Mission: Engage young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change.

Urban Gateways remains a catalyst for creative youth voices in our city through multiple initiatives built with a broad network of local and national partnerships.  Growth and innovation are the themes in the current strategic plan, making this the best time to join our dynamic, team-based staff.

Position: Residency Program Coordinator

Department: Program Department, School-Based Programs Team

Status:  Full-time, 40 hrs/wk, occasional evenings/weekends

Benefits :Yes – health, dental, LTD, 401k



The Residency Program Coordinator provides support to the Program Department by working collaboratively with in- and out-of-school and community-based programs to play an instrumental role in designing dynamic and engaging arts experiences for our participants.




●     Serve as the primary point person for ongoing in- and out-of-school residencies as well as related special projects

●     Coordinate all aspects of residency programs (including workshops and professional development): scheduling artists, handling program changes and substitutions, creating and tracking school/partner and artist paperwork, overseeing individual program budgets, and other related duties

●     Collaborate across Program Staff to connect hands-on instruction programs and performances to innovate in-school program offerings

●     Works with Senior Program staff to develop and implement new program models or components to enhance student/audience experiences within residencies, workshops, and other program models, primarily informed by best practices in Creative Youth Development

●     Support Program Managers in artist recruitment and onboarding for new teaching artists

●     Conduct site visits to observe and support artists and their development; provide regular feedback to artists to support growth

●     Work with Program Managers on the design and implementation of professional development opportunities for artists

●     Work with Program Managers and teaching artists to support program evaluation, including data collection and/or process documentation

●     Support efforts from the Communications Department to promote and showcase instructional programs, including helping to coordinate documentation site visits and collecting information for the website and print collateral

●     Work closely with Operations and Finance on systems for administrative tasks including contracting and invoicing, scheduling, site follow up, and data entry

●     Perform other administrative and departmental duties as necessary



●     2+ years experience in the arts education or performing arts fields, ideally with a passion for programming;

●     Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize and manage numerous tasks and projects while maintaining positive attitude and cool demeanor; must be a team player while being able to work independently;

●     Demonstrated experience in one or more arts disciplines with a working knowledge of the Chicago arts landscape;

●     Passion for the arts, arts education, and working with young people;

●     Understanding of Chicago Public Schools, educational standards, and general school practices;

●     Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;

●     Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience

●     Bachelor’s degree in the arts and/or education, or a related field preferred;

●     Access to reliable transportation to visit programs throughout the area;

●     Microsoft Office and Google Suite experience; Salesforce and video editing experience a plus.

Instructions to Apply:

No phone calls please. Interested Candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to hr@urbangateways.org with Program Coordinator in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@urbangateways.org

Pay Range: mid-thirties
Organization Contact Name: Urban Gateways