Coordinator, Public Programs and Entrepreneurship Hub

Summary of Purpose:

The National Public Housing Museum seeks a Public Programs and Entrepreneurship Hub Coordinator with a passion for community organizing for a full-time position that provides administrative, fundraising, and programmatic coordination support to the Associate Director, who leads the Entrepreneurship Hub, currently supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Polk Bros. Foundation.

What is the National Public Housing Museum?

The Museum is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. The mission of the National Public Housing Museum is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper–a place to call home. Established by public housing residents, the Museum draws on the power of place and memory to interpret living and material culture, artworks, and oral histories of a resilient community. All of our partnerships and programs are committed to amplifying the voices, experiences, and stories of public housing residents. Ultimately, we believe that storytelling can be a catalyst for innovative public policy solutions that are responsive to people’s needs and lived experiences.

What is the Entrepreneurship Hub?

The Entrepreneurship Hub emerges out of residents’ stories about informal economic activities and cooperative business enterprises in public housing communities and seeks to sustain this remarkable heritage. The Entrepreneurship Hub leverages one of our community’s greatest resources: the history of innovative entrepreneurship that has been used as a strategy of surviving and thriving for public housing residents, low-income people, and communities of color. The Hub addresses the systemic and structural barriers to entrepreneurship and aims to a create a robust infrastructure to support a new generation of small businesses and cooperatives by public housing residents through the following programs:

  1. Open Hours, a pro bono consulting initiative, offers free drop-in business support for public housing residents provided by Chicago-based professionals, including attorneys, accountants, designers, etc.

  2. Students of our Social Justice Business School will learn the history and practice of starting and sustaining small businesses and cooperatives; how these businesses have and continue to fit into broader economic and political systems in cities; and discuss their community’s history of resilience, resistance, and innovation.

  3. After the Museum’s opening, public housing resident entrepreneurs will collectively own and operate a cooperative shop at the Museum’s site in place of traditional museum retail.

  4. A significant permanent oral history archive will inspire the next generation of self-sufficient entrepreneurs and improve perceptions of residents of public housing.

Essential Functions:

  • Imagine and plan dynamic public programs to engage and expand the National Public Housing Museum’s audience

  • Lead relationship-building and cultivate meaningful collaborations with other housing justice organizations, activists, and artists engaged in housing activism

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive and innovative community outreach and engagement plan, targeting key community leaders and relevant organizations whose work is aligned with the vision and mission of the National Public Housing Museum

  • Create a public outreach campaign through the community led development and distribution of informational materials and presentations

  • Engage community partners and residents through various means, but mostly through participation at local events

  • Plan and organize various committees, groups, events, meetings, phone calls, and more in support of organizational goals

  • Coordinates and provides administrative support for the planning, execution, and evaluation of the various programs–Social Justice Business School, Open Hours, and Cooperative Museum Store–within in the Entrepreneurship Hub.

  • Acts as liaison between the Entrepreneurship Hub and the Oral History Program to record oral histories about businesses, cooperatives, and other forms of economic activities within public housing communities.

  • Schedule and plan meetings, take meeting notes, conduct research, write and edit documents, including grants, prepare presentations, participate in planning meetings, and complete other administrative duties.

  • Plan and coordinate programs and activities consistent with the goals and objectives of the Entrepreneurship Hub

  • Maintain an effective local Board of Advisors which reflects the Hub’s values and stakeholders

  • Develop internal and external resources to accomplish program objectives including actively seeking additional funding resources

  • Provide direct business advice and training to clients, if possible

  • Schedule the Hub’s consultants and volunteers

  • Maintain a current reference library

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with relevant community organizations, small businesses, and individuals that may provide additional resources to the Hub

  • Maintain current data on consultants and volunteers for referral to users of the Hub

  • Maintain records of users of the Hub

  • Collect and maintain data on program effectiveness in collaboration with the Associate Director

  • Establish a marketing plan that will allow for high visibility of the Hub

Minimum Requirements:

  • High school diploma required, undergraduate degree preferred.

  • At least two years of administrative experience in an office setting.

  • Experience with event, program, and workshop planning and support preferred.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.).

  • Ability to manage and prioritize a variety of responsibilities.

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and follow up skills a must.

  • Must be a collaborator and a multitasker who can keep up with a fast-paced work environment.

  • Must be technology-savvy.

  • A self starter with ability to work with limited supervision but must be willing to ask for assistance.

  • Available weekdays and some weekends and evenings.

  • Valid driver’s license.

  • Hours may vary, up to 40 hours per week (full-time).

Salary & Benefits: $45,000-50,000, commensurate with experience. Health and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan.


Send a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to by January 31, 2019. Please no phone calls.


At this time there are no internships available. 


National Public Housing Museum is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.  We are interested in receiving candidates from a broad spectrum of people, including women and people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.