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Homeroom homeroomchicago.org Artistic Director (part-time, approximately 5 hours/week) $2,000 annual honorarium (W-9) paid quarterly To apply: Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, May 20. About Homeroom Homeroom was formed in 2008 to support and present arts programming in Chicago. The founders envisioned an organization that would specialize in unconventional and innovative artistic formats and structures. Homeroom presents music, visual art, literature, film, and public discussions and encourages experimentation by supporting emerging artists. Since its inception, Homeroom has presented nearly 500 artists. Commissioning new work has become increasingly important to the organization, which, to date, has commissioned more than 100 new musical compositions and 75 new works of visual art. Multidisciplinary approaches and collaboration are core to the mission. Homeroom does not have its own space, choosing instead to partner with the artists and organizations that best suit each program. The majority of its programs combine two disciplines or genres. Homeroom presently has four core programs: Ten x Ten commissions and presents new audio and visual artworks; Comfort Music pairs and presents musical artists from different genres at Comfort Station; Breakfast Serial uses Instagram to introduce new visual artworks; and School Night is an informal lecture and discussion series dedicated to topics of culture, identity, and justice. We also present experimental programs. Position Overview Homeroom is seeking an Artistic Director to lead the organization’s programming. This includes three primary areas of responsibility: 1. Personally developing at least one new program to be presented annually. 2. Overseeing and supporting existing programs and programmers. 3. Recruiting other programmers to develop additional new programs. In addition to the honorarium, the Artistic Director may expect financial, marketing, and other administrative support for programs. During its 10+ years, Homeroom has developed a network of artists, venues, volunteers, and supporters. The Artistic Director will be encouraged to use these relationships to create, build, and support programming. The position requires initiative, skill in organizing and coordinating, and a passion for creating and cultivating art, culture, and new ideas. Much of the work will be done remotely, but the Artistic Director can expect meetings with staff and artists in addition to programs, events, and occasional attendance at Board of Directors meetings. The position offers flexible hours and room to grow in the role. Responsibilities Include: New & Existing Programming Homeroom is seeking to grow its programming while continuing many of its current offerings. Special emphasis is placed on commissioning new work from artists. To facilitate this growth, the Artistic Director will work in three ways: • Curate New Programming (50%) Homeroom is looking to grow its programming. The Artistic Director will be expected to develop at least one program or series per year. The organization will provide financial and marketing support, in addition to access to the organization’s network of artists and curators. • Support Existing Programs (25%) Homeroom currently has several programs led by Homeroom staff, most of which will continue. The Artistic Director will ensure each program is coordinated and presented on a yearly schedule and has proper marketing and other support. • Recruit New Programmers (5%) Homeroom is looking to recruit other programmers and curators to develop events, exhibitions, and series. Outside programmers will be paid for their work and will receive financial and marketing support. Budget Management (5%) Homeroom prides itself on paying artists for their time and talent. The organization will provide financial support for programs and series, but this support must be managed by the Artistic Director. This requires effective marketing, creating partnerships for shared expenses, and financial creativity. Developing earned revenue (ticket sales, art sales, sponsorship, etc.) will be essential. Marketing & Fundraising (10%) The Artistic Director will work with staff to create and coordinate marketing strategies for individual programs. Furthermore, the Artistic Director will provide information and pictures for promotional and fundraising materials. This role will also support grant writing with information about past and future programming. The Artistic Director will be expected to attend Homeroom’s annual fundraising event to meet with donors and discuss programming. Administration (5%) The Artistic Director will attend bi-monthly programming meetings that include staff and other programmers. The Artistic Director will also provide bi-monthly updates to the Executive Director, which will be shared with the Board of Directors. This role will also provide input in developing the annual organizational budget to be approved by the Board of Directors. Other Duties as Necessary The above duties comprise the large majority of the work of the Artistic Director, but we are looking for a team player who will help out in other areas to support the organization as needed.