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Arts administration ,
submitted by
Jennifer Cordileone


Title: Director, Society for Contemporary Art

Position type: Full-time, non-exempt

Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week

Schedule: 9:00am-5:00pm + frequent weeknight availability and occasional weekend availability

Location: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

About the Organization:

Established in 1940 as a non-profit organization that supports the Art Institute of Chicago, the Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) promotes a deeper understanding and appreciation of the art of our time. SCA programs and events offer this insight to participants through accessing artists, leading critics, historians, curators, dealers, distinguished private collections, and art destinations within the United States and abroad. The SCA also has made a substantial contribution to the museum’s collection and presentations of contemporary art through its acquisition program, special initiatives, and exhibition support.

Job Description:

The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) seeks well-rounded and passionate candidates for a full-time Director position reporting to the President of the Board of Directors. Working closely with the Board, the Director oversees all activities of the non-profit organization, acts as the main liaison between the SCA and the Art Institute of Chicago, and maintains relationships within the 250+ member organization, as well as external partners. The Director supervises part-time Coordinator(s) to together organize and execute the 25+ public programming, membership, and outreach events of the SCA season.

This role is highly collaborative, working with the Board, various standing Committees, AIC curators and other museum departments to oversee projects while improving processes, building relationships internally and with community partners, and enhancing the overall experience of SCA membership. The ideal candidate will have exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as initiative to execute a wide-range of administrative responsibilities.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop agendas and materials for Board and Committee meetings; Implement action plans to support the organization and individual committees in reaching established goals; Plan and execute all aspects of public programming, membership and outreach events; Organize benefits and other fundraisers; Manage communications and marketing efforts; Continually update website and social media accounts; Oversee membership inquiries and annual membership renewals; Develop relationships with sponsors and community partners; Maintain membership and financial databases; Propose and maintaining budgets; Collaborate with bookkeepers to file quarterly reports to IRS and work with CPA to provide information for annual audit and tax filing.


  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts or nonprofit administration (or a discipline relevant) required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 3+ years of related experience, including: museum or gallery work, event planning, marketing, or fundraising. Arts administration experience and interest in contemporary art preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with a wide-range of stakeholders
  • Experience with budgeting and financial reporting

Additional qualities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal and written communication abilities
  • Strong planning, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of the artistic community in Chicago preferred

Technical Experience:

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google suite is necessary, as is the ability to learn organizational-specific databases and systems. Applicants are encouraged to indicate experience utilizing the following additional systems/software/platforms:

  • QuickBooks
  • WordPress, Craft, or similar CMS
  • MailChimp
  • Stripe
  • Facebook/Instagram/YouTube
  • Adobe InDesign/Photoshop/Illustrator
  • FileMaker Pro


The salary range is commensurate with experience. Benefits include: PTO accrual (3 hours for every 40 hours worked), paid museum holidays (up to 12 days), flexible schedule, reimbursement toward health insurance, complimentary museum admission.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with “Director” in the subject line to: by May 22.

No phone calls please.

For more information about the SCA, visit our website:

Contact Info:
Jennifer Cordileone
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago