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Dan Grycza

Community Engagement Coordinator

Position Overview

Chicago Shakespeare Theater seeks a Community Engagement Coordinator for our summer tour, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. The Chicago Shakespeare team is looking for a knowledgeable, dedicated and creative individual who is eager to promote Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. This candidate reflects the diversity of the Chicago community and is committed to exploring what equitable access to our productions. This position will oversee community engagement by promoting Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, and support outreach activities in all the surrounding neighborhoods.

This role works closely with the Project Manager and serves as a crucial partner in hands-on communicating with Park Advisory Councils, community leaders including Aldermen, businesses, places of worship, neighborhood councils, local libraries, arts organizations, and social service agencies in the communities surrounding tour sites. Additionally, they assist in promoting the Neighborhood Hosts program to local organizations.

This is a part-time, hourly position, scheduled to begin in April. Candidates applying must be available April through late-August, during normal business hours and nights and weekends.

Reports To

Project Manager

Work Hours

12 hrs./week from early April to mid-May.

30 hrs./week from mid-May to late August.


• Develop and execute a strategy to promote Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks.

• Identify, track and contact neighborhood residents, businesses, places of worship, local libraries, arts organizations, and social service agencies in the program’s targeted communities.

• Execute a strategy that includes both relationship building with partners from previous years and connecting with new potential advocates to grow the attendance at park tour sites.

• Attend meetings and events held by neighborhood stakeholders including Aldermen, businesses, places of worship, local libraries, arts organizations, and social services agencies.

• Work with the Project Manager to ensure the execution and delivery of resources necessary for the communication and promotion of performances.

• Flyers and Posters

• Websites

• Newsletters

• Presence at public meetings

• Make Presentations to local government, community leaders, civic groups and businesses be able to articulate CST’s current education and civic engagement programs, as well as the mission and details of the 2020 CST tour.

• Stay abreast of new developments in each neighborhood and consult with the Project Managers on any opportunities or challenges related to tour sites.

• Identify neighborhood organizations to partner with on promotion of the Neighborhood hosts program to teens.

Required Experience

• Community organizing or engagement experience (3-5 years)

• Strong understanding of Chicago neighborhoods

• Must possess excellent written skills

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Strong organizational and project management skills and the ability to multi-task while maintaining exceptional attention to detail

• Highly literate in Microsoft Office Suite

• Willingness to work extended hours when workload demands, including evenings and weekends

Preferred Experience

• Interest in the performing arts

• Driver’s license and car

• Spanish, or other languages, a plus

Working Conditions

• Must be comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions including heat, rain, and humidity.


Compensation is commensurate with qualification and experience and is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. The compensation range for this position is $20 -$23 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by March 24, 2020, to:

To Apply

Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume by March 24, 2020, to and use “Community Engagement Coordinator” in your subject line. No phone calls, please.

Candidates with demonstrable experience advocating for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access encouraged. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience in non-profit, arts or entertainment is a plus.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable federal, state

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL