Inclusive Education & Programs Manager

Chicago Children's Theatre / Chicago, IL

Inclusive Education & Programs Manager

Job Type: Full Time

Job Department:  Education

Reports to:  Director of Education & Community Programs

About Chicago Children’s Theatre

Since its launch in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre has cemented its reputation as the city’s largest professional theatre company devoted exclusively to children and families. The company evolved out of Chicago’s need for high-quality, professional year-round children’s programming to match the quality, & significance of theatrical powerhouses such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, & Lookingglass Theatre. Likewise, CCT has always believed children should be treated as the sophisticated audiences that they are, showcasing high-profile & award-winning talent, inventive production values & compelling stories that challenge, educate & entertain.

About The Red Kite Project

The Red Kite Project creates theatrical adventures and dynamic learning experiences for children on the autism spectrum.  Red Kite is a branch of Chicago Children’s Theatre and was created by CCT’s Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell as part of the organization’s ongoing commitment to serving children with special needs, especially autism.

Red Kite Adventures are multi-sensory theatrical experiences specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families.  These intimate experiences strive to incorporate the desires, needs, and impulses unique to each audience member.  Red Kite Adventures are performed by professional actors and musicians for a small audience of children on the autism spectrum and their families.

Camp Red Kite is a summer performing arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum. Participants enjoy four classes during camp: Drama-Time, Movement, Art, and Music.  The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism.  Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self-expression, social engagement, and creative play.

Red Kite Drama-Time Classes & Residencies introduce school classrooms across Chicago to our Drama-Time curriculum and teaching technique.  Our Teaching Artists bring Drama-Time activities into classrooms throughout the Fall and Spring sessions.  As part of this program, CCT also leads professional development workshops for teachers across Chicago.

Summary of Position

Chicago Children’s Theatre has an immediate opening for a talented, passionate, committed Inclusive Education & Programs Manager. This core staff member will be a team member serving the Education department at CCT.

This position is an opportunity to gain exposure and skill development throughout several aspects of our progressive & visionary non-profit arts organization.

This position will manage multiple education programs including the Red Kite Drama-Time School Residencies, In-House Red Kite Classes & Camps, and Professional Development Workshops for Educators. This position will also need to network  and recruit for all of these programs.

Below is the list of normal job duties, but it is not exhaustive. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Red Kite Drama-Time School Residencies

  1. Conduct outreach to Chicago area schools with information about the Red Kite Program
  2. Create and maintain meaningful relationships between schools and CCT
  3. Reach goals for number of residencies held and children served
  4. Organize and schedule residencies with school teachers and administrators
  5. Hire teaching artists for residencies
  6. Conduct periodic trainings for new and existing teaching artists
  7. Attend and assess periodic residencies and perform post residency assessments with teaching artists and school teachers
  8. Compile and create ongoing metrics for the residencies

Red Kite Project Classes at Chicago Children’s Theatre

  1. Organize and staff Red Kite classes at our main building
  2. Work to expand our class offerings for children on the autism spectrum
  3. Create budgets and curriculum proposals for class offerings
  4. Expand the library of written curriculum for the Red Kite Project
  5. Manage communication between parents and teaching staff.

Professional Development Workshops for Educators

  1. Conduct outreach to Chicago area schools with information about our professional development opportunities
  2. Reach goals for amount of trainings held and educators served
  3. Create and track project budget
  4. Organize and schedule professional development trainings with school teachers and administrators
  5. Hire teaching artists for trainings
  6. Compile and create ongoing metrics for PDs

Camp Red Kite 

  1. Conduct outreach to Chicago area schools with information about our program
  2. Oversee the enrollment process for each camper
  3. Create and track project budget
  4. Organize Meet & Greets with potential new campers
  5. Hire teaching artists, special education consultants, and apprentices
  6. Organize pre-camp staff meetings and trainings
  7. Collect and review curriculum drafts from teaching artists
  8. Manage the creation and collection of materials needed for camp
  9. Manage the camp experience
  • Create and maintain class rosters
  • Compile and distribute emergency and medical information to pertinent staff members
  • Conduct daily staff wrap-up meetings
  • Oversee preparations for the following day
  • Compile language and create weekly newsletters
  • Keep families updated on social media
  • Communicate with parents and families regarding camp related matters
  • Manage the presentation of assessment data collected by apprentices and teachers

Education Department Collaboration

  1. Assist the Director of Education & Community Programs in the implementation of all Classes, Camps, and Residencies that occur year round both in-person and virtually
  2. Strategize programming and community engagement in conjunction with the Director of Education & Community Programs
  3. Create a vision for classes, camps, and residencies in coordination with the Director of Education that reflects  CCT’s mission

Additional Responsibilities:

CCT Access Weekends

Provide Front of House Staff and Production Staff with best practices for creating sensory activities and performances
Assist with outreach to potential school groups for sensory friendly performances
Red Kite Adventures

  1. Assist with outreach to potential school groups for these performances
  2. Reach out to Red Kite Camp attending families about our performances
  3. Create “social stories” for these performances (booklets preparing children for the experience)
  4. Collaborate with Guest Services and act as House Manager for patrons attending

Knowledge, Skills, & Activities:

We are seeking candidates that have experience and/or a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities and their families.  Candidates with program management experience, teaching experience, and arts education experience will be prioritized for this position.  The hired candidate will be trained and assisted by teachers and staff members at Chicago Children’s Theatre who are experienced with our Red Kite curriculum and programs. Other desired skills include but are not limited to:

  • Superior customer service skills
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Spanish language proficiency highly desired, but not required
  • A/SL interpretation skills or knowledge highly desired, but not required
  • The ability to work extended/irregular hours, including nights, weekends and occasional holidays
  • The ability to work with a wide range of internal & external personalities in a professional & congenial manner.
  • The demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguous and uncertain situations & take positive actions to ensure the best quality operation is delivered daily.
  • A good work ethic.
  • An abundant curiosity to learn & a willingness to assist.
  • A sense of humor!

Working Environment:

  • Occasional lifting (up to 50 lbs individually), carrying, pushing &/or pulling, climbing & balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching &/or crawling.

Compensation & Hours:

Full time exempt, mid $30k range based on experience plus benefit package including health insurance (70% employer paid) and a generous vacation and paid holiday schedule (25 days of paid time off accrued each fiscal year).

To Apply:

Please send a link to a video-recorded statement of interest (emphasizing any previous arts education &/or non-profit experience), resume, & compensation requirements to No calls please. The position is immediately available for hire.

Chicago Children’s Theatre is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion and justice in our organization and our community, and thus we seek a broad spectrum of employees. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, as well as those who are from other underrepresented communities. AA/EOE

Chicago Children’s Theatre is strongly committed to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion in our audiences, our programs and in all of our hiring for staff, artists, and recruiting of board members. CCT is committed to a future where our theatre is a home for all people, all families, and is truly reflective of our community. We are also committed to providing a work environment that is free from discrimination. CCT prohibits discrimination in employment against any employee or job applicant because of that person’s race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, veteran status, status with regard to public assistance, membership in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.