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Listings are updated as often as possible but please see the Member’s website or other contact info for most current information.



HANA Center

Salary Range: $40,000 – $45,000

HANA Center is a Chicago-area community-based organization working to meet the critical needs of Korean, Asian American, and multiethnic immigrant communities and build power toward systemic change. HANA Center has offices in Chicago and Prospect Heights, Illinois.

HANA’s Housing Assistance Services are part of its community capacity building programs. Through these services HANA provides outreach, intake, and application assistance for rental and mortgage payment programs to support community members experiencing financial hardship. HANA also provides housing counseling to low income community members and is certified by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Housing Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting HANA’s housing services program in coordination with HANA’s HUD-Certified housing counselors. This program provides critical support to community members who are seeking housing assistance, education, and individual counseling services. The Coordinator reports to the Housing Services Team Lead.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Housing Program Coordinator.”



HANA Center

Salary Range: Not Specified

HANA center seeks an Vocal Americorps Member who will lead a team with vision, motivation, and dedication to build community power to bring structural change toward achieving racial, social, and economic justice. HANA’s VOCAL AmeriCorps supports HANA’s adult literacy programs offered to low-literate and limited English speaking adults. The AmeriCorps member assists with outreach and recruitment of one-to-one and small group tutors, volunteer training and retention, leraner engagement and level testing, and researching and obtaining resources that will benefit the adults and families HANA serves.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “HANA AmeriCorps Member”


HANA Center

Salary Range: $75,000 – $90,000

HANA seeks an Organizing Director who will lead a team with vision, motivation, and dedication to build community power to bring structural change toward achieving racial, social, and economic justice.

HANA’s Organizing Director provides deep understanding and experience in community leadership, power building, membership, and campaign development and implementation with a focus on empowering directly impacted and vulnerable community members to create systemic changes. The Organizing Director drives HANA’s ambitious program to build a strong base of community leaders to fight for bold progressive policies and practices at local, state, and national levels. The Organizing Director will build and sustain a strong team of community organizers to strengthen HANA’s organizing program.

The Organizing Director is a full-time exempt position that will be split between the Chicago and Prospect Heights offices.

Application: Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject “Organizing Director.”

Senior Community Engagement Specialist (FULL-TIME)

Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum

Salary Range: $53,000 – $58,000

The Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum is hiring a Senior Community Engagement Specialist to join our Chicago Region team in working with community members to build a greener Chicago. In this Center, the Senior Community Engagement Specialist works with community partners and landowners to advance community-centered conservation across the Chicago Region. The Senior Community Engagement Specialist implements environmental engagement activities and programs rooted in community assets and nature. This position centers the well-being goals of communities to strengthen partnerships and is responsible for helping to design and build engagement strategies and networks within the Action Center’s core Chicago Region geographies.

Community Learning Coordinator (FULL-TIME, HYBRID)

Chicago Architecture Center

Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

The Community Learning Coordinator (CLC) is a member of the Learning & Community Engagement team and plays a crucial role in implementing specialized youth programming for the organization. The CLC will be the lead educator and coordinator for a portfolio of specialized learning programs at the Center, collaborating cross-departmentally to define and implement a programmatic vision aimed at reaching and cultivating new audiences with learning and community engagement at the forefront. This role is a grant-supported position with the possibility of annual renewal. A successful candidate will assist the Learning Team in providing high quality community youth programming, reporting on metrics, with the goal of attracting sustained funding. In collaboration with numerous Center departments (Curatorial, Marketing, Exhibition Design, learning etc.), the CLC will integrate CAC’s strategic goals into education programming, and introduce innovative, inclusive programs to foster new audiences and community connections.

Development Coordinator (FULL-time)

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Salary Range: Not Specified

We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Development Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s mission by managing grant writing, reporting, and fundraising efforts. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the organization’s President and Executive Manager to align development efforts with the overall strategic goals of UIMA.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample showcasing your grant writing skills to [email protected]


Illinois Humanities

Salary Range: $65,000 – $72,000

The Program Manager for Teaching & Learning is responsible for supporting middle school and high school educators to develop, participate in, and share public humanities programs and resources throughout the state. The Program Manager leads outreach, curriculum development, and creative collaborations between teachers and other stakeholders for the Teaching & Learning department. These responsibilities include stewarding the annual statewide Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards program. This new position at Illinois Humanities serves as a critical member of the Teaching & Learning department, and reports to the Director of Teaching & Learning.

Theater Associate (part-time)

Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts

Kalapriya is looking for a person to direct and conduct a middle school theatre program at one of their partner schools, from mid-October 2023 till mid-May 2024. The selected individual will need to work with about 20 students between grades 4-8 for 3 hrs/week doing the casting, direction, and production.

Please send your resume with your education, training and internships and experience to [email protected]. Subject should read Theater Associate.

Foundation and Corporate Relations Coordinator (Hybrid)

Illinois Humanities

Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000

The Foundation and Corporate Relations Coordinator manages proposals and reports that support goals and meet funder guidelines and criteria. Core activities include conducting prospect research, submitting proposals, and preparing grant and sponsorship application narratives.


Chicago History Museum

Salary Range: $53,000-$55,000

The Archivist manages CHM’s archival collections, which include manuscripts, photographic and moving images, audio recordings, and architectural records. The Archivist works with Curatorial Affairs staff to identify, review, and present proposed acquisitions; periodically reassess the collection; and ensure the collection reflects an inclusive history of the city.

Program Assistant (Part-time)

National Indo-American Museum

The program assistant interacts with community members and coordinates the logistics for existing programs at Chicago schools. They will assist the Board of Directors to deliver content, onsite set-up and take down, as well as registration, payments and reports at the conclusion of each program.

This position requires the candidate to have a valid Illinois driver’s license and a car. They must be willing to travel to City of Chicago schools. All travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Hourly compensation will be $25/hour. Please send a cover letter of your interest and experiences, along with a cover letter to [email protected].

development manager

South Side Community Art Center of Chicago

The South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) is seeking a full-time Development Manager to oversee fundraising operations of the organization. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Director, this position will spearhead development efforts as SSCAC continues to grow.

All interested parties can send an email to [email protected].

Museum Director

Ukrainian National Museum

The Ukrainian National Museum (“UNM”) seeks a Director who will continue the excellence of the UNM’s past and lead the institution to even greater growth in the years to come.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Manages the staff in maintaining the UNM’s building, collection, daily operations, budgeting and finance, fundraising, marketing, PR, educational and public programming, and exhibition development.
  • Seeks grant opportunities and supervises all grant applications and projects.
  • Directs the management, preservation and cataloguing of the UNM’s collections and archive.

Application Instructions: Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to [email protected].


Museum administrator 

Ukrainian National Museum

The Ukrainian National Museum (“UNM”) seeks an Administrator who will plan, lead, and directs museum operations and special projects, including maintenance and marketing through the effective and efficient deployment of Human, Physical, and Financial resources.

Summary of Responsibilities

* Processes all revenues and expenditures following established museum policies.
* Purchases all necessary supplies and services.
* Administers an Annual Budget as prepared by the Board of Directors.
* Prepares monthly financial and statistical reports for the Board of Directors
* Communicates with American and Ukrainian Media outlets, i.e., newspapers,
radio, television, etc., regarding exhibits and collections; prepares Press releases
* Maintains a database for all members and mailing lists.
* Manages all museum correspondence
* Maintains close contact with the Webmaster.
* Manages the museum gift shop
* Prepares Museum newsletter
* And other duties.


Bilingual (English and Ukrainian) in speaking, reading, and writing.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other programs
College Degree


Well organized, excellent record keeper, careful with details, good writer, creative, superior human relations skills.
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:00 to 5:00

Application Instructions: Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to [email protected].


Museum tour guide 

Ukrainian National Museum

The Ukrainian National Museum of Chicago has an opening for a tour guide to work Thursdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Museum Tour Guide serves as an ambassador for the museum. This individual must be fluent in English and Ukrainian and know Ukrainian history, culture, and the Ukrainian National Museum and Ukrainian Village history. Additional training can be provided.

Summary of Responsibilities

1. Greet and welcome guests or tour groups upon their arrival at the museum.
2. Possess a thorough knowledge of the museum’s exhibits, which allows them to explain an exhibit or artifacts significance and answer any questions that guests might have
3. Be informed about changes in museum exhibits.
4. Cooperate with staff in other duties as assigned.

Application Instructions: Please submit resume and cover letter including salary requirements to [email protected].

Learning Resources Educator & School Partnership Educator

Field Museum – Cyrus Tang Foundation & Learning Center

The Field Museum’s Learning Center prepares pre-K-12 students with active learning and hands-on discovery through museum collections and exhibitions. Cyrus Tang Foundation educators develop content on AANHPI cultures, particularly focused on the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit.

The Learning Resources Educator will develop digital and physical learning resources – including lesson plans, field trips, digital interactives and games, and collections-based hands-on kits.

The School Partnerships Educator will develop workshops and resources for students and teacher professional development for educators, within the context of museum school partnerships.

Communications manager (part-time)

Swedish American Museum

Job Posting: Part time (2-3 days a week), schedule to be established with Executive Director. Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Reports to the Executive Director.

Position Summary: The Communications Manager interacts with the Museum’s stakeholders, including members and donors, and provides day-to-day oversight to the Museum’s communications and branding.

The Communications Manager represents the Museum to its community, creates a positive experience for members, visitors and volunteers alike, and builds a reputation of excellence for the Museum.

To Apply: Please send resumes with cover letter including salary requests to [email protected]. No phone calls.

Multiple Positions

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo is dedicated to connecting people with nature by providing a free, family-oriented wildlife experience in the heart of Chicago and by advancing the highest quality of animal care, education, science, and conservation. Our staff inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. If you’d like to join our team, which spans many disciplines united in the pursuit of these critical goals, we invite you to apply.


Public Humanities Intern (Seasonal, part-time)

The Newberry

The Newberry collection—some 1.6 million books, 600,000 maps, and 5 million manuscript pages—is a portal to more than six centuries of human history, from the Middle Ages to the present. We connect researchers and visitors with our collection in the Newberry’s reading rooms, exhibition galleries, program spaces, classrooms, and online digital resources.

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs and Adult Education, the Intern will conduct preliminary planning for the project “Religion and Civil Rights in Chicago.” This position will preferably begin in mid-March 2024 and will last five months 

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should attach a cover letter and resume, both as PDF documents, to their application in the Newberry Career Center. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Chicago cultural alliance

Volunteer for the 2024 Activating Heritage Conference

We are looking for 10-15 volunteers to help us make this year’s Activating Heritage Conference a success! As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with our members and other arts & culture professionals and sit in on some of the sessions. Lunch will also be provided!

Volunteers will need to be available in the morning as conference attendees start arriving and throughout the day between sessions.  Shift times and duration will depend on the role, but will be throughout the day and usually 2-4 hours long per shift. Volunteers will also be able to attend sessions as your schedule allows, but you may need to join late or leave early to be in position for your shifts.

If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email with the subject line Activating Heritage Volunteer Application to [email protected].

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Timeline Theatre

Volunteer for Timeline’s Biggest Party of the Year. Our gala benefit, Step Into Time: The Dawn of Soul 1958

TimeLine is looking for volunteers for our biggest party of the year. Our gala benefit, Step Into Time: The Dawn of Soul 1958 is coming up on Saturday, March 16, and you can help ensure it’s a spectacular success. Opportunities are available the day of the event as well as on days leading up to the event. Perfect if you love arts admin, events, or just TimeLine in general! It’s sure to be a fun and dazzling evening!

American Writer’s Festival

Volunteer for the 2024 American Writer’s Festival

We are looking for volunteers to help us make this year’s American Writer’s Festival a success! We will need the help of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers to make this event a success, and we are thrilled that have you. Volunteers can expect to hear from us with more information shortly after signup. Information about specific volunteer role assignments will be distributed by mid-April, and volunteers will be asked to attend a virtual volunteer training in early May (dates TBD).

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up!

We are looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles on four separate days:
  • Friday, May 17 (Load-In Day) – Load-in will take place at the Harold Washington Library from 8am to 4pm, and we will be looking for setup volunteers to help, in shifts.
  • Saturday, May 18 (Reception Day) – We just need two volunteers to do a variety of tasks throughout the reception from 5pm to 8pm at the American Writers Museum
  • Sunday, May 19 (The Festival) – We will need numerous volunteers to fill a variety of roles (ushers, way-finders, check-in attendants, etc.) throughout the event, in shifts. We will also need several volunteers to assist with setup, in the hours before the doors open to the public.
  • Monday, May 20 (Load-Out Day) – We will be returning to the library the day after the event for load-out from 8am to 4pm, and we will be looking for teardown volunteers to help, in shifts.
About YOU
In order to find the role that’s right for you, we’ll need to know a few details about you and your availability. Thank you for taking the time to complete this signup questionnaire! We will be in touch with more information shortly.
We would like to encourage you to share this opportunity with friends and family that may be interested in being a volunteer for the American Writers Festival! The window to register will close on Friday, March 15. Please fill out this form- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe_YSnIvH0I9qRvSVBo9RFkV42K6CPp7g4Rm2nBA3OoTg4-mQ/viewform?mc_cid=403e36f67b&mc_eid=82da96d5ae 

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Volunteer for the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to join our team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in advancing the organization’s mission by managing grant writing, reporting, and fundraising efforts. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the organization’s President and Executive Manager to align development efforts with the overall strategic goals of UIMA.


Chicago Architecture Center

Volunteer for Open House Chicago 2024

Chicago Architecture Center is thrilled to involve over 1,000 volunteers needed to greet and assist visitors at 100+ sites throughout the city. OHC Volunteer Greeters work ONE shift either Saturday or Sunday, for 3.5-5.5 hours. As a thank you, each volunteer receives great benefits, including a Priority Access Pass which lets you skip long lines.

Chicago Architecture Center

Volunteer for Education Guides 2024


Chicago Scots

Chicago Scots accepts applications from volunteers on a rolling basis. They invite and welcome the support of volunteers at their annual events, such as the Scottish Festival and Highland Games, and at their principal charity, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care.

Chinese American Museum of Chicago

CAMOC accepts volunteer applications on a rolling basis for help with special events, to act as docents, or greeters within the museum, among other areas. Fluency in English is required, Fluency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese is a strong plus.

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

DANK Haus is seeking volunteers with a wide range of skill sets to get involved in their events and programming. Whether it’s a once a year commitment or once a week, there is something you can do to help DANK Haus! You might help serve food at an event, help in the library, help install a new exhibition; there are many possibilities.

Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago

ECAC welcomes volunteers in all service and program departments including Refugee Resettlement, English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, Youth programming and Employment services. Other opportunities include interpretation (Arabic, Burmese, and French), grant writing, fundraising, donation organizing, museum, and special event coordination.

South Side Community Art Center

SSCAC accepts volunteer applications on a rolling basis for special events, marketing, maintenance, security, legal assistance, technology, sales, housekeeping, research, writing, and customer service, and other areas.