The Advancement Communications Manager is an integral member of the Advancement Department and manages a comprehensive project portfolio aimed at meeting key fundraising objectives. This position works to support the full spectrum of donor engagement efforts (cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship) and key focus areas include communication plans for direct mail, online communications, brochures, presentations, and reports. A successful candidate will have experience creating content, managing production, working with internal and external partners, maintaining project deadlines, analyzing costs and returns, and upholding consistent editorial standards.
Reports To: Associate Director of Development
Manages: No direct reports; Select vendor relationships
Work Hours: 9AM – 5PM Business Hours, Some nights and weekends
- In collaboration with the Associate Director of Development, develop an overall communications plan for the department. This includes determining all messaging, content, design, and timing of projects.
- Manage and supervise development communications generated by other department staff.
- Work with leadership to gather data, stories, and images that demonstrate the Theater’s impact.
- Gather information from constituents (analyzing communication performance, administering surveys) and seek out best industry communication standards.
- Coordinate the department’s communications calendar with the Theater’s marketing department.
- Shepherd the Advancement Department’s routing and approval process for materials and programs.
COPYWRITING, DESIGN, AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
- Lead the department’s annual fund efforts for various donor segments. Key projects include:
- Appeal letters and brochures
- Stewardship letters
- Acknowledgement Letters
- Telefunding scripts
- Video scripts
- Collaborate with external partners (designers, printers, mailer vendors, and telefunders), as needed.
- Create tools that inspire giving beyond the annual fund (e.g. planned giving or campaign collateral).
- Create high-touch proposals for lead individual, corporate, or foundation sponsors, when requested.
- Create annual impact reports and other departmental communications tools.
- Manage advancement messages and images for the Theater’s website that encourage online giving.
- Create content for digital communications that reinforce direct mail efforts.
- Drive online donor engagement through new or enhanced digital efforts (email, social media).
- Create content for program books and institution newsletter.
- Create presentations for board meetings and public events, as needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Two or more years of experience in a fundraising or marketing position.
- Experience translating complex data points and narrative into a graphically driven, concise design.
- Proven track record of successfully executing deadline driven projects in a dynamic environment with multiple collaborators.
- Exceptional writing skills and ability to articulate complex concepts in written form to multiple audiences through various vehicles.
- Proficiency with Adobe InDesign and familiarity with other Adobe Creative Suite software.
- Proficient in the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Highly organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously.
- Well-versed in the principles of fundraising and stewardship.
- Availability to work some nights and weekends.
Salary is competitive within the non-profit performing arts industry and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, 403b, paid time off, life insurance, and commuter spending plan.
Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization. We especially encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to: AdvancementJobs@chicagoshakes.com. No phone calls, please; candidates of interest will be contacted by a representative of the Theater and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be—a company that defies theatrical category. This Regional Tony Award-winning theater’s year-round season features as many as twenty productions and 650 performances—including plays, musicals, world premieres, family programming, and presentations from around the globe. The work is enjoyed by 225,000 audience members annually, with one in four under the age of eighteen. Chicago Shakespeare is the city’s leading producer of international work, and touring its own productions across five continents has garnered multiple accolades, including the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award. Emblematic of its role as a global theater, the company spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy in a citywide, yearlong international arts and culture festival, which engaged 1.1 million people. The Theater’s nationally acclaimed arts in literacy programs support the work of English and drama teachers, and bring Shakespeare to life on stage for tens of thousands of their students each school year. Over the summer, the company tours a professional production of Shakespeare’s work, free for all, to neighborhood parks across the city. In 2017 the Theater unveiled The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare—with its innovative design that has changed the shape of theater architecture. Together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs, The Yard positions Chicago Shakespeare as the city’s most versatile performing arts center.