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Jacob Harvey

Associate General Manager

Associate General Manager Job Description

Fine Arts Building, a historic landmarked building located at 410 S. Michigan Ave, home of two performance spaces, Studebaker Theatre (a 600 seat proscenium) and Playhouse (350-400 cap theatrical event space) is seeking a dynamic, strategic, forward thinking and thoughtful Associate General Manager to add to our growing team. The right candidate will be a creative problem solver, a team player and eager to build new polices, procedures and infrastructure.This is a ground floor opportunity to be part of building a new commercial art space in a landmark historic building. This is a major opportunity for impact and growth. You will be the first ever Associate General Manager hired to be dedicated to collaborate on building and managing the venue operations. Reporting to the Managing Artistic Director, you will have the opportunity to create and implement a unique and welcoming renter experience and build administrative systems in support of starting up a new business. If you are someone who is excited to have ownership over building new systems - this opportunity is for you! We are looking for someone to meet this moment with the care, strategy and vision that these historic venues so richly deserve.

Candidates with experience as an Associate General Manager and Operations Manager or Stage Manager and Production Manager at a Performing Arts Center or rental venue are strongly encouraged to apply.

Reporting directly to the Managing Artistic Director, the Associate General Manager assists in the supervising of the business operations of the organization. Serving as a member of the management team the primary areas of responsibility include providing administrative oversight, budgeting, and managing the master calendar for both venues. The Associate General Manager will be the anchor between the renter and the administrative office. You must be someone who is excited about building strong client relations and building administrative systems. In collaboration with the entire management team you will help advance each incoming production to make sure each event is appropriately staffed. The Associate General Manager will largely be responsible for contracting, fee tracking, billing and maintaining clear records. You may be asked to attend occasional events to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for staff, patrons and artists. The ideal candidate is someone who is strategic, empathetic, innovative and a strong leader. You are someone who enjoys working collaboratively as much as independently and someone who’d be excited about building something new and growing with it. Due to the multiplicity of performance artists that come through the venues a strong knowledge of theatre, dance and music is strongly preferred.

Salary range is $45,000 - $55,000 with employer paid benefits package. Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter and 3 professional references to Please put “Your Name | Associate General Manager” in the subject of your email. Please note that Fine Arts Building joins the coalition of Chicago theatres in implementing safety policies and guidelines for our staff and audience to protect against the spread of Covid-19.

Fine Arts Building is an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

ABOUT Fine Arts Building - Built in 1885, Fine Arts Building was originally designed to house the carriage assembly and showroom for the Studebaker Company. Within a year, the company outgrew the space, paving the way for the building to become Chicago’s first fine arts colony, housing some of the most acclaimed artists with national and international impact on the arts. Fine Arts Building acknowledges its place on the traditional unceded homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox also historically called this area home.

In 1898, Fine Arts Building created the historic Studebaker Theater, originally built to house vaudevillian performances, but later expanded into large productions in the 1920s. During subsequent years, performances by Bob Hope, Peter O’Toole, and Vincent Price graced the stage with their immense theatrical skills. Studebaker Theater continued throughout the years being known as one of the most important live theatrical venues in Chicago.In the 1970s, the city underwent a downturn in live theater attendance and the Studebaker was converted into four separate motion picture cinemas.

After extensive restorations began in 2015, Studebaker Theater reopened for live performances and now holds more than 600 seats. Restoration efforts are underway for the Studebaker's sister theater, the Playhouse, which is being designed as a theatrical event space. The Playhouse will be equipped to host productions as well as galas and events. With a projected capacity of 450, the Playhouse will provide a more intimate experience when it opens in 2022.

Fine Arts Building embraces a commitment to Indigenous rights, racial justice, and cultural equity. As a home to some of Chicago’s most prominent artists, Fine Arts Building believes that art is for everyone and must be accessible to all. While the Studebaker and Playhouse are not a producing organization, the venues are committed to building an inclusive, accessible, diverse, equitable and anti-racist environment for artists to thrive. These core values are driving the decision-making shaping this new version of the organization.

Contact Info:
Jacob Harvey
(312) 566-9800
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago