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Terry McCabe

Program Director, The Viola Project

The Viola Project Program Director reports to TVP executive director and, working in collaboration with her, develops, executes, and evaluates TVP's programming: school/community programs, weekend programs, school day-off programs, and summer camps. Responsible for hiring and training teaching artists, and is main contact for them as well as community partners and parents.

One year contract of $20,000. Time commitment varies but averages 19-20 hours per week.

The Viola Project is a program of City Lit Theater Company. Using the works of William Shakespeare, TVP unites and empowers girls and gender-nonconforming youth from diverse backgrounds so they may grow up to be whomever they want to be. Based in Chicago, TVP's virtual programming has reached students from 20 states. We run programs for students 8-16. In 2020, TVP was awarded the Illinois Theatre Association's Award of Honor.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Ensure all programs are presented to high standards and in accordance to The Viola Project’s core values
Collaborate with the TVP executive director to develop and oversee curriculum
Collaborate with the TVP executive director to identify, establish, evaluate, and oversee programmatic partnerships with schools and other community groups
Hire and supervise teaching artists
Maintain programming database and budgets
Keep up to date on current developments in arts and cultural education, arts education research, and instructional practices through participation in local events, professional development trainings, and working groups
Develop, design, and distribute TVP’s marketing materials for programs and events
Oversee the maintenance and enhancement of The Viola Project’s web site and social media efforts.

Position qualifications:

Knowledge of and passion for arts education, particularly theatre education and Shakespeare
Prior experience as a teaching artist, theatre teacher, arts education program administrator, and/or equivalent experience
Prior supervisory and leadership experience
Understanding of cultural competency and comfort working with youth from a wide range of life experiences, identities, and backgrounds
Strong organizational skills, including the ability to simultaneously manage multiple work streams and meet deadlines without supervision
An appreciation of The Viola Project’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate TVP’s vision, goals, and impact to external constituents such as potential school partners, families, and donors
An excitement to continue learning about and incorporate current education trends and pedagogies into TVP programs, such as trauma informed teaching, anti-racist practices, and differentiated instruction
Ability to travel across Chicago area to various schools/program locations
Familiarity with programs such as Airtable, Canva, Squarespace, Mailchimp, Dropbox, and Zoom a plus
Must have availability upcoming Saturday classes with reliable internet access and device

Consideration of BIPOC and/or gender-nonconforming candidates will be prioritized.

Send resume and letter of interest to

Contact Info:
Kel Hamik
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago