Bar Manager | Steppenwolf Theatre Co

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is seeking candidates for the full-time position of Bar Manager to provide support, leadership and excellent hospitality service for our lobby concessions program and Front Bar: Coffee and Drinks.

A café and bar concept connected to our existing main lobby at 1700 N Halsted Street, Front Bar is a warm neighborhood hub servingcoffee and espresso by La Colombe Coffee Roasters, with food by The Goddess and Grocer available day and night. The bar program focuses on seasonal cocktails, beer and wine, with an emphasis on local and craft products.

Our lobby concessions program is a thematic extension of Front Bar, focusing on providing quality snacks and beverages and efficient service to guests before and during performances.


Job Description

Through a relaxed, attentive, and sincere level of customer service, members of the Steppenwolf Audience Experience staff are committed to cultivating a safe and inviting experience for our guests, artists and community in our public spaces. As part of this team, the Bar Manager will support the daily operations of the restaurant and concessions program by supervising and educating staff with an emphasis on friendly, efficient service; creating staff schedules; managing purchases and inventory; ensuring adherence to food safety procedures; engaging our patrons as courteous, professional representatives of our company; assisting patrons with disabilities (which includes developing a proficiency in accessibility etiquette); coordinating with the box office and other departments to streamline service; monitoring and maintaining public spaces for safety, cleanliness, and presentation; and serving as a knowledgeable source of information about the theater and the city.

This position reports to the Food and Beverage Director.

About Steppenwolf:

Steppenwolf Theatre Company, recognized in 2009 as a Top Small Workplace by The Wall Street Journal, is where great acting meets big ideas. The theatre’s passion is to tell stories about how we live now; its mission is to engage audiences in an exchange of ideas that makes people think harder, laugh longer, feel more. The theatre celebrates and honors the core values of ensemble, innovation and citizenship. Steppenwolf has a commitment to diversity and equity, and the organization has a focus on diversifying the artists, audiences, staff and board who make Steppenwolf great.

As a not for profit, ensemble based theatre company operating in the city of Chicago, the company’s activities include a wide range of artistic programs including a five play subscription series, non-subscription mainstage productions, new play development and visiting companies, national and international tours, Steppenwolf for Young Adults play series, professional leadership programs, educational programs, new play commissions and workshops.  Steppenwolf seeks to engage its community in a spirited dialogue around today’s issues, which results in more than 200 events produced throughout the year.  The company owns five different facilities housing its three theatres, production facilities, offices and other support facilities and is managed under the leadership of Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director and David Schmitz, Executive Director.


Compensation is competitive with prevailing compensation for similar positions within the non-profit performing arts industry. Excellent benefit package offered, including medical and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, vacation pay and paid sick leave.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Skills & Qualifications: 

Successful candidates will:

  • commit to an equitable work environment, including but not limited to use of gender inclusive language and support for individual gender expression, cultural sensitivity, racial equity and inter-generational collaboration and accessibility for audience members with disabilities
  • commit to presenting a relaxed appearance and tone when interacting with guests and colleagues, which includes maintaining an unhurried pace and level modulation of voice and volume
  • have at least one year of management experience in a high volume restaurant or bar setting
  • enjoy proactively and positively and interacting with a variety of personalities in a busy, fast-paced environment
  • have keen attention to detail
  • communicate clearly and professionally
  • be able to consistently work 40-50 hours per week, focusing on (but not limited to) late nights and weekends
  • have in-depth experience with front and back end operation of a restaurant or bar point of sale system
  • have craft beer, wine, and cocktail knowledge
  • have food service experience and be Food Handler or Manager certified
  • have knowledge of or interest in Steppenwolf and the performing arts
  • demonstrate the consistent ability to effectively problem-solve in improvised situations
  • possess excellent time-management skills
  • be able to lift 40 pounds
To Apply: 

How to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume by December 20, 2017 to:

Danielle Shindler

Food and Beverage Director


Please list Bar Manager and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  Please note in your email where you found out about this job.


Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Danielle Shindler
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