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Jessica Ames

Full Time Program & Special Events Manager - OUT OF SIGHT


OUT OF SIGHT (OOS) is a project of See the Vision, Grab the Vision, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping every young mind celebrate their own potential through creative expression and self discovery.

For the third year in a row, the Chicago Park District hosted OUT OF SIGHT, renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner's participatory public art installation, in six Chicago parks. The outdoor installations combine wit and whimsy in a game-like format based on a hopscotch pathway, encouraging participants and passers by to reflect and explore self-actualization through the artist’s signature typographic texts.

In 2020, the Chicago Park District will host over twenty of the OUT OF SIGHT marelles (French for “hopscotch”) in neighborhoods across the city. These marelles will be strategically placed in locations with heavy teen populations in need of positive engagement activities at a critical time in their lives. OUT OF SIGHT CHICAGO is positioned to provide teen leadership, skill building opportunities, and special events for youth across multiple Chicago neighborhoods. OUT OF SIGHT Chicago will offer participants exposure to concept design, idea/goal development, and visualization in order to realize projects alongside skilled local artists in Music, Dance, Visual Arts, and New Media.

OUT OF SIGHT’s Guiding Intentions

Access to Safe Spaces via Active Public Art ZonesProvide Teen Leadership & Strategic Skill Building OpportunitiesEncourage Cross-Cultural Sensitivity and ExchangeTeach Concept Design & Idea/Goal DevelopmentOffer Music, Dance, Fine Arts and New Media ProgrammingJOB SUMMARY

The Program & Special Events Manager will work under the direction of the Regional Director to develop and manage program offerings including teen leadership camps, special events, public activations, skill workshops, and partner field trips. Forging key partnerships with Chicago Park District staff, local organizations, teen groups, and the like will play a key role in the success of OUT OF SIGHT Chicago programs in 2020. The Program & Special Events Manager will be tasked with scouting and hiring a cohort of local artists to act as OUT OF SIGHT ambassadors as well as teaching artists to conduct specialized programming. The perfect candidate will be action-oriented, collaborative, and be willing to adjust on a moment’s notice. Being a self starter with independent follow-through and great attention to detail with an openness to iterative problem-solving are a must.


Program Development, Management, and Training

Develop systems for successful actualization of OOS Teen Day Camp, OOS Workshops, OOS Field Trips, OOS Pop-up activations, OOS Annual Kickoff and OOS Teen Showcase.Hire, train, schedule, and manage local artists to act as Facilitators, Teaching Artists, Brand Ambassadors and Teen Influencers for OOS programming and special events.Inspire quality activations through regular attendance alongside OOS host partners and OOS staff/contractors for OOS programming and special events.Coordinate OOS partner roles and adjust programming to include additional OOS opportunities as influenced by partner organization’s program offerings.Cultivate & maintain relationships with staff/contractors, partner organizations and all other partners/collaborators of the OOS program.Special Events

Plan special events including regular pop-ups at OOS public art installations citywide, annual OOS kickoff press event with multi-day orientation/curriculum training, and annual end of season Teen Showcase.Produce and coordinate end of season Teen Showcase as a part of the annual OOS fundraiser.Community Engagement and Outreach

Recruit and engage local organizations including teen-focused organizations, community organizations, parks, schools, and libraries for annual program collaborations with clear target goals and timelines. Lead outreach activities designed to inform and garner feedback from teens and partner organizations about OOS programs and special events.Maintain regular engagement with OOS teens, partner organizations, and OOS site hosts citywide.Reporting

Manage budget for programs, events, activations, and contractors with approvals from OOS Chicago Director.Create and oversee completion of evaluation surveys and analyze the resultant data. Produce materials including weekly progress reports and monthly program reports. Document OOS programs via testimonials, photography, video, etc.REQUIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate or Masters Degree – or equivalent experience – in Art Education, Youth Development, or Arts Admin5+ years of work history that includes some of the following types of experience: Teen program development, staff management, special event planning/production, community outreach, arts admin, arts programming, customer service, scheduling and bookkeeping, etc.Training adults in positive youth development to engage and support teens as mentorsDeveloping programs that directly engage youth in skill development and leadership Outstanding organizational and project management skills, with attention to detailAccurate bookkeeping, thorough self reporting and program reviewTeam-oriented, flexible ethos, with a track record of successful collaborationSkilled at positive/strengths-based youth development All OUT OF SIGHT programming occurs citywide. Candidates must have a vehicle and be able to travel to any one of the 77 Community Areas in the city of Chicago on any given day.

Reports To: OUT OF SIGHT Regional Director - ChicagoHours: Full-time; hours include regular weekends and nights during summer months (flex options available when appropriate)Benefits: Vacation, Personal/Sick Days, Professional DevelopmentSalary: Commensurate with experience ($45,000 - $50,000)Start Date: January 2020Please submit Resume or CV and a minimum of three samples of recent programs, special events, and three writing samples from the last 3 years to by December 30th, 2019.

Contact Info:
Jessica Ames Pappalardo
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL