Submitted by fest500 on Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:24pm

Position Title:HOUSE MANAGER

The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew.

We produce more than 140 programs annually, reaching a live audience of nearly 50,000 adults and 12,000+ youth (primarily from Chicago Public Schools). In our 27 year history, we have presented over 3,000 outstanding speakers, including: 10 Nobel Laureates; 73 Pulitzer Prize winners; 56 MacArthur “Genius” Fellows; 34 Academy Award, Tony, and Grammy winners; and 18 James Beard Award winners. Our dedicated YouTube channel has had over 4.4 million views.

Additional information is available at

2017 Chicago Humanities Festival Fallfest Dates: October 28 – November 12


Position Description:

CHF is seeking part-time seasonal House Managers to oversee front of house operations and supervise teams of volunteers at our 27th Annual Fallfest: Belief. These positions require both weekday & weekend availability during festival dates, as well as the availability to attend both a pre-festival training session and a venue walk-through. Hours are dependent on the needs of assigned program(s). Pay is competitive.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide the highest level of customer service to people of all ages and abilities
  • Attend a training session and visit assigned venue(s) prior to the Festival
  • Train, supervise, and assist volunteers
  • Set up ticket scanner technology, signage, house materials
  • Manage festival crowds in primarily general admission venues
  • Work collaboratively with stage manager and box office manager to coordinate front and back of house operations
  • Oversee accessible seating
  • Lead audience Q&A after each event in your venue
  • Complete post-program reporting and evaluation
  • Other duties as assigned

Applicants must possess:

  • A professional demeanor with excellent communication skills
  • Flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving
  • High energy, a positive personality, and grace under pressure
  • The ability to lead and work as part of a team
    • The ideal candidate will have previous house management experience

Helpful, though not required:

  • Familiarity with Chicago cultural venues
  • Training in disability awareness, CPR, or American Sign Language
  • Ability to speak conversational Spanish a plus

How to apply:

Please email the following materials by July 7, 2017

  • Letter of interest
  • Résumé
  • Contact information for 3 professional references


Brittany Pyle, Director of Audience Services

Please indicate “application for house manager” in the email subject line.


*Email applications only. No phone calls please.                          

The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer