Albany Park Theater
Project (APTP) creates transformative experiences that forge an
inclusive community of youth artists, adult artists, and audiences
to envision and build a more just, equitable, and joyful world.
APTP’s teen ensemble and adult artistic team collaborate to devise
world-class original theater that amplifies and illuminates the
real-life stories of the immigrant and first-generation Albany Park
community. Audiences come from throughout Chicago and beyond to
experience APTP’s innovative and visionary theatrical
Founded 25 years ago with a trifold commitment to art, youth
development, and social justice, APTP serves as a cultural and
community anchor in the Albany Park neighborhood and contributes to
its vital and vibrant reputation. Since 1997, APTP has engaged more
than 5,000 young people through its Performing Ensemble and
APTP@School, its school-based program. Fueled by their
participation in APTP’s creative community, teens envision and
prepare to lead choice-filled lives, which they pursue with support
from APTP’s mentoring, tutoring and post-secondary planning
programs. More than 60 percent of Performing Ensemble alumni have
graduated from college by the age of 25.
At its home theater in Albany Park and other venues, APTP’s
Performing Ensemble has premiered more than 20 original plays and
performed for more than 80,000 audience members. The teen
ensemble’s performances foster empathy, humanize challenging social
issues, encourage new ways of seeing the world, and inspire action.
The Chicago Tribune recognizes APTP as “one of Chicago’s
more remarkable artistic institutions,” and the Chicago
Sun-Times hails APTP as “a prodigiously gifted, exquisitely
directed youth ensemble that abounds in talent, technique, and
In 2023, APTP will debut a 12,000 square-foot immersive
performance space, supported by a $2.5 million major gifts campaign
(85 percent completed) and an in-kind building donation by a major
donor. The new facility will house Port of Entry, a
signature immersive performance by the teen Performing Ensemble
that will invite audiences to step inside the stories of immigrants
from all parts of the world as they forge new lives side by side
within the walls of a single apartment building.
Albany Park Theater Project has a 12-member board of directors,
led by Board President Reena Bajowala. Guided by Co-Executive
Directors David Feiner (also a co-founder) and Miguel Angel
Rodriguez (also an alum of the Performing Ensemble), APTP has a
full-time staff of seven which expands to a team of more than two
dozen during productions. For the fiscal year ending June 2021,
APTP reported total revenue of nearly $1.6 million, total expenses
of $1.2 million, and net assets of $1.7 million; with the opening
of Port of Entry in 2023, APTP anticipates an annual budget in the
range of $2 million.
Known as a city of neighborhoods and comprising 77 unique
communities, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States
with more than 2.7 million residents. Chicago’s virtues include 26
miles of public lakefront, iconic architecture, world-class
museums, more than 200 theater companies, loyal sports fans,
renowned universities, four seasons (in a good year), and one of
the most exciting restaurant scenes in the country. According to
President Barack Obama, a longtime Chicago resident, “Chicago is a
city where the practical and the inspirational exist in
Located eight miles from downtown on the northwest side of
Chicago, the Albany Park neighborhood is known as a port of entry
that welcomes people from all around the world. Albany Park is
frequently cited as one of the most culturally diverse communities
in Chicago and the entire country. More than 68 percent of Albany
Park residents are people of color, 40 percent immigrated from
other countries, and 62 percent speak a language other than English
at home. Reflecting the diversity of its residents, Albany Park
boasts a phenomenal array of neighborhood restaurants serving up
culinary delights from many parts of the globe. APTP’s office and
its home theater sit within a public park nestled alongside the
north branch of the Chicago River.
Sources: nbcchicago.com, travel.usnews.com;
The Director of Development (DOD) will be a strategic,
proactive, and highly collaborate development leader. The DOD will
leverage available networks to cultivate new and existing funding
relationships with individual and institutional donors and partner
with the board of directors and executive leadership to identify
and cultivate a pipeline of donor prospects. Reporting to the
Co-Executive Directors, the DOD will mentor and expand APTP’s full
time and contracted development team and oversee all aspects of
fundraising to grow and diversity streams of philanthropic support.
Collaborating with all staff, the DOD will serve as an ambassador
for the APTP mission of art, youth, and justice and demonstrate
compassion, care, and concern for social justice work with special
emphasis on issues impacting the populations served by APTP.
Role and Responsibilities
Development Leadership and Planning
- Ensure that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are
centered in APTP’s fund development strategy.
- Partner with APTP’s Co-Executive Directors on strategic
planning and other mission-driven organizational decisions as a
member of the core leadership team.
- Create and execute a comprehensive annual development plan
addressing the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of APTP donors and donor prospects with an emphasis on
institutional giving and increasing individual giving at
- Complete the current $2.5 million major gifts campaign to
support the 2023 production of Port of Entry.
- Serve as a partner in solicitation and development strategy,
evaluation, design, and implementation opportunities to increase
giving at all levels.
- Expand APTP’s moves management strategy, building portfolios
for board of directors and organizational leadership that support
the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of major gift
- Collaborate with APTP board of directors and organizational
leadership to build a robust pipeline of donor prospects with
capacity to support current and future revenue goals.
- Identify, cultivate, steward, and solicit mission-aligned
institutional funders and manage grant reporting process.
- Engage as an articulate, passionate, and visible spokesperson
and prominent fundraising presence for the organization among
stakeholders, and in the Chicago philanthropic community.
- Recruit, train, mentor, and supervise APTP’s development team
ensuring a safe, positive, and productive work environment.
- Foster an organizational culture of philanthropy, building
participation in fundraising across the organization and with the
- Monitor trends and changes in the local and national
philanthropic landscape and take appropriate actions to ensure that
APTP is well positioned to respond to the shifting dynamics.
- Comply with all applicable regulations, statutes, and ethical
and professional standards.
Administration, Financial Management, and
- Partner with Co-Executive Directors to craft the annual budget
and to set ambitious, yet realistic fundraising goals.
- Collaborate with the Finance & Operations Manager to
prepare budgets, financial reports, and financial statements for
grant proposals, grant reports, and for board and leadership
- Track fundraising progress, providing detailed monthly reports
to support cash flow, annual budget, special project budgets, and
overall financial decision-making.
- Ensure highly accurate processing of gift entries,
acknowledgements, donor and prospect engagement, and data entry and
- Maintain updated donor/sponsor information and recognition on
APTP websites, newsletter, social media, production collateral, and
other relevant communications vehicles.
- Supervise the creation of all digital and print materials
related to development.
- Build community and mutuality with APTP youth artists and
support their achievement, goals, and wellness.
- Engage regularly with program staff and youth artists to keep
abreast of artistic and youth development projects and attend APTP
workshops, performances, and other events.
- Create meaningful opportunities for APTP youth artists to
participate in fundraising through donor engagement and
- Train with the youth development team to respond to the needs
of young people in crisis, including addressing mental health and
other medical emergencies.
- Serve as a mandated reporter by becoming trained in APTP child
abuse and neglect response procedures and by responding to
observed, reported, and suspected cases of child abuse and neglect
in accordance with organizational policy and Illinois state
- Foster a deep understanding of APTP’s artmaking and youth
Traits and Characteristics
The successful Director of Development will be a collaborative,
self-starting leader who is motivated by uplifting youth, the arts,
and social justice while fostering an organization-wide culture
embracing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. This
confident, results driven leader moves with diplomacy and
authenticity, building and maintaining relationships using empathy,
and connection to the mission. The DoD will have the ability to
develop, nurture, and leverage relationships with a wide variety of
Other key competencies include:
- Planning and Organizing – The
ingenuity to collaboratively establish strategic goals while
assessing risks, organizing activities, people, and operational
priorities to meet mutually agreed upon expectations and fund
- Personal Accountability – The capacity to
accept responsibility for personal actions, results, and outcomes
and the willingness to take ownership of situations and
- Time and Priority Management – The aptitude to
effectively manage challenges and delays to balance timelines and
priorities to stay on schedule while creating an environment of
- Self-Starting and
Goal Orientation – The ability to take initiative
in the attainment of organizational goals through collaboration and
effective use of available resources and acuity to take calculated
risks to achieve and meet challenging goals while advocating for
- Creativity and Innovation – The dexterity to
create new approaches, processes, technologies, and systems to
achieve organizational goals.
A minimum of five years of progressive fundraising experience
with at least two years of supervisory leadership is essential in
this role. The successful candidate will show evidence of
establishing and increasing diverse revenue streams, building new
partnerships, and will possess a successful track record of
securing major gifts with the experience of raising at least $1
million annually. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity,
inclusion, and social justice and experience developing and
mentoring diverse staff and volunteer teams are necessary.
Experience working with youth is appreciated. This is a full-time
exempt position and will require regular weekend and evening hours.
The chosen candidate must be fully vaccinated prior to beginning
Compensation and Benefits
Albany Park Theater Project offers a competitive compensation
package, with a salary range of $95,000 to $110,000, 100 percent
employer-paid platinum health insurance (employee only), 50 percent
employer-paid dental and vision coverage, retirement plan
contribution, and a generous PTO benefits package.
Applications and Inquiries
To submit a cover letter and resume with a summary of
demonstrable accomplishments (electronic submissions preferred),
here or visit artsconsulting.com/employment.
For questions or general inquiries about this job opportunity,
including the estimated salary range, please contact:
Ms. Delilah Norris, Vice President
201 West Lake Street, Suite 333
Chicago, IL 60606-1803
Tel (888) 234.4236 Ext.
Albany Park Theater Project is an equal opportunity
employer. APTP is unconditionally committed to the goals of equity,
diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and to building a
culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA-identified
individuals, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from
poor and working-class backgrounds, and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.