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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks candidates with demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.

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POSITION TITLE: Head of Wardrobe

DEPARTMENT: Production

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), we bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage and changes lives through the experience of dance. HSDC is home to the premier contemporary dance company in the United States, the largest dance facility in Chicago, and serves the community through youth, education and community engagement programs, and adaptive dance programs that serve thousands across the Chicago area.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

HSDC seeks an experienced, hands-on Head of Wardrobe. Reporting to the Director of Production, the Head of Wardrobe is a key member of the production department. Hubbard Street Dance performs in Chicago approximately three to twelve times a year in addition to touring nationally and internationally. The ideal Head of Wardrobe candidate can work collaboratively with the artistic and production leadership to ensure consistent artistic quality. The Head of Wardrobe is responsible for costume, hair, make-up and accessory needs for all company engagements at home in Chicago as well as out on tour; including load-in, technical rehearsals, run and load-outs. The Head of Wardrobe, with assistance from an overhire team, maintains/manages all repertoires and alterations of existing inventory. This position is non-union and seasonal/part-time.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

- Supervises and schedules the costume department including all shop employees, theatre wardrobe staff, subcontractors and third-party costume shops sub-contracted to construct costumes for the Company. 

- Works in conjunction with the Artistic Director, Designers, and Director of Production on the successful creation of new costumes to the HSDC repertoire as well as rebuilding/alterations of existing costumes and/or rentals. Design work may be included. 

- Manages all wardrobe needs while the company is in performance, including but not limited to: setting out costumes, shoes, towels and accessories in dressing rooms; daily laundry; planning and assisting with quick changes; preparation of costumes for performance; ongoing maintenance; packing of all costumes, shoes and accessories. Extensive touring with the Company will be required.

- Manages and coordinates the ordering and stocking of performance shoes including all dyeing and alterations of specialty shoes. Will administer and track distribution of rehearsal shoes provided by HSDC.

- Responsible for dry-cleaning and re-stocking of costumes upon return from each tour/performance series.

- Administers the annual costume budget, including projection, re-projection, tracking and reconciliation, in concert with the Director of Production. Acts as the chief purchasing agent for all wardrobe supplies and equipment.

- Schedules costume fittings and attends studio costumed run-throughs in cooperation with the Director of Production and Artistic staff.

- Meets with other Artistic staff as necessary to discuss matters pertinent to the costume department and/or the Company as a whole. Maintains the shop equipment and materials.

- Plans and assists production staff in the packing of all wardrobe items and equipment with the Director of Production, and informs team members of any changes.

- Maintains an accurate, regularly updated digital inventory, cleaning instructions, and detailed photographs of all costumes in the repertoire.

- Participates in planning and production meetings concerning new works. 

- Facilitates/coordinates revenue generating projects for HSDC costume shop including rentals and/or sales of existing costume inventory. 

- Shares driving duties with HSDC production staff, as needed (truck driving NOT included).

- Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: 
 

- Hubbard Street gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.

- The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 3-years related experience with major arts organizations or a Bachelor’s degree in costume design with specific training in costume creation and maintenance.

- Preference is given to candidates with experience in costuming contemporary dance, especially in a repertory touring setting. 

- Supervisory experience in an IATSE, union, and/or non-union environment. Demonstrable ability to lead/train a crew and act as a successful leader in a busy construction shop.

- Literacy in a Microsoft Office environment. 

- Applicants should possess strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

- Superior relationship building and interpersonal skills that allow the individual to function in a variety of settings among widely different groups of artists and stage professionals.

- The ability to work productively, graciously, and in an organized manner under strict time constraints, as well as face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity.

- Excitement to creatively troubleshoot challenges.

- Flexibility and a “team player” sensibility and committed to creating a collegiate culture.

- Valid passport required for both domestic and international travel.

- Applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs.

- Evening, weekend, and irregular hours are required.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, portfolio link (if available), and references to jobs@hubbardstreetdance.com (.pdfs only) by Friday, October 11, 2019. Please include HEAD OF WARDROBE in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please. 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization’s work.

 

POSITION TITLE: Director of Marketing and Communications

DEPARTMENT: Marketing and Communications

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, America’s premier contemporary dance company, seeks a dynamic, results-oriented, and mission-driven professional to serve as Director of Marketing and Communications. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for providing leadership and strategic oversight for marketing, communications, branding, and public relations activities across the organization. Creating compelling and consistent narratives that drive public perception and measurable outcomes is key to success in this role.

The Director of Marketing and Communications manages a team of three professionals specializing in communications, marketing, and media.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Directs the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brand.
  • Creates and executes comprehensive, integrated, multi-channel marketing plans to boost subscriber and single ticket sales and enrollment in youth and adult training programs.
  • Executes media strategies in concert with these marketing plans by researching, identifying, and cultivating press leads; pitching story ideas and placing provided media; and engaging the press and public with mission-centric communications via social media and other communications channels.
  •  Oversees execution of all public-facing materials including the organization’s Annual Report.
  • Drafts organizational announcements, press releases, and public-facing copy as needed, coordinating their routing among relevant staff, and securing necessary approvals.
  • Actively monitors published press coverage and social media mentions. Serves as a “front-line” communicator with the public, responding to inquiries and requests in a timely manner. Builds and maintains offline archives of key media coverage, and compiles topic-specific reports as needed to support senior staff.
  • Receives and presents press inquiries — including photo and video requests — in a timely manner, and drafts and delivers press invitations for opening performances and other events.
  • Project-manages photo calls, video capture, site visits, interviews, and media editing as necessary.
  • Serves as the liaison when public-facing information and materials are transferred between Hubbard Street, its institutional collaborators and partners, booking agents, and touring performance presenters.
  • Other duties as deemed appropriate.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Provide general institutional support as member of the senior management team.
  • Create and oversee marketing budgets and revenue projections, participating in strategic planning processes, participating in meetings of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee.
  • Other duties as deemed appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  Five years or more of progressive experience in communications and/or marketing, including management experience.
  •  Experience working with a board of directors.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Hubbard Street gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@hubbardstreetdance.com (.pdfs only). Applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary is commensurate with experience. No phone calls, please.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization.

POSITION TITLE: Teaching Artist, In-school Programs

DEPARTMENT: Education

REPORTS TO: Senior Manager of School and Community Programs

At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, we bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, and change lives through the experience of dance.

We are seeking dynamic, results-oriented and mission-driven individuals to join our Education department as teaching artists and assistant teaching artists (part-time) for our in-school programs. Hubbard Street offers unique and innovative residencies that allow schools to incorporate dance into their classrooms and curricula. Hubbard Street teaching artists are responsible for leading these residencies, integrating dance with other subjects while introducing students to improvisation and choreography. Teaching artists are an integral part of all residencies’ curriculum planning and documentation, and will meet with classroom teachers prior to and throughout each residency. Hubbard Street teaching artists receive paid professional development and training. Classes are for students in Chicago and suburban schools in grades preK–12.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Develop, teach, and document arts-integrated curriculum that focuses on the creative process.
  • Attend all Teaching Artist professional development workshops and implement new learning in teaching practice.
  • Develop and implement assessment tools embedded within programming.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:  

  • Hubbard Street gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • BA required, MA preferred for lead teaching artists.
  • Knowledge of state and national core arts standards.
  • Experience with arts integration.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.
  • Significant teaching experience in a school setting preferred.
  • Background in choreography and improvisation.
  • Professional demeanor when interacting with students, partner teachers and staff.
  • Ability to travel to various locations and schools in the Chicago area.

TO APPLY: Please fill out the linked form and upload resume. No phone calls, please.

POSITION TITLE: Head Carpenter 

DEPARTMENT: Production

At Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC), we bring artists, art and audiences together to enrich, engage, and change lives through the experience of dance. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is home to the premier contemporary dance company in the United States, the largest dance facility in Chicago, and serves the community through youth, education, and community engagement programs, and adaptive dance programs that serve thousands of children across the Chicago area.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

HSDC seeks an experienced Head Carpenter. Reporting to the Director of Production, the Head Carpenter is a key member of the production department. HSDC performs in Chicago approximately three to twelve times a year in addition to touring nationally and internationally. The ideal Head Carpenter candidate can work collaboratively with the artistic and production leadership to ensure consistent artistic quality. Working under the IATSE Local 2 collective bargaining agreement, the Head Carpenter will join a Unit Team of Stage Manager/Head of Props, Head Electrician and Head of Audio; as well as a non-union Head of Wardrobe. HSDC is a yellow-card engagement. This position is seasonal/part time.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

- Work with the Director of Production and fellow Unit crew in the preparations and execution of scenery, softgoods, and rigging for Company programs.

- Determine the safety and feasibility of all scenery and lighting needs in coordination with the Director of Production and Head Electrician.

- Supervise crews at both union and non-union venues, leading truck calls, load-ins, work calls, maintenance calls, technical rehearsals, performances, changeovers, and strike calls.

- Rigging duties include safely rigging scenic elements and program specific softgoods.

- Oversee the build of scenic elements for new productions; perform maintenance on existing scenery for Company productions and rentals.

- Responsible for maintenance and inventory of all tools, shop equipment and Company softgoods.

- Archive run sheets, rail cue files and lineset schedules for all Company programs.

- Coordinate with Director of Production ordering capital purchases, supplies, and expendables for the shop.

- Assist with shop orders for vendor rentals.

- With the IATSE crew, local labor, and/or Teamsters, load and unload semis and box trucks for all Company performances.

- Follow all OSHA, state mandated, and venue safety guidelines to create a safe workplace.

- Safely and regularly use standard shop equipment such as power tools, hand tools, personal protective equipment, and rigging equipment. 

- Attend production meetings as scheduled by Director of Production.

- Other duties as deemed appropriate. 

QUALIFICATIONS:

- Hubbard Street gives preference to candidates who have demonstrable experience advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.

- Professional experience as a stage carpenter required, with priority to candidates who specialize in the theater or dance environment.

- Desired certifications/experience: OSHA 10, ETCP Rigger - Theater

- Domestic and international touring experience.

- Skilled at leading and managing union and non-union crews through load in, technical rehearsals, changeovers, work calls, and load out.

- Demonstrable experience in carpentry, rigging, and fly systems.

- Seasoned experience in all elements of stagecraft.

- Familiarity with the Microsoft Office suite, Vectorworks, and/or AutoCAD.

- Experience in researching, purchasing, renting, value-engineering, and/or repairing tools and production equipment.

- Flexibility and a “team player” sensibility and committed to creating a collegiate culture.

- The ability to work productively, graciously, and in an organized manner under strict time constraints, as well as face demanding situations with tenacity and sensitivity.

- Excitement to creatively troubleshoot challenges.

- Superior relationship building and interpersonal skills that allow the individual to function in a variety of settings among widely different groups of artists and stage professionals.

- Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50 lbs., stand/sit for long periods of time, and safely work from varying heights on ladders, catwalks, or aerial lifts.

- Valid passport required for both domestic and international travel.

- Evening, weekend, and irregular hours are required.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and professional references (.pdfs only) to jobs@hubbardstreetdance.com by Monday, October 21, 2019. Please include HEAD CARPENTER in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of the organization.