The Manager of Open House Chicago will provide strategic vision and organization for the annual OHC festival as well as year-round programming that celebrates our city of neighborhoods. Open House Chicago is a free, two-day public festival held every October that offers behind-the-scenes access to 300 architecturally, historically, and/or culturally significant places across the city. Featured sites are located throughout the entire city and provide an opportunity for Chicagoans to celebrate the diversity of our neighborhoods. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended this unique and much loved event. Over 50 other cities host Open House and Doors Open events. Open House Chicago is the 2nd-most-attended event of its kind worldwide! The Manager of Open House Chicago coordinates community outreach; manages internal and external relationships with key stakeholders; and develops compelling content and events designed to open minds and hearts to the spaces and places and stories that make our city what it is.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Lead the strategic planning process for OHC, including setting a vision and scope for the program, means of selecting neighborhoods and community partners, establishing volunteer requirements and expectations, and evaluating program outcomes/efficacy.
- Champion Chicago's neighborhoods through relationships with key community partners and neighborhood leaders.
- Conceive new ideas for engaging public audiences and bringing people together.
- Maintain robust database and maps of current, former, and prospective OHC sites.
- Oversee the meaningful involvement of all CAC departments in the OHC program, including marketing, development, education, membership, operations, and volunteers.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in humanities-based field
- Experience with festival management, program development, or related experiences in a not-for-profit, educational, or community-based setting
- Experience with community outreach and knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods preferred
Skills and Attributes
- Excellent project management skills; event planning; detail-oriented; able to determine and adjust competing priorities
- Creative thinker who is curious about the built environment
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Active relationships with key community organizations across the city
- Computer proficiency with Windows applications, database and website management (e.g., Airtable, Rosterfy, and Tessitura)
- Ability to work successfully in collaborative team environments
- Ability to travel throughout the city and work weekend and evening events
About Chicago Architecture Center
Formerly known as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is a nonprofit cultural organization with tours, exhibitions, programs, and events for all ages. Our mission is to inspire people to discover why design matters. The CAC is the leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation. As Chicago’s forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design, the CAC inspires people to participate in the building of vibrant communities and to demand the highest standard in urban design.
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