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Katie Yohe

Program Manager

Position Summary:

A.B.L.E. - Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations seeks a Program Manager to support our various virtual and in-person programs. The Program Manager will work across all branches of A.B.L.E.’s programming - Ensembles, Workshops, and Outreach - to support internal and external communication, logistics and planning, administration, and program evaluation. This team member would ideally start work with A.B.L.E. on or around February 14, 2022.

A.B.L.E. was founded on the belief that everyone is A.B.L.E. to connect, to contribute, and to create. Our work centers on fostering communication, teamwork, and inclusivity, not just among our program participants, but for all who work with us. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage applicants from all races, religions, gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, ages, and disability statuses. A.B.L.E. is committed to including diverse voices and perspectives across our organization.

What will the Program Manager do?

A.B.L.E.’s Program Manager is the central point of contact for everyone involved in A.B.L.E.’s programs - including actors with disabilities and their caregivers, program volunteers, teaching artists, and outreach partners. The Program Manager addresses questions and concerns, and ensures everyone has the information and tools they need to fully participate. They are invested in listening to and working with the community, and ensuring programs meet the needs of all of A.B.L.E.’s stakeholders. The Program Manager works closely with the Executive Artistic Director to shape program design and logistics. Their primary responsibilities include:

Team Management

  • Liaise with current and prospective participants and their caregivers
  • Disseminate weekly updates, recaps, and reminders to participants and teaching team
  • Support recruiting, hiring, and onboarding for new Teaching Artists and volunteers
  • Oversee scheduling for Teaching Artists, Volunteer Facilitators, and Creative Associates
  • Chair meetings of the Program Advisory Council
  • Plan and execute regular social events for our community; these might include field trips to theatre productions, movie nights, volunteer trivia night, and virtual dance parties

Program Logistics & Support

  • Manage registration for Ensembles and Workshops
  • Support logistics including venue rentals, scheduling, and ordering supplies and materials
  • Create resources like easy-read scripts, social stories, and welcome packets
  • Coordinate ensemble performances including run-of-show creation, stage management, and organizing additional production personnel
  • Serve as Zoom Administrator and offer technical support for virtual sessions
  • Develop relationships with potential partners and participants, including arranging representation at community fairs, conferences, and events
  • Oversee collection and implementation of program feedback
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Teaching Artists to ensure policies and procedures reflect A.B.L.E.’s current needs and are enforced appropriately
  • Lend perspective to long-term organizational planning and artistic decision making

Record Keeping

  • Track paperwork and maintain records for participants and volunteers. Current systems include Google Workspace, Jotform, and Quickbooks Online.
  • Compile program metrics such as participant retention rates, program hours, and other statistics to support grant applications and other reports

How do I know if I am a good fit?

You should be able to say “yes” to all or most of the following:

  • You are experienced - you have relevant education, work, or volunteer experience in arts administration, community engagement, stage management and/or disability access and inclusion
  • You are an effective communicator - you can connect both verbally and in writing with different members of the A.B.L.E. community via email, phone, text, and in person; you listen with curiosity and empathy
  • You are analytical - you can see the big picture while also recognizing patterns and breaking things down into smaller pieces
  • You are organized and reliable - you meet deadlines, can juggle different projects and priorities at the same time, and have wonderful attention to detail
  • You are proactive - you are goal-oriented, motivated to work independently, and excited to actively seek out new opportunities for the organization
  • You are responsive - you can adapt to new information and changes, and communicate these changes with others
  • You are a leader - you can motivate a team, address conflicts, and inspire others to do their best work
  • You are collaborative - you enjoy building relationships with a diverse range of people including our actors with disabilities, volunteers, staff, organizational partners, and supporters
  • You are reflective - you ask questions; you look for creative solutions that can make our work stronger; and you are willing to ask for help when you need it
  • You are open - you bring your authentic self to your work, and contribute to a positive, honest, and safe environment where people can connect and create

Other details


  • This is a part-time position that requires 20hrs/week.
  • The schedule is flexible, and you can work with the Executive Artistic Director to set mutually agreeable hours.
  • Some nights and weekends are required


  • This is a hybrid in-person/remote position
  • Some attendance at rehearsals and special events will be required. A.B.L.E. is an itinerant company and works with a variety of rehearsal spaces, theatres, and partner organizations throughout the season. Frequent collaborators include The Menomonee Club Drucker Center in Lincoln Park, The Edge Theatre in Edgewater, and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier.

Health & Safety

  • A.B.L.E. works in a variety of settings with participants who are immunocompromised. Program staff must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In compliance with guidelines from the CDC, local guidelines, and our venue partners, masks are also currently required while attending programs.
  • Program staff must undergo a criminal background check prior to employment

Compensation & Benefits

  • $26,000/year
  • $50/month tech & travel stipend
  • $250/year professional development reimbursement to attend conferences, workshops, or other sessions that can expand your skill sets.
  • $200/year treat yourself stipend
  • A.B.L.E. offers an unlimited paid time off policy, including 4 weeks of organization-wide closures.

More about A.B.L.E.

A.B.L.E. – Artists Breaking Limits & Expectations is a Chicago based non-profit that creates theatre and film projects for, with, and by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through our core ensemble program, specialized workshops, and outreach efforts, A.B.L.E. creates platforms for individuals with disabilities to share who they are and all that they are A.B.L.E. to do. Whether in person or online, all programs strive to foster agency and independence, deepen social connections, and celebrate creativity. By placing participants with disabilities in the spotlight, A.B.L.E. strives to shift societal preconceptions about disability, and build more inclusive, empathetic communities.

You can see some of our past shows, read about our rehearsal process, meet our current team, and learn more about all of our programs online at

Ready to apply?

  • Fill out the application and requested materials online at by 5pm on Friday January 14th.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • If you need any support or accommodations to complete your application, please contact us
Contact Info:
Katie Yohe
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL