About Our Organization
Snow City Arts (SCA) inspires and educates children and youth in hospitals through the arts. SCA provides one-on-oneand small group instruction in the visual arts, creative writing, theater, music, dance, and media arts to patients at Rush University Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and Children’s Hospital University of Illinois. SCA’s curricula in arts education are steeped in studio practices and benchmarked on state and national learning standards. Student workshops are assessed and documented in a customized database and an extensive portfolio archive. SCA works in close partnership with Chicago Public Schools and suburban school districts. With permission, student learning outcomes and portfolios are sent to their schools in order to generate credit assignment for work completed with SCA. The SCA team includes an administrative staff of 7; an artistic staff of 10 part-time Teaching Artists (TA’s); and numerous interns and volunteers.
SCA is a small but dedicated, efficient, and creative organization with broad reach. As a small, yet mighty organization, our team values an “all-hands-on-deck” approach balanced with a commitment to wellness. The ideal candidate maintains the ability to respond to shifting priorities with enthusiasm and integrate into a role that supports multiple aspects of program development and operational sustainability. Snow City Arts is committed to generating a work environment that centers on learning, equity, and inclusivity. A cohort member of Enrich Chicago, SCA is committed to advancing systemic change in the arts and is building a vision and framework for anti-racist work across the organization.
SCA seeks an insightful, equity-focused leader committed to cultivating spaces for student-centered learning that privileges the abilities of all learners. The Program Manager reports to the Program Director and provides focused oversight to Teaching Artists, ensuring TA’s are supported throughout all aspects of their work. The ideal candidate embraces collaborative leadership and employs inquiry-based approaches to support a generative culture of learning. The Manager co-leads the Curatorial Committee and facilitates the development of internal and public exhibitions of student artwork. As an active member of the Chicago arts and education communities, the Manager will intentionally deepen existing partnerships while cultivating new relationships with the Chicago Public Schools, west suburban school districts, as well as arts and cultural institutions. The Manager holds a strong understanding of trauma-informed practices and utilizes an asset-based framework that supports developing the leadership and shared vision of the team.
Evolving Practice & Quality Assurance
• Facilitate monthly meetings with individual TA’s to collaborate, generate ideas, assess needs, respond to the
evolving health-care system, and discuss current programming, database and assessment progress, and other
• Collaborate with Program Director and Teaching Artists to develop equity-focused and culturally responsive
curricula that centers marginalized identities, art histories, and movements.
• Engage as a thought-partner to further develop trauma-informed programming and curricula that is
benchmarked on state and national learning standards.
• Collaborate in refinement of HIPAA-compliant student database and artwork archive.
• Collaborate with Program Director and Governing Board Liaison to strengthen student scholarship program to best respond to the unique needs of students and families.
Partnerships & Relationships
• Collaborate with Program Director to intentionally deepen existing partnerships while cultivating new relationships with Chicago Public Schools, west suburban school districts, as well as arts education, arts in health and cultural institutions.
• Facilitate engagement of external art partners, health institutions and education organizations.
• Secure exhibition space and negotiate with partners when applicable.
• Launch and manage youth-led Alumni Advisory Board, providing facilitation at quarterly meetings.
• Lead student and family engagement initiatives aligned with SCA’s community and family engagement practices.
• Participate in Governing Board’s Program Committee in order to meet goals of SCA’s 3-year strategic plan.
• Work in partnership on individual and systems level with Chicago Public Schools, public and private school administrators, and hospital teachers to ensure the greatest number of SCA students receive academic credit for their work.
Curatorial & Public Events
• In partnership with Program Director and Curatorial Committee, co-lead execution of student exhibitions and public events, manage shipping, framing, mounting, preparation, invoicing and installation of student artwork with partnering institutions and individuals.
• In partnership with remote, contracted support, maintain SCA’s digital art archive.
• Collaborate, as needed, with contracted curator on paid exhibitions and installations.
• Produce monthly data reports as well as other reports for the Development and Communications team; schedule one-on-one tours with Teaching Artists in partner hospitals.
• Update artist staffing schedules; assist with onboarding of new staff.
• Support financial tracking and coding of supply purchases and accounts; occasionally move artwork and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for various curricular and event needs.
• Support staff interactions with Governing Board, Auxiliary Board, and Board Committees.
Job Qualifications & Requirements
Priority Skills and Experience
• Experience in fostering a culture of collaboration, cooperation, and accountability
• Strong arts education and/or youth development background with a deep understanding of trauma-informed practices.
• Minimum 2 years of people management experience.
• Minimum 4 years of experience working directly with youth and families, especially youth and families who identify as ALAANA, queer or LGBTQI, newcomers, first-generation immigrants, and people with disabilities.
• Inquiry-based orientation to problem solving and gathering information.
• Ability to manage and manipulate artwork files with proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite; knowledge of Google Drive.
• Active listener with the ability to synthesize information and translate into strategy or action plans.
• Committed to developing an anti-oppressive work environment.
• Strong verbal communication and writing skills with the ability to adjust communication style to accommodate multiple audiences.
• Ability to navigate tense or challenging interpersonal dynamics in a manner that is centered on trust, respect, and shared vision.
• Strong understanding of trauma/healing informed practices.
• Utilizes an asset-based framework that supports developing the leadership and shared vision of the team.
• Exceptional organization and planning skills with the ability to respond to shifting priorities and support multiple aspects of program development and operational sustainability.
• Demonstrates a commitment to continue to grow their critical analysis of anti-racist frameworks and practices.
• Familiarity with the public school and arts education landscape of Chicago.
• Ability to plan, facilitate, and approach meetings and projects with clearly articulated goals.
• Passion for arts in health and/or arts education.
Desired Skills and Experience
• Experience in curatorial decision making, exhibition preparation and gallery installation procedures.
• Feels energized and confident facilitating groups of people in meetings and staff professional learning opportunities.
• Reliable access to transportation and willingness to transport artwork and supplies, as well as commute to meetings throughout Chicago and western suburbs.
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required. The salary for this role is $45,000-$48,000 annually. Snow City Arts offers health insurance (HMO and PPO options) with Snow City Arts covering $5,000 of the insurance package annually (all or the majority of the cost depending upon the chosen plan). There are 26 paid days off annually split among vacation, sick, and holidays and we offer a flexible work environment. Employee retirement account with up to a 3% match from Snow City Arts.
Background Check and Health Records
A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration though a criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidates prior to beginning employment. A variety of documentation (typically related to vaccines and annual tests, which are paid for by Snow City Arts) is required to meet the health documentation requirements of our hospital partners.
Snow City Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Snow City Arts is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA-identified individuals, trans and gender nonconforming people, people from poor and working-class backgrounds and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a short (no more than three pages) writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled.