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Managing Director, Tellin’ Tales Theatre

Tellin’ Tales Theatre (TTT) is a non-profit (501c3) in operation for nearly 25 years. Tellin’ Tales exists to create a bridge between children and adults with disabilities and those without disabilities through the nurturing and innovative performances of people’s personal stories. This is achieved through mentoring and collaboration. A key goal is to bring together diverse populations all the while helping them to recognize commonalities and build a strong sense of community in Chicago.

The part-time salaried Managing Director (15-20 hours/week), will report to the Board of Directors and work in partnership with the Artistic Director and co-founder, Tekki Lomnicki. Tekki is an award-winning theater professional who is also a person with a disability and deeply rooted in the disability community.

Because we are dedicated to serving diverse populations and touching people with and without disabilities, we are committed to expanding our staff to reflect diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We always seek to broaden the stories we tell and the perspectives we represent by reaching out to new communities, audiences and volunteers. We seek to embody this diversity within our leadership team, and are looking for a Managing Director who will continue to create an accessible organization for all.

Job Overview

The Managing Director is responsible for the smooth operations and activities of Tellin’ Tales Theatre. The Managing Director will work in partnership with the Board and its committees to implement strategic plans and organizational policies, maintain an open dialogue with stakeholders and funders, and drive organizational success. The Managing Director will be successful by providing exceptional leadership, advancing strategic priorities, and growing the organization.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Managing Director will be responsible for:

  • Developing and executing strategies to achieve short- and long-term resource development and programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Attending regular Board meetings; provide written reports, insight and advice.
  • Oversee the organization’s development operations, including interfacing with Board committees, volunteers, annual “gala” and event committees, donor receptions, and third-party fundraising groups.
  • Designing and implementing fundraising initiatives such as the Year-End Appeal, online giving, etc.
  • Expanding the network of the organization through Board and volunteer recruitment, collaborations, and social media.
  • Supervising part-time staff (other than the Artistic Director), consultants and volunteer duties that relate to development.
  • Ensuring, with the Board, that policies, procedures and legal guidelines are followed.
  • Assessing, managing, and resolving problems and situations as they arise.
  • Maintaining positive and trust-based relationships with the Board, internal and external partners, and stakeholders.
  • Building and enhancing the organization’s public profile at events, partner organizations, speaking engagements, etc.
  • Handling the administrative work (or recruit volunteers to do so and supervise them).
  • Managing the data entry of all donor info and gifts.
  • Cultivating donors and funders through calls and other means.
  • Consulting with Artistic Director on season planning, budgets, and new initiatives.
  • Overseeing marketing, website updates, all external communications.



  • Degree in business administration, nonprofit management, arts management, arts education, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Extensive experience as a Managing Director or in a similar role.
  • Proven track record in board development, volunteer recruitment, diverse fundraising methodology, event management and marketing.
  • Experience developing or implementing strategic organization plans.
  • Theater background a plus.



  • Excellent written, communication, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Ideally corporate solicitation experience.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Must be highly self-motivated, a self-starter and enjoy working independently.
  • Experience working with budgets and nonprofit organization financials.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, familiar with donor databases or CRM software, MailChimp or other e-blast systems, and willing to do administrative work. 
  • Must have a home office, computer (laptop/MAC/PC) and printer.
  • Must have a car or able to secure use of a car as needed.
  • Must have a working cell phone at all times and use it for business.




Please send a cover letter and resume to: by November 2, 2020

If you have specific questions, please call: 312.540.1330

[No solicitations please.]