Job Title: COVID Compliance Officer
Job Status: Non-exempt part-time position 
Rate: $16/hour 
Reports to: Production Manager and COVID Safety Committee

About TimeLine

TimeLine Theatre Company, recipient of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, is a Chicago not-for-profit theatre company with an annual budget of more than $2 million. Since its inception in 1997, the company has garnered more than 50 awards for artistic excellence and business management. TimeLine is now also preparing for its next chapter with the establishment of a new home in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Through 24 seasons dedicated to presenting stories that explore today’s social and political issues through the lens of the past, TimeLine’s stage has featured countless facets of that mission. From LGBTQIA+ experiences (The Normal Heart, Boy) to Jewish experiences (A Shayna Maidel, My Name is Asher Lev) to issues of cultures intersecting and intertwining (Chimerica, A Disappearing Number, A Walk in the Woods), TimeLine’s rich production history highlights a mix of perspectives. Our most recent in-person season investigated issues of humanity, legacy, and family in Oslo, Rutherford and Son, and James Ijames’ Kill Move Paradise. During a stoppage of live performances in 2020-2021, TimeLine showcased free online content, including public programs featuring Tyla Abercrumbie’s Relentless, Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady, and TimeLine’s Playwrights Collective. Our 2021-22 season will include full productions of Relentless and The Chinese Lady.

While our programming seeks to reflect and support our community, we acknowledge that TimeLine has more work to do to transform into a fully antiracist, multicultural organization. Our staff, Board, and Company are committed to instituting antiracist policies and practices, championing diversity and inclusion on our stages, and fighting back against the years of oppression that our BIPOC colleagues have experienced in the theatre and performing arts industry. You can read more about our ongoing work here:

About the Position

TimeLine is seeking a COVID Compliance Officer to work collaboratively to ensure the health and safety of all workers and visitors for TimeLine’s First Draft Festival and production of Relentless. This will require attendance at all rehearsals, tech rehearsals, and performances. You will report to TimeLine’s Production Manager and the COVID Safety Committee, with the opportunity to collaborate with many other departments (both artistic and administrative).

If you are hired as a COVID Compliance Officer, you will enjoy an hourly schedule to start with our First Draft Festival rehearsals in the last week of November through the completion of the run of our full production Relentless, scheduled to close on February, 26, 2022. You must have weekend and evening availability.


The core responsibility of this position is to ensure the health and safety of workers and visitors to TimeLine-operated spaces. The CCO will be empowered to address safety concerns within established protocols and will be encouraged to help evolve TimeLine’s protocols and practices over the course of performance in the pandemic. 

  • Complete COVID-19 compliance safety training for theatre/performing arts. TimeLine will pay for certification and hours invested towards completion, if the employee is not already certified
  • Collaborate with TimeLine’s COVID Safety Committee in biweekly meetings to confirm compliance practices and act as the production liaison
  • Collaborate and train alongside TimeLine’s three other internal COVID Compliance Officers throughout the First Draft Festival, rehearsals and performances
  • Ensure safety and compliance of all workers and visitors in TimeLine operated-spaces throughout the First Draft Festival & Relentless production process through: 
    • Understanding COVID-19 symptoms and transmission-mitigation, while working to update that understanding, as needed; 
    • Monitoring on-site activities and acting as a resource for workers and visitors; 
    • Managing collaboratively the health & safety check-in process for workers and visitors; 
    • Collecting health screening materials digitally and reviewing daily; 
    • Reminding all workers and visitors of appropriate physical distancing, masking, and other safety protocols; 
    • Assisting with the administration of the regular testing protocols; 
    • Collaborating with COVID Safety Committee to perform safety meetings and orientations for any new workers; 
    • Serving as the production team’s primary contact to receive and respond to any COVID-19 safety or compliance concerns.
  • Assist with identifying areas of improvement in TimeLine’s COVID protocol


  • Seasonal, part-time hourly position
  • Starts at $16 per hour, this position is non-exempt and subject to overtime pay for any hours worked in excess of 40 in a Monday—Sunday week
  • About 40 hours/week during rehearsal and performance schedule (December 2021—February 2022)
  • This position would ideally start training hours the week of November 22 (we will break for the Thanksgiving holiday). First Draft Festival rehearsals start the week of November 29, with performances the following two weekends. Rehearsals for Relentless begin December 13; tech rehearsals begin the week of January 10; public performances begin January 19; concluding on February 28.


  • Must be available to work a variety of hours, including evenings and weekends 
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or project management experience 
  • Demonstrated interest in ongoing learning and research 
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Must be computer proficient

Personal Characteristics

  • You enjoy working independently, assuming responsibility, and taking initiative using good judgment and strong attention to detail
  • You can effectively identify and communicate issues or problems as they arise, and move deliberately to find solutions to them
  • You have a positive and proactive attitude 
  • You share a passion for TimeLine’s core values:
    • COLLABORATIVE: Valuing teamwork as a creative force
    • EXCEPTIONAL: Exemplifying excellence and innovation in everything we do
    • FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE: Managing resources effectively and appropriately
    • INCLUSIVE: Embracing diversity in all its forms
    • INTIMATE: Creating a close connection between art and audience
    • RESPECTFUL: Listening and being open to everyone’s perspective
    • HEALTHY & SAFE: Ensuring a clean environment and nurturing wellness

Employment Policy

Apply for this position if you are interested in obtaining a foundation in arts and production management at an award-winning theatre while supporting the theatre’s goal of cultivating a compassionate, collaborative, and safe working environment. If you are interested in learning about how an Equity theatre operates, this position will provide insight, training, and opportunities for development.

TimeLine is committed to monitoring public health recommendations, as well as the best practices for wellness and safety of all of those we serve. If you have any questions regarding COVID safety plans or compliance, please do not hesitate to reach out. For more information on our public COVID safety protocols, you can visit

It is an essential practice of TimeLine Theatre Company to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, based upon personal capabilities and qualifications and without regard to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or ancestry, marital status, citizenship, disability, military status, creed, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law. TimeLine Theatre Company is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse staff and an inclusive work environment. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to policies and procedures relating to all terms and conditions of employment at TimeLine Theatre.

To Apply

  1. Please email, in one clearly-labeled document (PDF preferred), a resume and your answers to the two short-answer questions below. Your email should be to the attention of Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (she/her), Production Manager, at with the subject line of your email, “CCO Position”
  2. We will reach out to you whether or not you are called in for interviews. Please no phone calls. If you do have questions about your application, please email us at the above address.
  3. Applications will be accepted through Monday, November 15.

Short Answer Questions – REQUIRED

In addition to submitting your resume, please take the time to answer the following questions. You do not have to write a cover letter for this application, so we ask that you put your efforts into answering these questions in complete, thoughtful sentences (no need to write more than 3-4 sentences per question). Thanks!

  1. Why do you think you would be an effective COVID Compliance Officer at TimeLine Theatre?
  2. Please choose one value from the list below, and tell us how you would use this value as a CCO at TimeLine Theatre? (Try to be specific!)

Staff members at TimeLine Theatre Company share the core values of the organization:

  • COLLABORATIVE: Valuing teamwork as a creative force
  • EXCEPTIONAL: Exemplifying excellence and innovation in everything we do
  • FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE: Managing resources effectively and appropriately
  • INCLUSIVE: Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • INTIMATE: Creating a close connection between art and audience
  • RESPECTFUL: Listening and being open to everyone’s perspective
  • HEALTHY & SAFE: Ensuring a clean environment and nurturing wellness