PlayMakers Laboratory, formerly known as Barrel of Monkeys, is an ensemble of actor/educators who create an alternative learning environment in which students share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations. PML accomplishes this through creative writing workshops and in-school performances of children’s stories. PML also engages the broader community in support of the visions of children through public performances of their work.
The Executive Director is an inspirational leader who motivates and unites PML’s staff, company and board in the pursuit of its mission as well as its vision of a radically kind Chicago. Primary responsibilities include Board relations, fundraising, communications, human resources, financial management, and event planning. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing strategic planning goals and ensuring that the mission and programming of the organization is achieved to the highest standards of excellence. The ED reports directly to the Board.
A successful Executive Director will possess strong leadership skills that include a demonstrated ability to coach and develop staff, solid relationship management of both internal and external stakeholders, and robust financial acumen. In addition, they must:
Have 3 – 5 years’ experience in nonprofit management, understanding best practices and contemporary issues in leadership, fundraising, HR, and communication;
Have a strong financial management background, and be able to effectively report on financial matters to the board and other stakeholders;
Have proven experience communicating and collaborating amongst various stakeholder groups and ensuring that information is imparted in a timely and effective manner;
Have a strong familiarity with theatre management and/or public education (both a plus!);
Primary areas of responsibility:
Cultivate the PML leadership;
Embrace and effectively manage different methods and ideas;
Provide regular and consistent feedback to staff, ensuring the strategic plan’s goals are met; and
Ensure a positive and inclusive workplace environment and company culture.
Together with the PML Board’s Executive Committee, cultivate new Board members and maintain strong working relationships with current members and facilitate regular communication with them;
Maintain effective reporting systems to ensure the Board is informed and up-to-date on company efforts and programs; and,
Work closely with the Executive Committee on strategic projects and organizational oversight.
Implement Strategic Vision:
Ensure that the organization engages in regular strategic planning every 3-to-5 years;
Oversee delivery of the active strategic plan and demonstrate progress toward measurable outcomes;
Drive organizational alignment; and
Delegate strategies and tasks as needed to ensure timely completion of goals.
Ensure Financial Success & Sustainability
Work with the Finance Committee to develop organizational and project-based budgets;
Report regularly on finances: updating projections and monitoring cash flow; and
Oversee the annual audit and all legal reporting including IRS filings, state and local requirements, and grant reporting.
Oversee Fundraising & Special Events:
Oversee and participate in grant writing and reporting ensuring financial goals are met;
Together with staff, research and pursue new funding opportunities as needed;
Together with the staff and Board, plan and execute both annual and ad hoc fundraising events;
Regularly communicate and meet with large donors, funders, and Board candidates;
Attend leadership events, networking opportunities, and professional development workshops to develop and maintain relationships with business leaders and members of the arts education sector.
Plan, oversee, and execute individual giving campaigns including an Annual Appeal; and
Work with communications, design, and PR staff to meet annual fundraising goals.
Manage Internal and External Communications
Serve as a public face of PML, speaking at events as needed and representing the organization; and
Drive and maintain effective communication.
Other administrative activities
Assist the education department in program evaluation and reporting; and
Provide general HR functions.
Salary & benefits information:
The Executive Director position is a full time, exempt position. PML offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes holidays, vacation, personal and sick leave along with medical and dental insurance. Salary commensurate with experience and as set forth by PML’s annual budget.
Please attach cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to email@example.com. The subject line should read, “PML Application – Executive Director.”
Communications & Development Internship
PlayMakers Laboratory is currently seeking a winter Communications & Development intern. Our internships are immersive and allow interns to get a sense of PlayMakers Lab communication and development while supporting the administrative arms of the organization. Our winter intern will support marketing for our public performances, assist with the development of our annual gala on April 4th, support efforts of our company fundraiser, and administrative tasks. They will also be welcome to attend and observe staff meetings, shows, rehearsals, classroom residencies, and other events, based on their interests.
Assist with planning and executing a marketing plan for “That’s Weird, Grandma,” our public performance at the Neo-Futurist Theatre
Assist with creating collateral for digital marketing (videos, social media, etc.)
Assist in tracking and organizing the company’s fundraising results
Database upkeep in OvationTix, Mailchimp, and GiveSmart, filing, and other organizational tasks
Occasional poster distribution
Other administrative tasks and projects, as assigned
Competency working with Microsoft Office Suite/Google Apps Suite
Strong attention to detail
Outstanding organizational skills
Commitment to working collaboratively
Interest in programs that support and champion the voices of students
Interest in digital marketing strategies
Interest in video editing, photo editing, and digital content creation is a plus, but not required!
PlayMakers Laboratory values its interns immensely and works hard to provide an environment that is engaging, challenging, educational, and FUN. Our small staff of six works in an open and collaborative environment and we welcome interns to adopt that spirit of collaboration while they are on our team.
Internships, while not paid, maybe undertaken for school credit, and generally span one semester or calendar season (i.e. Winter/Spring), with a preferred time commitment of 15-20 hours per week and must be available April 4th the day of our annual gala. Schedules are flexible and can be set at the time of hire. We anticipate a start date of mid/late November and an end date in early April.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, attn: Ashley Bland. Deadline to apply is November 20, 2019.
Must be 18 or older to apply.
PlayMakers Laboratory is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
Equal Employment Opportunities:
PlayMakers Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, protected veteran status, age, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression or any other legally protected category. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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