Working with program staff from across the institution and external partners, the Program Coordinator for Internships and Fellowships assists in a museum-wide effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who enter the art museum field and to help them develop the skills and networks needed to succeed as future curators and arts leaders. This multi-year initiative aims to have a lasting impact on the cultural field and it is made possible, in part, through funding from the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
The Program Coordinator works in a collaborative and supportive role with managing staff to establish and enhance internship opportunities and a networked student community within the museum, and to foster external communities that facilitate recruitment and partnerships. The Coordinator will help to plan, design, and implement career awareness and leadership training programs for students placed in internships at the museum, and assist with shaping mentorship training for museum staff, with a focus towards helping diverse cohorts of young professionals gain the experience, skills, and dexterity to advance as they pursue paths in the arts.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In collaboration with Talent Acquisition in Human Resources, the Program Coordinator supports the Art Institute’s professional training and leadership initiatives in the domain of career development for students, assisting in giving shape to the museum’s endeavors in a manner that supports long-term sustainability. Adjacently, the Program Coordinator will serve as liaison between the departments of Academic Engagement and Research (AER) and Learning and Public Engagement (LPE).
With guidance of managing staff, the Coordinator liaises with Human Resources to help connect their work of systematizing and streamlining the museum’s system of internship postings back to key staff and opportunities in the museum. The Coordinator also plays a supportive role in shaping project timelines and expectations for internship staff mentors/supervisors in the museum.
In collaboration with other museum outreach and partnership efforts, the Coordinator will help build long-term relationships with local cultural organizations and college and university stakeholders at minority-serving institutions that enable recruitment of a wider demographic pool for all internship opportunities at the museum and support the placements of Art Institute intern alumni at external institutions; assists in managing communications with an advisory committee of community stakeholders and program partners.
Serves on a cross-departmental team that monitors content creation of institution-wide leadership training and career events for interns and, when necessary, is present for program sessions.
Assists in the project evaluation, including maintaining records of evaluation instruments and evidence/documentation, and in helping management staff compile data/text for reporting.
Collaborates with staff across museum departments to help build an Art Institute intern alumni community and participates in online communications with the museum’s intern alumni network.
Contributes to planning capstone regional conference for 2020 on the topic of leadership training and expanding museum practices of equity/inclusion in student training and support.
Participates in existing and new institution-wide equity and access initiatives, and attends relevant job-related professional development opportunities to elevate and share the Art Institute’s practices and to build the museum’s networks.
Gives support to cross-departmental project-based working groups on topics pertinent to the Program Coordinator’s duties, and assists in other program-related research and communications as necessary.
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or equivalent degree preferred. Administration, programming, or curatorial experience in museums or other cultural organizations required. Experience in mentorship and leadership development preferred.
Demonstrated ability for organization and coordination of multiple projects simultaneously, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated commitment to advancing access to community or educational resources and to advancing equitable participation in society; in particular, the candidate should have a passion for helping young people advance up professional and educational ladders towards careers in the arts.
Excellent communication skills: oral, written, and interpersonal, including a proven ability to thoughtfully work with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. Aptitude for self-directed and collaborative work; ability to work flexibly as part of a team. Ability to motivate others and work across organizational boundaries highly desired.
This is a 3 year position
For fullest consideration, please apply by January 15, 2018
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. It is encyclopedic in nature with strong holdings across all media, all traditions and all ages. The Art Institute is particularly recognized for its extraordinary Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American collections, among other aspects of its holdings. In a...ddition to housing its permanent collection, it typically stages 35-40 special exhibitions a year. In 2014, it was named by TripAdvisor travelers as the number one museum in the world, a remarkable recognition that speaks not only to the quality of the collection but to the entirety of the visitor experience.
The Art Institute welcomes between 1,400,000 and 1,800,000 visitors a year and has a membership of 100,000. The museum has an annual operating budget of approximately $110 million.
Founded in 1879, the Art Institute grew with the success of Chicago and quickly attained world class stature given the strength of its collection. The Art Institute has expanded several times in its history, most recently and notably with the opening in 2009 of the 264,000 square foot Modern Wing designed by internationally acclaimed architect Renzo Piano. The addition has been critically important to the museum as it not only provided much needed gallery space, but also allowed the Art Institute to reorganize its galleries to present the collection in a more logical and accessible fashion. The new addition also includes one of the largest education facilities at any museum and this center has allowed the Art Institute to expand its already impressive array of offerings.