VOLUNTEER WITH TEAM PLUSH!
Lucky Plush Productions welcomes volunteers with all types of skills and interests. Whether it’s planning a tour or strategizing for upcoming marketing campaign, volunteers are vital to Lucky Plush’s mission to create original dance theater and to deliver it to our growing audiences in Chicago, nationally, and abroad. Volunteer commitments vary by opportunity, but all Lucky Plush volunteers are interviewed and receive training and supervision overseen by our dedicated Volunteer Program Manager.
VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
Lucky Plush Productions seeks a Board of Directors Liaison as the first point of contact between the Managing and Artistic directors and the organization’s board. The liaison regularly communicates with the board to schedule bi-monthly board meetings (Feb, April, June, etc.) and bi-weekly board development check-in conference calls. He/she manages the creation of documents for meetings, including agendas, financials and minutes. The liaison sends reminders and necessary documents to stakeholders well in advance of meetings, and attends meetings as a notetaker. After each meeting, the liaison uploads all documents to Google Drive. He/she also works closely with the Managing Director to identify ways to increase board engagement and identify new board members. This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about a nonprofit organization and the inter-workings of a board of directors.
Lucky Plush seeks a Copy editor to join our inaugural volunteer marketing team. With a mission to craft outstanding and far-reaching external communications, the team will infuse marketing materials with Lucky Plush’s unique onstage voice, which has been described as smart, funny, charming, and relatable. Before they are deployed, the copy editor will review social media posts, eblasts, digital and printed ads, and more. Copy editor will fix grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, double check that names, places and organizations are spelled properly, that facts, dates and statistics are accurate, and will review word choice (in the sense that he/she makes sure the words mean what the author thinks they mean). The copy editor will act as a second line of defense to assure that content is relevant and appropriate. An upcoming project includes the creation of an advertising campaign for our November performances at Steppenwolf 1700 Theater, but there will be opportunities to review copy for other projects as well.
Lucky Plush seeks a Copywriter to join our inaugural volunteer marketing team. With a mission to craft outstanding and far-reaching external communications, the team will infuse marketing materials with Lucky Plush’s unique onstage voice which has been described as smart, funny, charming, and relatable. Discovering Lucky Plush’s distinct social media tone will be a team effort, but the copywriter will play an important role. He/she will write copy for social media posts, eblasts, digital and printed ads, and more. An upcoming project includes the creation of an advertising campaign for our November performances at Steppenwolf 1700 Theater, and there will be opportunities to create copy for other projects as well.
Graphic Designer/eblast creator
Lucky Plush seeks a skilled Graphic Designer with MailChimp expertise to join our inaugural volunteer marketing team. The Graphic Designer will create an average of one eblast per week. Eblasts will have a unified look and feel, and will convey our distinct brand which has been described as smart, funny, charming, and relatable. Designer will be provided with all content including copy, images/videos, logos and links, but may be occasionally asked for help in editing media, gifs in particular.
Lucky Plush seeks a photographer to capture promotional images to be used for the purpose of marketing our newest work, Rooming House. Photographer must have experience capturing dance (movement) and also the ability to capture quality photos in low light. We are looking for someone who has an eye for capturing interesting shots, and can direct the performers during the shoot if needed. We ask that the photographer edits a select number of images for use, and will receive photo credit whenever possible. Please submit samples of your work that show expertise in capturing movement and an artistic eye. Must have own photography equipment and editing software.
Social Media Manager
Lucky Plush seeks a Social Media Manager to join our inaugural volunteer marketing team. Using Hootsuite, the volunteer schedules posts on an array of social media platforms including FB, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. With the goal of scheduling daily posts at least two weeks out, the social media manager incorporates copy from copywriter and digital media (photos, videos, gifs) from the Managing Director. The Social Media Manager must be familiar with “the tricks of the trade” such as the best times to post, etc. and be motivated to stay abreast of changes. He/she creates, implements, and tracks various ticket links across all social media platforms. The Social Media Manager submits periodic reports to Managing Director on follower engagement and reach. An upcoming project includes an advertising campaign for our November performances at Steppenwolf 1700 Theater.
Thank you writer
Lucky Plush seeks a motivated volunteer with excellent handwriting to prepare and mail handwritten thank you cards as needed. Written content and addresses are provided via email. Cards, envelopes, and stamps are provided, but thank you writer assists with reorders. Thank you cards are sent to volunteers, donors, board of directors, staff and ensemble during the holiday season and as acknowledgment for various types of support.
Lucky Plush seeks a travel planner for national tours. Depending on the needs of the tour, travel planner will book flights and accommodations, reserve car rentals, arrange for ground transportation to and from airports, and determine ground transportation for regional tours. Travel planner must be mindful to stay within the nonprofit organization’s budget and be knowledgeable about finding and comparing various low cost options. Volunteer will be in direct contact with the performers, crew, and Artistic Directors to accommodate their needs and preferences, and inform them about their travel details. Itineraries, confirmation numbers, etc. will be recorded in shared Google documents and communicated clearly via email. The travel planner will make alternative booking arrangements if changes arise before or during a trip. Lucky Plush travels for performances or residencies eight to ten times per year, and the size of the group varies from six to twelve.
Lucky Plush seeks one Wardrobe crew to launder costumes after performances and return them to storage (or studio). He/she will keep track of all costuming needs or repairs, and delivers them to local theater in advance of a run. Must have basic sewing skills to make emergency repairs. Company performs approximately 8-10 different shows per year, two of which are in Chicago. There are 6-8 costumes in each show.