Associate Director


All staff members are expected to embrace the museum’s commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable institution and to adhere to the museum’s shared values.

  • Our museum reflects and deepens our collective humanity; the arts are integral to an inspired and just society.
  • We respect and acknowledge each of our colleagues’ contributions and expertise across all roles within our organization.
  • We share in the responsibility to create an antiracist culture built on equity, inclusion, and justice for all, acknowledging that these efforts are intersectional and ongoing.
  • We encourage and advance a culture of hospitality, empathy, and gratitude for each visitor, supporter, and member of our staff.
  • We embrace innovation and foster change with a progressive understanding of—and obligation to reconsider—our past.
  • We sustain an open and dynamic civic platform, inviting and advancing the diverse perspectives of our city, staff, visitors, and supporters.


 Engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago welcomes all audiences—visitors, members, and donors—at every point of interaction with the museum. The Engagement Programs team develops programming for visitors and members around museum exhibitions and collections. We work collaboratively across all departments to ensure programmatic content has the widest reach and greatest impact for all audiences.


The Associate Director works closely with the Director and the Engagement Programs team in leading the production of visitor and member programming. This role serves as a key point of contact for internal teams and steers the operational processes of planning and executing museum programs, both onsite and virtually. Production and operational responsibilities primarily include but are not limited to: calendarization of programs in alignment with smart cross-team priorities and resource allocation, oversight of processes engaging with museum operational systems, mobilization of internal and external resources to implement programs, and ensuring compliance with accessibility best practices. In partnership with the other Associate Director, this position plays a critical role in the development and delivery of a comprehensive institutional program calendar, representing all collection areas and serving all audiences. The two Associate Directors collaboratively lead priority assessment conversations with internal clients (curatorial, conservation, library, LPE, marketing, corporate affairs, civic partnerships, academic engagement, experience design, Leadership Advisory Council) and external partners (Society for Contemporary Art, Antiquarian Society, Visiting Artist Program, among others).


Departmental management:

Responsible for assigning and directing the work of title(s) listed below based on judgment relating to work priorities, work streams and skills needed. Uses discretion to organize and monitor work processes, resolves operational issues, and suggests new procedures. Supervises title(s) as listed below, including the responsibility for day to day enforcement of all policies and procedures. Evaluates performance to ensure direct report(s) are equipped to perform their roles effectively and efficiently and provides professional development as needed, up to and including all levels of disciplinary action. Communicates updated job expectations and policies to employee(s) listed below and acts as liaison to leadership for employee complaints and initiatives. Reviews applicant materials to identify candidates for interviews; conducts candidate interviews; provides recommendations as part of the hiring process.

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