Operations Specialist (Full-time, hybrid)

Chicago Cultural Alliance Job Announcement
Operations Specialist (Full-Time/Hybrid)

Position: Operations Specialist
Salary range: $45,000 to $50,000/year + benefits
Reports to: Executive Director
Type: Full-time, 40 hrs/week. *Note: This is a hybrid position (2 days/week in-office; 3 days/week remote).
How to apply: If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to info@chicagoculturalalliance.org with “Operations Specialist” as the subject. Only complete applications will be considered. Applications can be addressed to Mónica Félix (Executive Director).
Process: We will accept applications until the position is filled. 1st interview: 30-min Zoom call; 2nd interview: in person in office.

About Us

The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive Chicago. We are an active consortium of over 40 cultural heritage museums, centers, and historical societies that span 28 neighborhoods and 7 suburbs in the Chicagoland area and represent over 30 different cultures from around the world. Our programs include the annual Activating Heritage conference, World Dumpling Fest, Journey Chicago, knowledge sharing opportunities, and support services. Learn more about our mission, programs, and members at https://www.chicagoculturalalliance.org/

About the Position

The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) is seeking a full-time Operations Specialist. This role is essential to ensuring that the CCA team is meeting project deadlines while enforcing practices that reinforce organization and efficiency standards. The ideal candidate is someone with an eye for detail and the ability to adapt to the various needs of a nonprofit environment. We are seeking applicants who will embrace operations and administration with an understanding that this role is central to our organization’s ability to support centers of cultural heritage efficiently and with the greatest impact.
The ideal candidate should expect to commit a minimum of 3 years to this role. This role is not a good fit for anyone preparing to transition to graduate school or transition to another professional role. We encourage applications from serious candidates looking to join a team of dedicated nonprofit professionals who are passionate about advocating for Chicago’s cultural institutions and fostering a deeper sense of cross-cultural understanding through our work.

Click to read the full job announcement and instructions on how to apply:

CCA Operations Specialist – Job announcement 2022

Creative Services: Partnering with an Exhibit Design Firm – Webinar on Oct. 26

Creative Services: Partnering with an Exhibit Design Firm – Webinar on Oct. 26

Guest Speakers: Rebecca Husk, Luci Creative, Project Coordinator and Rachel Strack, Luci Creative, Marketing Manager

Luci Creative is a full-service design studio that creates immersive environments for museums, corporate environments, and children’s interactive spaces. Working on large and small projects alike, the team at Luci expertly grow exhibit ideas from concept to completion. Guest speakers Rebecca Husk and Rachel Strack will highlight some of Luci’s recent exhibit project and discuss ways a professional exhibit design firm can partner with libraries and archives on projects.

RSVP by Friday, October 21st. Organizers will send registrants Zoom information shortly before the program.

Register here: http://www.chicagoarchivists.org/event-4995269

Read the City’s Arts & Culture Plan and give your feedback – deadline Nov 1

Read the City’s Arts & Culture Plan and give your feedback – deadline Nov 1

Many of you may remember that the Chicago Cultural Alliance and our Members were invited to provide input on the city’s We Will Chicago plan, a comprehensive citywide plan to encourage economic growth, address systemic inequality, and increase neighborhood livability over the next ten years. It is the first citywide plan since 1966. After gathering input from community leaders like all of you, the City has now released a draft of the plan for community feedback before they finalize the plan.

You can read a draft of the plan here. Our input is especially important for the Arts & Culture Pillar, which is the first section (after the introduction). 

Then you can provide input at this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ArtsCultureWWC. (You can also go right to this survey if you’d like! It summarizes the Arts & Culture Pillar’s goals.) The city has asked for feedback from the community before November 1.

You also have the option to attend one of four We Will Chicago Informational Zoom Meetings coming up:

    1. Wednesday, September 21, 2 PM-3 PM (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NjaabjVkQgSe0-1odQy1Bg)
    2. Wednesday, September 28, 1 PM- 2 PM (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1y9TQxuESWm8-AalvBbizg)
    3. Tuesday, October 4, 1 PM- 2 PM (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wJFR054WR0KiUEI2kFDVAA)
    4. Tuesday, October 11, 11 AM- 12 PM (https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NMVNr9GcQqOnQgYMOAvxyw)
Participate in Peace Day at Daley Plaza, Mon Sept 19

Participate in Peace Day at Daley Plaza, Mon Sept 19

The Peace School invites all our Members to attend or participate on Monday, September 19th at 11:45 for Peace Day, an uplifting intercultural celebration to build peace in Chicago and the World!

Resource Table form.  https://forms.gle/vJ97214hCZyMQjkn7Please complete this form if you want to have Resource Table space for your organization. Deadline is September 12th. Feel free to  share this form with peacebuilding/community service/cultural organizations that might be interested. Flag Bearer form. https://forms.gle/nQ1dgdD5njyk5PeR7For anyone interested in carrying a flag in the World Peace Flag Ceremony.



Free Webinar on Welcoming & the Arts from Arts Midwest, Wed, Sep 14, 2022 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Free Webinar on Welcoming & the Arts from Arts Midwest, Wed, Sep 14, 2022 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Arts Midwest is proud to be part of Welcoming Week, a global event taking place September 9-18! Together, neighbors of all backgrounds can work to build strong connections, create inclusive places, and achieve collective prosperity.

Attend a Webinar on Welcoming & the Arts

Wednesday, September 14 | 3 – 4 PM CT

Art is an essential tool for sustaining and strengthening welcoming work. Join Welcoming America, Students Rebuild, and Arts Midwest for a webinar discussion. We’ll explore how art, culture, and creativity can transform, deepen, and enrich immigrant inclusion work.


Opportunity: $75,000 Joyce Awards – Pre-register by Sept 7

Opportunity: $75,000 Joyce Awards – Pre-register by Sept 7


Awarded annually, the Joyce Awards support the creation of new works by artists of color to foster more culturally vibrant, equitable, and sustainable communities. In 2023, The Joyce Foundation will grant six Joyce Awards across visual, performing, and multidisciplinary arts to support new collaborations between artists of color and leading arts, cultural, and community-based organizations in the Great Lakes. Each $75,000 grant enables the creation and presentation of a new work that engages and builds community, with at least $25,000 of each grant awarded directly to the commissioned artist, while the collaborating commissioning organization receives at most $50,000 to use towards compensation of staff time, production costs, materials, participant stipends, and other expenses.

The deadline for pre-registration is September 7, 2022, with Letters of Inquiry due on September 12, 2022 at 11:59pm CDT.

For more details, eligibility criteria and other FAQs, please visit the Joyce Foundation website at [https://www.joycefdn.org/joyce-awards] or email Culture Program Director Mia Khimm at mkhimm@joycefdn.org.

Who can apply?

Applications must be submitted by the commissioning organization, including questions for the artist. Applications must reflect a new collaborative commission between an artist of color and an arts or community-based organization located in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul. The artists can be living and practicing anywhere in the world, provided they are proposing a collaboration with an organization located in one of the above Great Lakes cities. Please see the full Eligibility Criteria & Guidelines and FAQs.

Joyce Award Eligibility
• Joyce Awards applications may be submitted by artists living and practicing
anywhere in the world, provided that they are proposing a collaboration with an
arts or community organization located in the metropolitan statistical areas of
one of six Great Lakes cities: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis,
Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul.
• There is no restriction in regard to art discipline or medium.
• Artists must be commissioned by an unrelated entity – no self-commissions or
commissions by an arts organization or company founded or run by the artist.
Commissioned artists may be related to the commissioning organization, currently
or in the past, in a time-limited capacity, such as a residency, teaching artist, or
board member.
• As Joyce Awards support the commission of new works, an artist’s proposed
project should not have moved past the ideation stage.
• Although works need to be new, collaborations between artists and
commissioning organizations need not be new. Joyce Foundation welcomes
applications from artists and organizations who have worked together before.
• However, artists who have received a Joyce Award in the past are not eligible
to apply again as a commissioned artist. In addition, organizations that have
received a Joyce Award in the past may re-apply if proposing a commission
with an artist who has never received a Joyce Award in the past.
• Hallmarks of past Joyce Award recipients include artists whose work:
• Demonstrates artistic excellence as well as new thinking or approaches
while being firmly grounded in the history and evolution of an art
form and the discourse which surrounds it;
• Is as artistically and intellectually relevant to the current moment and
historical legacies in the place of commission as it is rigorous;
• Engages with and is informed by the stories and concerns of
diverse communities, including communities of color;
• Creates opportunities for community access and learning from the
ideation stage through the culminating production; and
• Will have a culminating and tangible program, product or process.
Arts and Community-based Organizations
• Arts or community-based organizations located in the metropolitan statistical
area (MSA) of one of the six cities where Joyce Awards are made (i.e. Chicago,
Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, or Minneapolis-St. Paul) may submit
an application.
• The most compelling applications have come from organizations that:
• Evidence the capacity to support an artist(s) through the
commission and presentation of an original art work;
• Are most likely to use the proposed project and collaboration with
the prospective artist to build upon and deepen connections with
surrounding communities, existing and potential institutional
partners and local civic leadership;
• Display the ability to harness additional funds as needed to ensure a
project’s completion within a 12- to 18-month timeframe (with projects
beginning no earlier than June 1, 2023); and
• Can design and execute a robust community learning, engagement
plan, and audience development strategy that will ensure the
community’s awareness of and access to the project from origination
through completion.
• Demonstrate a commitment to advancing racial equity in its work.