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 economic development

· Ability to communicate effectively and interact with all levels of staff, volunteers, donors and community representatives

· Ability to prioritize and work in a deadline-oriented environment

· Computer skills – must be adept in use of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Prior database experience is an added value.

· Able to proofread work that demonstrates attention to the details of every assignment or project (including the avoidance of typos and other technical errors in written work)

· Strong interpersonal skills, the ability and willingness to work collaboratively with others and the discipline to comply with Arts Council policies and procedures

· Receptive and responsive to constructive criticism, and committed to self-improvement

· Must be available to occasionally work extended work hours, including nights and weekends


The salary for the Community Grants and Services Manager is $45,000. Company-wide employee benefits offered include medical, dental and vision insurance, and four (4) weeks of paid vacation with additional sick leave and holidays.

**Please note that this position is 68% funded through Arts Council’s ARPA allocations. Once the funds are expended (no later than the end of calendar year 2024), this position will no longer be a part of Arts Council’s staff roster unless significant funds are raised to fund the position as it stands.**

Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is committed to building a staff that reflects the community served by our mission and strategic priorities. We invite applications from diverse candidates and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information and veteran or disability status.


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Shannon Stokes, Director of Community Impact and Programs at by November 30, 2022, or until the position is hired. Submissions will be considered as they are received.

Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is an equal opportunity employer.


Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. With a $3 million annual operating budget, Arts Council’s goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain the arts and cultural offerings throughout our region, ultimately bringing our community together and making it a great place to live, work and play. We acknowledge that it takes every voice, every talent, and every story to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Arts Council is committed to serving as a facilitator, organizer, and promoter of conversations that are authentic, inclusive, and forward-thinking.

Fast Facts

• Arts Council was founded in 1949 and is the oldest Arts Council in the United States

• Raises $2-2.5M annually to support arts organizations, arts programming, arts in education and individual artists in the community

• Offers free exhibitions, concerts, and arts events

• Operates and maintains a community Campus and extension facility in the heart of Downtown Winston-Salem that is used by 400+ organizations annually

• The annual economic impact of the arts and cultural sector in our community is significant (pre-pandemic study, 2016):

o 800,000 art experiences in Winston-Salem

o Arts enrichment for 31,000 students in WS/FCS

o $156.8 million economic impact on Forsyth County

o 5,559 equivalent full-time jobs


Arts Council respects and values the full spectrum of self-defining differences among people and is committed to reflecting that diversity in the composition of its Board and staff, and throughout all aspects of Arts Council’s operations, including in the outcomes and other impacts of its work. Anchored by that core commitment, Arts Council strives proactively to promote an environment and experiences in our community that includes, celebrates, and supports, in an equitable manner, the needs, perspectives and contributions of all people in our diverse community.

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