The Chicago Lights Dance Academy, a program of Chicago Lights, supports learning and self-expression through dance instruction for students who attend Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in addition to academic and social emotional support. The Chicago Lights Dance Academy offers three core programs: in-school instruction and dance ensembles, Saturday classes, and a month-long Summer Dance Intensive. Through these programs students learn various dances styles and corresponding technique, vocabulary, music, costuming, and choreography.
The Program Manager is a key member of the Dance Academy leadership team, ensuring the success and efficiency of all programming. The Program Manager will partner closely with the Director, dance instructors, school leaders, parents, and students to provide high quality dance programming to all students.
Recruit and retain students for all programming. Assist in recruiting teaching artists.
Develop strong relationships and open communications with partner schools. Initiate coordination between administration, teachers, and teaching artists to implement the goals, lesson plans, rubrics, assessment, and evaluation of the program. Assist in recruiting new school partnerships.
Regularly visit schools to provide support and troubleshooting for teaching artists and school administration.
Manage the registration process: accept enrollment forms and fees and maintain accurate records of student enrollment.
Complete administrative tasks for programming such as: take attendance, complete room reservations and set-up requests, respond to calls and emails, data entry, reporting, etc.
Create and manage in school residency teaching schedules. Serve as a sub instructor if a teaching artist is unable to attend class.
Assist with Dance Academy and Chicago Public Schools setup and breakdown for classes.
Maintain, organize, and order all supplies, costumes and music.
During performances, assist with stage management, student supervision, and audience comfort.
Execute day of performance logistics, rehearsals, field trips, and any other special events.
Engage in professional development opportunities and research opportunities for teaching artists.
Assist with planning and implementing meetings, events, and programming.
Uphold an organization-wide trauma informed care plan, ensuring that program environments are safe, inviting, and demonstrate best practice.
Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights.
Attend staff meetings as required. Explore collaboration with all Chicago Lights programs.
Other duties as assigned
The Dance Academy in-school residency program aligns with the Chicago Public School academic schedule and runs concurrently with the Saturday classes, so the October through June work days will be Tuesday through Saturday.
The Summer Dance Intensive runs during the month of July, so works days will be Monday through Friday.
Work days during the months of August through September are flexible, within the 40 hours per week.
Some additional evening availability may be required (planned in advance) for school events and performances.
Bachelor degree in fine arts, education, or other related field – dance background preferred
Experience with Chicago Public Schools is valued
Strong project management skills in complex, multifaceted projects
Has a valid driver’s license and equipped with own transportation to enable efficient and timely school visits
Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Word, Excel, and a Windows environment; ability to learn new software, including database software
Proven initiative and excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
Commitment to forming positive relationships and creating a sense of community among students, parents, instructors, and school faculty
Proven ability to thrive in a diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive environment
Experience in working with a high-performing, collaborative, and constructive peer group
Deep understanding of and commitment to providing trauma informed care
Strong work ethic, solid judgment, and apparent leadership skills and personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to for Chicago Lights’ mission
Additional Salary Information: Robust benefits package including Medical (PPO (90% co-insurance), and HMO $0 ded/$10 office co-pay), and a HDHP w/HSA. Optional dental, vision, FSA, voluntary life and long-term disability and 403b participation. Generous PTO including holidays. Participation in federal transit program (pre-tax transit payroll deductions). Employer paid life insurance short-term disability, life insurance/AD&D 403b employer contributions after one year of employment.
About Chicago Lights at Fourth Presbyterian Church
At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve the community in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice. With a congregation of over 5,000, the church supports many enriching ministries for members as well as the community at-large.
Fourth Church also hosts Chicago Lights, which seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in our city. Chicago Lights grew from the commitment of Fourth Presbyterian Church to social justice and compassionate service and offers five signature programs, serving more than 4,000 individuals annually. Our core service areas include one-to-one tutoring and mentoring, arts education, social services, and urban farming.
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago and Chicago Lights are a proud, three-time winner of the Chicago Tribune's Top Workplaces in Chicago.