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Managing Director

The Managing Director will work with Raven’s Artistic Director Cody Estle to lead its artists, Board of Directors, donors, and staff in realizing the theatre’s artistic potential and ensuring its place in the Chicago theatre community.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and is reviewed annually.

Raven owns its space in the Edgewater neighborhood on the northside of Chicago. The building houses two stages as well as office and storage space. The theatre has five full-time and two part-time staff members.


  • Oversight of and active participation in development and marketing activities
  • Supervision of Development and Marketing Managers
  • Liaison with the Board of Directors on fund-raising activities
  • Lead institutional fund-raising with foundations, corporations and government agencies
  • Oversee communication relating to fund-raising and marketing with donors and patrons
  • Oversight of financial management of the theatre
  • Manage the financial operations of the organization
  • Manage the creation of the annual budget and operate the theater within budgeted parameters
  • Provide financial reports to the Finance Committee and to the entire Board of Directors
  • Provide financial analysis and recommendations to guide the organization’s financial decisions
  • Manage, coach, and supervise all non-production employees except those who report to the Artistic Director
  • Oversee recruiting, training, coaching, and retention of staff
  • Ensure compliance with the theatre’s Code of Conduct
  • Ensure compliance of the theatre employment practices with local, state, and federal guidelines
  • Foster a culture of teamwork, generous collaboration, clear communication, effective delegation, and mutual support


External Relations

  • Serve alongside the Artistic Director as a key representative of the organization in the community, including the cultivation of donors, funding institutions, and government agencies
  • Support and attend fundraising events, 1st reads, opening nights, and other events of the organization


Board Relations

  • Work with the Artistic Director and Board President to support the development and effective operation of the Board of Directors
  • Work with the Board President to identify and to prioritize work of the Board of Directors
  • Provide bi-monthly written reports to the Board of Directors
  • Work to grow the membership on the Board of Directors through active cultivation and recruitment
  • Serve as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Serve as an active member of (at least) the Finance and Fundraising committees of the Board of Directors



The Managing Director reports to the Board of Directors and oversees the administrative staff.


  • Prefer a bachelor’s degree in arts administration, non-profit administration, or business
  • An interest in theatre
  • Management experience
  • Experience working with a non-profit organization and with fund-raising
  • Experience interacting with boards and funders
  • Experience in grant writing


We need a candidate who:

  • Combines business acumen with good management skills
  • Is a charismatic communicator with the ability to establish long-lasting, productive relationships with the Board of Directors, the staff, and the theatre’s community of patrons and funders
  • Has a demonstrated ability to generate earned income and contributed revenue


The Managing Director is a full-time, exempt employee. Compensation, including salary and benefits, will be competitive for an organization of Raven’s size.  Raven is an equal opportunity employer.

The position begins July 1, 2020.

Applications should include detailed cover letter, CV, and three references  and should be emailed to no later than February 15, 2020.

We anticipate telephone interviews between March 1, 2020 and March 15, 2020 and on-site visits between April 1, 2020 and April 15, 2020.

The search committee will make its decision no later than May 1.


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Current or recently graduated students are encouraged to apply for Raven Theatre’s internship program! Candidates should be able to commit to between 10 and 15 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks during regular office hours (10am-6pm, Monday through Friday) with some required evening availability for rehearsals, performances, or special events.

All Raven internships are unpaid. Interns receive complimentary tickets to all Raven productions and academic credit (if available through your university). Two-semester and summer internships are available upon request. Raven Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Artistic Production Intern

Working under Artistic Producer Cole von Glahn, the Artistic Production Intern will be central to Raven’s artistic operations. Your work will focus on the successful preparation and execution of Raven’s mainstage programming from beginning to end.

Successful candidates are theatrical artists and/or producers, proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, excellent communicators, precisely organized, highly professional, and seeking a career in artistic administration and/or producing.


– Producing the Quill reading series
– Managing and monitoring auditions
– Reading scripts
– Participating in talkbacks and other special events – Supporting mainstage programming
– Processing artistic and production communications
– Other administrative, artistic, and production tasks as assigned

Arts Administration Intern

Working under the Marketing Manager, the Arts Administration Intern is an essential part of Raven’s team. Interns will work closely with all departments and develop a deep understanding of how Raven is run.

Successful candidates are theatrical artists or future non-profit administrators, proficient with the Microsoft Office Suite, excellent communicators, precisely organized, highly professional, and excited to learn the ins and outs of running a non-profit theatre. 

– Participation in strategy meetings
– Data collection & organization for individual productions
– Help with audience mailing campaigns and e-blasts
– Generating social media/web content for production & education marketing
– Assisting the Audience Services Manager Michael Allen with audience engagement events & logistics
– Annual gala support
– Assistance at after-hours special events
– Assist our Education department with tracking assessments for “Take Flight” annual reports
– Helping to organize and manage materials for teaching artists for use during in-school residencies
– General office duties