The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative organization located on Stolp Island in the Fox River in the heart of the richly diverse community of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago), is seeking a Development Intern. ACCA is the parent organization, which also includes a 501(c)3 arm under the name of Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. It operates three performance venues: the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount Theatre, and the 165-seat, newly renovated Copley Theatre. ACCA produces and presents over 300 performances each year, including star-studded touring productions, a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals and the self-produced Bold Series for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250 communities. ACCA proudly operates the Paramount School of the Arts in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, right next door to Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora. Paramount Theatre also hosts free community events, $1 Classic Movie Mondays and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or corporate galas. Across the street from Paramount Theatre are the gorgeous Meyer Ballrooms which play host to multiple wedding receptions and rental events throughout the year.
The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by:
making the performing arts accessible for every age and socioeconomic background,
introducing the magic of live theater across generations to encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the world,
and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s downtown.
The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers, artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.
ACCA truly believes and lives by its mission statement and its commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.
DIRECT REPORTING – Chief Development Officer
WORKS CLOSELY WITH – Development Team, Audience Services, Front of House Department, Special Events
POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Position is seasonal (with the possibility for extensions), part-time hourly with regular evening and weekend hours required.
COMPENSATION – starting at $16/hour
HIRE DATE – Immediate with an ideal start date on, or before, May 31st, 2022
POSITION SUMMARY –Do you have a passion for the arts, and are you eager to grow your skills in your field? Are you looking to grow your professional resume? Are you out-going and curious to know more about fundraising on behalf of a professional theatre? We are looking for a Development Intern who will help us deepen donor relationships with Paramount through personalized and meaningful engagement in-person at performances and special events. The position also collaborates with members of the Development team for day-to-day fundraising projects, programs and other office functions. Additionally, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in arts administration for a community based non-profit. The position requires a highly organized individual with excellent customer service skills and willingness to learn and grow. We expect our Interns to have the availability to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and commit to at least 3 months on the team.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES –
Meet and host donors while they are attending shows at Paramount Theatre and RiverEdge Park
Cultivate relationships with donors, as well as potential donors, through personal interactions, thank you calls/emails/notes, and other touch points
Regular communication with current and prospective donors to assist with donor benefits (i.e. playbill recognition, rsvp’s to donor events, premium guest experience, parking/valet)
Create and update materials to support Development Department staff as needed including: conduct research, create donor bios, various briefing materials and presentations
Update donor information within the Development database (Bloomerang)
Administrative support; organize and schedule meetings, take minutes as needed
Assist with mailings, filing and special projects
Work closely across departments to play a role in overall fundraising efforts
Work with CDO and Development Staff to coordinate and handle requests as needed
In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and
procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude; communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues; demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload; demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality; meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS and ABILITIES –
Strong written and oral communication skills that are effective with a broad range of audience groups
Strong computer skills; ability to learn and use donor database software platforms
Detail-oriented, highly organized; able to set and meet goals and deadlines
Comfortable with initiating contact with current donors, and is friendly and outgoing
Professional attitude; team player; able to collaborate with all colleagues throughout the organization and external partners
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Supportive of the mission of Aurora Civic Center Authority
Due to frequent and necessary interaction with members of the general public, performers, fellow employees and other individuals, successful candidates for employment are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they begin work and will be required to provide proof of vaccination. “Fully vaccinated” as defined by the CDC means that at least 14 days have passed following receipt of the final dose of an FDA authorized Covid-19 vaccine. Additionally, Covid-19 boosters are required for eligible employees.
Please submit a cover letter and resume using the online job application https://paramountaurora.com/opportunities/
Or mail/drop off to: Aurora Civic Center Authority, ATTN: Jonathan Jensen, 8 East Galena Blvd., Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506
ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.