Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising


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Programs Manager

Founded in 2010, ACRE is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago designed to support emerging artists in developing, discussing and presenting their artistic practices. As a community coordinated effort to provide artists with an accessible, equitable, and interdisciplinary residency and exhibitions program, ACRE has welcomed over 1,000 visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performance artists, writers, curators, scientists, chefs and others to its Wisconsin and Illinois communities.


ACRE seeks a part-time Programs Manager (20 hours/week) to support The Chicago Arts Census and the organization’s overall administrative capacity. The ideal candidate for this role is highly motivated, thrives in a collaborative environment, and is dedicated to building robust, reciprocal relationships with members of the community, connecting them to resources, opportunities and each other, and ensuring that programs align to the needs of the people they’re built for. This position requires strong communication and organizational skills, the ability to prioritize tasks, and capability to collaborate and coordinate with fellow staff. The role is a fully funded year-long position at $20k, with additional healthcare reimbursement and the option to continue and develop the position upon successful review, and contingent on extended or additional funding. For now, the position operates remotely.

Applications due by Monday, January 25th, 2021.

This newly created role was conceived to expand ACRE’s Chicago-based public programming efforts as well as support the new year-long Chicago Arts Census project. The Chicago Arts Census will collect, map, and visualize data that illuminates the lived experiences and working conditions of arts workers in Chicago to work toward a more sustainable, healthy, and equitable arts ecosystem for the city. In addition the project seeks to enliven a broad conversation about the arts economy in Chicago through accompanying public programming, publications, and other means of public engagement and exchange.

The Programs Manager will report to the Executive Director and will be responsible for working with the ED and the Census project’s core organizers. This role primarily supports the execution of the Census project with the organization’s core administrative and programmatic functions alongside ACRE’s administrative team. They will generally be responsible for the creation, organization, execution, and completion of aspects of the Census project. This includes: administrative support, coordination between community partners, assisting committee members in executing their tasks, and supporting all programming activities. This includes an invitation to help shape programming concepts and execution, if a particular interest of the candidate. Additionally, they will support and assist in the editorial processes as needed for the final publication project of the Census.

In addition, the Programs Manager will be a leader within ACRE and serve as an ambassador, working with staff, artists, and volunteers to share the mission of the organization. As a small not-for-profit organization, some general administrative support will be required when necessary


  • Maintain and update ACRE’s content management database.
  • Serve as liaison between ED, Census organizers, program participants, and stakeholders.
  • Ensure timely correspondence and scheduling of meetings and reminders.
  • Provide general support for all ACRE’s public facing programs and maintaining organizational and programmatic continuity.
  • Manage calendars and adopt project management tools.
  • Strategize with the Census team to ensure program deliverables.


  • Assist with the planning, execution and follow through for all Chicago Arts Census programs, public events, dialogues, and share outs.
  • Coordinate with Communications Manager to promote and disseminate regular information on the Census events, programs, and process.
  • Manage and maintain the public calendar, coordinating with fellow staff members regularly.
  • Ensure accurate fulfillment of Census information and archival materials.
  • Assist the creation of fun and informative communication materials such as newsletters, invitations, social media and website content.
  • Regular and timely communication with project participants and stakeholders.


  • Participate in weekly administrative team meetings and ACRE town hall meetings.
  • Meet with the Executive Director weekly to review the timeline and goals.
  • Keep meeting minutes and maintain program materials and progress.


  • At least two years of previous experience in a curatorial, public programs, or administrative support role.
  • Ability to work in an environment with timelines and expected goals; strong administrative skills necessary.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt messages and language for different audiences.
  • Understanding and passion for contemporary arts is preferred.
  • Self-directed with comfort in working independently or collaboratively in large group settings.
  • Experience maintaining a database.
  • Knowledge of best practices for maintaining and archiving information and material.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Adobe Creative, and Mailchimp.
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends.


Salary is $20,000 annually. Health reimbursement account up to $415/month available after 90-day review.


Executive Director


ACRE Projects

(currently work-from-home as we follow guidelines for health and safety during COVID-19)



Apply for the Programs Manager position through our application form. Any questions about the position can be sent to; we aim to respond within 72 hours. Position is open until the role is filled.

Applications due by Monday, January 25th, 2021.

ACRE is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to create an equitable environment for all members of its community. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. ACRE is committed to providing employees, volunteers and participants with an environment free of discrimination and harassment. ACRE employs individuals based on individual qualifications and job requirements without regard to that individual’s race, sex, age, religion or belief, color, national origin, ethnic origin, physical, mental or sensory disability, medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, past or present military status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, HIV status, housing status, or any other non-merit factor. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. ACRE is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.

Contact Info:
ACRE Residency
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, IL - Remote