The Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (GSU) invites applications for a Theater Manager position. We seek an individual eager to serve with a spirit of generosity, empathy and inclusion. GSU is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Governors State University is a cultural destination with its 750-acre campus encompassing the world-renowned Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, a state-of-the-art 1171-seat Center for Performing Arts venue, and the Visual Arts Gallery with work displayed across the campus. GSU is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The Theater Manager is one of the Center's prime ambassadors, serving as the first welcoming point of contact for vendors, artists, agents, promoters, rental clients, and other constituents. This leadership position oversees myriad aspects of operations and reports to the Executive Director. The position requires strong interpersonal skills, an agile and collaborative style, and the ability to plan, anticipate, and work within constraints to ensure that each event brings an extraordinary valuable experience to everyone involved. We seek an exceptionally welcoming and organized host who can offer “radical hospitality” to guests of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. Primary responsibilities: • Oversee scheduling and booking activities of the 1171-seat venue and support/auxiliary spaces. • Execute contracts in collaboration with the procurement department. • Manage rental events, concession budgets, reports, invoices, and collections. • Advance and staff events to ensure they meet contractual obligations in collaboration with local hotels and GSU’s custodial, catering, security, facilities, and other departments. • Provide oversight and supervision to student workers, volunteer ushers, and concession manager during designated shifts. • Oversee concession operations, bus pick-up/drop off for student matinee groups, venue safety, evacuation and front-of-house procedure. Other responsibilities: • Support the academic Theatre and Performance Studies program (in residence at the Center five weeks annually). • Collaborate with marketing staff on Playbill preparation and other promotional efforts. • Support production team and special events office with set-up and other contractual matters. Starting Salary Range: $45,006.00 to $51,756.90. (This is a non-unionized position. Salary starts at the base and is determined based on Education and Experience exceeding the minimum qualifications).
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