In conjunction with the Chief Operations Officer, provides strategic leadership for CHICAT Youth and Arts programs. Provides day-to-day leadership and management of Youth and Arts staff and operations functions. Assists Chief Operations Officer in oversight and control of the Youth and Arts budget. Collaborates with COO and leadership team to develop strategies, programs and processes that maintain and advance CHICAT’s regional stature as a leading arts educator. Works directly with the leadership team to project the vision of CHICAT through the creation and application of learning in the arts. Provides direct instructional services as needed.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential duties and responsibilities include, and are not strictly limited to, the following:
Oversees and schedules Teaching Artists for delivery of programming in keeping with CHICAT’s goals and objectives and contractual obligations.
Attends and participates in or conducts meetings as required.
Establishes timelines and deadlines for implementation of curriculum development systems.
Reviews curriculum materials and advises colleagues on scope, sequence and content.
Reviews and approves Teaching Artist timesheets.
Reviews and approves Purchase Requests.
Tracks and maintains studio and general Youth & Arts budgets.
Provides leadership team with current information on developments in arts, arts education and funding or partnership opportunities.
In conjunction with the COO manages the CHICAT Youth Arts Advisory Committee.
Program Development Responsibilities:
Builds and sustains relationships with current and potential program partners.
Acts as primary contact for operations of new school-day and after school ventures.
Collaborates with other members of the management team in the planning and implementation of school-year and summer programming.
Collaborates with teachers, program and community partners to develop curriculum and projects that integrate the arts skills, knowledge and awareness with academic, social and emotional advancement.
Coaches Teaching Artists (TAs) in instruction design, delivery, reflection and assessment and advises on accommodations to meet learning goals of learners with special needs. Observing TAs and assessment of staff assets and areas of improvement. Providing appropriate training when necessary.
Works with Teaching Artists to review and develop project and course syllabi that document and link plans for CHICAT Youth and Arts programs to local education standards and other curricula frameworks where appropriate.
Assists in the development of tools and practices that assess student performance, program effectiveness, and curricula as it relates to program goals and Illinois academic standards.
Develops Visual and Media Arts Curriculum framework.
Identifies and helps to develop opportunities for school-day programming.
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of core programs, summer program and special projects, events and exhibitions.
Works with leadership team to develop resources and materials for educators and staff that articulate CHICAT Youth and Arts pedagogy, learning goals, and objectives.
Works with leadership team to curate art installation and arts programming in CHICAT.
Develops the programming for and manages the CHICAT Youth Advisory Board.
Compliance/Reporting Responsibilities :
Oversees fulfillment of requirements related to grant and public funding and other agreements with community partners.
Maintains dashboard of student and programmatic data.
Evaluation of student progress and attainment of key goals.
Works with COO and CAO to ensure timely and accurate reporting of data.
In conjunction with the CHICAT Youth Services Coordinator serves as a primary point of contact for students and their guardians about youth program updates and events.
Directs and assists others in marketing of CAT Youth and Arts programming.
Represents CHICAT publicly on matters pertaining to student programs and activities, including personal participation in local, state, or national organizations.
Represents the organization in key regional planning and service organizations.
This position has direct supervisory responsibilities over CHICAT Youth and Arts Teaching Artists, the CHICAT Youth Services Coordinator and 3D Maker Lab Instructor.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
B.A. or B.F.A in Art Education or similar area of interest and 3-5 years experience in management required; 1-2 years of instructional experience in a community arts center, school, university or museum, and basic knowledge of curriculum development. Previous experience in developing partnerships and collaborations with community and educational facilities preferred.
Requires a broad technical knowledge of arts processes and educational theory. Working knowledge of common word processing, database and spreadsheet applications required. Knowledge of media arts tools is a plus.
Knowledge and experience with the history, assets and challenges associated with North Lawndale, Pilsen and Little Village.
Strong mathematical skills required
Ability to develop and manage program budgets, and comfortable applying common business accounting principles related to the same. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Strong verbal and written communication skills required
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common educational and/or management journals, financial reports, and business documents. Delegates with clarity according to individual skills, knowledge, abilities, and attitude. Ability to effectively convey complex technical information to diverse audiences, and adjust communication style accordingly. Actively listens to the content and processes of communication so that collaboration can occur. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, members of the business community, organizational officers and board members, other administrators and staff.
Strong organizational and individual management skills required
Ability to apply common sense understanding to effectively carry out written or oral instructions in an expedient manner. Capable of recognizing critical events or needs and adjusting deadlines accordingly. Ability to deal with and analyze problems involving several concrete variables in and aside from standardized situations. Promotes the attitudes, conditions and environments that yield increased quality and content of individual and team performance.
Strong individual leadership skills required
Facilitates the development of skills and abilities of others. Actively contributes to discussions. Maintains a dynamic and pro-active approach in guiding others toward organizational and program objectives. Acknowledges accomplishments of individuals and teams. Solicits and generates creative solutions.
Capable of effectively adjusting and coping with change and uncertainty in new situations and environments. Maintains accuracy and focus on detail in difficult situations. Ability to manage multiple tasks and modify objectives as needed.
Seeks feedback and is open to coaching and criticism without being defensive.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, and use hands to handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance visions, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Ability to safely operate a cargo van or mini-van (must possess valid driver’s license).
About Chicago Center for Arts and Technology
CHICAT, an innovative community-based center located in the Illinois Medical District, will provide cutting edge adult training in the health and manufacturing sectors as well as high-end digital and design arts training for high school students. Launched in January 2017, we are primarily serving the North Lawndale, Little Village and Pilsen communities. This highly successful model, based on the Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has already been replicated in eight (8) U.S. cities, and is a proven strategy to improve academic achievement, high school graduation rates and equip adults to take advantage of life-changing, sector-driven training/employment opportunities. MBC’s success is grounded in the philosophy of its founder, Bill Strickland, a MacArthur Genius and a recent recipient of the GOI Peace Award. The philosophy is elegant in its simplicity: 1. Every human being is an asset and every life is valuable. 2. Environment shapes behavior 3. Creativity fuels enterprise.
CHICAT, an innovative community-based center located in the Illinois Medical District, will provide cutting edge adult training in the health and manufacturing sectors as well as high-end digital and design arts training for high school students.
Launched in January 2017, we are primarily serving the North Lawndale, Little Village and Pilsen communities. This highly successful model, based on t...he Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has already been replicated in eight (8) U.S. cities, and is a proven strategy to improve academic achievement, high school graduation rates and equip adults to take advantage of life-changing, sector-driven training/employment opportunities.
MBC’s success is grounded in the philosophy of its founder, Bill Strickland, a MacArthur Genius and a recent recipient of the GOI Peace Award. The philosophy is elegant in its simplicity:
1. Every human being is an asset and every life is valuable.
2. Environment shapes behavior
3. Creativity fuels enterprise.