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Manager of Learning, School Partnerships and Curriculum @ MCA

Manager of Learning, School Partnerships and Curriculum

CHICAGO, IL /ARTISTIC DIVISION – LEARNING /FULL-TIME/ HYBRIDAPPLY FOR THIS JOBThank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates may be contacted for interviews. However, due to the high level of interest in positions, the MCA contacts only a small percentage of applicants. Please submit your resume as either a PDF or Word document.
We have an opening for a Manager of Learning, School Partnerships and Curriculum. The Manager will be primarily responsible for School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement (SPACE), a multi-year creative partnership with Chicago public high schools that uses contemporary art to address local civic issues and mobilize youth and community action. The Manager will work both on-site at the museum and off-site at SPACE schools to provide support in the coordination of collaborative curriculum development sessions between resident artists and teachers. They will research, initiate, and sustain partnerships with community organizations near SPACE schools for the duration of the site contract. To be successful in this role, you must:

    • Manage and streamline organizational systems, create templates, and assist MCA staff with written communication.
    • Manage correspondence and scheduling with school administration and teachers.
    • Direct resource development and research for SPACE, including assistance in writing and documenting lesson plans and researching civics resources, community partnerships opportunities in the direct vicinity of each CPS site, classroom management support for artists and professional development opportunities.
    • Gather and prepare evaluation data for internal and external reporting.
    • Serve as an ambassador for SPACE at each site and its surrounding community. Actively engage teachers outside of the program and community organizations and leaders.
    • Provide support for meetings, professional development retreats, school field trips, and civic action projects, including material prep, ordering meals, room set-up and clean up, and writing meeting minutes.
    • Coordinate studio supply needs with SPACE artists-in-residence, place supply orders, and communicate with school administrators to coordinate shipments.
    • Provide facility support for SPACE studios, including set-up, organization, and light cleaning, working with MCA staff to set production timeline and budgets.
    • Manage data collection and organization for SPACE, including documenting the program, collecting, and archiving lesson plans, photos, and project exemplars, surveys, etc.
    • Assist in the development of funding proposals and presentations for internal and external meetings.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Demonstrated experience in administrative or coordination work within a school or education program context.
    • Strong organizational and follow-through skills, with attention to detail.
    • Proficient in arts education curriculum design and writing at the secondary school level.
    • Deep understanding of 21st Century skills and Illinois State Visual Arts standards.
    • Experience in education event and program planning, preferably teacher professional development opportunities.
    • Ability to often travel reliably across the city to various offsite locations.
    • Strength in classroom management, especially Chicago Public School specific firsthand competency.
    • Working knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Word, and other Office software.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to thrive in an open and team-oriented environment.
    • Ability to quickly take on new projects and assignments while balancing long term projects.
    • Ability to work professionally and effectively with a variety of clients and stakeholders.
    • Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephone.
    • Ability to perform occasional light lifting.

This is a full-time position, with a Monday - Friday 9a-5p schedule that may occasionally include evening and weekend availability as required to fulfill responsibilities and for related museum activities. Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones and general mobility throughout all museum properties required. The salary for this role ranges from $53,140 - $69,080.
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P.S. The MCA provides a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and personal days; free life, AD&D, short term and long term disability insurance; retirement plans; discounted parking; pre-tax transportation programs; visiting the MCA’s galleries; curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Store and MCA restaurant Marisol; discounts for MCA Stage and other programs; plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.
As part of our commitment to providing a healthy and safe place for our employees and visitors, the MCA is requiring employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 within the first week of employment. If a vaccination is not possible, a request for a medical or religious exemption can be made with Human Resources.
The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from our BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA communities as they must be centered in the work we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: