Hearts to Art Camp Program Director

Mission: The Auditorium Theatre, an Illinois not-for-profit organization, is committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural, community, and educational programming to Chicago and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre.

Commitment: The Auditorium Theatre thrives on the shared humanity that the performing arts provides. We are at our best when our leadership, partnerships, and the work we present on our stage reflects the world around us and the audiences that walk through our doors. Core to this belief is a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are dedicated to leveraging the transformative power of the arts to fully become the Theatre for the People.

Position Summary:
The Hearts to Art Camp Program Director is responsible for directing and executing the Auditorium Theatre’s annual summer camp, Hearts to Art, a performing arts camp for young people who have experienced the death of a parent. The camp’s mission is to use the power of the arts to promote well-being and the healing process. The Camp Program Director works year-round to recruit campers through broad community outreach, hire and train staff, organize reunions and create community through frequent communications with campers and their caregivers, as well as reviewing and refining the camp day to day structure. The Camp Program Director works an average of 10-20 hours weekly in the off season which gradually increases to full time during the summer months and camp sessions.

3-7 years

Major Areas of Responsibilities:
-Create timelines, schedules, and staffing requirements
-Prepare and execute all camp staff contracts
-Work with the Auditorium Theatre’s Chief Development Officer and Chief Finance Officer to create a camp organizational flow chart and manage the camp budget
-Work with the Auditorium Theatre’s marketing team to create promotional materials, social media opportunities, website presence and public relations opportunities to provide visibility for the Hearts to Art program
-Hire, train and supervise staff to include: leadership team, group leaders, artistic staff, clinical interns, and junior counselors
-Act as the day to day liaison for the Auditorium Theatre between Vittum Theatre and NUSH (Northwestern Settlement House) clinical staff
-Review and update as required, current Hearts to Art policies and procedures and ensure that all camp staff have met required Illinois DCFS training and background checks
-Organize and execute professional development for all camp staff
-Create and execute a year-long communication strategy with campers and caregivers
-Organize and execute two in-person camp reunions per season
-Administrative duties to include: follow-up on phone call and email inquiries from care givers, update all records in Tessitura, post camp wrap-up meetings and reports that include detailed measurements of success
-Work in collaboration with the Creative Engagement Manager to streamline and develop best practices and ensure the Hearts to Art Program aligns with the Auditorium Theatre’s mission
-Meet weekly with the Creative Engagement Manager and Chief Development Officer to keep the organization informed of all camp progress

-Prior experience in an arts education or education field preferred
-Prior experience working with children in a camp setting preferred
-Knowledge of trauma informed teaching practices and racial resilience
-Background in arts education
-Experience in childhood bereavement
-Experience in managing a large team
-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Strong attention to detail
-Strong technical skills
-Commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility

Salary Range:

To Apply:

All candidates must complete an application through Roosevelt University – please click here.

The Auditorium Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law. BIPOC candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

This role is an on-site role. Roosevelt University requires all new hires to be compliant with our COVID-19 vaccination policy, found at the COVID-19 website hereAll new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have a legitimate religious or medical exemption at the time of hire.