EMPLOYMENT

Development Manager - Full-time, Chicago

 

Reports to Executive and Artistic Director

 

Chicago Dance History Project seeks a Development Manager to serve a key role in expanding the organization and securing its archive for the future. This person will become the second full-time person on a team of four including the Executive and Artistic Director and Digital Media Production Manager, as well as seasonal hires, consultants, and interns. This position will take the lead on all areas of development and serve as a liaison to the Board of Directors in these efforts. They / she / he will work independently with minimal supervision in a generative and collaborative environment – sometimes asynchronously and remotely. Must be based in Chicago or willing to relocate. 

 

Responsibilities

  • Increase all sources of contributed revenues through grant-writing, giving programs, event planning, and business management

  • Represent staff on the CDHP Development Committee

  • Oversee donor relations

  • Continue developing internal systems; establish and grow databases and community relationship management 

  • Research and source new business ideas and partnerships

  • Various related administrative duties

  • Contribute to grant management, writing, and reporting

  • Manage contracts for CDHP Production House clients

Education / Experience

  • Bachelors degree required

  • Three+ years related experience

 

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Strong working knowledge of not-for-profit development  practices 

  • Familiarity with and/or interest in dance and/or culture and/or archival collections in Chicago

  • Proficient in Quickbooks and Salesforce

  • Clear communication skills

  • Strong self-motivation and flexible mind

Compensation

Commensurate with experience

 

About CDHP

Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) investigates, preserves, and presents the oral and corporeal histories of theatrical dance in Chicago and its vicinity. It is building a digital archive that honors the vast number of national and international dance artists with roots in the city; surfaces lesser-known individuals, organizations, and venues that have anchored Chicago’s strong local dance community; and links various collections of historical knowledge and traditions with present and future generations.

 

CDHP pursues three primary modes of research: conducting in-depth interviews with area dancers, choreographers, educators, advocates, and others associated with the form; hosting panel discussions and other events that facilitate collaborative explorations of specific historical topics; and discovering and digitizing ephemera held by individuals within the community. CDHP also establishes partnerships with area institutions and individuals housing dance archives in order to link the various strains of knowledge maintained throughout the city.

 

These recorded interviews and events, along with the digitized supplemental materials, serve as a public online library and a platform for establishing a body of original and collected research that examines how Chicago has shaped dance — and how, in turn, dance has shaped Chicago — throughout the 20th century and into the present.

 

Organizational History

Chicago Dance History Project launched in 2015 with the hiring of Founding Artistic and Executive Director, Jenai Cutcher, and has just become an Artist-In-Residence organization at the historic Ruth Page Center for the Arts. The team also includes two part-time employees, seasonal contractors, and a robust group of interns. CDHP’s six board members and 15 Advisory Council members represent all aspects of the arts and humanities landscapes of Chicago. To date, CDHP has interviewed over 200 individuals for its original collection of materials, hosted 38 public events, and holds 47 collections of donated materials.

 

How to Apply

Submit questions, resume and letter of interest to jenai@chicagodancehistory.org

 

CDHP is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

INTERNSHIPS

Please send your resume and cover letter for any and all of these positions to info@chicagodancehistory.org.

Summer internship application deadline: March 25, 2022

Digital Archiving Intern

 

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks a creative, interdisciplinary thinker to assist with researching, documenting, and preserving histories of dance in Chicago as our Archiving Intern

 

Responsibilities

  • Digitize analog materials such as photographs, videos, and documents

  • Organize, catalogue, and assign metadata to items in the CDHP collection

  • Assist in building a digital archive of videos, images, and text

  • Support the Archive Dive program and other initiatives

  • Other related duties as assigned

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learning to work with digital and physical archives

  • Proficiency with digital asset management skills

  • Develop ability to organize and describe vast amounts of interrelational, multimedia materials

  • Experience working within a small nonprofit environment 

 

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail

  • Proficiency with Google Sheets and/or Excel 

  • Interest in dance and/or Chicago history is ideal but not necessary

  • Experience with archiving is ideal but not necessary

Minimum 10 hours per week

Flexible, remote work schedule that could potentially be adapted to a hybrid model of in-person and remote

Video Production Intern

 

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks a creative, interdisciplinary thinker to assist with video production, sound operation, remote recording, and livestream events as our Production Intern

 

Responsibilities

  • Record oral history interviews and CDHP events (remote and/or in-person)

  • Assist with production for contracted services, such as live documenting and streaming events

  • Assist in post-production (cataloging, transcription, metadata)

  • Other related duties as assigned

 

Learning Objectives

  • Exposure to professional interviews and dance performances

  • Participation in full cycle video production

  • Proficiency with audio/visual equipment

  • Experience working within a small nonprofit environment 

 

Required Skills

  • Strong desire to learn

  • Ability to improvise and adjust to various production circumstances

  • Ability to think in an organized way

  • Attention to detail

  • Experience with non-linear editing software, Adobe Premiere Pro preferred

  • Experience operating production equipment is ideal but not necessary

  • Familiarity with dance is preferred but not necessary

 

Minimum 10 hours per week

Flexible, remote work schedule that could potentially be adapted to a hybrid model of in-person and remote

Arts Administration Intern

 

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks a creative, interdisciplinary thinker to assist with administrative duties and development as our Arts Administration Intern

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the grant management process

  • Organize donor database

  • Maintain organizational calendar and scheduling

  • Provide support for the CDHP Production House and other initiatives

  • Other related duties as assigned

 

Learning Objectives

  • Develop project management skills through full-cycle grant application processes

  • Exposure to donor database management 

  • Enhance communication skills through regular contact with organizational collaborators and constituents

  • Experience working within a small nonprofit environment 

 

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to think in an organized way

  • Attention to detail

  • Knowledge of dance history preferred but not necessary

  • Experience with database or project management is ideal but not necessary

 

Minimum 10 hours per week

Flexible, remote work schedule that could potentially be adapted to a hybrid model of in-person and remote

 

Communications & Events Intern

 

The Chicago Dance History Project (CDHP) seeks a creative, interdisciplinary thinker to assist with digital communications and event coordination as our Communications & Events Intern

 

Responsibilities

  • Create content for social media and assist in management of CDHP accounts across platforms

  • Work with CDHP Production and Archival departments to publicize programming

  • Assist with the creation of email campaigns

  • Coordinate digital and/or socially responsible in-person events

  • Other related duties as assigned

 

Learning Objectives

  • Exposure to social media strategy and management 

  • Learning digital and/or in-person event coordination 

  • Experience working within a small nonprofit environment 

 

Required Skills

  • Excellent writing and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to think in an organized way

  • Attention to detail

  • Knowledge of dance history preferred but not necessary

  • Experience with social media and/or event management is ideal but not necessary

 

Minimum 10 hours per week

Flexible, remote work schedule that could potentially be adapted to a hybrid model of in-person and remote