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Production Assistant


Chicago Humanities presents the most compelling authors, artists, and thinkers of our time, connecting people to the ideas that shape and define us. Insightful, entertaining and interactive, Chicago Humanities events are a platform for authors, journalists, scholars, policymakers and other thought leaders, as well as for artists, actors, musicians, comedians and cultural figures. Our programs provoke conversations, celebrate creativity, build community and explore the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture. Chicago Humanities values programming that reflects multiple viewpoints and lived experiences, is accessible and inclusive, and speaks to diverse audiences. We program across Chicago, bringing people and ideas together in a variety of neighborhoods. Chicago Humanities seeks to facilitate an engagement with ideas that transcend individual concerns, to enable empathy and connection through shared experiences. We are a hybrid office, working together remotely and in the office; evening and weekend availability required during festival seasons. More information at

Position Description

The Chicago Humanities Production Department seeks experienced and enthusiastic Production Assistants. Candidates should have some production experience and be eager to participate and support the inner workings of a festival producing over 50 public programs at venues all over the city of Chicago. This part-time seasonal role will require a commitment of 20-30 hours a week for 2 to 4 months (with a mix of in office, event, and remote hours), starting in March 2024 and ending no sooner than mid/late-May 2024. Specifics of this position’s scheduling may be worked out with the PAs supervisor.

Qualified candidates should have some previous production management, production, or special event experience and enjoy complex multi-layered projects. A firm understanding of the Google Workspace, Zoom, and QLab as well as a basic understanding of Adobe. Ideal candidates must exemplify a close attention to detail and must exhibit a strong willingness to learn. Experience with Docusign, Asana, or other project management/database tools is a plus.

Position Responsibilities

  • Preparing supplementary material for seasonal staff members and volunteers (i.e. tech sheets, schedules, venue production boxes).
  • Providing logistical support at Spring Festival programs as well as year round events, including stage management, audio and visual support, and post event reconciliation.
  • Attending site visits, collecting venue information and specs, and closely documenting information for internal use.
  • Supporting the mapping of camera and audience services placements on venue floor plans.
  • Requesting and tracking presenter media and working closely with the marketing and programming departments to integrate into Chicago Humanities media presentations.
  • Work closely with the production team to produce select Chicago Humanities programs and events.
  • Tracking information in Chicago Humanities' Asana workflow to ensure all details are handled during the Festival.
  • Helping maintain the Festival archive database and transfer existing and new information.
  • Quality assurance (formatting, grammatical errors, playback) for event powerpoints/presentation media.
  • Assist Event Technology Manager with media preparation on playback devices.
  • Assist Production Coordinator with packing equipment/materials for events/shows.
  • Work closely with the Audience Services team to fulfill duties as required.
  • Other departmental duties as assigned.
  • Valid drivers license preferred but not required.
  • Our festival days known as “Hub days” will take place on April 13, April 27, May 4 and May 18th. 2024. Availability for most of these dates is strongly preferred. Please let us know any dates you will not be available.


This is a part-time position paid at a rate of $25/hour.

Work Location

As is true of our entire staff, weekday hours will be hybrid with remote “at-home” work and in-person work at our River North office. While working remotely, you will have access to a Chicago Humanities laptop and internet hotspot. Chicago Humanities events are held at venues throughout Chicagoland. Travel stipend/reimbursement for mileage, parking, and/or rideshare is available for pre-event site visits and scheduled shifts on event days.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Chicago Humanities 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, feels 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

Please submit your application HERE, including resume, cover letter, and one reference. We’ll continue to accept applications until the position is filled, but we ask that applications are submitted by Friday, February 2, 2024. The ideal start date for this position is Monday, March 18, but can be flexible for the candidate.

If you need any accommodations completing this application, please email our Manager of People and Culture, John Rooney at

Candidates who are selected for an interview will be notified via email. We look forward to reviewing your materials. Thank you!

Contact Info:
John Rooney
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago