In-House Talent Manager

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  • Chicago
  • Hours Full-Time
  • Start Date Flexible

Position Overview: 

The Talent Manager will facilitate talent development at The Second City, Chicago, and works directly with the Casting Director and Head of People.

This is a Full-time position responsible for the Second City in the People Team which is made up of Human Resources, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Casting.

The successful candidate will work in three main areas: 

  • Be an innovator for growth and change in our organization. This includes creation of new ideas, recruitment of new people, and seeking out new partners.
  • Focus on delivering a high-quality experience to our talent. This includes consistently communicating, resolving issues, and supporting their growth.
  • Keep a connection to the artistic vision of the company, and serve as an advocate for our talent to work in our theaters and film projects.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities Include 

  • Assist in the creation of a talent development path & pipeline
  • Work with talent to create individual development plans
  • Help guide and mentor talent through the Entertainment industry
  • Communicate with Training Center, Comedy Studies, regarding up and coming talent.
  • Connect talent with SC Private Events
  • Co-Create training opportunities, Professional Development workshops, talkbacks, and networking opportunities for talent with Entertainment industry professionals
  • Assist in signing talent to contracts and negotiate in-house deals
  • Serve as a contact for casts of all SC shows, including Main, ETC, UP, TourCo, and Theatricals.
  • Assess needs of talent and assist with finding solutions.
  • Conduct research on potential talent
  • Evaluate Talent through fair and equitable parameters
  • Create Marketing strategies to promote talent
  • Work with our PR firms to handle public relations and media exposure for talent onsite if needed, such as appearances on TV shows and interviews with journalists

Festivals, Shows and, Outside SC Performances

  • Attend and assist with General Auditions in Chicago & Toronto
  • Attend and assist with Bob Curry Auditions in Chicago, Hollywood & Toronto
  • Attend Second City Conservatory & Comedy Studies Shows
  • Attend Diversity Outreach/Workshops and assist with Talent Search
  • Attend shows/festivals at Second City, along with other theaters around the city and across the country to assess talent

Job Requirements

The ideal candidate will have an undergraduate degree in theatre with intensive focus on improvisation. He/ she/ they should have been teaching improvisation for a minimum of 5 years and should also have a minimum of 5 years management experience. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of Second City’s process and an understanding of the company as a whole. Excellent communication and leadership skills are required for this position.


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 community.

All candidates for this role will be asked to authorize a background check and must be 21 and older.

The Second City is an e-verify employer. E-Verify is a web-based system that allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of newly hired employees by electronically matching information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Your employment is contingent upon employment authorization from e-verify.