Windy City Performs - OPERATIONS MANAGER (20-25 hours per week)


Chicago's fastest growing professional theatre and performing arts school is seeking a permanent OPERATIONS MANAGER. 

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, passionate, competent arts manager with a wide variety of skills and experiences. 


  • CONTRACTS: Manage and distribute contracts for the Company - teachers, performers, technicians and artists.
  • PAYROLL & VENDOR PAYMENTS:  Process bi-weekly office staff paychecks, and payments for a variety of other personnel who work as independent contractors.
  • BASIC BOOKKEEPING:  Including regular use of Quickbooks Online.  Will be working extensively with reports (P & L, Budget v. Actual, Balance Sheets and Payroll reports). 
  • FACILITIES:  Manage the upkeep of the facilities (Studio A and the Playhouse), including working with Production Manager on upkeep of equipment; supervising cleaning crew, and managing volunteers who help with some of these functions.   Order building supplies. 
  • ENROLLMENT / REGISTRATION:  Oversee the registration of over 1500 students every year in our COnservatory - Youth Company, Teen Company, KidStage, Schoolsites and youth/teens in Mainstage shows. 
  • MARKETING:  Assist with basic marketing functions like upkeep of lists, distribution of postcards and posters, updating website, and writing press releases.  Also, compile information for playbills. 
  • BOX OFFICE:  Manage the box office set-up, daily functions, and respond to customers with inquiriies about tickets. Schedule volunteer house managers and ushers.
  • OFFICE MANAGEMENT:  Create and implement procedures, workflow, filing and other systems that help our small but growing office staff function efficiently and successfully.   Order office supplies.  Process incoming mail. 
  • TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS:  Manage the office technology, including making decisions about hardware and software, coordinate phone routing and voicemail collection.
  • OTHER DUTIES:  Other duties that support the work of the Artistic Director, Associate Dean and Associate Artistic Director; other duties that contribute to the growth of the organization. 

To be considered, you must...

  • Have a degree in arts administration, business, education or a related field. 
  • Have at least 3 years' successful experience in a commercial or non-profit performing arts environment (can include internships); prefer someone with knowledge of theatre production.
  • Have a strong understanding of the "business" of theatre.
  • Be available to work on-site at least 4 days per week.   Offices are located in Jefferson Park, just steps from the Blue Line
  • Be available for occasional evening or weekend work, when needed. 
  • Pass a background and reference check. 
  • Be an exceptional communicator - attention to detail and proofreading in written business communications, and caring, personable in verbal communication with constituents like parents, patrons and artists. 
  • Have a great sense of humor.
  • Be a creative, passionate, positive contributor to previous workplace(s), and have an optimistic point of view about hard work and problem-solving.


To be considered, please send letter of interest and resume to: (ATTN Jerry R Soria-Foust, Artistic Director & Dean)

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To Apply: 


To be considered, please send letter of interest and resume to: (ATTN Jerry R Soria-Foust, Artistic Director & Dean)

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Jerry R. Foust, Artistic Director & Dean of Conservatory
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