Chicago Shakespeare’s newly created position of Marketing Manager, Ticketing Services leads the operational efforts that support successful ticket sales and fulfillment for an annual audience of over 225,000 across multiple venues. As a vital member of the Marketing and Sales team, this role supervises Box Office operations, and is responsible for building all elements for events and packages on sale in Tessitura—guaranteeing accurate reporting, along with agent-friendly procedures for box office personnel and patrons transacting across any available sales channel. The ideal candidate thrives within a dynamic planning process, translating innovative producing ideas into streamlined systems in Tessitura, all while fostering exceptional customer service and collaboration within the Box Office team.
Director of Marketing and Sales
Box Office Supervisors
Box Office Agents
Hours: Monday – Friday business hours with some night and weekend work
Sales-goal oriented and responsive infrastructure
Understand the timeline of on-sale announcements and individual promotions, making certain targeted offers are on sale on time.
Implement strategies devised by Marketing and Sales/Producing Offices to increase sales and attendance.
Monitor ticket sales progress towards goals and maximize opportunities to exceed goals.
Provide suggestions to improve ticket sales systems for best possible patron experience.
Hire, train, andsuperviseBoxOfficeStaff
Interview and select Box Office staff members as company needs require.
Schedule shifts for Box Office, managing time and skills strategically.
Train staff to serve customers in a variety of potential scenarios.
Train staff for basic and advanced skills on Tessitura.
Clearly convey sales goals to Box Office sales agents.
Prepare and submit weekly payroll for Box Office employees.
Drive Box Office operations
Ensure Box Office supervisors and leads are trained and empowered to lead box office operations and agents on a day-to-day basis.
Convey a comprehensive understanding of the many subscriptions, promotions, price points and seating maps to staff.
Ensure all members of Box Office staff are familiar with company updates, promotions, programming, technology, etc.
Connect Box Office staff with other departments of the organization to promote collaboration.
In consultation with other leadership, set box office hours.
Select and train candidates from within to perform specific functions in support of the department (Group Sales, Shift Supervision, Scheduling, Tessitura Maintenance, etc.)
Oversee ticketing and subscription fulfillment by Box Office Staff, communicating with patrons by phone, e-mail, and mail.
As production seating configurations and dates become available, build seating maps and price zones for each production.
Build and update all subscription packages and alterative multi-ticket products added throughout the season.
Design print and e-tickets for each production.
Maintain performance-related keywords.
Regularly update prices and promotions in support of meeting sales goals.
Continually ensure all members of Box Office staff remain up-to-date on Tessitura setup that impacts their day-to-day work.
Act as a one of the primary contact with Tessitura Tech Services (ticketing support consultants).
Remain familiar with integrated ticketing/patron systems, including both Tessitura and related software. Keep appraised of all current trends in the area of ticketing for the performing arts and live event industry.
Minimum of two years of experience managing ticketing staff and setting up ticketing sales for a performing arts institution.
Traits and attributes:
Keen marketing acumen
Skill in activating human capital
Technology fluency and curiosity
Impeccable attention to detail.
Excellent customer service instincts aligned with company mission and core values
Expertise with ticketing software, preferably Tessitura.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Windows
Familiarity with season ticket packages
Ability to teach others to speak confidently about productions to patrons
Ability to manage up, seeking information from all areas of the company as needed
Thinking ahead to anticipate departmental needs on a short and long-term basis
Comfort with to making change on short notice
Ability to delegate tasks as needed to achieve departmental goals.
To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and a brief cover letter describing your interest, experience, and how you heard about this position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates of interest will be contacted by a representative of the Theater; no phone calls, please. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to building diversity and inclusion onstage and throughout the organization.
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Situated in downtown Chicago on Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has risen since its founding in 1986 to become a leading international theater company and recipient of both the Regional Theatre Tony Award and three Laurence Olivier Awards. Guided by the partnership between founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, the Theater is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new works, musicals and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, Chicago Shakespeare attracts 225,000 audience members annually. During 2016, the Theater spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, one of the world’s largest cultural festivals inspired by Shakespeare’s legacy. In 2017, the Theater opened its innovative new performance venue, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare.