CircEsteem staff members at a gala

Careers & Volunteering

Our CircEsteem family wants to grow!

We’re determined to continue building a community where you, our future team member, can explore new ways of thinking and learning, strengthen your skills, and thrive in a fast-paced environment! Our team members are creative leaders that train students in the circus arts all while empowering and uplifting them so they can gain the courage and self-esteem needed to succeed.

At CircEsteem we are a community that celebrates belonging, teamwork, creativity, and inclusion! You belong. Come join our team today!

Just starting to dip your toes in the world of circus performance? Have a huge interest but unsure on how to jumpstart training?

Come join CircEsteem's Social Circus Instructor Training Program!

Please carefully read the information below to gain a better understanding of this wonderful paid opportunity. This program specifically calls for BIPoC individuals with some/no prior circus experience(s)/training.

Register your interest using this Google Form.

Our Mission & Values

CircEsteem’s mission is to unite youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of the circus arts.  CircEsteem promotes the development of self-esteem, personal success and empowerment by (i) promoting the practice of circus arts; (ii) uniting youth from diverse backgrounds; (iii) providing social and emotional skill building; (iv) providing youth opportunities to participate in leadership training which results in paid opportunities throughout their participation with CircEsteem.

CircEsteem values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign born residents, and veterans to apply.  CircEsteem is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal

Open Positions

Teaching Artist

Employment Status:
Part-Time
Reports to:
Program Coordinator and Programs Director
Summary:
CircEsteem unites youth across all backgrounds and identities by fostering self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice and performance of the circus arts. Specifically, CircEsteem promotes the development of self-esteem, personal success and empowerment by (i) promoting the practice of circus arts; (ii) uniting youth from diverse backgrounds; (iii) providing skills training; and (iv) providing children from low-income and economically challenged backgrounds with the financial safety net they will need as they seek higher education.
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Director of Finance and Operations

Employment Status:
Full-Time (40 hrs/wk)
Reports to:
Executive Director
Summary:
The Director of Finance and Operations will be a member of CircEsteem’s 4-person Leadership Team (consisting of Program, Community Outreach, and Executive Directors). The Director of Finance and Operations must be able to work in a fast-paced and multi-tasked environment with confidence and efficiency. The ideal candidate will be creative, organized, and able to create and implement strategies based on a framework of goals created with the leadership team.
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Program Coordinator (Social Worker)

Employment Status:
Full-Time (40 hrs/wk)
Reports to:
Program Manager
Summary:
CircEsteem is looking for a Program Coordinator with strong behavior management skills that can execute applicable programs including program infrastructure; personnel management; program outreach and enrollment at schools located throughout Chicago.
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The continued support of our friends and family make all this possible.  Here are some ways you can help!

Homework & Circus Work

Our free after-school tutoring program is in need of volunteer tutors to help students from 2nd – 10th grade, as they work on their homework or other academic enrichment activities.  This program meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Apply Here

(No end date for apps/rolling consideration)

Performances

Performances at CircEsteem happen twice a year (Winter and Spring) and are always in need of help with Costumes, Sets, Lights and Sound. Support our young performers and add some razzle dazzle.

Volunteer

Photo/Video

Anytime is great to help document the kids in action. We have programming 4 days per week as well as two performances each year.

Volunteer