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Community Facilitator (2), Chicago Humanities Festival

Community Facilitator (2), Neighborhood Partnerships

Type: Part-time (15 hours/week), fixed-term (9 months)

Compensation: $20/hour

Start Date: February, 2021

End Date: 31 October, 2021

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF), the largest and longest-running urban festival of arts and ideas in the United States, seeks two (2) part-time Community Facilitators to support local partnerships, collaborative program planning, and community outreach in a cluster of South Side neighborhoods. Between October 2020 and October 2021, CHF is conducting a Mellon Foundation-funded pilot of our Neighborhood Initiative to establish collaborative partnerships with local organizations and institutions in order to collectively create and present programs that reflect and serve the priorities of the communities.

The Community Facilitators will act as locally-based liaisons to help establish collaborative partnerships, identify shared goals, and sustain community engagement across a cluster of South Side neighborhoods, including South Shore, Bronzeville, Englewood, Washington Park, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, and Greater Grand Crossing.

Community Facilitator Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, community members, and partners from a variety of backgrounds
  • Stay actively connected to cultural resources, institutions, and activities in their own and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Maintain communication with and between neighborhood partners and stakeholders across communities
  • Coordinate logistics and help facilitate planning processes leading to neighborhood programming
  • Conduct local outreach to encourage community participation and promote public programs
  • Assist with program execution, especially where community participation is needed
  • Where appropriate, participate in other CHF operations, including relevant Programming meetings

Who should apply?

Individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply. An established connection to and knowledge of one or more of our target neighborhoods is a top priority. These part-time positions are ideal for students, community activists, artists, freelancers, and others with flexible schedules, interest in community engagement, and personal investment in their neighborhoods.

Community Facilitator Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the institutions and organizations in one or more specified neighborhood(s)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, in person and online
  • Comfortable speaking to diverse groups of people in person and in virtual environments
  • Project management and organization skills, especially in informal and highly changeable circumstances
  • Familiarity with common online tools and platforms, including social media and the Google Drive/G-Suite set of applications
  • Interest in arts and humanities programming, and in the civic and cultural life of Chicago and its neighborhoods
  • Ability to work both independently, and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Commitment to participating in the work of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility as part of CHF’s programming, partnerships, and workplace culture


  • Community Facilitators will need consistent access to the internet and a reliable place to work remotely. (Though lack of access to technology should not be an obstacle to applying.)
  • Community Facilitators will need to travel within and between designated neighborhoods, and occasionally to CHF’s River North office, pending conditions.
  • CHF is responsible for FICA, SUI, and Worker’s Comp payments, but is not able to provide health insurance coverage for the Community Facilitator positions.

About the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF)

For over 30 years, CHF has presented thoughtful programs, performances, and exhibitions to audiences across Chicago, and increasingly beyond. CHF is a non-profit organization that maintains deep relationships with Chicago’s cultural, civic, and educational communities. CHF is committed to remaining accessible and affordable, to creating the conditions for broad and diverse participation in our programming throughout the year, and to cultivating conversations that create the conditions for change.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Festival is committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or disability, feel valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our departments, programs, and policies. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.

To Apply

By Friday December 18th, please submit the following to:

[Note: Include the title “Community Facilitator” in the subject line]

  • A resume reflecting relevant training and experience
  • Contact information for two references who can speak to the qualifications listed above
  • A formal cover letter is NOT required, however please include answers to the following questions with your application:
  • In what neighborhood do you live?
  • Which of the designated neighborhoods (South Shore, Bronzeville, Englewood, Washington Park, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Greater Grand Crossing) would you say you know well?
  • Please list any organizations, groups, or institutions in the designated neighborhoods that you are part of or with which you are affiliated.

Questions can be directed to Ira S. Murfin, Program Manager - Neighborhood Partnerships:

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: South Side, Chicago