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.
About the Position
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The Grants and Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility Manager will support the WESTAF Regional Touring program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and other grantmaking programs that may arise.
Grants and Program Management
- Participate in the management of at least four full award lifecycle grants from the federal government, foundations, and other grantmakers.
- Work closely with the SRI team and with the Finance team to process awards.
- Understand and enforce NEA policies related to all regional touring grants (including discretionary grants) and relief grants.
- Maintain data and all records related to regional touring grants over multiple years.
- Manage application cycles, grant panels, and final reporting.
- Administer regional touring-related events, including the annual state arts agency performing arts and consortia director convening.
- Represent WESTAF and present on touring and presenting topics at regional and national workshops and conferences.
- Provide technical assistance to regional touring grantees on their grant applications and projects.
- Develop communication strategies with the Marketing and Communications team.
- Ensure WESTAF’s federal grants registrations, such as SAM registration, are completed each year to remain in compliance.
- Monitor and manage WESTAF grant awards on REACH/Grants.gov.
- Support and collaborate on the financial management of grants including monthly projections, budgeting, reconciliation, audit reporting, and financial reporting to the NEA and other philanthropic partners.
- Support the strategic direction of the SRI department by establishing and managing equitable grantmaking policies and procedures and making recommendations on regional touring discretionary grants.
Equity Advancement and Accessibility Coordination
- Advance WESTAF’s equity goals internally and externally as a team member and representative of the organization through the coordination of learning experiences for staff and constituents, participation and leadership in internal and external working groups, and other activities that align with WESTAF’s strategic equity objectives.
- Engage organizations representing people with disabilities and older adults in WESTAF’s programs.
- Develop periodic awareness seminars and training for staff, board, panelists, and grantees working with external facilitators, consultants, and organizations.
- Educate and assist contractors and grantees (including service groups) in implementing access services and policies.
- Work with grantees/constituents to organize, convene, and/or participate in access education seminars.
- Act as the designated NEA accessibility coordinator, maintaining relevant federal requirements in accordance with this role.
- Ensure representation on staff, board, and panels by encouraging the inclusion of individuals with disabilities from arts and humanities disciplines (such as artists, museum professionals, librarians, media makers) and cultural administrators.
- Ability to manage rapidly shifting priorities and think on their feet.
- Work independently
- Growing and active commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism.
- Appreciation for difference
- Effective communicator
- Interpersonal skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Ability to build trusting relationships;
- community building and organizing
- 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 skills 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.
- 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
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 functions. WESTAF provides a competitive benefits package including fully paid health benefits and 401(k) Match.
Applications are due by Monday, May 17th. Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com.