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Program Coordinator

Title: Program Coordinator

Supervised by: Program Manager

Supervises: Program Intern(s)

Classification: Non-exempt, Full-Time, Hourly

Start Date: August 2021

WHO WE ARE: SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs at no cost, SkyART continues to fulfill its mission in South Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods, reaching young people through a rich variety of programs. In 2020, SkyART announced the expansion to Chicago’s West Side. Driving its mission, is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to enhance intellectual, emotional, and social development. SkyART is a foundation from which creativity grows and individuals flourish. Participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities and connections that go beyond the individual, to positively impact all of the communities where we work and the city as a whole. With art at the center of everything we do, SkyART provides free, safe, open spaces where young people are empowered and connections are made.

Our work is guided by these core concepts:

Accessibility – we remove barriers – promoting participation in our programs, connection with other institutions and communities, and access to the broader world.Responsiveness – we innovate – adapting programs to the evolving context within which we work, fostering civic engagement, cultural democracy, and social wellbeing.Totality – we are committed to reaching the whole person – recognizing that every participant has a unique life experience characterized by their own needs, assets, and interests.Stability – we are a consistent presence – the “third place” after home and school, where participants develop meaningful relationships and experience a feeling of extended family.

WHAT WE DO: Through interdisciplinary, process-based projects, skill-building workshops, and large-scale collaborations, SkyART encourages critical thinking and inspires creative expression for youth ages 7 to 24. In 2020 SkyArt also began offering Art Therapy for Chicago youth. Using an artist-in-residence model, Teaching Artists and Art Therapists work side by side with participants, in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and shared curiosity, through our dynamic and experimental methodology, the SkyWAY. Our programs include after-school and Saturday programs at our studios; classroom and afterschool programs at partnering schools, and programs ranging from one-day workshops to multi-week courses offered in coordination with organizations such as city parks and libraries, as well as other non-profit program partners.


The Program Coordinator helps to ensure the smooth operation of studio, school, community and virtual programs by providing administrative, creative and technical support to Program Managers, Teaching Artists and Art Therapists. The Program Coordinator will also work directly with participants and families to assist with outreach, registration and provide information about SkyART. They will work through our digital database to manage participant profiles, take attendance, document programs, etc. The Program Coordinator will also help to maintain art supplies and studio spaces. This position reports to the Program Manager.


Administration of programs

Assist Program Managers in the scheduling, facilitation and delivery of programsSupport administration of invoicing and billing for programsMonitor and track registration and attendance for programs in the database Help drive program participant recruitment and retention effortsFacilitate the management of participant and program partner information and ensure accurate and complete records are maintained in the database

Coordination of programs

Replenish, order and organize supplies and studio spaces at SkyART and distribute art kits Organize and distribute promotional materials to schools, parents and community organizations or online through social media Assist Teaching Artists, Art Therapists and Program Managers in assessing needs of individual students Assist to coordinate and implement special exhibitions or projects in our SkyART Gallery Space or offsite locations Coordinate and organize field trips for SkyART participants Assist Program Managers with SkyART internship programCollaborate with development team on marketing materials


BS or BA Degree required [community development, public relations, human services, social work, communications, art education/ administration, or similar degree strongly preferred]A minimum of 2 years experience in a nonprofit, social services or foundation/association environment, arts experience preferredStrong communication, office and administration skillsStrong research and organizational capabilitiesProficiency in Microsoft Office suite Ability to work within a small collaborative environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneouslyStrong attention to detailAbility to work autonomously and make informed, thoughtful decisionsApplicant must have a desire to become actively involved in children’s lives and must show an interest in working in low-income communities; experience teaching or working with children/youth/young adults a plusBilingual Spanish (fluent) Required Previous experience with marketing and communications a plusKnowledge of art and art history a plus


SkyART offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a competitive salary commensurate with background, experience, and position responsibilities. Depending on the position, in addition to salary, benefits for eligible employees may include:

Paid time off (PTO) allowance including two weeks vacation, five personal days, and five sick days per year Eleven paid holidays and one additional day off for your birthday Employee retirement account with up to 3% contribution from SkyART Health Insurance benefits with minimal cost paid by employee


Please submit a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to: with ”Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Be sure to include your first and last name along with contact information in the body of the email. Do not mail or fax. Incomplete applications will not be accepted


SkyART is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. SkyART does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Contact Info:
SkyART, nfp
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago