Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR - CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Facilities Division, City Markets Program
Job Number : 288999
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists, and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
The Program Director - Cultural Affairs position in the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Facilities Division directs the newly rebranded City Markets Program (Farmers, Community and Artisan Markets, seasonal May-October), which also includes the historic Maxwell Street Market (every Sunday year round). This role involves managing 15 City Markets serving communities reflective of the City’s diversity, as well as providing strategies for collaboration and incubation for other independent, neighborhood markets. Oversees programming and participation of approximately 250 – 350 permanent and alternate vendors, musicians, and performers which enhance the markets atmosphere and their community presence. The position also provides direction and leadership on budget management, negotiating contracts, market strategy, evaluation, and implementing and enforcing market rules, regulations, and procedures. In this capacity, the position performs the following:
Direct the City Markets program consisting of programming and participation of vendors selling food and merchandise, musicians, and performers, as well as, policies on providing fresh food access in an equitable manner city-wide.
Meet with the department’s leaders for overall vision and goals for the City Markets; develop, plan, organize, and implement goals, objectives, procedures, artistic direction, and program concepts; and direct the evaluation of the program’s effectiveness.
Participate in policy discussions both internal to DCASE and City-wide regarding access to fresh food, vendor opportunities, and support to locally made (regional) products.
Establish, implement, enforce, and train on market guidelines and procedures; keep abreast of current laws and regulations; and research current market trends and best professional practice standards.
Provide leadership and direction for various markets, as well as the DCASE team charged with their oversight; meet with market participants to clarify and interpret rules, processes, and procedures; walk through, observe, and monitor market grounds and document requirements; troubleshoot and mediate problems and complaints; and provide technical assistance and resources. Assures coverage by DCASE Markets team for marketplaces on a weekly and seasonal basis.
Direct the selection process of vendors, musicians, and performer participants to provide consistent and fair participation with well-planned and enjoyable entertainment.
Develop annual and project budgets and monitor expenditures; work with the DCASE Finance team to ensure appropriate funding for the markets; and develop and maintain accurate tracking records of finances, contracts, programs, vendors, performers, etc.
Review, prepare, and negotiate service contracts; oversee the receipt of payments, fees, and other revenues; and may assist in researching and writing grants and proposals.
Direct and prepare weekly and/or quarterly comprehensive reports with narrative, financial, and statistical components.
Serve as the department’s liaison to represent and promote the City Markets Program to participants, attendees, local elected officials, community organizations, artists and performers; and conduct community outreach, coordinate and conduct meetings and business development opportunities, present at workshops to vendors for community outreach, and establish and maintain relationships.
Work with the DCASE Marketing team to develop creative materials to market and promote the market, i.e. e-newsletters, brochures, social media, etc., and as needed, work with other City departments regarding issues relative to the City Markets Program.
Participate with other DCASE programming assignments by collaborating with co-workers on assignments, attending meetings and events, and completing paperwork.
Perform related duties as required.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree; supplemented by five plus years of progressively responsible experience in events direction, market management or program planning, or an equivalent combination of training and experience is required. At least three years of supervisory and/or project leadership experience required. A valid Illinois driver’s license is required.
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