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Arts + Creativity Manager

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Status: Full-Time, Exempt

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, a comprehensive 401K match, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more!

The Job: The Arts + Innovation Manager would primarily oversee the Black Creativity program held January—February of each year, including that annual Gala, with outreach and planning work to occur throughout the year. This role will also manage other initiatives as they arise which create meaningful and creative intersections between STEM learning with the arts and design. To promote and facilitate new initiatives it would include the coordination of staff and material resources within Science and Integrated Strategies, and within the museum as a whole.


  • Serve as the main liaison to professional artists, submitting and selected, initiating all correspondence and maintaining all required communications throughout the program.
  • Manage all schedules and coordinate delivery of artwork, installation in the gallery, breakdown of the gallery after programming ends and all associated tasks with internal and external contractors.
  • Oversee all jury related events including assembly of the jury, producing materials required for selection of work, and managing all meetings for the jury as well as notifying artists and internal and external entities.
  • Act as the main contact and liaison to Chicago area schools and community groups encouraging student participation (starting the year prior) and providing teacher and coordinator support.
  • Coordinate with internal Communications Department for all media materials and be available to meet with media representatives to promote the program.
  • Coordinate all signage and marketing materials with internal and external Design and Marketing departments as well as External Affairs, Guest Experiences and Education departments.
  • Work with other Education departments to coordinate associated programs as they relate to Black Creativity including, but not limited to, Innovation Studio and Innovator Gallery.
  • Lead the research, development and prototyping of new Black Creativity programs.
  • Stay current with new art trends, program content and delivery methods locally and nationally.
  • Assist other departments, under supervision of the Director, with management of small projects within appropriate schedule limits that do not interfere with Black Creativity programming.
  • Track, record and analyze Black Creativity program attendance data and use for planning and assessment.
  • Ensure Juried Art gallery and associated Black Creativity program spaces are in good order and manage all coordination with internal and external contractors associated with facilities assembly and upkeep
  • Track all program materials and ensure the space is organized and stocked.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in design or art with four (4) to six (6) years of work experience (additional experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree is acceptable).
  • Prior experience managing detailed projects is needed
  • Experience with youth or public program facilitation and management recommended
  • Proven background working collaboratively with others
  • Demonstrated comfort and confidence speaking in front of audiences required
  • Ability to engage diverse audiences is required
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including select weekends, required
  • Individual must possess excellent verbal communication skills
  • Experience with Windows required; graphic development programs (such as Adobe Suite) preferable.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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