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Community Grants and Services Manager - Arts Council

Position Title: Community Grants and Services Manager

Reports to: Director of Community Impact and Programs

Department: Community Impact

Works closely with: Director of Grants and Special Projects

Supervise: None

Classification: FLSA: This position is 68% Grant Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act, and will be a Full-time, Salaried, Exempt position for the duration of the grant period.**

Salary: $45,000 with benefits

Prepared: October 2022


The Community Grants and Services Manager reports to the Director of Community Impact and Programs and works closely with all members of Arts Council’s staff as well as the communities (all areas of Forsyth County, and occasionally surrounding counties for special projects) that we serve. This position will understand community needs and how arts and culture can respond to those needs by implementing high-quality community and grants programming that foster engagement and authentic, long-lasting connections. The individual in this role will execute the strategic direction and goals from the Director of Community Impact for the enhancement and implementation of dynamic programming and opportunities that prioritize diverse community participation and inclusive, interactive programming that includes the community’s voice.


Provide support to the Director of Community Impact and Programs, CEO, and staff by administering the management of grants and community programming initiatives and opportunities that:

· Break down barriers of involvement and build bridges that continue to enhance Arts Council’s and the arts and cultural sector’s community impact and outreach

· Create visibility and exposure of Arts Council and the arts and cultural sector in alignment with the needs of the community [CL1]

· Align with Arts Council’s overall strategic vision and plan

· Enhance themes within the arts and culture sector that promote diversity

Additional responsibilities:

· Manage the administration of grants and awards, which include correspondence of grant opportunities with artists and community arts partners; schedule and coordinate information and grant review panel sessions; and prepare award contracts

· Receive and coordinate prompt responses to all inquiries about grants and other Arts Council funding programs and handling on-going communications with applicants and grantees

· Coordinate and execute all administrative and logistical requirements for meetings and other interactions with grant review panels and arts partners (including the set-up for meetings and events and the production of minutes, reports and other required records)

· Track, review, and evaluate performance and reporting required from grantees

· Maintain a comprehensive internal list of significant artistic performances, festivals, events and other activities involving grantees or other Arts Council partners or key constituents

· Collaborate with Arts Council team members and colleagues within the arts and cultural sector to implement a consistent and shared programming experience across the community

· Implement Community Impact programs, including working with Arts Council team members to set-up online registrations, administering preliminary sign-up forms, preparing contracts for artists, instructors, lecturers, speakers, performers, etc., and tracking program attendance and evaluations

· Manage the collection and sorting of programming data as it relates to funded ARPA projects

· Work with Director of Grants and Special Projects by assisting with reporting of impact and program outcomes, successes, and program sustainability

· Schedule, correspond, and prepare contracts for a selection of artists associated with Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts’ galleries and Community Arts Gift Shop

· Mange the Artist Directory and Monthly Artist Opportunities E-blast

· Coordinate activities of (and engage with) networking groups for artists

· Other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Skills Requirements

The Community Grants and Services Manager must be an individual of impeccable integrity and trustworthiness who possesses the following skills or attributes:

· This position requires a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience; industry-related (performing/visual arts, museums, science, history, etc.) preferred

· Minimum 2 years of experience in arts administration, with grants and database management, community programming, and grants monitoring, evaluation, and data tracking preferred.

· Professional experience in a nonprofit cultural organization is preferred

· Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

· Demonstrated success managing simultaneous programs with competing priorities

· Successful track record of setting goals and implementing plans

· Strong problem solving, listening, coaching, and counseling skills

· Independent and cooperative decisionmaker and proactive strategic thinker, with demonstrated ability to apply overall mission of the organization to make informed decisions

· Commitment to service excellence and added value for organization stakeholders

· Understanding of the role of cultural planning in ec