Windy City Performing Arts sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. If this sounds like a place where you could make a substantial administrative contribution to the Chicagoland arts community, please read on. We want to talk with you!
Our general manager, reporting to the designee of the Windy City Performing Arts Board of Directors, takes a collaborative and creative approach to managing the administrative and other operations of Windy City Performing Arts with and through coordination of volunteer committees charged with executing the business of the organization. This is a part-time position that works up to 15 hours per week.
Serves as one of the primary representatives of Windy City Performing Arts to internal and external constituencies
Provides office support for the organization related to general office functions, correspondence, email, telephone and other general office administration
Provides coordination for and organization of WCPA’s regular activities related to auditions, rehearsals, seasonal performances, other performance projects, logistics, administration, ticket sales and box office coordination with venues.
Interacts with singers and other volunteers to convey information related to rehearsals, the annual calendar of events, call times and other administrative information
Attends all meetings of the Board of Directors
Core Skills Requirements
Strong project management skills with detail orientation
Event management or other production-related skills
Understanding of core non-profit and/or performance-organization functions, including: operating within an annual budget, grant writing/process, fundraising, marketing, member services
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to enable positive interactions with constituencies
Ability to anticipate organizational needs and identify opportunities for improvement
Bring a positive, ‘figure it out’ attitude to challenges that require perspective and directional contributions based on position’s familiarity with the broad operation of an organization
Familiarity with organizational operations software, such as database software and other key administrative programs, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or other programs
While performing the duties of the role, the GM may be required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. Additionally, the GM must have sufficient digital dexterity to use a computer keyboard extensively, and be capable of reading from a computer screen. The GM may sometimes lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified candidates who are differently-abled to perform the essential functions of the role.
This is primarily a remote position and offers flexible scheduling with occasional requirements — primarily evenings/weekends for concert events, to make rehearsal announcements, etc.
Additional Salary Information: Work expected between 0-15 hours a week
About Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA)
Windy City Performing Arts (WCPA) was incorporated in 1983 as an independent not-for-profit umbrella organization for Windy City Gay Chorus, Aria: Windy City Women’s Ensemble (later renamed to Windy City Treble Quire), Unison: Windy City Lesbian and Gay Singers, and Windy City Slickers. (Unison and Windy City Slickers are currently on hiatus.)
Each ensemble in WCPA performs a variety of musical styles from classical to pop. We pride ourselves on musical excellence regardless of the style of music. The choruses have a history of performing major choral works including special commissioned pieces.
In September 2003, the performing ensembles of WCPA made history by becoming the first choruses in a Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) organization to sing the National Anthem at an Illinois professional sporting event, at the Chicago Free Press sponsored “Out At The Ballgame” day at U.S. Cellular Field, opening for the Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians game.
Our choruses have had a rich and rewarding history. WCPA members have performed with Steppenwolf Theatre and Redmoon Theatre companies, participated in the opening ceremonies of the new modern wing of the Ar...t Institute and have even performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Susan Komen Sing for the Cure project.
Embedded in the spirit of every performance and outreach event is our mission statement:
Windy City Performing Arts sings to inspire change, celebrate diversity, and honor the dignity of the LGBTQ+ community.