Program Manager


WHO WE ARE: SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs at no cost, SkyART continues to fulfill its mission in South Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods, reaching young people through a rich variety of programs. Driving its mission, is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to enhance intellectual, emotional, and social development. SkyART is a foundation from which creativity grows and individuals flourish. Participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities and connections that go beyond the individual, to positively impact all of the communities where we work and the city as a whole.

With art at the center of everything we do, SkyART provides free, safe, open spaces where young people are empowered and connections are made.

Our work is guided by these core concepts:

  • Accessibility – we remove barriers – promoting participation in our programs, connection with other institutions and communities, and access to the broader world.
  • Responsiveness – we innovate – adapting programs to the evolving context within which we work, fostering civic engagement, cultural democracy, and social wellbeing.
  • Totality – we are committed to reaching the whole person – recognizing that every participant has a unique life experience characterized by their own needs, assets, and interests.
  • Stability – we are a consistent presence – the “third place” after home and school, where participants develop meaningful relationships and experience a feeling of extended family.


WHAT WE DO: Through interdisciplinary, process-based projects, skill-building workshops, and large-scale collaborations, SkyART encourages critical thinking and inspires creative expression for youth ages 7 to 24. Using an artist-in-residence model, Teaching Artists work side by side with students, in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and shared curiosity, through our dynamic and experimental new methodology, the SkyWAY. Our programs include: after-school and Saturday programs at our headquarters, the SkyWAY Studios in South Chicago (Studio); classroom arts integration and afterschool programs at partnering schools (Schools); and programs ranging from one-day workshops to multi-week courses offered in coordination with organizations such as city parks and libraries, as well as other non-profit program partners (Community).


HOW YOU CONTRIBUTE: The Program Manager: Schools & Community (PMSC) is responsible for cultivating and managing relationships with schools and partner organizations, coordinating practical details of all partnership programs. The PMSC strategically imagines new community engagement opportunities reflective of the overall trajectory of the organization and works in close partnership with the full SkyART staff to ensure consistency across all SkyART programs, with particular attention paid to implementation of the SkyWAY approach. The PMSC is also the point of contact for SkyART Teaching Artists and program participants (and parents) in SkyART School and Community programs.



New Program Development

  • Work with SkyART Executive Director and Director of Creative Strategies to determine parameters for new partnerships, to identify potential SkyART School and Community partner organizations, and to identify new areas for collaboration.
  • Cultivate relationships with school and community partner organizations, facilitating onboarding for new school partnerships, and providing support to the ED and Director of Creative Strategies in the development of new community partnerships.
  • Recruit participants for Community programs.


Ongoing Program Management

  • Oversee and coordinate the activities of SkyART School and Community program Teaching
  • Artists including recruitment, onboarding, training, and review.
  • Maintain and build relationships with partner school support staff, classroom teachers, school administrators, and Local School Council members.
  • Maintain and build relationships with staff of partner community organizations.
  • Maintain and build relationships with school and community program participants and their families.
  • Regularly review contracts, revise schedules, and attend to all other practical details associated with school and community programs.
  • Maintain (and consistently revise) a robust curriculum guide/project template for engagement of participants in school and community programs.
  • Support the application of SkyART values and core philosophies across school and community programs.
  • Facilitate evaluation of SkyART School and Community Programs including:
  • Ensuring dissemination and implementation of established evaluation tools
  • Collect and track outcome information for School Programs
  • Evaluating (and helping to document) application of the SkyWAY across programs, including analysis for goal setting and continuous improvement.


Arts Advocacy

  • Advocate for arts programming in schools including:
  • Researching and taking advantage of school funding opportunities
  • Researching and staying up-to-date on legislation, mandates, and standards, etc


Promotion of SkyART Studio Programs

  • Determine and implement (with other staff members) effective community outreach strategies, to increase/maintain SkyART studio participation.
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of SkyART promotional collateral, including print materials, presentations, and program overviews.
  • Coordinate and help execute SkyART open houses and community events at SkyART and for the promotion of SkyART.
  • Leverage management of School & Community Programs to promote and recruit new participants for SkyART Studio programs.



SkyART offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a competitive salary commensurate with background, experience, and position responsibilities. Depending on the position, in addition to salary, benefits for eligible employees may include:

  • Paid time off (PTO) allowance including two weeks vacation, five personal days, and five sick days per year
  • Twelve paid holidays and one additional day off for your birthday
  • Employee retirement account with 3% contribution from SkyART
  • Health Insurance benefits with minimal cost paid by employee
Skills & Qualifications: 


  • BFA or BA in arts-related field required
  • A minimum three years of nonprofit, social services, foundation/association environment, arts and schools-related experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to draft and deliver impactful presentations, write persuasive solicitation letters and website content, and prepare well-organized reports
  • Experience designing and facilitating participatory processes and programs
  • Strong project management, research and organizational capabilities
  • Ability to work autonomously and make informed, thoughtful decisions
  • Knowledge of art and art history
  • Ability to work within a small collaborative environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.  Strong attention to detail
  • Relevant leadership experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
To Apply: 


Please submit cover letter with resume by email to with ”Program Manager-Schools in the subject line. Do not mail or fax.

No telephone inquires please.

Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Tasha Robinson
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