Grants and Equity Manager

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Denver, CO
Published 10 days ago


Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) is a nonprofit organization that weaves together technology, thought leadership, and innovation to energize, network, and fund public sector arts agencies and communities.One of six regional arts organizations in the U.S., WESTAF provides advocacy, policy, arts programming, and professional development services to the arts agencies in its 13-state region. WESTAF has taken an entrepreneurial approach to the needs of the field by developing web services for the arts, culture, and the creative economy and serves arts organizations and artists in every state. The income generated from its web services enables WESTAF to elevate the arts and culture field through a number of initiatives.

Summary of Position

The Grants and Equity Manager will be an integral part of the Social Responsibility and Inclusion (SRI) team, which develops, manages, and implements equity-centered grants, programs, and activities that connect and inspire leaders and communities to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector, strengthen the arts field, and catalyze change. This critical role will aid in the advancement of WESTAF’s internal and external equity objectives as described in its 10-year vision and strategic plan by providing logistical support and administrative input. This position will have a growing and active commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism. They will see this role as an opportunity to drive systems change in the field of arts and culture.

The Grants and Equity Manager will support WESTAF programs in the areas of leadership development, grantmaking, thought leadership and activation of WESTAF’s diverse and expansive network of allies and partners. They will also work with staff across the organization to shape and execute policies and procedures that communicate WESTAF’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Grants and Equity Manager will support WESTAF’s leaders of color programming, grantmaking, and professional development activities.

Essential Functions

Grants and Program Management

  • Participate in the management of at least four full award lifecycle grants from the federal government, foundations, and other grantmakers.
  • Assist with guiding the development of eligibility criteria and adjudication processes for grant and re-granting programs.
  • Manage application cycles, grant panels, and final reporting.
  • Develop communication strategies with the Marketing and Communications team.
  • Oversee selection of grant panels and associated application materials and processes.
  • Provide applicant/grantee support via phone and/or email.
  • Review applications and participate infacilitate final award recommendation meetings.
  • Liaise with grantees to ensure completion of agreements and related documentation. 
  • Work closely with the SRI Team and Finance Team to process awards.
  • Build continued understanding of best practices in grantmaking with an eye towards equity.

Leadership:Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC), Alumni Network 

  • Execute meeting arrangements (virtual and/or in-person) for annual Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) convening.
  • Schedule and participate in the selection process and communicate decisions to applicants.
  • Create and distribute meeting materials and updates to applicants.
  • Field and respond to program inquiries and assist with the program recruitment process.
  • Attend faculty meetings and follow up on action items.
  • Facilitate regular meetings (virtual and/or in-person) of the Leaders of Color network.
  • Provide administrative support for ELC-related initiatives occurring in other regions or states.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications team on the development of a website and newsletter for WESTAF’s Leaders of Color network.
  • Provide input on Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting agendas.
  • Stay abreast of developments in the field around professional development opportunities with a special focus on leaders of color.

Inclusion & Equity Advancement

  • Provide administrative and programmatic support for public sector agencies’ and arts nonprofits’ inclusion and equity consultations.
  • Assist with periodic state arts agency professional development convenings.
  • Assist with fund development support, devising program evaluation metrics, and advise on the communication of findings to the field.
  • Consult with the SRI team on various grant-related issues or opportunities that advance equity.
  • Build and maintain reciprocal relationships and alliances with those representing Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA+, and intersectional communities to increase awareness of and sensitivity to their aspirations. 
  • Provide input on professional development for staff to strengthen competencies around inclusion and equity.
  • Work across teams and internal working groups to provide input on professional development for staff to strengthen competencies around inclusion and equity.
  • Advise and support the development of culturally responsive technology systems that benefit artists and creative industries.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of programs to ensure equitable policies, procedures and outcomes.


  • Ability to manage rapidly shifting priorities and think on their feet.
  • Work independently
  • Growing and active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, access and anti-racism.
  • Problem-solving
  • Collaborative
  • Appreciation for difference
  • Effective communicator
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Emotional intelligence 
  • Solutions-oriented
  • Ability to build trusting relationships; community building and organizing

Skills Required

  • Intermediate experience with grant administration. 
  • Intermediate to advanced skill level in data management and familiarity with tools including grants management systems, Excel, Google Sheets and MS Access.
  • A moderate degree of familiarity with online systems, general technology, and both PC and Mac hardware and software.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to multitask and manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines. 
  • Must be able to investigate solutions and ask questions to clarify potential pitfalls in a project plan to assess gaps in the plan and make informed decisions on how best to address the gaps.
  • Strong ability to work independently on solo projects with little support and also collaboratively as a team member.

Skills Preferred

  • Experience working in the field of touring and presenting.
  • Experience working with the NEA’s online grant management platforms.
  • Experience in event planning (virtual and in-person).


WESTAF offers a competitive benefits package for all full-time employees, including:

  • Employer-paid health insurance
  • Employer-paid life and disability insurance
  • Dental insurance partially subsidized by employee
  • 401(k) with up to 5% match
  • 37.5 hour work week
  • Generous vacation and sick leave
  • 13 paid holidays

Salary Range

The salary range for this management-level position is $45,000 to $70,000. Starting salary will be

established based on the skills the candidate will provide to achieve the essential and preferred


Applications are due by Monday, May 17th. Please send resume and cover letter to


Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) is a nonprofit organization that weaves together technology, thought leadership, and innovation to energize, network, and fund public sector arts…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 17, 2021


$45,000 - $75,000


Work must be performed in or near Denver, CO
Associated Location
Denver, CO, USA

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