join our family: community & exhibition officer

We are looking for an experienced Community & Exhibition Officer to help us better deliver project incubation, leadership development and resources sharing through the development and implementation of public programs, workshops, events and campaigns. You will work directly with the Head of Community and Public Programs and the Head of Development to create unique solutions for sustaining Reunion’s mission and vision.  

The Community & Exhibition Officer will serve as the point-person for developing, implementing and executing initiatives and activities for Reunion. These initiatives and activities include residencies, events, corporate responsibility programs, memberships/ambassador program, partnerships and sponsorships, and campaigns (print, web, social media, broadcast, etc.). In addition to this, the ideal candidate will work alongside the Head of Community and Public Programs to create a calendar of innovative and impact-driven workshops and networking mixers for current and prospective residents, in addition to the large Reunion community.  

They will strategize for effective ways to systematize administrative procedures, set and maintain brand standards, and improve the ways our community engages with Reunion.  Acting as a thought-leader of the organization, the Community & Exhibition Officer will implement guides as well as initiatives that incorporate Reunion’s mission for prioritizing LGBTQ+ identified people and communities of color. This person will also be in charge of managing master calendar of events, programs, workshops and activation’s, as well as  host weekly office hours to meet with community members, current and prospective residency members as well as maintain day-to-day operations with support from Head of Development and the Head of Community and Public Programs.

Candidates with a proven commitment to LGBTQIA + POC communities along with strong writing, research and organizational skills are especially encouraged to apply.

Core Responsibilities // Essential Functions: 

Programming support: (report to Head of Community and Public Programs) 

  • Manage master calendar of events, programs, workshops and activations.   

  • Host 1-2 office hours a week during operating season to conduct walk-thrus, host co-working, order supplies and all other necessary duties. 

  • Planning and execution of all communications and media actions on all channels, including website, social media, email newsletters, etc. 

  • Work with Head of Community and Public Programs to improve reach through strategic community engagement tactics.  

  • In collaboration with the Head Community and Public Programs, concept and executive monthly lunch & learns, skill-share workshops and networking mixers/gatherings. 

  • Responsible for creating, implementing and supervising promotions and ticketing to ensure brand consistency. 

  • Reviewing success of events, programs, events and campaigns while developing ways to improve and broaden brand recognition. 

  • Participate in all aspects of setup/break down and staffing of RC-specific and venue rentals (not affiliated with residents) events in support of the organization as requested and needed.

  • Coordinate events, gatherings and programs with short and long-term residents. 

  • Attending networking and community events alongside Head of Community and Public Programs to build brand name recognition. 

Development support (report to Head of Development) 

  • Prepare monthly financial report and submits to Head of Development  

  • Work with the Head of Development to manage sponsorship and partnership expectations/fulfillment.  

  • Responsible for all opening and closing procedures. 

  • Assist with planning and coordinating quarterly gatherings with the Community Advisory Board.

Admin & research support:

  • Schedule and organize meetings/events and maintain agenda. 

  • Develop and implement system for residency program, venue rentals and all other forms of inquires. Ensures implementation of policies and best practices.  

  • Train and coordinate with volunteers.

  • Research and track performance and reactions through surveys, social media, testimonials, etc. Develop and implement program evaluations.

  • Consistently brainstorming and collaborating with team for new ideas and strategies that are becoming industry trends. 

  • Prepare monthly residency/program reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing top-line data. 

Commitment: 12-20 hours/week on site (flexible). 6 month minimum commitment with possibility to extend based on performance and desire. This is a paid contract position. Rate dependent on skill and experience.

Interested applicants must fill the application form, through which you will be asked to attach a cover letter and resume.

join our family: volunteer

We're always looking for volunteers to help out with running events, tending bar and general maintenance needs. If you are interested in getting involved complete the this form. On a case-by-case bases, we also offer volunteer opportunities in exchange for residencies, venue rentals and more.

Volunteering activities range from:

  • Staffing for events

  • Production assistance

  • Event documentation

  • Outreach

  • Organization/Inventory of resources at the Reunion Chicago space

  • Space maintenance

  • Running errands

  • +++ more

You can volunteer work-trade and skill-shares for the following:

  • For Monthly Residencies

  • For One-Off Venue Rentals

  • For Event Consultation

Interested volunteers must fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Reunion Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NAVEL does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. We are actively taking steps to meet our commitment to diversity and to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities.