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Community Resources Coordinator - North Shore Studio

Arts of Life, a 501C3 nonprofit, advances the creative arts community by providing artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities a collective space to expand their practice and strengthen their leadership. Founded in 2000, Arts of Life is realizing its vision of a working, person-centric, artistic community that provides a work environment of equality. Today, we represent over 60 artists at two professional art studio locations in Chicago and Glenview, IL.

The Opportunity

The Community Resources Coordinator (CRC) oversees the success of artists, volunteers, and staff in their assigned program. They are the main point of contact for onboarding and training new members of AofL’s community and oversee their assigned studio's supervision and appraisal systems. The CRC also serves as the QIDP for their assigned program. In collaboration with each artist, it is responsible for developing and implementing their personal care plans (PCP) and maintaining a case management system per licensing and accreditation requirements.

The Role

  • Arts Administration: Implement Arts of Life’s artist enrollment system to ensure the proper completion of Discovery Documents in accordance with all Dept of Human Services/Dept of Developmental Disabilities (DHS/DDD) rules. Be the primary point of contact for providers and families, maintaining organized and up-to-date records for all assigned artists in your studio and providing accurate reports upon request. Provide monthly reporting on artists' creative practice, including goals, professional development, and attendance.
  • Artist Supports: Advocate, as directed by artists, for participation in each artist’s PCP and supervise staff training and facilitation of Artists’ goals. Advocate for artists’ rights and preferred services and in collaboration with the team, support artists’ personal care needs. Supervise the development, training, and implementation of any behavioral supports, participate in AofL’s BMC and HRC and update artist support information based on their growth areas and the planning process.
  • AofL Culture: Develop a strong sense of belonging that emphasizes radical vulnerability and candor and promotes transparency and collaboration throughout your program.
  • Artists Leadership: Ensure artists are key contributors to your program development by providing leadership opportunities and including them in critical relationships and decisions.
  • Staff Leadership and Supervision: Prioritize staff retention by mentoring and empowering your direct reports. Actively engaging in supervision, professional development, and day-to-day guidance as needed. Ensure your direct reports are providing support based on the facilitation best practices.
  • Licensure & Training: Maintain QIDP status by attaining 12 continuing education credits annually according to DHS policy for QIDPs, and ensure their studio complies with licensure and accreditation requirements.
  • Volunteer Program Coordination: Recruit, coordinate, train, supervise, and evaluate all interns, volunteers, and service learners. Manage the upkeep of intern, volunteer, and service learner job descriptions to pair potential volunteers with the appropriate staff members.
  • Exhibitions & Events: Attend and provide support at occasional Circle Contemporary events, Arts of Life events, and external exhibitions. Assist artists with transportation to/from external events.
  • From time to time, you may be assigned other job-related duties within your scope of practice.

What You’ll Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of experience supporting people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities.
  • Must meet DHS requirements for QIDP in Illinois,
  • Registered Direct Support Person (DSP) in the state of Illinois or willing to pursue registration through Arts of Life.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance,
  • Ability to lift/carry at least 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform basic physical moves such as kneeling, reaching, crouching, bending, and twisting
  • CPR and First Aid certification willing to pursue registration through Arts of Life.
  • Experience with arts and/or social services agencies a plus
  • Fully vaccinated (2 Pfizer/Moderna or 1 J&J) + recommended boosters

Knowledge, skills, and behaviors:

  • Takes initiative; is dedicated and creative,
  • Commitment to the process of artistic skills development as an avenue for growth and independence for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities.
  • Ability to anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of the artists to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  • Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance program effectiveness.
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Google Drive required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivation, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines
  • Skilled at establishing and cultivating strong relationships with peers across different levels of the organization and externally
  • Experience delegating to and supervising interns or volunteers

Compensation & Benefits

  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision discount program
  • FSA (after 12 months of service)
  • Generous PTO and sick days
  • Parental Leave
  • Costco Membership
  • Retirement Savings Plan


This is a full-time (40 hours) hybrid on-site/work-from-home position. Generally, a weekday, daytime position with hours approximately from 9 am to 5 pm. However, Arts of Life is an operating art studio, and your hours will fluctuate during events, exhibitions, or other times. Your workload may call for you to work longer days or weekend hours to complete your job duties. You will work together with your supervisor to come up with a schedule that meets your needs and the needs of the studio.

Our Culture

Arts of Life is proud to foster a culture of collaboration and respect. We strive to function under a relatively flat hierarchy, with collective decision-making at the heart of our initiatives. Work is typically done in small teams, and Leadership is enthusiastically accessible to all employees. Work-life balance is highly encouraged, and employees are welcome to use the studio facilities after hours and on weekends.

Be Yourself

Arts of Life is firmly committed to building a diverse team that reflects the communities we serve. We value your unique experiences and strongly encourage People of the Global Majority, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, trans, non-binary people, people with disabilities, system-impacted people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.

To learn more and apply, please visit

Contact Info:
Adelina Feldman-Schultz
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Glenview, IL