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.
Information on Internships can be found here.
Development/Special Events Internship - Stipend
Director of Marketing and Communications
Associate Director of Development, Institutional Giving
The ACT Team is a workforce development program offering paid employment in our entry-level community facing positions, while also providing further access, training and mentorship in multiple areas of the Company to introduce employees to potential career paths in a professional theatre.
ACT Team staff are cross-trained as ushers, ticket office associates and event promoters, developing valuable and transferable professional skills. In addition to experience in sales and customer service, the ACT Team staff also receives additional opportunities to increase their knowledge and work experience at events and projects related to community outreach, audience engagement, donor cultivation, and event management building relationships with managers and senior level staff throughout the institution.
The ACT Team program has a dedicated ACT Team Coordinator responsible for ongoing recruitment for the ACT Team with a focus on outreach to communities that have been traditionally excluded or absent from professional theatre careers. The ACT Team establishes and supports an intentionally inclusive path to employment at Children’s Theatre Company, beginning with existing part-time opportunities that do not require any theatre experience or degrees and adding valuable opportunities for advancement in the field.
Supervisor / Department: Sue Brockman, Properties Director
Status: Full time starting 7/5/16
We are currently seeking a full time Props Artisan to join us produce props from designs and concepts supplied by the production designer and director through models, drawings and verbal descriptions
- Coordinating with the Properties Director the material and equipment needs of the soft props area.
- Machine and Hand sewing, cutting, figuring yardages, draping and upholstering, shopping fabric as needed.
- Sculpting and carving using foams, wood, metal, plaster and plastics.
- Mold making and casting.
- Fabric painting and dying.
- Puppet constructing: articulation and prosthetic appliances.
- Creating paper goods and food.
- Carpentry and mechanical problem solving.
- Assisting with maintaining safety of equipment and shop.
- Pulling and putting away of props from storage.
- Minimum of 4 years practical, professional experience in a similar properties shop
- Expertise in all basic sewing techniques - hand and machine. Working knowledge of pattern-making, upholstery, millinery, mask-making, the use of fabric dyes, plastics, foams, paper, leather, wood, metals, spray paints, scenic paints and acrylic paints, mold making and casting. Basic familiarity with welding, carpentry, and scene painting.
- Computer research experience and working knowledge of Photoshop and Microsoft Office Products.
Application Deadline: April 22, 2016
CTC operates under a collective bargaining agreement with IATSE Local 13, AFL-CIO.
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 10, 2016 at Children’s Theatre Company.
- Learning outcomes: event planning, communication skills, team work, problem-solving, attention to detail, and time management.
- Research and secure vendors to provide services and supplies.
- Learning outcomes: research and vendor relations.
- Solicitation and acceptance of silent/live/online auction donations. This could include assistance with research, solicitation mailings, 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.
- 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 and will run through the middle/end of September. Work schedule will be 20 - 30 hours per week to begin and then 40 hours per week starting in mid-August. Must be able to attend the Curtain Call Ball on September 10th. Limited time off will be granted if arranged at the start of the internship.
- 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.
Travel and Expense Allowance
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 $1,000 stipend for 16 weeks of service. If internship time is extended past the original 16 weeks, the stipend amount will be raised appropriately.
Deadline is May 20, 2016. Please fill out internship application here.
Director of Marketing and Communications
The Director of Marketing and Communications supports the highest strategic priorities of the theatre and serves as a member of CTC’s senior leadership team. He or She will lead the organization’s strategic marketing, communications, public relations, institutional branding and customer service programs, and shape CTC’s institutional profile on a national level. He or she will focus on growing new audiences while retaining and deepening relationships with current audiences. Through effective communication of the mission, vision and programming activities, the Director of Marketing and Communications develops and executes strategies to generate all earned ticket revenues for the theatre, leading a staff in marketing, communications public relations, audience services, ticket sales and graphic design.
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 Kim Motes candidates will find a highly successful executive with significant experience in branding, marketing, finance, fundraising and team development.
SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
- Collaborate regularly with the Managing Director and Artistic Director to ensure a clear and accurate interpretation of the organization’s vision and direction as well as production aesthetics.
- Develop annual and long range institutional, programmatic and show specific marketing and communication plans that align with the strategic plan. Lead and supervise the implementation of all marketing, communications, public relations, web and social media, publications, promotions and sales plans to position the organization overall and achieve earned revenue goals through single ticket and season subscription sales annually.
- Oversee audience services which includes front-of-house, concessions, gift shop and box office operations to ensure excellent customer service.
- Plan, manage and execute branding, positioning, messaging, market research, media planning, market segmentation, targeting and pricing strategies.
- Develop and monitor earned revenue projections; provide data analysis, modeling and dynamic pricing procedures.
- Manage annual expense budgets for marketing, communications, publicity, sales, audience services and graphic design efforts and operations.
- Hire, supervise, motivate and support a strategically focused marketing, communications and audience services team. Lead, supervise and evaluate staff to achieve annual and long-range goals.
- Cultivate an innovative and positive working environment that enables growth in new technology and marketing practices to ensure the Theatre’s vitality.
- Direct the development of all visual and print materials.
- Develop and implement web and social media strategies.
- Direct telemarketing campaigns and serve as primary liaison with consultants.
- Expand public relations efforts to increase national profile, as well as increase local awareness of the theater’s national programs.
- Collaborate with other departments, especially the development department to create consistent messages and materials and integrate organizational strategy.
- Serve as a member of the senior management team which focuses on short and long-term strategic issues.
- Serve as staff liaison to the marketing committee of the Board of Governors. Ensure the work of the committee advances the branding and marketing efforts of the theatre.
Qualifications and Qualities
CTC is focused on identifying candidates whose talents as marketing and communications professionals and managers have been in evidence and who have demonstrated success in complex creative environments.
Candidates must demonstrate:
- Record of accomplishments in effective marketing strategies and excellent strategic planning and organizational skills.
- Minimum 10 years of non-profit marketing, communications, audience development, public relations and subscription and single ticket campaigns.
- Experience with the development and execution of brand strategy is preferred.
- Knowledge of marketing and audience development strategies, graphic, online and video design principles and production process, e-commerce and social media strategies, ticketing software, database management and customer service programs.
- Detail-oriented and able to manage numerous important projects concurrently and effectively motivate staff to meet strict deadlines.
- Have an enthusiastic, outgoing and confident personal style with excellent interpersonal communication skills to effectively interact with staff, management, audiences and vendors.
- Outstanding analytical skills and intellectual curiosity.
- Excellent written and communication skills demonstrated by samples of published articles, proposals, press releases, reports and/or video scripts.
- Experience working with online content management system.
- Experience with Tessitura highly desirable or experience in other ticketing database required.
- A professional approach to supporting artistic and educational programs by promoting a positive atmosphere of energy, creativity and focus.
- Experience in managing, mentoring and motivating high performance marketing and PR teams to meet revenue goals in a fast paced, creative and collaborative environment.
- A commitment to effective partnerships with other department heads, especially development, to realize mission-based goals and objectives designed to support artistic and education programs, and to expand audiences.
- The ability to design and maintain a departmental structure that maximizes internal and institutional capabilities, and best serves artistic and organizational needs.
- A commitment to supporting artistic ambition and fiscal responsibility.
- BA required.
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.
Please submit your resume and cover letter by mail or email to
Children’s Theatre Company
2400 3rd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Attention: Kim Motes, Managing Director
Associate Director of Development, Institutional Giving
Children’s Theatre Company has a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished development professional to develop and implement comprehensive strategies for foundation, corporate and government funding sources. 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 our theatre as a home for all people, all families, reflective of our community.
The selected candidate will:
- Identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit prospective foundation, corporate foundation, and government sources for major gifts ($20,000+) to CTC’s annual fund.
- Develop annual fundraising and strategic goals for foundation, corporate, and government grants and sponsorships.
- Develop annual and long range plans for securing corporate, foundation and government grants and gifts, and maintains a successful corporate, foundation, and government solicitation program.
- Manage a portfolio of Corporate, Government and Foundation prospects, including developing strategies, proactively communicating with donors and prospects to build relationships and secure grants, writing proposals, engaging and supporting board and staff in the solicitation process, and stewarding donors.
- Engage board members and CTC staff in activities to support prospecting or soliciting corporations and foundations.
- Manage the work of the Institutional Giving Associate and the Corporate Relations Coordinator.
- Bachelor’s degree coupled with 5 + years’ experience in a professional fund raising or related field.
- Demonstrated experience in securing financial contributions from foundations, corporate foundations, or government sources including identification, cultivation, and solicitation of charitable gifts.
- Demonstrated ability to manage staff, budgets, projects, and meeting deadlines and goals.
- Successful grant writing experience.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and knowledge of fundraising databases preferred.
- Commitment to and enthusiasm for fund-raising for theatre, youth services, and the arts.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships; an aptitude for engaging and motivating donors and prospects.
- Ability to nurture effective working relationships with colleagues, leadership, board members and volunteers.
- Excellent writing, communications, presentation, organizational and analytical skills.
- Significant experience with the process of institutional donor prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
- Strategic thinker, hard worker, persuasive, and quick thinker.
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.