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Campaign Coordinator | Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre is in the midst of a $73 million capital campaign to expand and refresh its campus in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The Campaign Coordinator is a versatile, key member of a high-level, compact team, working with senior leadership to manage and execute activities for the Building on Excellence capital campaign. Reporting to the Campaign Director, the Campaign Coordinator ’s responsibilities will relate to all aspects of the campaign, including donor and prospect strategy and management, communications and marketing, proposal writing and reporting, administrative functions, and event planning.


Steppenwolf Theatre seeks a high-energy, focused, organized, and creative professional who is driven to achieve independently, as well as ready to participate in a collaborative environment.

The ideal candidate will be supremely organized, highly motivated to meet daily deadlines and expand personal horizons, comfortable meeting new people and compelled to develop authentic relationships with prospects and donors, driven to nerd-out about project management and use the written word as a powerful tool of persuasion, energized by uncovering the most meaningful ways to connect to supporters’ values, and ready to say “yes” to the unexpected.

Qualified candidates need experience in project management and knowledge of fundraising. Experience working in donor relations and events is highly persuasive. Tessitura or other fundraising database experience is preferred. A college degree or the equivalent training/experience in administrative functions, project management, written communications, and team-based collaboration is a must. An affinity for theatre and knowledge of capital campaigns is a plus.


• Live and breathe donor-centricity, ensuring that leadership and team members have the information, materials, and support they need to nurture meaningful, long-term relationships with donors and prospects; participate regularly in strategy development for donors and fundraising goals

• Organize in detail campaign projects such as travel and events, communications materials and marketing strategies, stewardship and gift-giving, and prospect moves management

• Prepare agendas and materials as needed for campaign meetings, which include leadership; take minutes and ensure tasks are noted, assigned, and distributed

• Understand the prospect research process and work with other staff as needed to ensure correct data is tracked in Tessitura and ready for use in developing and executing strategies

• Manage the campaign proposal and reporting process for individuals, corporate entities, and foundations; provide supplemental materials and narratives for proposals and reports; organize the flow/storage of information and statistics as needed for proposals; and acknowledging gifts

• Manage the critically important pledge, agreement, and acknowledgement process for contributions and contribute to the realization of extraordinary “thank you’s”

• Maintain the donor list, naming opportunities portfolio, and other tracking mechanisms as needed; prepare reports as requested

• Ensure donor recognition expectations are met and, as much as possible, exceeded

• Manage the creation and maintenance of beautiful and effective campaign communications, such as brochures, appeals, video, web pages, invitations, newsletters, etc.

• Maintain confidentiality of prospect and donor information

About Steppenwolf:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is the nation’s premier ensemble theater. Steppenwolf produces hundreds of performances and events annually in its three spaces: the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat 1700 Theatre. Artistic programming includes a seven-play season; a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season; Visiting Company engagements; and LookOut, a multigenre performances series. Education initiatives include the nationally recognized work of Steppenwolf for Young Adults, which engages 15,000 participants annually from Chicago’s diverse communities; the esteemed School at Steppenwolf; and Professional Leadership Programs. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, Sydney, Galway and Dublin. Anna D. Shapiro is the Artistic Director and David Schmitz is the Executive Director.

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Steppenwolf Mission:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company strives to create thrilling, courageous, and provocative art in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. We succeed when we disrupt your routine with experiences that spark curiosity, empathy and joy. We invite you to join our ensemble as we navigate, together, our complex world.

Steppenwolf Core Values:

Equity + Inclusion

Integrity + Curiosity

Courage + Collaboration

Accountability + Leadership


Salary range: $32,000 - $38,000 (non-exempt) with excellent benefit package for full time employees, including medical, dental, vision insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, vacation pay, paid sick time, personal days, Ventra transit benefit program, employee assistance program and 401(k) matching retirement program.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three references by following this link by February 13, 2020.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Steppenwolf complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color and members of underrepresented groups.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago/Lincoln Park