Program Manager-Project Manager

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Chicago, IL



SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality visual arts programs at no cost, SkyART continues to fulfill its mission in South Chicago and surrounding neighborhoods, reaching young people through a rich variety of programs. Driving its mission, is a deep understanding of the transformative power of art and its capacity to enhance intellectual, emotional, and social development. SkyART is a foundation from which creativity grows and individuals flourish. Participants are invited into a world of imaginative possibilities and connections that go beyond the individual, to positively impact all of the communities where we work and the city as a whole.


SkyART’s target population is typified by the South Chicago community, where residents work hard to overcome high rates of poverty, unemployment and crime. In this mostly Latinx and African American neighborhood, the most recent census data indicates that 43% of households fall below the poverty line, 20% are unemployed, and 19% have no high school diploma; the Chicago Police Department report shows that 22% of crime complaints were filed in this neighborhood, and more than 98% of children are eligible for free or subsidized lunch as tracked by the Chicago Board of Education. One-third of this at-risk population are youth under twenty years old, a vibrant group who are eager to express themselves and develop their abilities. Dealing with the real-life impacts associated with such statistics is a challenge that we are honored to help our young people face.


Founded by an Art Therapist, SkyART uses art to communicate, to connect and to heal. Through interdisciplinary, process-based projects, skill-building workshops and large-scale collaborations, SkyART encourages critical thinking and inspires creative expression for youth ages 4 to 24. Teaching Artists and Therapists work collaboratively with youth participants, in an atmosphere of mutual esteem and shared curiosity, through our dynamic and experimental new methodology. Art Therapy has always been a part of our programs but now, more than ever, we see the need for therapeutic interventions. We believe connecting with our youth through the arts with a trained therapist will play an instrumental role in healing and rebuilding our community. 


The SkyART Therapist will work effectively at addressing the realities of the pandemic, social unrest, and the increasing economic and emotional divides that low income neighborhoods such as ours experience through process based art learning. You will have a deep understanding of how this affects our youth and how virtual and IRL therapy can work to address issues of isolation and trauma. Therapists will refer to public health psychosocial guidelines during a pandemic, promoting self-care, artistic expression and inspiration, challenging stigma, securing family connections, monitoring secondary traumatic stress, developing coping and resilience, maintaining relationships, and amplifying hope.

General Program Management

  • Create and implement strategies for responsive programming, both at SkyART and virtually
  • Manage SkyART Project Impact including recruitment and onboarding consultants and participants
  • Cultivating and maintaining a strong, consistent cohort of therapists
  • Support the application of SkyART values and core philosophies across programs.
  • Maintain relationships with program participants and their families
  • Ensuring adherence to established SkyART core philosophies
  • Along with SkyART Operations Manager, regularly review contracts, revise schedules, and attend to all other practical details associated with programs
  • Implement and oversee best practices for safe and responsible programming, following local and CDC guidelines
  • Support marketing and communications with consistent and recent documentation of SkyART programs including photographs, videos and testimonials of students and artwork in studio and school program

Program Management- Schools & Outreach

  • Oversee and coordinate therapeutic activities of SkyART School and Community programs
  • Negotiate contracts and oversee billing

Program Implementation and Management- Studio

  • Work with and supervise therapist to ensure the ongoing vibrancy and growth of the Project Impact program 
  • Provide and customize virtual art therapy, individual and group sessions to meet organizational goals and/or objectives for specific populations, such as those in detention facilities, shelters or home environments.
  • Assess participants’ needs, using drawing, painting, sculpting or other artistic processes.
  • Conduct art therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help participants recover from or cope with emotional impairments due to ongoing trauma in their communities, families, etc. 
  • Use SkyART wellness rubric to analyze or synthesize data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for future art therapy sessions
  • Document sessions using SkyART forms
  • Establish goals or objectives for art therapy sessions in consultation with Executive Director and Director of Programs 
  • Recommend or purchase needed art supplies or equipment for sessions
  • Possibly conduct in-service workshops on art therapy techniques and/or processes to Teaching Artists, interns, volunteers, staff and community partners


  • Ensuring dissemination, implementation and tracking of established evaluation tools
  • Documentation of individual participant needs and goals as appropriate 
  • Collect, evaluate and report outcome information for Project Impact


  • MA in Art Therapy or social service degree required and on licensure track
  • Cultural competency working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Detailed-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and writing skills
  • A minimum of two years of nonprofit, social services, therapeutic environment prefered
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to draft and deliver impactful presentations, write persuasive solicitation letters and website content, and prepare well-organized reports
  • Significant experience working with youth
  • Strong project management, research and organizational capabilities
  • Ability to work autonomously and make informed, thoughtful decisions
  • Knowledge of art and art history, practicing artists strongly encouraged
  • Ability to work within a small collaborative environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.  
  • Relevant leadership experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite 
  • Bilingual strongly preferred 


SkyART offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a competitive salary commensurate with background, experience, and position responsibilities. Depending on the position, in addition to salary, benefits for eligible employees may include:

  • Paid time off (PTO) allowance including two weeks vacation, five personal days, and five sick days per year
  • Twelve paid holidays and one additional day off for your birthday 
  • Employee retirement account with 3% contribution from SkyART 
  • Health Insurance benefits with minimal cost paid by employee


Please submit a cover letter with resume by email to with ”Program Manager-PROJECT IMPACT’' in the subject line. Do not mail or fax.

No telephone inquiries please.

SkyART is an equal opportunity employer who agrees not to discriminate against any employee or job applicant because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, physical or mental disability, or age



SkyART is a permanent fixture in the vibrant cultural landscape of Chicago's South Side. Founded in 2001 with a mission to provide youth with an accessible, safe place to participate in quality…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Master's Degree Required


Chicago, IL

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