Education Manager

Adventure Stage Chicago / Chicago, IL

Position status: Full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt
Position reports to: Producing Artistic Director (Primary) & Executive Director (Secondary)

Position Description:
Under the primary supervision of the Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage Chicago (ASC), the Education Manager oversees all day-to-day activities of ASC Education programs, including the Neighborhood Bridges classroom residency program, Curtain Conversations, out-of-school programming (such as After School and Summer Camp) and additional educational or community workshops and participatory experiences. The Education Manager is also responsible for developing and coordinating all curriculum, lesson plans, assessment and evaluation associated with ASC Education programs. The Education Manager supervises AmeriCorps members, independent contractors and interns and works within given expense budgets. Additionally, the Education Manager aggregates all educational content to be used in marketing materials, learning guides, lobby activities and displays. The Education Manager meets regularly with the Producing Artistic Director and Executive Director of Adventure Stage Chicago to assess progress and set goals. They should be comfortable working in a deadline-oriented environment and be a confident, prompt communicator. The Education Manager is expected to be proactive, selfmotivated and enthusiastic for the mission of the Settlement and ASC. In service to the young people and families we serve, the Education Manager is expected to adhere to the values of community, imagination, empowerment and excellence.

Position Responsibilities:
 Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation
 Develop and implement curriculum framework, assessment materials and evaluation tools used
in support of in-school residencies and workshops, out-of-school programs (i.e. after school and
summer camp) and participatory initiatives with community.
 In collaboration with the Producing Artistic Director, explore ways to innovate the Neighborhood Bridges curriculum beyond its current scope and sequence. This may include:
 Expanding the classroom residency implementation timeline.
 Incorporating playwriting techniques into the current curriculum.
 Collaborating with ASC Program Specialist to adapt the Neighborhood Bridges curriculum for use outside of traditional classrooms.
 Personnel Management
 Hire, train and schedule AmeriCorps Project YES! members, teaching artists, apprentices and interns for all residencies, camps, workshops and administrative tasks.
 Observe and assess AmeriCorps, teaching artist, apprentice and intern performance and provide ongoing feedback.
 Implement an evaluation plan that supports development of teaching artistry, apprenticeship
and internship duties and continuously improves program outcomes.
 Residencies, Camps and Workshops
 Maintain a standard of excellence for delivering ASC programming by providing high quality,
participatory programs both in school, out-of-school and in community spaces.
 Nurture ongoing relationships with current partners by:
 Communicating regularly with key stakeholders (i.e. principals, arts liaisons, community partners and funders) and sharing updates, invitations and outcomes.
 Coordinating all logistical components of residencies, camps and workshops.
 Scheduling and facilitating regular check-in and planning meetings that include participating
partners and teaching artists. When applicable, organize professional development opportunities for said partners and artists.
 Communicating in a timely fashion with all partners and teaching artists during the programming period.
 Coordinate culminating events for residency, camp and workshop participants and organize transportation as needed.
 Update and distribute curriculum materials used in support of residencies, camps and workshops.
 Utilize current assessment tools to evaluate progress of participants and assess partners’ experiences. Report out findings quarterly.
 Ensure residencies, camps and workshops are thoroughly documented with photos and video.
 Identify and solicit new community and school partnerships within Chicago.
 When necessary, teach at least one classroom residency annually.
 Production:
 In collaboration with Venue & Production Manager, ensure culminating events for residencies, camps and workshops are adequately supported.
 Devise the framing inquiry question for each ASC production or presentation and train
performers on desired script and protocol for each performance’s Curtain Conversation.
 Coordinate Curtain Conversation facilitators for the run of each show. Lead Curtain Conversations when required.
 In collaboration with AmeriCorps Project YES! member, design and implement show-specific, interactive lobby activities and display content.
 Provide front-of-house support for ASC’s weekday matinees.
 Marketing:
 Create and organize content for learning guides in support of all ASC performances; review and
approve all drafts in coordination with Marketing & Communications Manager.
 When requested, contribute education content to all brochures, catalogs, web, social media, eblasts, show programs, etc.
 Participate in educational expos, professional development workshops, and other opportunities.
 Administration:
 In collaboration with the Executive Director, oversee the Education program budget.
 Provide regular budget and programmatic updates to Producing Artistic Director and Executive Director via a 3-month calendar and regularly scheduled meetings and reports.
 Submit appropriate payroll paperwork bi-weekly to Human Resources Department according to
predetermined organizational protocols and deadlines.
 Submit appropriate expense paperwork weekly to the Accounting Department according to
predetermined organizational protocols.
 In collaboration with the Executive Director and the Office of External Affairs, collect program data, devise logic models, identify funding opportunities, contribute to grant narratives and attend meetings with potential funders and stakeholders. Specific data will be entered into a cultural database quarterly.
 Help answer the Box Office phone line if available.
 Participate in Settlement working group committees, if available.

Knowledge, Skills & Activities:
 Skill in and/or excitement to explore the integration of artistic practice with social services.
 Skill in communicating effectively and empathically in both verbal and written form with a diverse array of audiences.
 Skill in handling complex and confidential matters, which can call for discrete, independent judgment.
 Knowledge of and/or excitement to explore organizational structures, hiring, training, workflow and operating procedures.
 Skill in and/or excitement to explore and develop supervisory and training skills.
 Skill in the use of Microsoft Windows and Office Suite, Dropbox, Google Suite. Willingness to acquire skill in the use of Basecamp and Total Info.

Minimum Qualifications:
 Bachelor’s Degree in theatre, drama/arts education or related field.
 Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.
 At least three years of classroom teaching experience as a teaching artist; arts-integration experience
 Demonstrates clear understanding of curriculum planning.
 Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations and take positive actions to
ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.
 A good work ethic.
 An abundant curiosity to learn and a willingness to assist.
 A sense of humor!

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
 Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
 Travel (by foot, car, bus or train) is required to different locations throughout the city where in-school
residencies are taking place.
 The Education Manager is sometimes required to participate in evening and/or weekend
 Limited physical effort required.
 Limited exposure to physical risk.


The Education Manager meets weekly with the Producing Artistic Director and Executive Director of Adventure Stage Chicago to assess progress and set goals based on the following objective and subjective criteria:

 Meets Education Programming revenue goals.
 Demonstrates sound contract and fiscal management.
 Succeeds in implementing and managing project timelines.
 Contributes to building and maintaining strong relationships between the Settlement, ASC staff,
artists and community.

 Consistently executes internal NUSH and ASC policies and procedures.
 Works to develop new knowledge, skills and abilities.
 Willingly takes on new responsibilities.
 Maintains harmonious relations, internally and externally; communicates respectfully.
 Maintains an ethical and positive work environment; works cooperatively to accomplish program
goals; provides adequate support to staff, artists and schools.
 Demonstrates flexibility in managing change and dealing with uncertainty.
 Implements practical solutions to day-to-day problems, prioritizes responsibilities; avoids crisis.

Interested candidates should email a resume, cover letter and professional references to Mary Kate Barley-Jenkins, Executive Director, at

Statement of Non-Discrimination:
Northwestern University Settlement Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender,
disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.