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.
Associate Director of Development
No direct reports
Select vendor relationships
9AM – 5 PM 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
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.
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.
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.
Additional Salary Information: 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.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Situated in downtown Chicago on Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has risen since its founding in 1986 to become a leading international theater company and recipient of both the Regional Theatre Tony Award and three Laurence Olivier Awards. Guided by the partnership between founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, the Theater is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new works, musicals and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, Chicago Shakespeare attracts 225,000 audience members annually. During 2016, the Theater spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, one of the world’s largest cultural festivals inspired by Shakespeare’s legacy. In 2017, the Theater opened its innovative new performance venue, The Yard.