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 immigrants and first-generations of the Albany
Park community. Audiences come from across 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% 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 recently completed $2.5-million
major gifts campaign 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 2022,
APTP reported total revenue of nearly $2.5 million, total expenses
of $1.5 million, and net assets of $2.7 million; with the opening
of Port of Entry in 2023, APTP anticipates an annual budget in the
range of $2 million.
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% of Albany Park
residents are people of color, 40% immigrated from other countries,
and 62% 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
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. They will
partner with the board of directors and executive leadership to
identify and cultivate a pipeline of donor prospects. Leading a
development team of three, including an administrative support role
and contracted grant writer, and reporting to the Co-Executive
Directors, the DOD will oversee all aspects of fundraising to grow
and diversify 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 an emphasis on issues
impacting the APTP community.
Role and Responsibilities Development Leadership and External
- Partner with the Co-Executive Directors to 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 $5,000+.
- Supervise institutional giving with an emphasis on
identification of new mission-aligned funding partners, creation of
inspirational proposal language, and effective stewardship and
- Serve as a thought leader in creating and executing
solicitation and development strategy, evaluation, design, and
- Expand APTP’s moves management strategy to cultivate, steward
and enhance the already robust pipeline of donor prospects to
support current and future revenue goals.
- Ensure that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are
centered in APTP’s fund development strategy.
- Engage as an articulate, passionate, and visible storyteller
and prominent fundraising presence for APTP among stakeholders, and
in the Chicago philanthropic community.
- Foster an organizational culture of philanthropy, building
participation in fundraising across the organization and
Development Planning and Administration
- Recruit, train, mentor, and supervise a team of three
- Partner with APTP’s Co-Executive Directors on strategic
planning and other mission-driven organizational decisions as a
member of the core leadership team.
- 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.
Financial Management and Analytics
- Partner with the 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
- Oversee fundraising progress, providing detailed monthly
reports to support cash flow, annual budget, special project
budgets, and overall financial decision-making.
- Supervise the Development Coordinator in the highly accurate
processing and public recognition of grants and donations and the
maintenance of data entry and reporting protocols.
- Collaborate with in-house designer on the creation of all
digital and print materials related to development.
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 develop, nurture, and
leverage relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
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 development goals.
- 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 capability
to effectively balance timelines and priorities among challenges
and delays while creating a constructive environment.
- Self-Starting and Goal Orientation – The
ability to collaborate, effectively utilize available resources,
and take initiative towards organizational goals, while advocating
for the organization and taking calculated risks to achieve
- Creativity and Innovation – The dexterity to
create new approaches, processes, technologies, and systems to
achieve organizational goals.
A combination of demonstrated professional experience and
development proficiency is essential for this role. A minimum of
five years of progressive fundraising experience with at least one
year of supervisory leadership is required for this position.
Demonstrable skill in professional writing or writing supervision,
storytelling, and overall communication is essential for success in
this role. A 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, along with experience of raising at least $1
million annually. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity,
inclusion, and social justice is necessary. This is a full-time
exempt position with a hybrid option (2-3 days per week in the
office) and a traditional 9 to 5 work schedule that will require
occasional weekend and evening hours. The chosen candidate must be
fully vaccinated prior to beginning the role.
Don’t check off every box in the requirements listed above?
Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized
communities—such as women, LGBTQ+, and people of color—are less
likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single
qualification. Albany Park Theater Project is an Equal Opportunity
employer and values a diverse workforce.
Compensation and Benefits
Albany Park Theater Project offers a competitive compensation
package, with a salary range of $100,000 to $115,000, 100%
employer-paid platinum health insurance (employee only), 50%
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,
Delilah Norris, Vice President
201 West Lake Street, Suite 333
Chicago, IL 60606-1803
234.4236 Ext. 230
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.