The Program Manager for Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project will work with representatives of the eight participating dance companies and colleagues across the Logan Center and the University of Chicago to facilitate the Chicago Black Dance Legacy project as part of the Logan Centerâ™s overall community engagement strategy. The Chicago Black Dance Legacy Initiative aims to: celebrate the historic impact that Chicago-based black choreographers have had on the national dance community; support the legacies of veteran choreographers and dance-makers and support their succession planning; enhance the visibility and increase the sustainability of established black dance companies in Chicago; support the sustainability of the dance companies by creating a south side performance home for the companies across a network of south side performance venues; build audience by creating a unified joint-marketing and box office platform; celebrate both performance and education components of each company; celebrate youth education dance programs and ensure that students that are excelling are connected with pre-professional training at partner companies; and strengthen connections between participating companies. Â The Program Manager will be responsible for overall project planning and implementation including communications with the dance companies, coordination of joint programs and marketing efforts, documentation, and evaluation of the project. The Program Manager reports to the Director of Community Arts and works closely with the eight participating dance companies, as well as, colleagues working in arts and community engagement across the University. This position is a two-year full-time benefits-eligible position, including work on some evenings and weekends. Â Please note this position is a grant funded position and is only guaranteed for two years.Â
Unit-Specific Responsibilities 1) Work closely with the Director of Community Arts and Executive Director of the Logan Center to provide overall project coordination and implementation of the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project including coordination of meetings, communication with the participating dance companies about the status of the project, management of the overall project timeline, and coordination of the project budget. (20%) 2)Â Work with the communications and marketing liaisons of each dance company and the Logan Center communications team to support joint marketing and communications efforts including collection of information on all public events, update the CBDLP website, and audience development initiatives. (20%) 3)Â Coordinate join programming efforts including partnership with the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) on joint education programs, with DCASE on joint programming at the Cultural Center and Millennium Park, and colleagues across the Logan Center for the Legacy Discussion series and other joint programs. (20%) 4) Work with organizational consultants and OCE Community Accelerator program to facilitate the organizational capacity workshops and grant program for dance company specific projects. Â (15%) 5)Â With the Dance companies and south side venues, develop tools to create a stronger network of south side performance and rehearsal spaces to support the work of the eight dance companies. (10%) 6)Â Work in partnership with the UChicago Arts / Logan Center development teams on project evaluation for grant reports and to support fundraising efforts to raise additional funds to support the project. (10%) 7)Â As a member of the Logan Center staff participate in staff meetings and complete other duties as assigned. (5%)
Unit-Preferred Competencies 1) Communicate effectively and with influence. 2)Â Display emotional intelligence. 3)Â Foster partnership and collaboration.
Preferred Qualifications Experience 1) Minimum of 3 years of experience working with community organizations. 2)Â Minimum of 3 years arts administration and work with dance companies experience. 3)Â Strong organizational, planning, problem solving, and project management skills; take initiative, work independently and contribute as a member of a team; handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines. 4)Â Demonstrated success in building collaborative relationships with diverse arts constituencies, experience working with the dance community. 5)Â Excellent written and spoken communications skills, handle confidential information with utmost discretion; strong computer skills including use of excel and powerpoint.Â 6)Â Knowledge of arts marketing, communications and audience development. 7)Â Considerable office work. 8)Â Occasional pushing and lifting of chairs and tables to set up events; some light lifting (10 to 50 lbs). Â 9) Travel to various city locations and occasionally work on evenings and weekends. Â Â
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