Festival Coordinator

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  • Chicago
  • Hours Part-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

Mary Scruggs Works By Women Festival Coordinator

The Company
The Second City is the premier brand in improv-based sketch comedy and the world’s largest school of improvisation with theatres and training centers in Chicago, Toronto, and Hollywood.  We have full time touring ensembles, the Harold Ramis Film School, and a thriving B2B division focused on hands-on learning, digital content, and consumer insight. Founded in 1959, the company continues to grow rapidly in size and influence.

The Festival
Mary Scruggs was head of the Writing Program from 2001–2011. Mary mentored so many women here at The Second City; at a time when women were competing against one another, Mary made it clear that they should lift each other up.  The goal of the Mary Scruggs Works By Women Festival is to encourage and grow female-identifying and non-binary writers at the Second City Training Center. In 2019, we are honoring Mary and her legacy during March: National Women’s History Month. The festival will run for one full day on March 23, 2019, and will include all-day programming and workshops as well as evening performances/events.

This is a seasonal position dedicated to the 2019 festival. Compensation is a $500 stipend.

Position Summary
The Festival Coordinator will assist Writing Program Head Jay Steigmann, execute the overall vision of the festival via its programming and overall aesthetic, and serve as the primary ScruggsFest contact leading up to the festival and day-of.


  • Assist with the development and maintenance of the production schedule
  • Plan and execute the social and networking aspects of the festival
  • Assist Writing Program Head Jay Steigmann as needed
  • Oversee and implement marketing initiatives, including a social media plan, website updates, and communication with the Training Center Marketing Assistant and general Second City Marketing personnel as needed
  • Coordinate logistics for shows, prizes/awards, participant events, and script submissions
  • Serve as primary festival contact for all Second City personnel
  • Delegate tasks to and work together with festival intern
  • Run the festival on March 23. 2019


  • Friendly and personable, with excellent communication skills.
  • Event planning experience.
  • Able to work effectively and adapt in a fast-paced environment.
  • Informative, patient, and eager sense of initiative to solve problems.
  • Efficiency in finishing projects.
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Initiative to develop creative ideas and implement ideas from others
  • Demonstrated history of dependability and punctuality.
  • Familiar with Google office suite, Microsoft Office suite, and comfortable with all basic computer functions, Salesforce experience a plus.
  • Enthusiastic about comedy, writing, and/or initiatives aimed at female/female-identifying/non-binary students.

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 10-15 hours a week (likely less in the earlier planning phases, but expect closer to 15 when deadlines approach and during the weeks prior to the festival).
  • Must be available on March 23, 2019 (full day and evening), preferably flexible in the days leading up to i
  • Will be expected to participate in a post-mortem meeting to identify successes and ideas for improvement after the 2019 festival concludes.

We are an open, inclusive workplace and welcome applicants who bring along with them diverse life experiences, including every permutation of economic and cultural backgrounds, orientation, ethnicity and points of view. We strive to continue our efforts to work with people who may otherwise be marginalized or underrepresented in our business and around our Chicagoland community.


The Second City is an equal opportunity at-will employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.