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Manager of Partnerships


The Manager of Partnerships is responsible for forwarding the mission of 2nd Story via the cultivation of new partnerships, stewardship of existing partnerships, coordination of the activities associated with those partnerships, and maintenance of resources that support these partnerships. (2nd Story defines “Partnerships” as activities that are outside of 2nd Story’s internally-produced performance and education programming.)

The Manager of Partnerships oversees our work with schools and universities, corporations, not-for-profits, and all engagements under the CultureBuilds umbrella. We are seeking someone who:

  • is drawn to stories (both for pleasure and as a tool for engagement).
  • engages in their work through the lenses of anti-racism and decolonization.
  • is a step-by-step thinker (finds joy in the details and thinks through things from beginning to end).
  • will prioritize the experience of others by bringing people along for the ride.

Reports to: Artistic Director and Managing Director

Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Position

Compensation: Starting salary of $35K/year*, plus 50% Employer-covered Health and Dental benefits


  • Cultivation of new partnerships and relationships
    • Secure new partnerships
      • Research, identify, and reach out to prospective clients and opportunity areas (including maintaining a presence on LinkedIn and other appropriate venues)
      • Coordinate marketing and advertising campaigns and work with the Managing Director to create marketing collateral
      • Engaging in networking opportunities to build brand awareness and client base
    • Serves as first and primary point of contact for all potential and possible external partnerships
    • Working with the Managing Director to create or manage, update, and disseminate CultureBuilds materials (including one-pager/marketing materials, the website, e-books, newsletters, etc.)
  • Stewardship of existing partnerships
    • Managing the pipeline for all artistic and external partnerships
    • Ongoing client relationship building, including regular touch points throughout the process from first contact through final debrief.
    • Follow up with external partners and steward relationships for re-engagement. This includes:
      • debrief calls, assessment & survey materials, gathering testimonials, and follow up correspondence after time has passed.
  • Coordination of activities related to partnerships
    • In conjunction with the rest of the staff, determine needs for partnership
    • Craft (or work with others to craft) all materials for the partnership.
      • Curricula/agenda/framework for partnership
      • Ancillary materials for partnership (e.g. save the date, slides, pre- or post-surveys, etc.)
    • Coordinate artists involved in external partnerships
      • Scheduling rehearsals, meetings, etc., necessary for executing partnership
      • Hiring artists and staffing for events/partnerships
    • Prep internal artists for executing the engagement (facilitators, performers, etc.)
    • Facilitating event success, whether through preparation or direct execution (this might include producing, facilitating, etc.)
    • Coordinating local and national travel for partnership events as needed
  • Maintenance of resources
    • Working closely with the Artistic Director, assessing the ability of 2nd Story to meet current and future needs of external partners. This includes, but is not limited to:
      • organizing/managing training and professional development of teaching artists
      • developing stories/content in anticipation of potential partnerships
    • Maintaining content-related information in client database (i.e. what the engagement was, who executed it, learnings and outcomes, partner contact information, etc.)
    • Gathering and storage of curricula, agendas, and other content pieces created for partnerships.
    • Manages internal CultureBuilds expense budget (supplies, independent contractors) and tracks progress to income goals
  • Ambassadorship and Collaboration
    • Representing the organization in public sphere
    • Timely and professional maintenance of correspondence
    • Sitting forward and actively engaging as a member of the 2nd Story team.
      • This means leaning into the job, thinking ahead, and thinking robustly.
      • It also means that occasionally we do things that are not explicitly “our job” to support another staff member in a critical time.
      • We embrace a culture of Yes. (and balance this with the fact that we are humans)
      • Preparation for and facilitation of weekly CultureBuilds meetings.
    • As a member of the 2nd Story staff, the Manager of Partnerships is expected to attend:
      • Friday Office hours
      • Staff meetings
      • Collective Meetings (2-3 per year)
      • Board and Board Committee meetings as required
      • Special events for the organization
    • Tracking work and progress to goal via shared project management system (2nd Story currently uses Asana)
    • Participate in ongoing reflection, which includes quarterly reflections with the Artistic and Managing Directors

2nd Story 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.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to by November 13, 2020. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.


Founded in 1999, 2nd Story is Chicago's longest running storytelling performance organization. The 2nd Story Collective is made up of makers and lovers of stories, who all believe that sharing personal stories has the unique power to bind us together and build a more empathetic world. Our mission is anchored by our Core Values of Craft, Courage, and Inclusion.

*2nd Story is a small and growing organization. We engage a humans-first approach with all people who engage with us, and this includes our staff, artists, board members, audience members, corporate clients, and the general public. From a staff perspective, having a humans-first approach means that we have adopted policies like having unlimited time off. This position starts at $35K/year, and because it is tied to income targets for the organization, the staff and board leadership have created a plan to increase this salary by the beginning of our next season (8/1/2021). 2nd Story is also working with its HR and Finance Committee to develop a competitive benefits package over time, and is in ongoing conversation with the staff about what this should look like.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago