The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unique opportunity for artists and patrons alike to perform and enjoy intimate, boundary-pushing theatre. We produce an uncensored and non-juried festival which showcases 24 performing groups over 5 days in five non-traditional theatre spaces. All performers are selected by first come, first serve and lottery. We return 100% of our ticket sales to the artists. And we keep the tickets prices low to provide access to the arts to the widest audience possible.
Established in 2010, CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.
The Outreach Manager is a year-round staff position that is responsible for coordinating the outreach efforts of CFF leading up to and during the festival.
The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:
- Identify and coordinate local marketing opportunities - festivals, farmers markets, etc.
- Ensure wide and effective distribution of publicity material - CFF programs, posters, and postcards along with the Artists' posters
- Coordinate training videos for artists on marketing pre-Festival, during the Festival, etc.
- Produce survey (physical and online) and process results
- Communicate with past artists about what they are up to that we can promote, celebrate, etc.
- Coordinate regularly with the Social Media, Publicity, Marketing, and Box Office Managers to ensure a cohesive and effective promotional effort
- Work with the Artist Relations Team to gather marketing information about the shows and plan marketing initiatives leading up to the festival.
- Work with the Special Events Manager, Executive Director, development team and other staff members to publicize the festival along with CFF’s year-round events.
- Strong computer skills, including the Microsoft Suite, Dropbox, and Google
- Acute attention to detail
- Solid time management skills.
- Self-starter and strong communicator with a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and on a team quickly and creatively
- Ability to conceive and deliver plans and strategies
- Experience managing or supervising interns, volunteers, etc.
- Familiarity with fringe festivals and a passion for the arts
This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week leading up to the Festival (August 30 – September 3). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.
Stipend and Lots of Hugs
Interested Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.