The Community Engagement Manager plays three distinct roles in the company – all with an overarching goal to engage external partners and members of the community:
1) Ideate and implement communications and PR strategies that build awareness in, and action from, the greater Chicago community.
2) Manage communications and event logistics with internal staff and external partners.
3) Assist the leadership team in finding and nurturing partner organizations that can add value to the company’s mission.
About Storycatchers Theatre.
For 35 years, Storycatchers Theatre has been empowering court-involved youth to craft and perform musical theatre from their own personal stories of growing up in Illinois’ underserved neighborhoods. Using an award-winning and transformational writing methodology, these youth develop the skills needed to successfully re-enter society and move beyond their histories to become peer mentors, civic influencers and agents of change in our community.
Find much more info at www.storycatcherstheatre.org
In collaboration with Executive Director and other staff, establish community engagement goals and objectives.
Represent the organization at coalition and community group meetings and public & private events.
Produce writing, photographs, video and other public facing statements and communication for the organization on a range of issues.
Publish and distribute these communications through social media, website, press releases and other means.
Effectively use online tools and software for targeted outreach and promotion.
Coordinate and implement community special events.
Contribute consistently to the organization’s social media and email presence on a regular basis maintaining a high standard for writing, quality of information, and strategic participation in issues.
Essential skills and qualifications.
Three (3) years relevant experience developing community partnerships and/or community outreach in the non-profit space.
Proven experience creating and managing online and offline communications, particularly social media.
Meaningful connections to people from various and marginalized backgrounds.
Proficiency with Content Management Systems such as Wordpress preferred.
Fluency in English.
Ability to work independently, prioritize projects and tasks effectively.
Basic knowledge of and commitment to learn about nonviolence, poverty, racism, and other focuses of Storycatchers Theatre programming.
Commitment to professional and personal growth and challenge.
Strong organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to set priorities and limits in order to accomplish tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities.
Demonstrated commitment to the value of diversity and collective liberation.
We are looking for a person with proven experience developing community relationships while advocating for Chicago's most underserved youth. Experience in or with the arts community is not required and will not influence our hiring decisions.
General required availability.
9am – 5pm weekdays with occasional nights or weekends.
Primary place of work located at 544 W. Oak St in River North
Additional Salary Information: • 100% paid enrollment in company health plan.
• Paid federal holidays and 25 days of additional PTO after one year of employment.
Internal Number: 3149528972
About Storycatchers Theatre
For 34 years, Storycatchers Theatre has been empowering Justice-involved youth to craft and perform musical theatre based on their own personal stories of growing up in Illinois’ underserved neighborhoods. Using an award-winning and transformational writing methodology, these youth develop the skills needed to successfully re-enter society and move beyond their histories to become peer mentors, civic influencers and agents of change in our community.
Efforts include three residential programs inside juvenile justice facilities and “Changing Voices,” a post-release employment program of 17-24-year-olds who write, rehearse, produce and tour their original musicals to civic leaders, Illinois judges, at-risk youth and other influential audiences to create space for crucial conversations.