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Job Opportunities

Working at CHF

The Chicago Humanities Festival has opportunities for year-round and seasonal positions. We invite you to work alongside leading thinkers and performers, share your passion for the humanities, and help bring outstanding cultural programming to your community.

  • Production Manager

    The Chicago Humanities Festival connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and the world anew. Collaborating with nearly 40 of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 150 events annually and partners with nearly 40 venues around Chicago annually. CHF also produces educational programs throughout the year, including professional development for teachers, as well as stewards a vibrant online home for the humanities. CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of writers, scholars, performers, and visual artists in its programs and online.

     

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    The Production Manager calls for a creative, conscientious, and energetic individual who can successfully collaborate with program staff to produce programs, events, and performances in nearly 40 venues, including CHFNow events January to May, a weekend of events late-April and early-May; and the Fall Festival in October and November. This person maintains the operating, administrative, and communications systems related to all such programs. CHF is looking for a uniquely talented individual with interest and experience in all forms of public programming and performing arts. This is a full time, permanent position. Salary is commensurable to experience. An excellent benefits package is provided.

     

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    ∙       Support the Director of Production and Programming Team in producing CHF’s year-round schedule of programs, rehearsals, and technical rehearsals.

    ∙       Direct all points of production related to festival events from introduction to applause including lighting, sound, and video design.

    ∙       Ensure that venue technical capabilities meet CHF standards and event requirements.

    ∙       Work with collaborating venue staff to ensure communications amongst all participating parties.

    ∙       Work with Marketing department on the preparation of print materials as well as the CHF website and app.

    ∙       Manage program schedules as well as short term and long term production timelines simultaneously.

    ∙       Hire, schedule, contract, train, and lead seasonal stage managers and technicians.

    ∙       Research, schedule, and contract festival venues for all year-round programming initiatives.

    ∙       Support the assembly and distribution of venue materials and equipment.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    ∙       Bachelor’s degree preferred

    ∙       A minimum of 2 year’s experience working in production, theater, performance, events, or related fields

    ∙       A highly-organized, team player, able to multi-task with several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, mission-driven, collaborative environment

    ∙       High energy, positive personality, flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving.

    ∙       A professional demeanor, excellent communication skills, and must be comfortable speaking publicly

    ∙       Strong written and oral communication skills.

    ∙       Expresses desire to grow within the position.

    ∙       Solid computer, data entry, and database management experience (FileMaker and Raiser’s Edge a plus).

    ∙       Proficiency on both Macintosh and PC computers environments.

     

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Send your resume, letter of interest, and references to:
    Chicago Humanities Festival

    Attention:  Director of Production

    Email: [email protected]

    Fax: 312.661.1028

    *Application deadline is November 15, 2017.

     

    The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Program Coordinator

    Position Title: Program Coordinator

    The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) connects people to the ideas that shape and define us, and promotes the lifelong exploration of what it means to be human. CHF fosters curiosity, celebrates creativity, explores the boundaries of contemporary knowledge and culture, and challenges us to see ourselves and our world anew. Collaborating with many of Chicago’s major cultural and educational institutions, CHF produces over 150 events in 40+ venues around Chicago annually, including a weekend-long Spring Festival in April, a three-week Fall Festival in October and November, and additional stand-alone programs throughout the year. CHF has an international reputation for innovation and creativity, featuring an exceptional roster of writers, scholars, performers, and visual artists in its programs and online as well as humanities-based educational and professional development programs.

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    The Program Coordinator requires a detail-oriented individual who manages the presenter logistics of CHF’s year-round programs, including communication, travel and accommodations. This is a full time, permanent position. Salary is commensurable to experience. An excellent benefits package is provided.

    Position reports to Artistic Director and provides support as directed to the programming team, working under the supervision of the Director of Programming and the Senior Program Manager.

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    ∙       Support the Programming Team in managing the logistics of all CHF programs, with a particular emphasis on presenter communication, administration and logistics

    ∙       Track communications for up to 150+ presenters seasonally

    ∙       Assist in generating CHF letters of agreement with presenters

    ∙       Manage out-of-town presenter logistics, including travel (air and ground) and hotel accommodations

    ∙       Maintain and update Filemaker databases

    ∙       Support collection of presenter materials (bios/headshots) for 150+ presenters

    ∙       Support the development of detailed presenter itineraries

    ∙       Manage other presenter amenities as required

    ∙       Attend and track information from weekly programming meetings

    ∙       Support tracking of book sales and signings at CHF programs

    ∙       Train and supervise programming intern as needed

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    ∙       Wide ranging interest in arts and culture

    ∙       A professional demeanor and excellent written and verbal communication skills

    ∙       Exceptional organizational and project management skills

    ∙       An ability to work both independently and as part of a team

    ∙       Desire to establish strong working relationships and work effectively with others inside and outside the organization

    ∙       Able to multi-task with several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, mission-driven, collaborative environment

    ∙       A minimum of 2 year’s experience working in program coordination and management

    ∙       High energy, positive personality, flexibility, resourcefulness, and assertiveness in problem solving.

    ∙       Solid computer, data entry, and database management experience (FileMaker, Razor’s Edge a plus).

    ∙       Proficiency on both Macintosh and PC computers environments.

     

    HOW TO APPLY:

    Send your resume, letter of interest, and references to:
    Chicago Humanities Festival

    Attention:  Artistic Director

    Email: [email protected]

    *Application deadline is November 30, 2017.

     

    The Chicago Humanities Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer

how to apply

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