Education Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website chichildtheatre Chicago Children's Theatre

Chicago Children’s Theatre has an immediate opening for a talented, passionate, committed Education Manager. This core staff member will be a team member serving the Education department at CCT.

This position is an early-career opportunity to gain exposure and skill development throughout several aspects of our progressive & visionary non-profit arts organization.

This position will collaboratively manage multiple education programs including School Residencies, In-House Classes & Camps, and Professional Development Workshops for Educators.

Below is the list of normal job duties, but it is not exhaustive.

Primary Responsibilities:

Administration of Camps and Classes

Supervise and manage administrative duties for all Gen Ed classes and camps, including Spring Break camp and Schools Out Day Camps
In coordination with FOH, manage registration processes and resolve customer service issues as they pertain to Education programming (courses, camps, special events)
Coordinate and execute neighborhood after-school pick-up
Greet and engage families on-site before and after class times to foster community
Set-up classrooms and manage CCT materials prior to classes
Conduct sign-in and sign-out of students
Email communication with Gen Ed families, providing policies and procedures prior to classes and camps
Distribute parent, teacher, and student post-program surveys of Gen Ed programs
Process payroll for classes and camps in coordination with Director of Education

General Education Residencies

Create and foster meaningful relationships between Chicagoland schools and CCT
Conduct school visits and build relationships with principals
Collaborate with teaching artists to develop and implement unique curriculum aligned with arts and SEL standards
Provide in-person and remote support for teaching artists and school partners to ensure quality of residencies
Capture images, quotes, and document for further marketing of residencies

Apprentice Program

Manage Summer Apprenticeship Program
Coordinate with Director of Education to provide descriptions for new apprentice postings
Manage apprenticeship outreach initiatives and hiring process
Manage and schedule summer apprentices
Lead apprentices in project-based learning that is mutually beneficial

Teaching & Curriculum Development

Teach up to 2 classes/residency sessions a semester
Develop curriculum for untapped age demographics and content areas

Marketing Collaboration

Coordinate with Marketing department on outreach efforts within the West Loop and in the Chicagoland area
Coordinate marketing of residencies and classes to CPS and private schools (emails, phone calls, Ingenuity meetings, school visits)

Community Programs Collaboration

Works closely with the Director of Communications & Events as well as other CCT staff to implement programming engagements with community partners. Examples include Arts In The Dark, CCT Open Houses, Holiday Celebrations, etc.
Collaborates with partners to create new opportunities for community programs
Assist as needed with administrative duties of community program event

Knowledge, Skills, & Activities:

We are seeking candidates that have a passion for working with children and their families.  Candidates with program management experience, teaching experience, and arts education experience will be prioritized for this position.  The hired candidate will be trained and assisted by teachers and staff members at Chicago Children’s Theatre who are experienced with our curriculum and programs. Other desired skills include but are not limited to:

Superior customer service skills
Excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills
Spanish language proficiency (preferred, not required)
The ability to work extended/irregular hours, including nights, weekends and occasional holidays
The ability to work with a wide range of internal & external personalities in a professional & congenial manner.
The demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations & take positive actions to ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.
A good work ethic.
An abundant curiosity to learn & a willingness to assist.
A sense of humor!

Working Environment:

Position may include occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs individually), carrying, pushing &/or pulling, climbing & balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching &/or crawling. We are an equal-opportunity employer committed to accessibility and inclusion for all staff, students, and patrons, and priority will not be given to those with the ability to perform the physical tasks listed.

Instructions to Apply:

Please send a link to a video-recorded statement of interest (emphasizing any previous arts education &/or non-profit experience), resume, & compensation requirements to No calls please. The position is immediately available for hire.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of employees. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, as well as those who are from other underrepresented communities. AA/EOE

Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CCT is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CCT prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

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Pay Rate/Range*: mid-to-high $30k, with benefit package including health insurance (currently 70% employer paid with expectation of 100% employer paid upon next renewal), 401k with partial employer match, and a generous vacation and paid holiday schedule.