Director of Arts and Culture

The Director of Arts and Culture will oversee IMAN’s Arts and Culture programming with the following main goals:

•    To expose broader and more mainstream audiences to a diverse range of Muslim-led arts as a means of cross-cultural encounter and education
•    To cultivate the creation of original work based on an urban Muslim identity
•    To use the arts as a means for organizing and working for social justice
•    To expand the reach of the Department of Arts and Culture including physical and virtual audiences

•    Produce, present, and organize all aspects of Community Café
•    Produce and manage the Takin’ It to the Streets festival, including vision, program, artist booking, some fundraising, steering committee recruitment and management, logistics, budget, additional events, and key partnerships
•    Work closely with IMAN’s network of artists through programming, workshops, and resource sharing
•    Create a process of evaluation and feedback for IMAN’s Arts and Culture events and programming
•    Identify and secure resources for IMAN’s Department of Arts and Culture
•    Utilize IMAN’s Arts and Culture work to bring together people of diverse backgrounds to share the Muslim American narrative
•    Implement new projects related to arts, culture, and the Muslim American identity
•    Convene IMAN’s Arts Council on a quarterly basis as an advisory board with some programmatic commitments

Education and Experience
•    Bachelors Degree in related field.
•    5 years experience in arts programming, production, and/or presentation.

Knowledge, Skills and Other Abilities
•    Deep understanding of the connection between art and social     change
•    Experience with event planning and volunteer coordination
•    Knowledge of cultures and art from the Muslim diaspora
•    Ability to work with and engage artists (from booking to discussions)
•    Experience with event marketing and promotions
•    Grant-writing ability is a huge plus
•    Knowledge of new media, graphic design, and film-making is a plus
•    Knowledge and experience working over multiple disciplines and genres
•    Strong knowledge of Chicago, its neighborhoods, residents, and surrounding communities
•    Excellent relational and leadership skills
•    Excellent written and verbal skills
•    Ability to work effectively in a multicultural setting
•    Willingness to work flexible hours

Competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.