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    Our Team

    Chicago Ideas is comprised of incredibly passionate people from diverse backgrounds dedicated to supporting our mission of making big ideas accessible to everyone.

    Current Openings

    We are currently seeking:

    Managing Producer

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    Managing Producer

    Reports to:

    Chief Operating Officer

    About the Role

    Chicago Ideas is a platform for progress. We inspire, connect, and enable the curious and the committed to build a more thriving, more joyous city for everyone. At Chicago Ideas, you'll find accessible, high-quality experiences designed to inspire, and ways to find and activate your purpose within our community and beyond.

    We’re seeking a Managing Producer who is passionate about building transformative experiences, connecting people, and social impact. This position will work in partnership with the Programming team and responsible for the oversight and execution of all of the productions throughout the course of the year, inclusive of stage, lab and special activations in service of our strategic partnerships.

    About You

    You are organized, detail-oriented, energetic and collaborative. You are a student of your field, and fearless when it comes to suggesting new ways of doing things if it means improving the end result. You approach new challenges with curiosity and excitement. You’re as comfortable with self-direction and independent thinking as you are with collaboration.

    The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of producing large-scale live and/or televised events and have experience collaborating across an organization to achieve the desired end product. You have a minimum of 6-8 years experience serving in the capacity of a lead producer for live events. You’re proud of how resourceful you are in identifying ways to achieve a desired goal while preserving capital, and you have demonstrated experience managing multiple moving parts in the same direction.

    Additional responsibilities of the role of Managing Producer include:

    • Build and execute overarching production plans for year-round needs as well as for Chicago Ideas Week inclusive of back of house, front of house, volunteers, AV, stage design, technical needs, media production, etc.

    • Create and execute staffing plan for all events and be responsible for overseeing the activity of production team members

    • Build and manage a production budget for year round and the October festival

    • Build and oversee event timelines to ensure successful execution of events

    • Develop stage design concepts and oversee creation of all stage elements

    • Secure venues for all programs inclusive of site visits and review and negotiation of contracts

    • Lead and/or participate in pre-production meetings and calls to ensure successful production of the event, including reviewing run-of-show put forth by programming team

    • Collaborate with programming team on creative elements of events, digital content pieces, etc.

    To apply, please send cover letter & resume to sona (at) with salary requirements.

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