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Manager of Artistic Partnerships

The Manager of Artistic Partnerships is responsible for the stewardship of existing partnerships, coordination of the activities associated with those partnerships, and the cultivation of new partnerships. “Artistic Partnerships” are defined as activities that are outside of 2nd Story’s performance programming, which include education and workplace programming.

Reports to:                  Artistic Director and Managing Director

Employment Type:     Part-time Salaried Position, 28 hours/week

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the pipeline for all artistic and external partnerships
    • Secure new partnerships
      • Research, identify, and reach out to prospective clients and opportunity areas
      • Marketing and networking to develop new partnerships
      • This includes reaching out on behalf of the organization to prospective clients, coordinating marketing and advertising campaigns, and working with the Managing Director to create marketing collateral.
    • Serves as first and primary point of contact for all potential and possible external partnerships
    • Working with the Managing Director to create, update, and disseminate For Hire materials (including one-pager/marketing materials, the website, etc.)
  • Execution of Partnerships
    • Working closely with the Artistic Director, determine needs for partnership
      • Craft curricula/agenda/framework for partnership
      • Coordinate all artists involved in external partnerships
        • Scheduling all rehearsals, meetings, etc., necessary for executing partnership
        • Hiring artists and staffing for events/partnerships
        • Tracking contracts, invoices, and payments for individual artists
    • Facilitating event success, whether through preparation or direct execution
    • Working closely with the Artistic Director, assessing the ability of 2nd Story to meet current and future needs of external partners. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • organizing/managing training and professional development of artists executing partnerships
      • developing stories/content in anticipation of potential partnerships
    • Creation and execution of assessment materials to support the organization in the delivery of a successful partnership
    • Follow up with external partners
      • Contract, invoice, and payment coordination
      • Debrief with client: conducting post-mortem, gathering testimonials, etc., as necessary
    • Coordinating local and national travel for partnership events as needed
  • Information Management
    • Database management
    • Gathering and storage of curricula, agendas, and other content pieces created for partnerships.
    • Timely and professional maintenance of correspondence
  • Ambassadorship
    • Representing the organization in public sphere
    • As a member of the 2nd Story staff, the Manager of Artistic Programs is expected to attend:
      • Friday Office hours
      • Collective Meetings (2-3 per year)
      • Board meetings as required
      • Special events for the organization

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Equal Opportunity Employment:

2nd Story is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to lauren@2ndstory.com by August 15, 2018.


About 2nd Story

Founded in 1999, 2nd Story is Chicago's longest running storytelling performance organization. The 2nd Story Collective is made up of makers and lovers of stories, who all believe that sharing personal stories has the unique power to bind us together and build a more empathetic world. Our mission is anchored by our Core Values of Craft, Courage, and Inclusion. www.2ndStory.com