Opportunities at Porchlight

Porchlight Music Theatre is able to Chicago’s center for music theatre thanks to the work of our dedicated and talented staff and artists. If you have skills and experience that would be an asset to our team, we’d love to meet you!

Porchlight Music Theatre is a professional, nonprofit Chicago theatre with an annual budget, in normal times, of just over $2 million. We are part of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers, operating on a CAT II contract.

Porchlight has been celebrating the past, present and future of this unique American art form for the last 25 years. After the pandemic shuttered stages last spring, Porchlight has been an industry leader with virtual programming, offering a wide range of both free and premium programs.

As an Artist In-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago’s Gold Coast, we present our Mainstage and Porchlight Revisits series in this intimate, historic 218-seat venue. Other programs, such as the New Faces Sing Broadway revues and youth programming, bring us to neighborhoods across the city. Our award-winning productions delighted 35,000+ patrons last season. 

Over the past several years we have significantly expanded our audience and supporter base, enhanced our community outreach and youth education programming, and continually raised the bar on the quality and variety of our artistic offerings.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of Porchlight Music Theatre!

(ABOVE: Aaron Benham in “The Scottsboro Boys.” Photo by Austin Packard)

Please check back regularly for updates, or follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-date announcements regarding future audition calls.


 

Job Postings

Please check back regularly for updates, or follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-date announcements regarding future opportunities. To apply for posted jobs, please send cover letter and resume via email to employment-intern@ porchlightmusictheatre.org. No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

Postings as of January 2021

 

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Porchlight seeks a motivated and experienced full-time Development Director to create and execute the annual development plan for the organization, and refine a structure for effective fundraising that meets the organization’s current and future financial needs in a sustainable and consistent way. The Development Director, working closely with the Executive Director, fosters a strategic and collaborative approach for cultivating major donors, funders, corporate sponsors, and other public/private organizations to advance Porchlight’s mission. The Development Director leads the development staff team and supervises a full-time Development Manager who manages a successful annual giving program and coordinates special events. This role works collaboratively with the team on institutional giving and overseeing fundraising events.

Responsibilities:

Create & Execute Annual Development Plan (40%)

Develop and oversee execution of  the annual development plan encompassing measurable objectives for major gifts, individual support, planned giving, private/government funding, corporate sponsorships/partnerships, and special events, with strategies for identification/ prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship and recognition.

  • Develop a thorough understanding of Porchlight’s work and effectively communicate the organization’s accomplishments, goals, and strategies to prospective donors.
  • Conceptualize and support creation of effective and compelling communications, solicitations, and proposals for development opportunities.
  • Initiate cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship meetings with donors and prospects to sustain or create and maintain professional relationships.
  • Bring a positive and personable demeanor to all interactions in support of relationship building and collaboration.
  • In conjunction with Board leadership and ED, construct and execute an annual board campaign to ensure that 100% of the Board personally gives to the organization.

Manage & Grow Portfolio of Major Donors (20%)

Implement a major gifts program with an emphasis on identifying, cultivating, securing, and retaining major gifts that includes donor recognition and a system for moving donor commitments forward.

Oversee Fundraising Events (20%)

Oversee annual fundraising and stewarding events including ICONS Gala, Chicago Sings fundraising concert, opening night receptions and other smaller donor events.

Manage Development Staff & Provide Support to Board (10%)

Hire, manage and mentor development staff, prioritizing work and offering direction and support that ensures both effective results and engaged employees.

  • Oversee Development Manager in data management, accurate record keeping, gift processing, development and fulfillment of donor benefits, gift recognition, strategies for moves management, and donor correspondence.
  • Provide development support to staff, committees and board as needed. Serve as staff liaison to the Development Committee.

Oversee Development Budgeting, Tracking & Reporting (10%)

Set and meet annual revenue and fundraising goals, including cultivation and stewardship goals as well as new donor and retention goals. Create and maintain tracking reports to reflect and assure progress toward those goals.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in development/fundraising with a proven track record in setting and executing development strategy, tracking fundraising performance, establishing and developing solid donor relationships, and meeting fundraising goals
  • Excellent interpersonal, written/verbal communication, and presentation skills; ability to make a strong, effective case for support
  • Basic level of comfort with donor databases and excel spreadsheets
  • Strong organizational, planning and personnel management skills with ability to focus on strategic vision as well as day-to-day plans
  • Team-player with high level of initiative and professionalism 
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, educational, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as performances, events or meetings require

Compensation/Benefits:

  • Salary: starting at $70,000 annually, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: optional individual health insurance with 80% employer contribution; ample paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays

 

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Porchlight seeks an energetic full-time Development Manager to join our growing team. Working with the Development Director, this position manages a successful annual giving program, including developing and implementing data-based strategies to achieve goals, preparing and executing fundraising appeals, acknowledgements and reports, and cultivating strong relationships by engaging and stewarding donors through multiple touchpoints.

Responsibilities:

Annual Fund & Database Management (60%)

  • Support Development Director in creating, executing and evaluating annual fundraising plans.
  • Create and execute strategies sustaining and growing the number of donors, the size of individual donations, converting annual donors to major donors, and increasing engagement.
  • Ensure quality and accuracy in managing the PatronManager database: Maintain donor records and lists, develop and maintain a moves management system, create and refine a campaign and fund structure, and identify opportunities for systems integration for improved data quality, reduced data entry, and increase cross-departmental collaboration. Enforce and encourage data entry standards and best practices.
  • Prepare accurate quarterly fundraising appeals (renewals and acquisitions) and manage the logistics of mailing to strategically segmented lists.
  • Generate reports that track participation and progress, assist with analyzing current and prospective donor activity to project future trends.
  • Manage all correspondence with individual donors, and serve as point person for all development-related inquiries (internal and external).
  • Manage and enhance online giving initiatives; contribute fundraising ideas and copy for website, emails and social media
  • Assist the Development Director with creating a pipeline of prospective major donors, conducting ongoing prospect research, and preparing for donor meetings.

Event Coordination & Support (30%)

  • Coordinate a portfolio of events, including opening night celebrations, ICONS Gala, and Chicago Sings fundraising concert.
  • Manage logistics to ensure a smooth-running event, achievement of goals, and an exceptional donor experience.
  • Support ad-hoc events related to programming, including donor receptions, and in-home parties hosted by key donors.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable and enthusiastic representative at performances and events.
  • Implement strategies for converting event attendees to donors and/or engage them in other meaningful ways post-event (e.g. event committees or engagement groups).

General Development Support (10%)

  • Reconcile income and expenses monthly with the finance department; work with Development Director to create and manage annual Development budget and track performance.
  • Manage the Porchlight Young Professionals group, organizing meetings and events, and driving recruitment.
  • Collaborate with Development Director, Executive Director and other staff to manage relationships with major donors, corporate sponsors, foundations, vendors, in-kind donors, individual sponsors, and board members. Actively network with peers and prospects.
  • Work with Marketing/Audience Services team to develop strategies that ensure development presence in all company communications and at our performance spaces, to obtain statistics regarding attendance and marketing reach.
  • Ensure department’s policy and procedure documentation is current and being implemented.
  • Take on other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years experience working with individual donors as part of a comprehensive development program
  • Experience with CRM database management; Patron Manager knowledge a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Word and Excel
  • Ability to solve problems and multi-task, prioritizing multiple deadlines
  • Superb attention to detail and accuracy, ultimate confidentiality of donor information
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals and groups from diverse racial, religious, ethnic, educational, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as members of the LGBTQ and gender non-conforming communities
  • Availability to work weekday evenings and weekends as required
  • Commitment to excellence and a passion for the mission of Porchlight Music Theatre

Compensation/Benefits:

  • Salary: starting at $45,000 annually, commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: optional individual health insurance with 80% employer contribution; ample paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays

 

To apply for posted jobs, please send cover letter and resume via email to

employment-intern@porchlightmusictheatre.org

No phone calls, please. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer.

 


Internships

Join the Team. Be a Porchlight Intern.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are currently only considering applications for summer 2021 onward, on a rolling basis. 

Porchlight Music Theatre’s Internship program is an opportunity for qualified college students, graduates, and young professionals to learn in a hands-on environment as part of the staff of a non-profit theater. Porchlight offers internships in different categories: Artistic Administration, Education & Outreach, Development & Special Events, Marketing & PR/Publicity, and Artistic/Casting.

Porchlight Interns work closely with their departments on special projects and ongoing work. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Porchlight Music Theatre is an equal opportunity employer. You can find more information about each internship in “more info”.

Questions? Email rebeccah@porchlightmusictheatre.org

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Be a Part of Our Team As a Volunteer*

Porchlight Music Theatre welcomes volunteers to assist our staff on a variety of projects and events.

  • Volunteer benefits include complimentary tickets to Porchlight Music Theatre productions and events, as available.
  • Volunteers must complete and submit an application, and an interview will be conducted either in person or via phone.

For more information, please email info@porchlightmusictheatre.org, subject: Volunteer.

*Please note that theatre ushers are provided by The Saints, Volunteers for the Performing Arts. For information on how you can become a Saint, call (773) 529-5510.

I Want to Volunteer!

 

Script Submissions

Porchlight Music Theatre accepts full length scripts year-round from literary agents and theatre professionals with whom we have an existing professional relationship. We invite unrepresented writers to submit a brief bio, short synopsis, and ten pages of sample dialogue and music on CD or sent electronically.

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