Co-Director of Programs
As a senior leadership position, the Co-Directors of Programs co-manages the programs team including interns and fellows. The Co-Directors of Programs, in partnership, oversee all aspects of programming in addition to the fellowship initiatives in partnership. The Co-Directors of Programs care for various parts of the organization with an understanding that each part impacts the overall organization. With this understanding, each Co-Director is responsible for an individual program, respectively.
Reports to Executive Director
Full-Time, 37.5 hours/week, 4 day work week, occasional evenings and weekends
Location: Chicago, Remote during COVID19 with an anticipated return to our physical office space in early 2022
Threewalls, an evolving Blk-space, fosters contemporary art practices that respond to lived experiences, encouraging connections beyond art. As an arts non-profit in Chicago, Threewalls practices values that support our daily operations, guide our decisions, and ultimately, tell our community who we are and how we move in the world. Some of our values include celebrating difference, collaboration and risk. Threewalls provides support to artists, produces innovative programming, and creates a space for artists and creatives to thrive.
The work of Threewalls rests firmly within a culture of care. A culture of intentionality, a culture of space, a culture of rootedness that centers humanity through the lens of art and relationship-building.
The ideal candidate is someone who leads with grace, love and care in the work of creating conditions in which artists, creatives and communities can thrive. They are someone who respects rigor and critical feedback in world building while being generative and not extractive. The ideal candidate believes in the different ways of beings, some of which is not tied to the current notion of the art world. Additionally, they are someone who can respond with the ebbs and flow, the fluidity and organic nature of how Threewalls responds to the artists, communities and world with and around us.
Lastly, the ideal candidate has respect for the nuances of Blackness and the intuitiveness of leadership within Threewalls.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
- Partner in managing programs, which includes scheduling, logistics, and budget; and at times lead programs and engagements
- Supervise programs team including interns, administrative fellows and volunteers, and evaluate their job performance
- Assess programming to make sure they exemplify excellence, meeting objectives, and respond to artists’ needs
- Engage with potential and current collaborative artists as a respectful and open representative of the Threewalls in alignment with the organization’s care for artists
- Practice the organizational values by keeping them central to the daily work
- Specifically responsible for stewarding the In-Session fellowship program
- Prepare quarterly program reports that may be used for grant reporting, board meetings, and organizational documentation
- Co-lead fair wage implementation for collaborative artists with the Executive Director
- Attend arts and community-related events and programs as a representative of Threewalls
- Support the creation of accessible engagements and space for Deaf and disabled artists and creatives
- Partner with the Executive Director in the strategic vision and impact of Threewalls locally, nationally and internationally
Required Skills & Qualifications
- At least 5 years of project management and supervisory experience
- At least 5 years of experience as an independent, gallery or museum art curator
- Strong critical writing and analytical skills
- Effective, timely, open and transparent communication skills
- Exercise sound judgement in a close team environment
- Significant experience in curatorial work that demonstrates deep, collaborative engagement with artists
- Have knowledge of contemporary visual art including socially-engaged and interdisciplinary art, and art that resides outside of museums and galleries
- Have a meaningful relationship with the Chicago Art Community, particularly with ALAANA (African-descent, Latinx, Arab, Asian and Native American) and those with intersectional identities
- Demonstrate different ways of care and being, including empathy, that can contribute to and organically take shape within Threewalls’ Culture of Care
- Adapt to an evolving organizational environment that is nimble and responsive to artists and to social and cultural events in the world
- Self-motivated, strong organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
- Respectfully connect and communicate with different people and communities, and honor difference as way to connect to humanity