Manager Of School Programs

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Are you someone who:

  • Has the ability, knowledge, and experience to navigate and nurture relationships with school systems and teachers?

  • Is an imaginative, critical thinker when it comes to program and curriculum development?

  • Has the ability to guide and lead a cohort of teaching artists?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!

We have an opening for a full-time Manager of School Programs who will manage the development, delivery, and evaluation of innovative programs for students and teachers, and work in partnership with the Polk Bros. Associate Director of Learning to raise the profile and reputation of the MCA in the city and beyond. The Manager will also be responsible for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, and training of teaching artists and contractors. To be successful in this role, you must:


Work closely with the Polk Bros. Associate Director of Learning to create programming that strongly integrates artists and audiences effectively within the MCA.

Develop the MCA’s suite of programs for students and teachers; manage respective budgets.

Lead a creative team of artists in the conceptualization and delivery of innovative programs for student and teacher audiences.

Cultivate professional relationships and partnerships with relevant institutions and individuals to ensure the vitality and diversity of the Learning and Public Programs Department.

Develop concise curriculum and program material for internal and external distribution, including gallery publicity, website, grant proposals, reports, etc.


Desired qualifications include a Master’s degree in Education, Museum Studies, or Art History and a minimum of three years of experience in a museum or education position (or equivalent experience), and:

  • Experience working with student and teacher audiences.

  • Knowledge of and experience in gallery-based teaching and art interpretation; demonstrated ability to effectively teach with works of art and to design lessons and develop curricula.

  • Strong presentation and teaching skills, great attention to detail, and strong diplomatic and mediation skills.

  • Interest in keeping current with research, trends, and practices in formal and informal learning environments.

  • Excellent computer skills including strong proficiency in Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to undertake national travel is advantageous.

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with evening and weekend availability as required to fulfill responsibilities and for related museum activities. Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones and general mobility throughout the building required.