Manager of Artistic Partnerships, 2nd Story

Date posted: July 31, 2018

Chicago, IL



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.


The Manager of Artistic Partnerships is responsible for the stewardship of existing partnerships, coordination of the activities associated with those partnerships, and the cultivation of new partnerships. “Artistic Partnerships” are defined as activities that are outside of 2nd Story’s performance programming, which include education and workplace programming.

Reports to: Artistic Director and Managing Director

Employment Type: Part-time Salaried Position, 28 hours/week

Responsibilities include:

Managing the pipeline for all artistic and external partnershipsSecure new partnerships

Research, identify, and reach out to prospective clients and opportunity areas

Marketing and networking to develop new partnerships

This includes reaching out on behalf of the organization to prospective clients, coordinating marketing and advertising campaigns, and working with the Managing Director to create marketing collateral.

Serves as first and primary point of contact for all potential and possible external partnerships

Working with the Managing Director to create, update, and disseminate For Hire materials (including one-pager/marketing materials, the website, etc.)

Execution of Partnerships

Working closely with the Artistic Director, determine needs for partnership

Craft curricula/agenda/framework for partnership

Coordinate all artists involved in external partnerships

Scheduling all rehearsals, meetings, etc., necessary for executing partnership

Hiring artists and staffing for events/partnerships

Tracking contracts, invoices, and payments for individual artists

Facilitating event success, whether through preparation or direct execution

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 artists executing partnerships

developing stories/content in anticipation of potential partnerships

Creation and execution of assessment materials to support the organization in the delivery of a successful partnership

Follow up with external partners

Contract, invoice, and payment coordination

Debrief with client: conducting post-mortem, gathering testimonials, etc., as necessary

Coordinating local and national travel for partnership events as needed

Information Management

Database management

Gathering and storage of curricula, agendas, and other content pieces created for partnerships.

Timely and professional maintenance of correspondence


Representing the organization in public sphere

As a member of the 2nd Story staff, the Manager of Artistic Programs is expected to attend:

Friday Office hours

Collective Meetings (2-3 per year)

Board meetings as required

Special events for the organization



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, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to by August 15, 2018.



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