Chicago Fringe Festival Available Positions

CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.

Interested? Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@chicagofringe.org.


 Production Manager

The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unique opportunity for artists and patrons alike to perform and enjoy intimate, boundary-pushing theatre. We produce an uncensored and non-juried festival which showcases 50 performing groups (almost or over 200 performances, depending on the year!) over nine days in five non-traditional and theatrical spaces. All performers are selected by first come, first serve and lottery. We return 100% of our ticket sales to the artists. And we keep the tickets prices low to provide access to the arts to the widest audience possible.

Established in 2010, CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.

The Production Manager is a year-round staff position that oversees production activities specific to the creation and operation of Festival venues and site infrastructure for the annual presentation of the Chicago Fringe Festival. This position works closely with the Artist Relations Manager, Technical Director and Associate Production Manager. This position will manage scheduling and the financial resources specific to production activities. The Production Manager will also assist in acquiring and maintaining all resources necessary for each position within the production team to fulfill their respective duties and responsibilities. The Production Manager reports to the Executive and Managing Directors and works closely with all Fringe staffers.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Managing Director, Technical Director, and Associate Production Manager to oversee all production logistics of Festival.
  • Secure and contract all five Fringe venues.
  • Coordinate with the Executive Director and Managing Director to secure all needed permits and fulfill all requirements to maintain those permits.
  • Coordinate with the Technical Director set up and management of Fringe run venues, including lighting, staging, sound and other equipment, and Associate Production Manager on the stage management program.
  • Work with the Technical Director to hire the needed seasonal staff positions.
  • Manage the Production budget and all associated paperwork and receipts.
  • Create and implement production schedules for all Festival events.
  • Create a schedule of set-up, load-out, and tech rehearsals for all Festival venues.
  • Work with the Associate Production Manager to coordinate all trainings for stage management volunteers and interns.
  • Communicate and coordinate with incoming artists, in conjunction with the Artist Relations Manager, to ensure the incoming shows will work safely within the allocated venues.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of safety planning for all Festival-run events and venues.
  • Run the equipment rental program in the off-season with the Technical Director.

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and planning skills with a strong attention to detail.
  • A good working knowledge of event and/or performance production and management.
  • Creative and flexible in response to problem solving.
  • Self-motivated with willingness to contribute ideas.
  • Great team attitude and ability to work and communicate on-deadline in a virtual environment.
  • Proven track record of solid work performance in past jobs and reliable attendance.
  • A mastery of Google and Google docs, MS Office Pro, and strong acuity with computers.
  • Familiarity with Fringe festivals a plus.

Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week in the off-season and 10+ hours a week in June-August. Then 8+ hours a day during set up, the festival, and tear down (Aug. 23 – Sept. 12). Monthly meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.

Compensation:

Stipend and Lots of Hugs

 


Education Coordinator

The Education Coordinator is a year-round staff position that is responsible for managing the CFF Intern Program.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Establish relationships with local organizations to promote both programs.
  • Recruit interns by representing CFF at Intern Fairs, connecting with local colleges, and using online platforms.
  • Create protocols that clearly outline what is expected of students, their school and the Festival before/during/after the internship.
  • Connect participating interns and appropriate staff throughout the year, ensuring that the interns are trained and scheduled appropriately.
  • Assist with intern supervision during load-in, load-out and throughout the festival.
  • Organize and keep track of related documentation (contact information, communications logs, evaluation forms, internship agreements, completion forms, etc.)

Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week and more during the Festival. Monthly meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.

Compensation:

Stipend and Lots of Hugs


Publicity Manager

The Publicity Manager is a year-round staff position that is responsible for managing the website and eblast communications leading up to and during the festival.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Oversee all CFF communications, including eblasts, invitations, etc.
  • Manage and oversee the development and maintenance of CFF’s website and Search Engine Optimization.
  • Plan, develop and implement an annual communications campaign in partnership with the Social Media Manager
  • Coordinate regularly with the Social Media, Marketing, Outreach, and Box Office Managers to ensure a cohesive and effective promotional effort
  • Work with the Artist Relations Team to gather marketing information about the shows and plan marketing initiatives leading up to the festival.
  • Work with the Special Events Manager, Executive Director, development team and other staff members to publicize the festival along with CFF’s year-round events.
  • Work with Sponsorship and Community Relations Manager to ensure that sponsors are all recognized appropriately and all ads are implemented appropriately
  • Work with Individual Giving Manager to ensure that donors are all recognized appropriately

Qualifications:

  • Strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Suite, Dropbox and Google, and experience with CRM systems and marketing email software
  • Strong writing skills and an acute attention to detail
  • Solid time management skills.
  • Self-starter and strong communicator with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and on a team quickly and creatively
  • Ability to conceive and deliver plans and strategies
  • Experience managing or supervising interns, volunteers, etc.
  • Familiarity with fringe festivals and a passion for the arts

Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week and more during the Festival (August 30 – September 10). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.

Compensation:

Stipend and Lots of Hugs


Outreach Manager

The Outreach Manager is a year-round staff position that is responsible for coordinating the outreach efforts of CFF leading up to and during the festival.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Identify and coordinate local marketing opportunities – festivals, farmers markets, etc.
  • Ensure wide and effective distribution of publicity material – CFF programs, posters, and postcards along with the Artists’ posters
  • Coordinate training videos for artists on marketing pre-Festival, during the Festival, etc.
  • Produce survey (physical and online) and process results
  • Communicate with past artists about what they are up to that we can promote, celebrate, etc.
  • Coordinate regularly with the Social Media, Publicity, Marketing, and Box Office Managers to ensure a cohesive and effective promotional effort
  • Work with the Artist Relations Team to gather marketing information about the shows and plan marketing initiatives leading up to the festival.
  • Work with the Special Events Manager, Executive Director, development team and other staff members to publicize the festival along with CFF’s year-round events.

Qualifications:

  • Strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Suite, Dropbox, and Google
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Solid time management skills.
  • Self-starter and strong communicator with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and on a team quickly and creatively
  • Ability to conceive and deliver plans and strategies
  • Experience managing or supervising interns, volunteers, etc.
  • Familiarity with fringe festivals and a passion for the arts

Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week leading up to the Festival (August 30 – September 10). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.

Compensation:

Stipend and Lots of Hugs


Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager is a year-round staff position that is responsible for managing the marketing efforts leading up to and during the festival.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:

  • Plan, develop and implement an annual marketing and advertising (print and online) campaigns while remaining within limited budget.
  • Act as liaison with our Project Manager (of print and merchandise) to create the theme of the Festival’s and Kids Fringe promotional materials and produce the needed marketing materials, merch, volunteer tshirts, banners, etc.
  • Work with Project Manager of Festival Atmosphere to develop a strong Festival look, brand, and experience
  • Coordinate the creation of the Festival program.
  • Coordinate sales of program ads to artists
  • Coordinate the negotiation and implementation of ad buys with the support of CFF’s PR firm and the League of Chicago Theatres
  • Coordinate regularly with the Social Media, Publicity, Outreach, and Box Office Managers to ensure a cohesive and effective promotional effort
  • Work with the Artist Relations Team to gather marketing information about the shows and plan marketing initiatives leading up to the festival.
  • Work with the Special Events Manager, Executive Director, development team and other staff members to publicize the festival along with CFF’s year-round events.
  • Work with Sponsorship and Community Relations Manager to ensure that sponsors are all recognized appropriately and all ads are implemented appropriately
  • Work with Individual Giving Manager to ensure that donors are all recognized appropriately

Qualifications:

  • Strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Suite, Dropbox, and Google
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Solid time management skills.
  • Self-starter and strong communicator with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and on a team quickly and creatively
  • Ability to conceive and deliver plans and strategies
  • Keen eye for visual display, design and brand development.
  • Experience managing or supervising interns, volunteers, etc.
  • Familiarity with fringe festivals and a passion for the arts

Time Commitment:

This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week and more during the Festival (August 30 – September 10). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.

Compensation:

Stipend and Lots of Hugs