The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a unique opportunity for artists and patrons alike to perform and enjoy intimate, boundary-pushing theatre. We produce an uncensored and non-juried festival which showcases 24 performing groups over 5 days in five non-traditional theatre spaces. All performers are selected by first come, first serve and lottery. We return 100% of our ticket sales to the artists. And we keep the tickets prices low to provide access to the arts to the widest audience possible.
Established in 2010, CFF is currently produced by an all-volunteer staff which is dedicated to furthering the mission of CFF in this rapidly expanding stage of our history. Working with CFF is a great way to get involved with a fun and hard-working group of arts administrators and producers, to have a direct and immediate impact on the success of the festival through a collaborative but empowering work environment, to develop valuable skills and experience, and/or to connect with a wide range of artists, community members, business owners, etc.
The Sponsorship Coordinator is a year-round position that is responsible for leading, delivering and managing the sponsorship efforts to maximize revenues and meet the income targets of CFF. This position reports to the Executive Director.
The successful candidate will perform a wide range of duties, including but not limited to:
- Raise $10,000+ per year through main programming and special event sponsorships
- Establish and maintain a close working relationship with current sponsors
- Cultivate relationships with potential new sponsors in order to secure sponsorships, in kind donations, discounts, etc. for the annual Fringe Festival, 5/fifths Fundraiser, and Kids Fringe.
- Identify and research potential sponsors, prepare sponsorship materials, meet with representatives, secure partnerships, and produce any required follow-up, reports, etc.
- Oversee advertising sales for all Fringe publications and website.
- Collaborate on the production of the Festival Program and marketing materials to ensure sponsors are correctly recognized
- Meet deadlines and revenue goals for event sponsorships.
- Coordinate the logistics of Festival-time sponsor activation
- 2-5 years experience in developing and managing sponsorships.
- Strong negotiation and clear communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Professional and personable demeanor.
- Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and deadlines.
- Creative and self-motivated.
- Willingness to make cold calls on behalf of CFF
- Proven track record of solid work performance in past jobs
- Great team attitude and ability to work and communicate on-deadline in a virtual environment
- Strong research and writing skills.
- Familiarity with Fringe Festivals a plus.
This position requires approximately 5-10 hours per week leading up to the Festival (August 30 – September 3). Monthly staff meetings and the post-mortem in October are mandatory.
Stipend and Lots of Hugs
To Apply:Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.