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Director of Programming

The Director of Programming plans and manages the programming of the Gene Siskel Film Center and its related activities. Provides conceptual and aesthetic vision for the organization; serves the mission of the GSFC while supporting the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, and the general public.


  • Supervises all programming functions, including research and booking. In cooperation with the Associate Director of Programming, conducts research, develops and implements GSFC public programs, including: negotiating domestic and foreign rental agreements for a year round film program.
  • Responsible for the quality and success of programmatic endeavors, including film exhibition and publications. Working with the Assistant Director of Programming, supervises all GSFC programming related publications.
  • Ensures that the GSFC continues to set the standard in film presentation through research, organized series and retrospectives, touring programs, and the selection of new and important works.
  • Oversees the technical manager and together they ensure that the presentation of the film programming is of the highest quality and that projection equipment is sufficient to support all forms of media presentation. With Technical Manager creates long-range plans for maintaining the integrity of the projection booth. Ensures that the Technical Manager maintains equipment for optimal operation.
  • Coordinates visits by filmmakers and other guests with Associate Director of Programming and other GSFC staff. Negotiates honoraria for artists and lecturers.
  • With the Executive Director leads the staff in creating a vision and future programs through travel to film festivals, symposiums and peer group meetings, and maintains contacts with filmmakers, scholars, and archivists.
  • With the Executive Director and other GSFC staff, functions as a public representative of the GSFC.
  • Maximizes programming opportunities through outreach strategies including contracts and negotiations with consulates, community groups, and other art organizations to create collaborative programming.
  • Participates with the Associate Director of Programming and Associate Director of Public Relations and Marketing to obtain materials and information from distributors necessary for marketing when appropriate.
  • Represents the GSFC through professional activities that include publishing and participation at film festivals.
  • Provides information to both the Executive Director and the Associate Director of Development on both state and federal grants to develop the programming concept and other routinely applied for grants by the Film Center.
  • Works closely with the Executive Director to develop annual budgets.


Bachelor's degree in film, art history or communications. Minimum seven years of experience overseeing a public program preferably with a focus on film. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Proven ability to facilitate programming partnerships. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team. Experience in public speaking and organizational representation.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago