As the Chicago Architecture Biennial continues to develop its program of exhibitions and events, there will be multiple opportunities for volunteering and employment. If a position is currently open, it will be listed here.


  • Manager of Communications and Marketing

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    Manager of Communications and Marketing Job Description  
    The Chicago Architecture Biennial is seeking a full-time Manager of Communications and Marketing to be responsible for directing the Biennial’s external relations, reporting to the Executive Director and working in coordination with the leadership team and external PR and marketing agencies.  
    The Manager of Communications & Marketing position sets, coordinates and manages the communications and marketing functions of the Biennial. This work is done closely in conjunction with the Biennial’s leadership, senior staff in Development and Program Production, and external PR and marketing consultants. The role includes planning, development and implementation of strategies to increase the profile of the Biennial as an organization, with a focus on the third edition exhibition and its commissioned participants and programs. It extends to oversight of the Biennial’s marketing platform for programmatic partners, to promote engagement with an expanded audience.  
    This is an ideal role for a hands-on, creative professional with strong writing and organizational skills. Candidates must be highly self-motivated, creative and organized with 7-10 years of experience in administration, social media management, and/or public relations for arts and culture.  
    They must be driven, able to multitask, have impeccable communications skills, work well as part of a team and excel in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.  
    Responsibilities include:  
    Partner management 
    • Develop and maintain system for intake of information from partners and participants 
    • Facilitate fulfillment of press requests, such as coordinating interviews, image and fact-checking requests, photo shoots, and more 
    • Government Relations 
    • Communicate with Government stakeholders to make sure they are up to date and assist in promoting CAB. This includes ongoing communications with key agencies such as, but not limited to: 

    Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events:
    Chicago Public Library  
    Mayor’s Press Office 
    Illinois Office of Tourism 
    Choose Chicago 
    PR and marketing coordination 
    • Develop and facilitate the Biennial’s annual marketing and advertising strategy in close consultation with Biennial leadership, PR agencies, and Marketing agency, including ad placements with relevant print and digital publications 
    • Coordinate with external PR and advertising agencies to provide information and feedback and manage schedule and timeline 
    • Work with external PR and advertising agencies to develop and approve all external materials and manage internal and external requests for information; facilitate reviews of drafts and approvals 
    • Serve as a main point of contact for press inquiries in coordination PR agencies 
    • Manage, write, and issue e-blasts to the biennial’s general contacts 
    • Manage content and images on the Biennial's website 
    • Develop and maintain online press kit 
    Social Media Management 
    • The position supervises the Content Coordinator, a role that implements the creation of visual and text-based content for distribution across the website and all relevant social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.)  
    • Coordinate with external PR and advertising agencies to develop and execute content strategies and content partnerships for social media channels  
    Development Coordination 
    • Assist on the development of sponsorship pitch packages 
    • Assist on the development and execution of cultivation events for stakeholders and supporters 
    Advertising & Asset Production 
    • Recommend and with approval from the Executive Director, direct the media-buy with agreed upon target markets that compliments the marketing strategy. 
    • Monitor the media buy to ensure its effectiveness, recommend any changes with approval from the Executive Director. 
    • Coordinate graphics of marketing material and advertising. 
    • Direct video production and work with team on agreed upon channels for distribution.  
    • Be responsible for own correspondence and administration 
    • Any other duties as reasonably required by the Biennial leadership team 
    Requirements and information 
    Candidates must have strong written and verbal communications skills; writing samples will be required.  
    Knowledge of Chicago arts, architecture, cultural and civic leaders, familiarity with key press outlets and prior experience with event and advertising budgets is a plus. Photoshop and InDesign experience is also desirable.  
    Full time: Mon-Friday, 930 am-530 pm; Additional weekend and evening hours related to Biennial media, sponsor and programmatic events (including the press preview and opening period 17-22 September 2019).  
    Salary is commensurate with experience. 
    Contract period: 
    End of September 2018 – February 2020 

    Application Materials: 

    • Cover letter and Resume/CV 

    Please send all application materials to info@chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org by September 12, 2018 with Manager of Communications and Marketing in the subject. 

  • Manager of Learning Initiatives

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    The Chicago Architecture Biennial is seeking a full-time Manager of Learning Initiatives to collaboratively create and execute educational programs that at once build upon the Biennial’s legacy of exhibitions and programming, and tie closely into the perspective lent to the 2019 edition by the Artistic Director and Curatorial Team. Reporting to the Executive Director and working closely with the program coordinator, and the senior staff, the Manager of Learning Initiatives will foster a set of diverse and dynamic learning opportunities and resources including those targeting K-12 students and teachers by creating materials that are accessible to learners of all ages, and a subset of material focused on young adults in college/university environments. Programs under the rubric of Learning Initiatives help connect a wide range of audiences to the broader cultural conversations about architecture --- including youth and adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The learning initiatives program is a conduit to continuously engage Chicago’s citizens with the Biennial as an ongoing platform that stewards architectural thinking and dialogue year-round

    This is an ideal role for a hands-on, creative professional with strong writing and organizational skills. Candidates must be highly self-motivated, creative and organized with 3-5 years of experience in education. They must be driven, able to multitask, work well as part of a team and excel in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.  


    The Chicago Architecture Biennial is dedicated to providing a platform to unite the global vanguard of architectural thought and practice with the city of Chicago’s unique legacy of architectural innovation.  In addition to its biennial constellation of exhibitions, full-scale installations, programming, and educational initiatives, the organization stewards and promotes an ongoing conversation on architecture in and around the city.  Each edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial takes as its core a theme that addresses the most compelling issues in contemporary architectural practice. Designed to deepen and expand the conversation on architecture and the built environment with field leaders and everyday citizens. The Chicago Architecture Biennial is a platform created to further our understanding globally and locally of the way we organize society through the exploration of the built environment. The Biennial seeks to envision a future of architecture that is, first and foremost, shared, inclusive, diverse, sustainable, and equitable.


    Goals of Learning Initiatives of the Biennial:

    - Elevate and make the cultural role and social value of architecture accessible in people’s lives

    - Promote access and equitable participation in the Biennial’s discourse on architecture and its intersection with other forms of art and culture

    - Foster critical and creative thinking

    - Cultivate the Biennial’s unique platform as a source of collaboration and participation able to strengthen the fabric of communities and the life of our city.

    The Manager of Learning Initiatives is responsible for being an active member of the educational community of Chicago and the museum field including school communities. S/he will collaborate with Biennial staff and the Curatorial Team to deepen audience connections and position the Biennial as an important catalyst for architectural thinking in the cultural ecosystem of Chicago. The responsibilities of the Manager of Learning Initiatives are informed by the Biennial’s values to model a diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultural organization.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

    Curriculum Development

    - With direction from the Artistic Director and Curatorial Team establish a K-12 curriculum drawing from the 2019 edition and its’ exhibition commissions, publications and programs

    - Working in collaboration with the Artistic Director and Curatorial Team, support the development, implementation and management of pedagogical projects in the 2019 edition

    - Work with communications and marketing team to distribute curriculum to partners across various platforms including the Biennial website

    Partner Relations           

    - Lead the Biennial’s efforts to continue engagement and collaboration with existing educational partners (including the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Public Libraries)

    - Lead the Biennial’s efforts to work directly with K-12 constituencies including after-school programs, and develop an outreach strategy to a connect with a broad set of partners and cultural organizations

    - Work with external Biennial education partners to coordinate daily guided K-12 tour program. This program is organized and managed by an external partner.

    - Identify opportunities to engage higher educational partners with the Curatorial Team and other Biennial support staff; organize opportunities for programmatic engagement and tour opportunities

    Programming Development and Operations

    - Under the direction of the Executive Director develop an annual Educational Design Challenge including, managing outreach to Chicago Public Schools, working with Biennial staff to manage the competition submission process, oversee and manage the jury, and coordinate with the Biennial event staff to produce related prize ceremonies

    - Work with curatorial team to develop resources to train docents for K-12 youth tours and general public tours; and develop interpretive documents targeting special groups such as families (a “Family Guide”) including bi-lingual materials

    Evaluation and Ongoing Engagement

    - Work with development team to coordinate efforts to collect data and information for evaluation

    - Work with Biennial staff to develop programmatic opportunities to maintain relationships with educational entities and cultural institutions after the 2019 edition closes

    Professional Skills and Disposition

    - Demonstrable leadership skills, including ability to successfully mentor, manage, and motivate diverse teams; adept at leading change processes that involve multiple individuals.

    - Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with audiences of different backgrounds, levels of knowledge, and types of ability. Must be diplomatic and tactful.

    - Excellent organizational, project, and time management skills; demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing needs of a dynamic, high-volume work environment.

    - Exceptional collaboration skills including the ability to work within a framework of shared authority with a range of communities and stakeholders

    - Ability to take initiative and exercise excellent judgment, both as part of a team and independently.

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

    - Energy and enthusiasm for the mission of the museum and demonstrated commitment to advancing the goal of making educational institutions, including museums, more pluralistic, equitable, and inclusive.

    Minimum Qualifications

    - Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in art education, art history, museum education, architecture/design, studio art, or other related education, humanities, or social science field; Master’s preferred

    - Minimum 3-5 years of experience working with K-12 audiences and/or in museums

    - Strong research and writing skills with experience of producing interpretive materials and education curriculum

    - Previous experience teaching at the intersection of architecture, design and art

    - Previous experience training and managing a team of docents and volunteers

    - Demonstrated experience with conducting evaluation

    - Command of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite

    Salary is commensurate with experience. 
    Contract period: 
    October 2018 – February 2020 (with an opportunity to extend)

    Application Materials: 

    Cover letter and Resume/CV 

    Please send all application materials to info@chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org by September 28, 2018 with Manager of Learning Initiatives in the subject.