EAD to support and communicate the organization’s mission and goals;
Have a minimum of three years experience in a non-profit management/leadership position with experience in fundraising, Board relations, and marketing. Prior experience in a theatre company and/or social change agency is highly desirable;
Have strong skills and passion for Development and have experience and confidence in asking for large gifts;
Have strong skills in budgeting, forecasting, and financial management;
Demonstrate experience and capacity to lead, manage, motivate, inspire, train and collaborate with the staff, artists, Board members and volunteers that make up Collaboraction’s community;
Have the ability to successfully develop and implement long-term strategic and annual tactical plans;
Exhibit stamina and a strong work ethic, as well as the flexibility to handle unpredictable pressures and a variable flow of work activity;
Be able to speak and write persuasively and serve as a spokesperson for the company in public and to the media;
Demonstrate experience in supervising/managing fundraising campaigns and identifying new sources and increased levels of contributed income;
Have a working knowledge of artistic production including intellectual property rights, collective bargaining and contracts;
Have experience and knowledge of marketing, advertising and public relations activities, particularly as they relate to growing ticket sales and other earned income;
Have experience and understanding of the use of data to measure impact and the ways to optimize reporting of such data;
Demonstrate a passion for theatre and social change and the connection between a professional company and its community.
Additional Salary Information: This position carries with it a monthly stipend that is negotiable and based on experience and ability to generate and sustain revenue. The position is a 1099 independent contractor.
Collaboraction incites social change through original devised theatre and community engagement that cultivates knowledge, dialogue and action around Chicago's most critical social issues.
Our vision is to incite empathy, thought, dialogue and action through original devised theatre and live experiences made in collaboration with our audience and cultivating measurable change in attitude and behavior.