The Takin’ it to the Streets urban international festival brings all of IMAN’s work together in one event used to promote the causes and issues we represent. Since 1997, it has consistently attracted thousands of people to Chicago’s Marquette Park, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for the housing rights of marginalized people, was struck in the head with a stone and commented on Chicago’s hostility as he wiped the blood off of his forehead.

In 2016, we expect to host 10,000+ people from around the world, carrying on the legacy of the beloved community that Dr. King spoke of, as we celebrate the diverse, creative, and artistic expressions of many communities. The week of festivities will include several lead up events in and around Chicago’s downtown area, important collaborations with local and national institutions, the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Marquette Park, and an expansive marketing campaign with global online participation.

Streets Festival Director Job Overview:

The Streets Festival Director will work with the Youth & Arts Manager to manage various programmatic, administrative, and production tasks for the Takin’ it To The Streets Festival Week August 1-6, 2016. The Lead Planner will be part of the Festival’s core organizing team and will play a significant role in shaping and presenting the week’s events.

This is a temporary position, with the possibility of becoming long-term, and will be contracted until September 9th, 2016.

Job Duties and Requirements:

  • Lead planning and organizing Takin’ It to the Streets from start to finish in collaboration with the core Steering Committee Team.
  • Incorporate the MLK Memorial theme into the weeklong festivities and coordinate with the MLK Memorial planner for Streets Festival.
  • Oversee the solicitation of corporate sponsors to ensure funds for the festival.
  • Oversee management of staff and volunteers with core staff leading up to and during the festival.
  • Work with performers and sponsors to ensure their needs are met during the festival (including travel arrangement, booth requirements, marketing needs, etc).
  • Properly execute performer contracts, monitor their payments, secure insurance information, generate invoices, and accurately produce financial reports when necessary.
  • Maintain and monitor sponsorship databases and all deliverables for events.
  • Coordinate festival details and ensure that all components are in place and on time for the festival.
  • Manage festival budget.
  • Manage festival schedule and timeline both leading up to the event and during the festival.
  • Oversee festival promotion through directing street team’s distribution of flyers, pamphlets and posters.
  • Direct/coordinate external teams with the support of key staff leads.
  • Revise and update festival manual, and establish policies and procedures post-festival.

Ideal Candidates Will Have:

  • 5+ years experience with event or festival planning
  • Knowledge/interest in art and music and social justice
  • Ability to lead multiple committees and engage volunteers
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks effectively
  • Ability to create databases preferred
  • Excellent technical, written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with (and learn from) diverse ethnic communities and individual personalities

To Apply:

If you have what it takes, and are interested in making history, send your cover letter and resume to hr@imancentral.org.