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Director of Programs

Full Time
3-5 Mid Level
Date Posted
Wed 30 Jun
Chicago, Illinois
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About Company
In a city known for commerce and industry, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC) believes there is a renewable resource with limitless economic and social potential: CREATIVITY. It acts as a spark for opportunity in practical, human, and entertaining ways. We champion the creative workers and creative enterprises who ignite that spark. Our goal: To empower Chicagoans with the tools they need to prosper and, in turn, increase the economic strength, richness, and vitality of their communities. Through programs, services, and extraordinary partnerships, A&BC is building a stronger, more equitable, more prosperous Chicago. WE DO THIS BY: • Empowering creative and cultural organizations & enterprises with the business acumen and core competencies needed for them to succeed. • Cultivating business and executive volunteers to provide high-quality management & leadership consulting and engaging local and national content experts to lead “skill-build” seminars. • Strengthening the relationship between the creative and corporate sectors. • Connecting people and engaging all 77 of the city’s community areas; and • Promoting a social and economic future where creativity, vitality, and racial equity are enjoyed by all Chicagoans. We create these outcomes through our fl¬agship programs: • Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA), a pro bono consulting program connecting skilled Chicagoans with arts, cultural, and creative communities in need of operational and management assistance • Learning Labs, professional development workshops to enhance management and leadership core competencies • smARTscope®, a proprietary diagnostic tool that assesses the management core competencies of creative enterprises • A&BC Annexes, community engagement opportunities offered through neighborhood partnerships

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Title: Director of Programs
Reports to: Executive Director
Position Type: Full Time: Salaried, Exempt

The Director of Programs is a newly created senior management position to implement and facilitate a high quality, integrated delivery of programs and services to A&BC’s various constituencies.

Responsibilities include:
 Managing all aspects of the Business Volunteers for the Arts® program
 Team Development & Project Management
 Curriculum Development, Training, and Assessment
This position will work with a wide range of constituents including creative organizations, volunteers, content experts, other art service organizations, and private and public sector community partners. A key directive will be to maintain the diversity of A&BC’s Art Partners and Volunteer portfolios and to keep up to date with trends that impact the changing business environment and how it impacts creative workers and organizations.

• A bachelor’s degree (or relevant experience) and minimum of 3+ years of nonprofit experience
• Track record of high outcomes in program management
• Demonstrated success in relationship management, leadership development and training, and evaluation. This may include paid and unpaid / volunteer and community work.
• Willingness to work with diversity frameworks and actively engage in ongoing learning about these frameworks.
• Proven ability to develop and grow high-yield relationships.
• Demonstrated superior project management skills.
• Able to infuse creativity and innovation into training and development curriculums.
• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Experience with and understanding of the intersection of non-profit and corporate cultures.
• Able to work independently and within a team.
• Strong computer skills including database management. Knowledge of Salesforce program a plus.
• Knowledge of/experience with Chicago’s cultural and corporate environments a plus.
• Spanish speaking preferred.

Salary & Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits package including medical insurance covered at 85%; plus dental, optical, LTD, and STD at 100%. Additionally: 9 paid holidays, Earned Time Off time off/ 18 days in first year; 403b; Professional development to enhance experience, skills, and career.

Location: Chicago. At this time, this position will work from home with requirement to meet at least face to face once a week. Individual will be reimbursed $50 a month while asked to work from home.

A&BC is an organization committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Applicants from historically marginalized and/or excluded groups, including but not limited to people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and DACA recipients are encouraged to apply.


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Applications will be accepted until July 16, 2021.
All applicants will be contacted by July 23, 2021.
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