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16 Jun 2022


Director of Operations

Music Institute of Chicago  Evanston, Illinois, United States

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Job Description


The Music Institute of Chicago seeks a dynamic and experienced theater professional to join its operations team and advance the institution’s mission to lead people toward a lifelong engagement with music. The Director of Operations for Nichols Concert Hall will institute an efficient management system and lead the effort to rejuvenate the profile of Nichols Concert Hall as a premier venue for concerts and events.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the Director of Operations is part of a highly collaborative team of professionals, who provide the vision, planning, and execution of the functions of the institution.

The position works closely with the Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and other members of the senior leadership team. The Director of Operations leads and mentors one full-time employee, and a large pool of part-time hall staff.

  • Develop and implement a management system which facilitates effective and efficient operation of the space, and its technical assets.
  • Develop a competitive fee structure for rentals and proactively seek rental opportunities, responding to rental inquiries in a timely manner, providing detailed information regarding rental availability and fees, and subsequently executing written rental contracts.
  • Produce the annual Music Institute of Chicago guest artist series.
  • Facilitate the regular use of NCH and the Puth Family Theater, a nearby small black box theater, for Music Institute of Chicago faculty and student recitals and other educational activities.
  • Ensure public programs are professionally and safely presented, and that backstage, live streaming services, in house, and front of house services provide an excellent customer experience.
  • Ensure that musical instruments and technical assets are well- maintained.


The successful candidate will be self-motivated, entrepreneurial, an innovative problem-solver, ready to professionally manage Nichols Concert Hall.
They will have a positive spirit and energy, a good sense of humor, and a collaborative and flexible working style.


  • Bachelor’s degree in technical theater, facilities management, or related field or may substitute work experience for education.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in Theater or facilities management. Experience in live performance production with a theatre or performing arts organization
  • Experience in managing and mentoring full and part-time hall staff.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong organizational skills and project management skills.
  • Evening and weekend availability.



We welcome candidate inquiries and referrals.

Please send your correspondence to the Human Resources Manager at

Candidates should send brief cover letter, resume/CV and three references.

Salary and benefits are market competitive and offered commensurate with experience.



The Music Institute of Chicago has a casual yet professional work environment and is conveniently headquartered in downtown Evanston, close to public transportation – CTA (Chicago Transit Authority), Metra, and PACE. MIC provides competitive compensation for a nonprofit organization of its size, and a benefit package that includes health insurance and retirement contributions.


All current and new employees are required to be fully vaccinated, including one booster. Masks are optional at the administrative offices but required at teaching campuses and Nichols Concert Hall.



The Music Institute of Chicago (MIC) leads people toward a lifelong engagement with music by providing widely accessible resources for high-quality music teaching, performing, and service activities—and harnessing the power of music to educate, inspire, and bring comfort to the communities it serves.

Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has a national reputation for excellence in music teaching, having trained scores of renowned performing artists, and thousands of children and adults who pursue music as an avocation. MIC believes music is an essential element of a strong, well-educated, and compassionate community; music bolsters the brain, strengthens community bonds, and nourishes the human spirit; and live music and quality music education should be accessible to everyone.

MIC is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). The school operates multiple campuses, including in Lake Forest, Winnetka, and Evanston, and offers lessons and classes for 1,500 students annually. A separate Academy program is an elite training center for extraordinarily talented pianists and string players, many of whom go on to professional careers. In addition, MIC presents public events and performances in Nichols Concert Hall, a 550-seat, acoustically pristine, performance venue located in downtown Evanston, Illinois. Students and faculty at MIC are deeply committed to using music and music education as a community service and fulfilling our ideal that music should be accessible to everyone.


Full-Time Job in Arts and Culture:
Director of Operations
Music Institute of Chicago
 Evanston, Illinois, United States

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