After School Program Manager for 2019-20 - Music, Theatre, Dance (NW Chicago)
WINDY CITY PERFORMS
Chicago's fastest growing Conservatory for young artists seeks an experienced Manager to coordinate and supervise all aspects of our robust satellite school programs.
Currently, we have contracts with 19 sites, including Chicago Public Schools and the Archdioces of Chicago. We provide registration and parent communication, experienced teaching artists to lead the programs, and all the production elements for the final fully-produced or semi-produced shows at the end.
At some schools, we are treated like an after-school club, and at many, we serve as the school's theatre department.
We currently serve about 1200 students in these programs, and expect the number to increase by 10-15% every year for the foreseeable future. We are also working on developing Dance and Music curriculum so we can provide a full complement of after school arts programs.
We are looking for an experienced, confident leader to run these programs, with the partnership of the founding Artistic Director, whose recipe of "challenge and support" have made these programs so successful year after year.
The Schoolsite Program Manager will hire and train teachers, develop contract details with each schoolsite, create and maintain the very complicated schoolsite tech week and performance calendars, field parent phone calls and emails, and be a regular presence at each of the schools. This position will also be intimately involved with creating and developing the new Dance and Music curriculum, and in pitching to schools where these programs might be a good fit.
Required skills and experience include...at least three years successful teaching similar programs, experience supervising other employees, exceptional communication skills, positive/enthusiastic approach to working with parents and constituents, fearless approach to working with students and helping them achieve. Impeccable administrative skills - calendaring, budgeting, prioritizing, meeting deadlines. Great sense of humor.
We are already coordinating next year's programs. The position can start at 10-15 hours per week in the early summer; starting August 1, it is budgeted for an average of 25 hours per week for the schoolyear.