At this time, DCLA is seeking Associate Arts Program Specialist for the Programs Services Unit, which manages approximately $85 million annually, receiving over 1,150 applications for these funds and distributing them to 900+ organizations through a number of grant programs. The Associate Arts Program Specialist is a key link in the agency’s relationship with City government and the cultural community, and acts as a facilitator and administrator of public monies to the cultural community and its public. As a member of the Programs unit, the Associate’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Reviewing annual grant proposals and renewal applications for cultural services from over 1,150 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations of various budget sizes and levels of administrative capacity;
- Evaluating nonprofit organizations and cultural programs, including conducting audits of events and visiting organizations’ facilities;
- Analyzing and evaluating organizations’ overall operating budget and fiscal health, in the context of their grant applications and ability to execute proposed programs;
- Providing technical assistance to organizations through articulation of agency policies, guidelines and procedures, conveying panel feedback on grant applications, as well as conducting seminars, workshops and other trainings and engagements;
- Preparing for, staffing and facilitating grant panels that occur over one-third of the year;
- Conceiving of and facilitating new grant programs and new ways to engage the field as opportunities and funds are available;
- Participating in regular assessment of agency programs and processes;
- Evaluating the impact of programs administered by the agency on local communities and the sector;
- Representing the agency at cultural events as well as meetings with other agencies or relevant stakeholders;
- Providing guidance and some supervision to the Arts Program Specialists, as needed
The preferred candidate must have an extensive working knowledge of non-profits and arts management and of the NYC cultural community, as well as solid computer skills. The successful candidates must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills; must have the ability to work productively under pressure both independently and as a team member; must exhibit strong organizational skills including the ability to handle paper flow; must be self-motivated, detail-oriented and able to manage multiple, simultaneous tasks and projects; knowledge of evaluation procedures and panel processes valued. Bilingual abilities are a plus. Experience with database systems such as Siebel, Access and Analytics is important.
- Five years of full-time experience in planning, coordinating, budgeting, producing, organizing, administering or directing a cultural program or a cultural institution; or
- Four years of full-time experience as a practitioner in any of the performing or visual arts plus at least one year of experience described in (1) above; or
- A baccalaureate degree issued by an accredited college, including or supplemented by 24 credits in one of the visual or performing arts or in arts management plus one year of full-time experience as described in 1 above; or
- Education and/or experience equivalent to “1” or “2” or “3” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in 1 above. Experience of a substantial nature will be considered on a pro-rated basis, if it is not full-time.
All appointments are subject to OMB approval.