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Employment

Director of Development

The Director of Development will take a creative and collaborative approach to cultivating and obtaining the contributed financial resources necessary to support the mission of Skylight Music Theatre. He/She is responsible for building a sustainable donor and prospect pipeline to promote increased donor engagement with Skylight’s mission. Working closely with the other members of the senior leadership team, the Director of Development also fills a key strategic role within the organization by helping to define and articulate the strategic priorities of the organization. A commitment to the highest levels of professionalism in the field of development is required. Adherence to the fundraising code of ethics and donor bill of rights along with thorough understanding of fundraising principles are mandatory.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Development Director will successfully:
1. Plan, manage and implement the various fund raising programs of Skylight Music Theatre, including annual campaigns, special events, planned giving programs, participation in UPAF campaigns, as well as special funds, endowment and capital fund raising activities.
2. Develop and execute a departmental operational plan and budget while supporting Skylight’s overall Strategic Plan.
3. Develop and nurture relationships with donors, volunteers, and prospects; create and plan a multi-faceted stewardship program.
4. Cultivate and guide volunteer leadership; attend and support the activities of the Board of Directors and Board of Advocates.
5. Participate in strategic planning and daily strategic decisions of the senior leadership team;
6. Build and maintain relationships with others in the field to augment awareness of philanthropic issues and trends;
7. Work closely with the marketing department to ensure consistency of collateral, promotion of events, and meeting of deadlines. Assist with other projects as assigned by the Executive Director.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS:
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, and works closely with other members of the senior leadership team, Board of Directors and Board of Advocates. Supervise the staff of three including the Development Associate, Donor Relations and Special Events Manager and the contracted Grant Writer.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates should have excellent people skills, a sense of humor, energy and drive.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Six or more years of development experience is preferred.
  • Major gifts, endowment and/or capital campaign experience is preferred.
  • Superior strategic thinking and planning skills are required.
  • Staff, board, donor and volunteer cultivation and management are required.
  • Strong written communication skills and clear, concise writing style
  • Adherence to the fundraising code of ethics and donor bill of rights along with thorough understanding of fundraising principles are mandatory.
  • High computer literacy is required, and Raiser’s Edge experience is appreciated.
  • Ability to prioritize and excel at many different tasks in a fast-paced environment is necessary.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and respect the ideas of others is essential.
  • Familiarity with the performing arts and performing arts management a plus

Salary: Competitive, commensurate with experience
Stating date: As soon as possible
Interested individuals should send, via email, a cover letter with resume to:
Jack R. Lemmon
Executive Director
Skylight Music Theatre
158 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
jackl@skylightmusictheatre.org

 

 Stage Supervisor

FUNCTION:

  • Provide leadership in the safe and efficient operation of all backstage activities and crew for Skylight Music Theatre (SMT) productions and events housed in the Broadway Theatre Center (BTC).

RESPONSIBILITES:

  • Maintain working knowledge and understanding of the physical productions in the BTC.
  • Must be present at all load-ins, technical rehearsals, designer runs, dresses, and load-outs.
  • Supervise run crews, consisting of staff, overhire, and apprentices, including routine check-ins throughout performance run. Support the training and guidance of apprentices that may be required.
  • Hire additional run crew and crew covers on a per show basis, in consultation with management.
  • Work with management to facilitate smooth running of shows and special events.
  • Attend all appropriate meetings as necessary, including but not limited to feasibility, production, notes, department, and staff meetings.
  • Assist in organizing and maintaining a clean/safe working environment and operation of applicable areas.
  • Maintain theatre inventories and documenting expenditures in concert with management.
  • Conduct routine safety checks in concert with management and ensure that policies and practices of SMT’s Health and Safety Manual are being followed and adhered to, both written and oral.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND TRAINING:

  • A BA in theatre or comparable professional experience, with training in technical theatre including but not limited to scenic and properties construction, theatrical rigging, video/projections, electrics, and sound.
  • Ability to supervise and work with a diverse staff thru strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Willing to work as a team member and maintain a positive attitude.
  • Must be able to multi-task and prioritize work on varied projects, whether physical and/or administrative.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of basic budget and schedule practices in regional theatre.
  • Working knowledge of a variety of construction methods, materials and techniques including wood, fabric, metal and plastics.
  • Comprehensive training in the safe operation of stationary and portable power tools, hand tools, stage rigging and equipment.
  • Understanding of the safe and healthful use and disposal of chemicals and other potential hazardous materials.
  • Ability to read and execute blueprints and schematics.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to lift 60 lbs, and able to climb and work from ladders.
  • Must Have the vision, hearing and dexterity to safely operate in a construction environment, operate hand and power tools, stage rigging and fine detailing work if necessary.

APPLY:

  • This position is full-time salaried with benefits package, and summer release available.
  • Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to DJ Haugen, Director of Production & Facilities at either; 158 North Broadway, Milwaukee WI 53202, or DustinH@SkylightMusicTheatre.org.
  • Skylight Music Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer, women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Please indicate in the cover letter how you heard about this position.
  • Phone inquiries welcome.

Internships

Public Relations AND Marketing Internship

Summary

  • Skylight Music Theatre is seeking a public relations intern to assist our busy marketing and communications department.

Description

  • Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
  • Writing, editing, researching and proofreading promotional materials
  • Coordinating press lists and press requests
  • Assisting with media pitching, press outreach and media events
  • Tracking media articles and reviews
  • Creating and updating social media posts
  • Updating website press room
  • Community Outreach
  • Other communications-related duties

Qualifications

  • Organized, detail-oriented and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated and interested in the arts
  • Knowledge of strategic marketing concepts and public relations principles

Additional information

  • Unpaid, but class credit may be available for those pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in marketing, public relations, journalism, advertising, communications or similar field
  • Approximately 15-20 hours per week. Flexible during business hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
  • Interns receive tickets to all Skylight productions
  • Night and weekend hours may be involved but not required.

About Skylight Music Theatre

  • Our mission is to bring the full spectrum of musical theatre works to a wide and diverse audience in celebration of the musical and theatrical arts and their reflection of the human condition.
  • Skylight Music Theatre is located in the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Susan Heymann, Director of Marketing, susanh@skylightmusictheatre.org

 

Artistic and Education INTERNSHIP- FALL & Spring SEMESTER

Summary

  • The Skylight Music Theatre Artistic and Education Departments are seeking interns for our exciting 2016-2017 season!

Description – Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Research and editing education curriculum
  • Research and editing audience guides
  • Preparing and distributing scripts and scores to incoming artists
  • Support student matinees and corresponding workshops
  • Possible opportunities to observe and assist teachers in MPS Partner Program classrooms
  • Assist with administrative duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic, creative, self-motivated and interested in arts education, theatre education, and artistic administration
  • Organized and reliable, must be trustworthy with confidential information regarding artists and students
  • If working in schools, the position will require a background check

Additional information

  • Unpaid, but class credit may be available for those pursuing an undergraduate or advanced degree in theatre arts, education, artistic administration, or similar field
  • Flexible during business hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, can work with your schedule depending on hours needed/desired
  • Interns receive tickets to all Skylight productions
  • Night and weekend hours may be involved but not required.

About Skylight Music Theatre and Enlighten

  • Our mission is to bring the full spectrum of musical theatre works to a wide and diverse audience in celebration of the musical and theatrical arts and their reflection of the human condition.
  • Enlighten (Skylight’s Education Program) has the mission to instill an appreciation of the arts, develop future audience members, encourage and guide aspiring young performers and establish arts education as a vital component of a well-rounded curriculum.
  • Skylight Music Theatre is located in the Broadway Theatre Center in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Margaret Bridges, Education Manager, margaretb@skylightmusictheatre.org

 

Fundraising and Special Events Internship

The fundraising and special events intern will work with the Development staff doing the following:

  • Planning, implementing and participating in any fundraising events during internship
  • Assist with planning of special events, including meeting with event committees, generating new ideas and attending event meetings. Help increase quality of events
  • Aid Special Events Manager with tasks for each special event. Some events include Taste of the Ward and Skylight Tonight
  • Help with special events mailings, publication design, logistical tasks for events, phone calls related to donations and other tasks as determined necessary by Special Events Manager

To be considered, candidates must have strong communication and organizational skills and be pursuing a degree in marketing, public relations, event planning, communications or similar field. Must also be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite. This internship is unpaid, however, academic credit is available. Experience with arts, cultural or non-profit groups and access to a car is desired. Some weeknights and weekends will be required.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Donor Relations & Special Events Manager, Megan Maikowski.

 

Graphic Design Intern – Fall/Spring/Summer

The graphic design intern will work with the  staff doing the following:

  • Design materials for shows such as print ads, web ads, fliers, posters, postcards, brochures and newsletters.
  • Work on a variety of special event projects. Interns in the past have created invitations and programs for Skylight’s annual gala, materials for the Broadway Theatre Center Open House and pieces for unique marketing and development campaigns.

Qualifications Include:

  • Pursuing a degree in graphic design.
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Transportation to the Broadway Theatre Center

This internship is unpaid.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and work samples to Kendall Judy.

 

High School Internships

If you are in High School and would like to apply for an internship, please contact:

Margaret Bridges

Education Manager