Karamu House is now hiring for multiple positions.
To see a full list of current career opportunities, click here.
Karamu is always seeking exceptional talent, locally and nationally, to help us to build Karamu: Next Generation. If you believe you have the desire and skills to join our team, please review the career opportunities as well as auditions for upcoming performances, complete and submit an application and we will take it from there!
ABOUT KARAMU HOUSE
In 1915, Oberlin College graduates Russell and Rowena Jelliffe opened the Playhouse Settlement in a Cleveland area called The Roaring Third. The Jelliffes wanted to build an environment where people of different races, religions, and social and economic backgrounds could come together to seek and share common ventures through the arts, and Karamu House was established as a gathering place for racially diverse members of the surrounding community at that time. As the community became predominantly African American, Karamu responded with programs geared to their needs and interests.
Today, Karamu is evolving to be reborn as a beating heart for the entire community, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identification, or age, as it embarks on its second 100 years, retaining its historical identity as “a place of joyful gathering.” Core programs include a five-performance, socially relevant and professional quality theatre season; arts education in drama/theatre, music, and dance for all ages; and community programming, such as a lecture series, and spoken word and music performances, that invites participation and engagement, reflection, and a re-commitment to cultural values.
*Karamu House is always hiring contractors on a per show basis for the following production positions: Stage Management, Board Operators, Dressers, Carpenters, Electricians, and Run Crew. If interested, please send your resume and statement of interest via email to [email protected].
FINANCE DIRECTOR | Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio) seeks a full-time Finance Director responsible for the efforts, results, and success of Karamu’s finance department. The Finance Director provides strategic financial guidance and support to help senior executives make key decisions. The Finance Director will oversee financial statements like balance sheets, invoices, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. The Finance Director is also responsible for directing accounting staff and department operations, compiling financial reports based on financial statements, and implementing policies and procedures for timely and accurate financial reporting. Other duties will include all accounting activities related to income auditing, daily banking/reconciliation of cash accounts, corporate credit card management, tax compliance, payroll, and activities in support of grants management.
MANAGER, MARKETING + SPECIAL EVENTS
The Manager of Marketing + Special Events coordinates marketing and communications for Karamu House, including theatre ticket sales (both single ticket and subscriptions), arts education and community programming, to achieve revenue goals. This hands-on role coordinates and helps manage related marketing materials and campaigns, both print (e.g., flyers, brochures, direct mail) and online (e.g., email, website, social media). This role also provides active oversight of any special events, including the annual benefit event. Additionally, this role provides communications support for Karamu’s institutional advancement and public relations activities, as required.
SALES + BOOKING MANAGER | Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio) seeks a full-time Sales + Booking Manager to fulfill its growth goals in the areas of membership, ticket sales, rentals, and sponsorships. The Sales & Booking Manager will consistently engage individuals and organizations to grow and retain patrons and partners, promoting the mission and vision of the theatre. The Sales + Booking Manager works closely with the Chief Development Officer and the Marketing + Events Manager to develop and implement a strategy that will expand market reach and increase the number of patrons and funders, utilizing and or developing new materials that support goal achievement. The Sales + Booking Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with existing patrons and partners and identifying and developing new relationships to achieve quantifiable results.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (TD)
Karamu House (Cleveland, Ohio) seeks a full-time, 12-month salaried, Technical Director to coordinate the overall production and technical requirements for events in three theatres (Jelliffe, 200-seats Arena, 80-seats and Concert Hall, 60-seats) and other special event venues as assigned. The 2023-2024 season consists of (5) five main stage productions, various community events and external rentals. The Technical Director is expected to be a “hands-on” supervisor who provides the highest standard of service, exhibits clear follow-through, and excels at open communication. The successful candidate should possess excellent organizational and communication skills, and strong leadership ability.
Because a TD may be called upon to deal with a wide range of technical issues, candidates should have a working knowledge of techniques, methods and procedures of theatre, dance, and music productions/ presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.