4Culture is an independent public agency, chartered under state law and King County ordinance in January 2003, after 35 years as the King County Office of Cultural Resources. The ideal candidate for this position champions public support for arts and culture and has demonstrated sustained commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice. As the cultural funding and services agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make the region vibrant. The organization’s four program areas—Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Public Art—put public resources to use all over King County.
Guided by a vision of a King County in which every person has what they need to explore and create culture, we’re working to become an actively anti-racist organization. We know that this work is urgent and ongoing; as a public agency, we’re committed to being transparent about our successes and failures. 4Culture is part of the system of white supremacy that has historically disadvantaged Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. We are working to understand systems of structural racism, dismantle them with the tools available to us, and build up something equitable that supports and recognizes the value in cultural expression of all of people, especially those in King County.
ARTS PROGRAM MANAGER
Location: 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Range: $64,130 – $97,890 (Includes a competitive package of benefits, including participation in the Washington State Retirement System)
Reports to: Arts Program Director
Apply by: Friday November 18, 2022, 5:00 pm PDT
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Arts Program Manager provides programmatic and administrative oversight for several Arts funding programs and initiatives. We are seeking qualified candidates who are excited to center anti-racism in their grantmaking practices while serving as a collaborative partner within the broader 4Culture ecosystem. Core aspects of this position include the following: planning for and implementing current Arts programs, using grant management software and systems to effectively carry out department goals, reporting on the progress and impact of funding programs, as well as taking part in the development of future funding programs and initiatives. This position reports directly to the Arts Program Director and works on a dynamic and inter-disciplinary team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
-Center anti-racist, equitable grantmaking practices and procedures in the management, development, maintenance, and evaluation of Arts funding programs and initiatives.
-Manage or co-manage a portfolio of specific funding programs and projects. The portfolio that this position manages is currently expected to, be comprised of the following: Open 4Culture, Touring Arts Roster, and Arts Projects – Groups.
-Providing technical assistance to applicants and award recipients, developing application and funding/project guidelines, providing oversight of the panel process, contract administration, and taking part in overall Arts department program evaluation.
-Respond to requests for information from the public and serve as primary staff contact for the Arts Funding Programs in your specific portfolio.
-Contribute to the overall health and welfare of 4Culture by utilizing the Strategic Plan and participating on internal working groups.
-Help address overarching issues affecting the operations of the agency by working collaboratively with 4Culture staff to create publications, presentations, and other 4Culture engagement and advocacy materials.
-Collaborate with the Arts Director and other Arts staff to develop and provide feedback on the department’s work plan and departmental discretionary spending budget.
-In accordance with King County records management law, regulations and best practice regularly utilize the County records management software Content Manager.
-Supervise temporary support staff, volunteers, and work-study students as needed.
You Will Be Most Successful In This Position If You Have The Following Qualifications:
-Advancing racial equity and social justice initiatives in support of arts and culture are key priorities.
-You have grants and relationship management experience including oversight of funding programs and initiatives related to groups and/or individuals.
-You can work both independently and with 4Culture staff, County employees, media and members of the general public in an effective, congenial, and professional manner.
Additionally, you will be prepared to take on this role if you have following experience, abilities, commitments, and skills:
-Advancing racial equity and social justice in how you conduct your work.
-Leading with empathy and compassion while holding yourself and others accountable.
-Supporting the overall health, well-being, and strategic objectives of the Arts Department and 4Culture.
-Supporting artists and cultural workers.
-Grants management processes, software systems, and best practices.
-Working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
-Program design and evaluation including using assessment tools to determine impact and next steps.
-Facilitation, negotiation, and presentation of ideas, guidelines, and policies to different types of people form diverse communities and backgrounds.
-Non-profit administration, arts leadership, art, art history, music, public art, theatre or other related arts and cultural fields.
-Providing solid customer service and support to internal and external stakeholders.
-Working with arts organizations and/or individual artists, cultural workers/producers, to advance their work and missions.
-Managing several complex projects simultaneously, often in a deadline-oriented environment requiring creative and flexible solutions.
-Effective written and oral communication with both internal and external stakeholders including members of the public, 4Culture staff, Advisory Committee members, and Directors of the Board.
-Using Salesforce or other customer relationship software, Microsoft applications including, Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and other relevant administrative software and/or platforms.
-Be flexible and navigate ambiguity while remaining responsive to the needs of applicants and program participants.
-Learn and a willingness to try new digital systems, software, and other technology.
-Advocate for yourself and others including communicating your needs.
-This position can supervise temporary support staff, volunteers, and work-study students as needed. Any supervisory duties and responsibilities will be discussed and confirmed before they are assigned and will only happen occasionally and will usually be related to one-off or special projects.
We are looking for candidates that can demonstrate they have the skills listed above through a combination of their work, education, and life experience as demonstrated in their resume, and cover letter.
2-3 years of work experience in arts and cultural administration and have either a bachelor’s or associate’s degree (or equivalent combination of education and experience). Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. Proficiency in Salesforce or other customer relationship management software, and MS Office 365 including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.
The pay range for this position is between $64,130 to $97,890. Salary will be negotiated and based on the selected candidate and their experience and includes a competitive package of benefits. It is classified as Regular Full Time, Exempt.
Position works a 37.5 hour work week, Monday-Friday. This position will primarily be onsite 4Culture at 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA. Seattle. Starting July 1, 2022 this position may be hybrid (3 days in the office/2 days remote). Occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend hours are required. Alternative work arrangements may be considered and will be based on operational needs. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Benefits of Working at 4Culture:
Working at 4Culture provides the chance to support and learn from the cultural community that makes King County a vibrant region to live in. Our mission affirms a deep commitment to racial equity as we work with our community to end institutional and structural racism. We work toward this goal, while supporting the physical and mental health of all 4Culture employees. Maintaining an appropriate work life balance is essential to our work, and 4Culture prioritizes staff wellness and the continual evolution of a healthy organizational culture.
The perks of working at 4Culture include a 37.5 work week, flex schedule, 12 days of vacation in the first five years of employment, 12 days of paid Holiday (including Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day), sick leave and 12 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave after working over 1 year at 4Culture and access to a lactation room. Staff receive a Orca transit card, and an attractive comprehensive health insurance package consisting of medical, dental, vision, and basic life and long-term disability insurance for employees.
How to Apply
Please Apply online no later than Friday, November 18, 2022, 5:00 pm PDT. You will need to log in or create a 4Culture account in order to access the application. Please contact Jackie Mixon at if you have any difficulty with this process.
The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, references will be checked during the process of interviewing the finalists and with the applicant’s knowledge.
No Discrimination in Hiring:
4Culture is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures, and life experiences of all employees are critical to our success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects our residents, meets the needs of the communities we serve, and leverages the power of our employee’s individual uniqueness. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to creed, age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability unless such limitations are necessary for the performance of the role and no less discriminatory alternatives are available.
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