The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 130 events annually all across Chicago. CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of writers, scholars, performers, and visual artists live on stage and online. Education is at the core of CHF’s mission, including EdLab, a year-round professional development program for teachers.
The Chicago Humanities Festival’s seeks a creative, conscientious, and energetic individual to serve as its next Director of Education. The Director of Education’s primary responsibility is managing EdLab, the Festival’s professional development program for teachers. EdLab is a unique program among Chicago cultural institutions, developed to provide educators with skills to better teach writing across the curriculum in middle- to high-school classrooms. EdLab, which primarily serves Chicago Public School educators, has spring and fall sessions that include professional development (PD) workshops for teachers, classroom-based engagements, specially-curated student matinees and public programs.
Plan and execute EdLab program in dialogue with Artistic Director, Programming Team and Development colleagues, including programming and producing 2 PDs, 6 student matinees and 6 public programs annually.
Develop and maintain:
a strong network of teachers and principals, growing teacher and school participation in the program each year;
partnerships with educational organizations, foundations, CHF supporters, and school venues.
Design and implement Professional Development programs equivalent to 12 hours of accredited education:
Interview, hire and manage facilitators to run teacher PDs.
Secure venues and produce PDs over the course of approximately six days annually.
Prepare Illinois State Board of Education reports for accreditation via DePaul University, our educational partner.
Plan and produce student matinees and public programs in collaboration with CHF programming and production staff.
Recruit teachers and school groups to attend specially-curated student matinees.
Work with evaluator to set and assess specific program outcomes and to continually improve performance.
Monitor educational trends, nationally and locally, to ensure EdLab complies with the latest standards and best-practices.
Develop and manage EdLab
Work with Development team to secure sustainable funding streams for EdLab program as it evolves.
Serve as a general member of the Programming Team.
A minimum of 2 years of experience and a proven success working in educational programming and/or writing instruction, at the middle to high-school level.
Experience designing and running professional development sessions, including planning, production, and development and budget oversight.
Familiarity with both Chicago Public Schools and charter/parochial school systems; relationships with professional development professionals, principals, and district librarians preferred.
Strong networking skills.
Highly organized, flexible and resourceful team player, who is proactive in identifying and solving problems.
Professional demeanor, excellent communication skills, ease in public speaking and leading group conversations.
Strong communication skills
Solid computer, data entry, and database management experience.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in education or related field preferred.
The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer
About Chicago Humanities Festival
For nearly 30 years, the Chicago Humanities Festival has celebrated the questions that shape and define us as individuals, communities, and cultures. For the curious at heart, CHF’s vibrant year-round programming and robust Fall Festival offer the opportunity to engage with some of the world’s most brilliant minds. Collaborating with leading arts, cultural, and educational organizations, it presents scholars, artists and architects, thinkers, theologians, and policy makers that change how we see the world, where we’re from, and where we’re going. CHF also presents the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, Chicago’s only international performance festival for young audiences. Under the leadership of Executive Director Phillip Bahar and Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director Alison Cuddy, CHF is one of Chicago’s most vital presenting organizations. Visit chicagohumanities.org for more information.