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Grants Program Manager


*Hiring immediately; Applications accepted on rolling basis until position is filled*

Job Summary: We’re looking for a skilled Grants Program Manager – someone with a heart for the arts and people and a head for the business of art. The successful candidate will manage and implement the Council’s Grants Program, which provides general operating support and capacity building to arts organizations and project support and professional development for individual artists. The Grants Program Manager also develops and coordinates the Arts Council Associates, a regular meeting of the community of arts organizations and artists, and is the first point of contact for our Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Perhaps the most critical component of this position is nurturing strong values-based relationships with organizations and artists countywide, particularly in historically under-resourced and underinvested communities. Related duties include bilingual communications, program planning, and data management. This position manages an annual grantmaking budget between $300,000 – $350,000 and a 100-120 grants portfolio.

Schedule: 40 hours/week. Flexible schedule, requiring occasional evenings and weekends.

Locations: Main office at 1070 River Street, Santa Cruz, and occasionally at Watsonville office at 118 First Street, Watsonville. Arts Council Santa Cruz County has a work-from-home policy that allows staff to work off-site as appropriate and based on COVID-19 County-recommended safety protocols.

Reporting: This position reports to the Deputy Director

Supervisory Responsibilities: Operations & Grants Associate

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary range $60,000 – $70,000, full-time, exempt
  • We believe in work-life balance and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked
  • 10 vacation days, 12 sick days, 11 paid holidays, additional paid vacation during annual closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • We provide medical, dental, and vision insurance with the Arts Council covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package for employees and 30% dependent coverage
  • Develops and implements Grants Program work plan in alignment with organizational strategy and equity work plans.
  • Evaluate and facilitate program process improvements and set priorities, in collaboration with the Grants Committee; available thought-partnership from leadership staff.
  • Conduct research on best practices and participate in professional development opportunities; participate in discussions in the field about equitable grantmaking and funding.
  • Contribute to the overall health and vitality of the Council through active participation in strategic discussions and providing thought leadership.
  • Manage special projects as needed and as they relate to our organization’s strategic focus of community investment.
  • Promote the Grants Program to the community
  • Conduct targeted outreach with artists and organizations, particularly in communities of color, to support the program’s racial equity goals
  • Provide communications staff with timely program dates and materials to support program marketing
  • Review, evaluate, and update all grant programs and processes annually
  • Supervise maintenance of online grants management system, in Spanish and English languages
  • Manage the entire grantmaking process from initial application to final reporting
  • Maintain updated records of grant program metrics; provide data as needed to support program development and fundraising
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer grant review panelists
  • Staff Grants Committee and recruit and train new members
  • Provide an equity review of applicant pools for the Grants Committee
  • Review and score proposals, draft recommendations, and present recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Develop and deliver bilingual grant orientation sessions and training
  • Support artists and organizations through the grantmaking process with support from the Operations & Grants Associate
  • Coordinate translation support and bilingual communications, where needed
  • Provide ongoing support to current grantees
  • Conduct grantee site visits and attend events to build relationships and better understand needs
  • Participate in professional development opportunities

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