Manager of Teen Programs

Chicago Architecture Center

Come and be a part of our transformation!  The Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) is the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s new home and a hub for everything architecture in Chicago. The CAC will be a gateway for our docent-led tours, exciting programs and imaginative, new interactive exhibits including the expanded, popular Chicago Model. 

The Manager of Teen Programs is responsible for planning and delivering high-caliber, exciting opportunities for teens to work alongside professionals to explore architecture, engineering, construction and design. The Teen Academy portfolio of programs provides unique experiences for Chicago-area teens with hands-on interactive design and design-build workshops; architecture and design competitions; digital and social media projects; career-pathways experiences; and internship and apprenticeship programs. This position is responsible for recruiting and retaining teens to Teen Academy programs; tracking participation; administering design competitions and supporting external partnerships with youth, schools and teachers, and architecture and design organizations. This position serves as the lead instructor for the Teen Fellows program.


Program Development and Implementation

  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Education develop and manage annual work plan for CAF Teen Academy programs
  • Manage all curriculum and operational aspects of Teen Academy programs including: studio and course work, study trips, summer internships and design build projects, the annual Newhouse Architecture and Design Competition; and occasional After School Matters programs.
  • Engage architecture and design professionals as studio instructors, mentors and internship hosts; ensure student work receives industry critiques.
  • Integrate teens into CAC organization-wide public programs, Open House Chicago, family festivals and permanent & temporary exhibitions.

Relationship Management

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for industry partners, Chicago Public Schools, parents, teachers, and teens interested in participating in the Teen Academy.
  • Sustain relationships with teens before, during, and after programs.
  • Work with teachers and program administrators to recruit and retain teens in programs.
  • Work with architecture and design professionals in collaboration with other departments (Development; Public Programs) to secure and support summer paid internships for teens.


  • Manage Teen Academy budgets in collaboration with the Vice President of Education and Experience
  • Develop and update monthly data report on Teen Academy programming; update and maintain student database and student contact information; track students’ participation in annual programs and create attendance reports.
  • Support fundraising efforts including developing content for grant proposals and contributing to grant reports
  • Represent the Teen Academy and the Education Department at off-site events, donor relations events, workshops, conferences, field trips, exhibitions as assigned.
  • Travel with teens during local and national study trips.
  • Assist with training volunteers and mentors who serve teen audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Experience working with teens from populations historically underrepresented in architecture, design, science and engineering; and/or experience in education, teaching, nonprofit administration or a related field.
  • Background and passion for architecture and/or design.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated creative and strategic thinking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously; attention to detail in composing, and proofing materials, creating work plans, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends and able to travel regularly to sites – particularly schools - throughout Chicago.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience with AutoCAD; SketchUp and/or Photoshop a plus.
  • Experience with CitySpan, Tessitura or other database program a plus.
  • This role may include a variety of physical activities with program participants which may include, but are not limited to, walking, standing for long periods of time and lifting up to 40 pounds.


Chicago, IL
Due Date: 
Monday, October 29, 2018
Posted by Mary.Fichtner on September 26, 2018 - 6:41pm