Led by Artistic Director Peter C Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is the world’s leading theatre for young people and their families and is one of the 20 largest producing theatres in the United States. A winner of the regional Tony Award, CTC creates extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people. It has set standards of excellence in the quality of its productions, commitment to new work, and innovative education and community partnerships.
As a national leader in the field of theater for young audiences, Children’s Theatre Company is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CTC is committed to a future when our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.
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Ticket Office Associate
Director of Development
Early Childhood Teaching Artist
Corporate Sales Coordinator
Development/Special Events Internship
Position Title: Ticket Office Associate
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Ticket Office Associate. This is a part-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours required.
Provide service to customers in a manner consistent with the high quality performance and service standards of the Theatre by following customer service policies and procedures. Process single ticket, season ticket, and Theatre Arts Training class orders over the telephone, through the mail, and at the ticket office.
- Answer ticket office phone lines and help patrons in person at the ticket office in a pleasant and timely manner, providing a consistently high level of customer service.
- Process single ticket, season ticket, student matinee payments, and Theatre Arts Training orders by phone, mail or in person.
- Do external telemarketing calls to renewing subscribers.
- Complete necessary data entry, paperwork and procedures for accurate record-keeping and sales.
- Accurately process all forms of payment for reservations, including occasional cash transactions.
- Represent Children’s Theatre Company at both internal and external events as requested
- Attend trainings and meetings as required.
- Provide additional ticket office and marketing support as required.
Preferred candidates will have a professional attitude with pleasant disposition and a desire to be a team player. Candidate must be articulate and have excellent customer service skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, as well as good attention to detail and sound decision making ability.
Experience with computerized ticketing system (preferably Tessitura) and phone sales preferred. Experience with Microsoft Office products including Word and Excel a plus. Previous experience in an arts organization a plus.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Must show a willingness to learn new technology and adapt easily to system changes.
MUST be available at least 12 hours per week; availability must include at least one weeknight AND one weekend day. Flexible night and weekend availability preferred.
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Director of Development
Children’s Theatre Company is seeking a dynamic fundraising professional with a passion for the arts and/or youth development to lead a hard-working and passionate team as Director of Development. This senior level position will lead, plan and implement strategic direction for CTC’s fundraising efforts that include a growing Annual Fund of over $4.3 million and a capital and endowment campaign of $25 million now in the quiet phase. Reporting to and working closely with the Managing Director, this position is an integral part of the senior leadership team and contributes to institutional planning, including guidance for annual and long term revenue budgets and goals.
About Children’s Theatre Company
The mission of Children’s Theatre Company is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.
For over 50 years, Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) has created extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire. The first theatre for multi-generational audiences to win a Tony© Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, CTC has welcomed more than 11 million people and is one of the nation’s top 20 regional theatres. CTC is recognized as the nation’s premier theatre for multigenerational audiences serving over 250,000 audiences and artists annually and as a primary developer of new audiences for the arts.
During the 2016-17 season, CTC is producing six performances in its main stage programming that include four musicals and two world premieres. CTC productions feature top ranked directors, designers and Equity actors from the region and the nation, many of whom also work regularly on the stages of major LORT theatres in the area. Through our Threshold new play development program, CTC commissions, develops and brings new work to the stage advancing the canon of work for young audiences. Over the past 20 years, more than 47 new works have been commissioned, developed and produced at CTC. As a leader in the field, we are committed to ensuring our work has a future life through national partnerships, tours, transfers and licensing via our Plays for Young Audiences licensing division.
CTC’s robust engagement and learning programs annually serve more than 85,000 students ages 2-18. Theatre Arts Training serves nearly 5,000 arts learners each year to build theatre-making skills through sequenced classes during the school year and summer for students at all skill levels. Our nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges program works in over 30 public school classrooms each year delivering three grade-specific curriculum tracks—Neighborhood Bridges (grade school), Building Bridges (kindergarten), and Early Bridges (preschool). Offering both an intensive, in-depth residency model and shorter, more flexible learning opportunities, Neighborhood Bridges programs bring high-quality, research-based theatre arts and storytelling activities into the classroom, empowering students to become the storytellers of their own lives. A new program, “Arts as Intervention” is a residency model aimed at supporting the healthy development of young children who have experienced trauma and/or toxic stress. Our student matinee program offers special school-day performances that allow student groups to attend one or more of our six productions this year.
ACT One is CTC's cohesive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, our staff, and our board. Three interdependent words of action guide our commitment to a future when our theatre is a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community: Access, Connect, Transform. CTC believes that the theatre can be a powerful force to illuminate connections, create common bonds, and to transform lives by building bridges to empathy, understanding, inclusion, and opportunity. ACT One creates specific programs and partnerships to include more people from a wider range of economic status, communities of color, people with disabilities, and sexual orientation and gender identity.
Under the strong leadership of Artistic Director Peter Brosius and Managing Director Kimberly Motes, the theatre is poised for growth organizationally and in its reach locally and nationally. With an annual budget of over $12.5 million and an endowment of $11 million, CTC is financially solid with six years of balanced budgets. CTC has two theatre spaces: its 747-seat proscenium United Health Group mainstage, designed in 1974 by Kenzo Tange; and its flexible, 298-seat Cargill Stage, designed by Michael Graves.
Director of Development
The Director of Development is responsible for all fundraising activities, including individual, corporate, foundation and government giving, capital, planned giving and endowment efforts, fundraising events, prospect research and database maintenance. The Director of Development is also responsible for spearheading the theater’s capital and endowment campaign and is charged with implementing and monitoring campaign plans, the effective staffing of volunteers, and the timely cultivation and solicitation of prospects. The Director of Development leads and motivates a team of seven and is directly responsible for increasing the number and size of major and leadership gifts through prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship strategies. The Director of Development works closely with the Board of Governors and is the direct liaison to the Development Committee and the Curtain Call Ball Committee.
The successful candidate will find a fiscally prudent organization with a committed audience, a loyal patron base, and a Board of Governors that is dedicated to its mission and continuing success. In Artistic Director Peter Brosius, candidates will find a visionary director and impresario with a passion for engaging young people and their families through artists of the highest caliber. In Managing Director Kimberly Motes candidates will find a highly successful executive with significant experience in development, branding, marketing, finance, education, and team development.
- Develop, plan, and implement annual and long-range strategies to ensure CTC achieves its funding goals for both annual operating needs and the capital/endowment campaign;
- Sets annual fundraising goals and objectives in partnership with development team. Responsible for monitoring and reporting progress and meeting targets;
- Develop a deep understanding of institutional mission, priorities and CTC’s broader vision;
- Be visible and accessible to the donor community; represent CTC and its initiatives by cultivating and deepening relationships throughout the Twin Cities and national philanthropic community;
- Identify, cultivate and solicit major gift prospects; maintain and manage a personal portfolio of high-level prospects;
- Foster a culture of philanthropy across the organization through strong internal relationships;
- Serve as a member of the senior staff ensuring that a fundraising perspective is embedded in all strategic decisions;
- Be a trusted partner to the Managing Director and Artistic Director; develop methods to ensure maximum value from their talents and networks, effectively utilize their time and personal participation in fundraising efforts;
- Coordinate with marketing and communications colleagues to develop and implement strategies to ensure that development communications reflect and amplify the CTC’s brand and effectively engage current and prospective donors;
- Manage all aspects of the capital and endowment campaign and work closely with Campaign Chair, Managing and Artistic Directors to ensure that there is a clear, up-to-date plan which provides overall guidance and direction for day-to-day endowment campaign activities. Provide support related to fundraising actions. Monitor endowment campaign activities and progress, and recommend actions to enhance progress.
- Oversee annual development event schedule including the Curtain Call Ball, opening night gatherings, board hosted parties, and donor recognition, stewardship, and solicitation events.
- Manage and staff the Development Committee of the Board of Governors;
- Work in close partnership with the Managing Director, the Development Committee Chair, the Board Chair and other fundraising volunteers in identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts and build the Board’s fundraising capacity and comfort with solicitation;
- Support the Board of Governors and Managing Director in the identification, cultivation and recruitment of new Board Members and assist in Board orientation, support and onboarding.
- Support the Curtain Call Ball Committee and its chair ensuring adequate staff support and coordination; help to identify and recruit volunteer leadership;
- Recruit, mentor and retain a highly-qualified and motivated staff; delegate specific responsibilities with appropriate authority and establish accountability and clear lines of communication;
- Be an inspiring and supportive team leader; identify and acknowledge quality work; value and celebrate individual and collective success;
- Manage the daily activities of the Development Department including individual giving, institutional (corporate, foundation and government) giving and sponsorships, fundraising events, capital/endowment campaign, fundraising systems and operations;
- Ensure that effective donor cultivation and recognition activities, special events, and volunteer programs are well-received, achieve stated fundraising goals, and stay within established budgets;
- Supervise and expand an effective prospect research program and continue to build a systematic effort to increase the CTC’s base of support;
- Establish and monitor performance measures, evaluate the effectiveness of the fund development programs, and make recommendations for redesigning the current programs or creating new efforts;
- Oversee accurate and timely gift processing, donor acknowledgment, data maintenance, and development reports; coordinate these activities with the Director of Finance, as appropriate;
- Collaborate with the business office to ensure the accurate and timely reporting and forecasting of contributed income and departmental expenses;
- Maintain accountability and compliance standards for donors and funding sources.
- Oversee the management of the department’s budget and the annual evaluation of the development department’s programs including cost analysis.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred.
- At least five years in a senior fundraising position, preferably in an arts organization;
- Experience cultivating, soliciting and closing five- and six-figure gifts;
- Strong leadership, managerial, supervisory and consensus building skills; fundraising management and strategic planning experience; a demonstrated ability to manage, mentor and motivate an effective team;
- Technical knowledge in a variety of fundraising areas, including major gifts, annual giving, planned giving, foundation and corporate grants, capital campaigns and endowments;
- Proven ability to personally cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts; proven track record in developing and administering a fundraising program. Campaign experience is a plus;
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills; effectiveness in written and oral presentation. An enthusiastic, outgoing and confident personal style;
- Flexibility and capability to think creatively, communicate broadly and demonstrate solutions-oriented leadership;
- A keen eye for operational efficiency and optimal use of resources; the ability to plan, monitor, and manage a budget;
- Ability to work cooperatively to achieve common goals; support cooperation, collaboration and the sharing of information;
- Ability to provide direction and motivation to others through communication, modeling appropriate behavior, optimism and high achievement;
- Excellent quantitative skills and a proven ability to utilize analytical tools to make sound development decisions; an ability to recognize opportunities, identify critical, high pay-off activities and prioritize them to attain goals;
- Ability to work well under pressure and adapt easily to changing situations and priorities,exercise good judgment and stay focused on overarching goals;
- Strong understanding of computer and constituent software. An understanding of and appreciation for the use of technology in monitoring progress, tracking, reporting and donor engagement;
- Knowledge of local, federal and state legislation, and of accounting and tax laws, regulations, and rules affecting charitable giving. A commitment to fundraising ethics.
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar positions throughout the country. The range of benefits includes medical, vision and dental insurance, long-term and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid time off, and access to 403 (b) retirement plan.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Andrew Robertson, Director of Human Resources via email@example.com.
Early Childhood Teaching Artist
Department: Education: Theatre Arts Training
Job Status: Temporary
FLSA Status: Non Exempt
Reports To: TAT Director
Amount of Travel Required: travels to community locations within metro
Work Schedule: up to 5 hours meeting and training in March 2017. Up to 4 contact hours/week following the training, dependent upon contracted scheduling with childcare centers.
Positions Supervised: N/A
CTC's Theatre Arts Training (TAT) program is designed to mold the next generation of theatre professionals in a guided, dynamic, studio-style program that is tailored to the needs of each individual student. Simultaneously, TAT offers an open-enrollment program which encourages exploration while creating for each individual student the opportunity to see the world through the diverse lens of the performing arts.
Arts as Intervention is a Children’s Theatre Company artist residency program delivered in preschools and community organizations serving preschool age children experiencing trauma and/or toxic stress. Teaching Artists co-lead 30-60 minute sessions using story-telling, creative play, and mind-body practices for healing and supporting resiliency in ages 3-5. Teaching Artists receive training and use a curriculum aligned with culturally competent, trauma-informed best practices.
- Understand the impact of toxic stress on children and their families, and can build on a trauma-informed arts intervention framework specifically for early childhood.
- Understanding of and willingness to implement theatre-arts, creative play-based activities integrating sensory, expressive movement, storytelling, and mindfulness.
- Understanding of how to incorporate social emotional developmental skills in creative storytelling and play-based learning sessions.
- In partnership with another teaching artist, lead 30-60 minute lessons plans provided by CTC utilizing story-telling, creative play, and mind-body practices
- Talk with site staff to reflect on each lesson and discuss observations collaboratively.
- Attend team planning and reflection meetings as needed.
- 2 years early childhood experience preferred
- Experience working in communities impacted by trauma
- Experience working in communities of color
- Strong communication skills; demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with others
- Experience with music, dance, theatre, and/or arts education
- Able to demonstrate an ability to engage, challenge, and interest very young children through the arts
- Ability to receive and incorporate feedback, to change approach or method to best fit the situation
- Ability to deal with scheduling based on contracting with sites.
- Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds
- The position especially invites applicants who identify as artists of color and/or who lead, teach, and learn in ways that support communities of color.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10, 2017
Corporate Sales Coordinator
Department: Marketing and Communications
Job Status: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: Director of Marketing and Communications
Grade/Level: Not applicable
Amount of Travel Required: Minimal/local
Work Schedule: Business hours
POSITION SUMMARY: In collaboration with the Director of Communications and Marketing, the Corporate Sales Coordinator is responsible for three revenue streams. Those three revenue streams are company and community group ticket sales, buyout performances, and program advertisement.
- Manage the budgeting process for group sales, corporate buyouts and program ads. This budgeting function should include forecasting expense and revenue for all three areas.
- Work in collaboration with the Development department to ensure strong relationships with corporate partners and then seek to leverage those relationships into growing one or more of the three revenue streams.
- In partnership with the marketing and design teams, create effective marketing collateral that will promote the revenue streams under your management
- Proactively seek to build relationships with communities that could become a part of CTC’s group ticket sales programs. This should include actively bringing in new prospects and strengthening relationships with existing customers.
- Communication –Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Customer service – Ability to ensure a positive experience for patrons and partners throughout the sales process
- Project management – Ability to plan and manage workflows and personnel in a holistic and integrated fashion to ensure progress of projects, and awareness of responsibilities among staff
- Attention to Detail – Managing patron records, communications, and ticket orders with a high level of accuracy
- Adaptability – Ability to adapt to rapid pace in a changing workplace
- Nimbleness – Ability to quickly shift direction or focus to respond to changing market conditions or new opportunities
- Time Management – Ability to manage the available time to organize and complete work efficiently and effectively within given deadlines
- Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures
- Budget – Ability to plan and work within budget parameters
- Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business or related field
- 2 - 3 years of sales experience
- A successful history of managing projects is critical
- Previous experience with selling groups or print advertisement
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office essential. Knowledge of web, social media and email tools and technology strongly desired.
Please send a cover letter and resume to Andrew Robertson at email@example.com by April 4, 2017
Development/Special Events Internship
The Development Internship is designed for individuals interested in learning more about the field of resource development, with a concentration on special events. The ideal candidate for the internship will have exceptional organization, communication and interpersonal skills.
- Assist with the coordination and implementation of the Curtain Call Ball—annual gala fundraiser—which will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Children’s Theatre Company.
- Learning outcomes: event planning, communication skills, team work, problem-solving, attention to detail, and time management.
- Solicitation and acceptance of silent/live/online auction donations. This could include assistance with research, solicitation mailings, solicitation calls, entering donations into Auction Harmony (software that tracks our items), and assisting the auction committees in the collection & presentation of the items.
- Learning outcomes: fundraising strategies/implementation, communication skills, database management, organization, and interpersonal relations.
- Input data, database clean-up and creation of reports for department.
- Learning outcomes: database management and analysis of data.
- Serve on the Curtain Call Ball Committee, Silent Auction Subcommittee, and the Communications Committee
- Learning outcomes: communication and leadership skills
- Assist with marketing efforts to excite guests who have already purchased tickets.
- Learning outcomes: communication and writing skills, organization, and marketing experience.
- Other duties as assigned.
To ensure an optimal experience, the following is required of the intern:
- The start date is negotiable but must be no later than June 6th. The internship will end in the middle/end of September depending on the start date. Limited time off will be granted if arranged at the start of the internship.
- Able to work 30 hours per week in June and July and 40 hours in August and September.
- Must be able to attend the Curtain Call Ball on September 9th.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Good interpersonal communications skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Willingness to learn.
- Prior event experience preferred but not required.
To assist the intern with the costs associated with travel and other internship related expenses (e.g. appropriate event attire, as the event is black-tie/cocktail attire), CTC will provide a $1,200 stipend for 16 weeks of service. If internship time extends past the original 16 weeks, the stipend amount will be raised appropriately.
Deadline is May 12, 2017. Apply to this Internship
We are committed to diversity in the workforce and are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in any employment decision on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, marital or veteran’s status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by local, state or federal law. We do require a full background check for all of our employees.