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Artist Trust, Seattle / Seeks Program Director



Artist Trust is pleased to announce that we are seeking a Program Director. This is a new position, and a key leadership role that will oversee all aspects of Artist Trust grantmaking, career development programs and resources to serve individual artists of all disciplines in Washington State. The Program Director will report to and work very closely with the Executive Director to deliver on Artist Trust’s mission and strategic priorities.

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Artist Trust is recognized as a national model for direct funding and professional development of working artists, and has invested over $10 million in individual artists throughout the state since its inception in 1986.

• Oversee annual planning, implementation and evaluation of all Artist Trust grant-making, resource and career development programs.
o Oversee all aspects of Artist Trust grantmaking programs: create timelines and processes; recruit panelists; create and distribute grant applications; oversee support to applicants through webinars, classes and meetings; facilitate panels; oversee correspondence with applicants and grant recipients; develop and distribute all grant announcements.  Oversee residencies, fellowship presentations and other grant-related programs.
o Oversee all aspects of Artist Trust’s artist career development training programs: work with instructors, consultants, and staff to develop, implement and evaluate programs. Regularly evaluate and refresh program curriculum.
• Approach Artist Trust programming with a lens of equity and inclusion. Identify and address potential barriers for participation in Artist Trust funding and programs. Actively cultivate strategic partnerships, opportunities and initiatives to broaden access to Artist Trust resources.
• Draft and monitor program budgets on an annual and project basis.
• Provide inspirational leadership and direction to the program team. The Program Director’s work is supported by a team of three program staff: two Program Coordinators and one Artist Liaison (total 2.6 FTE support staff), as well as interns, contractors and volunteers.  The Program Director hires, trains, supervises and evaluates the program staff team, contractors and interns, and oversees recruitment and support of program volunteers.
• In cooperation with the Communications Manager, maintain and manage all grant, career development and resource communications. Work with staff to edit, maintain and manage online content.
• Represent Artist Trust at events state-wide, including but not limited to Artist Trust workshops and conferences; pursue strategic partnerships to enhance state-wide mission delivery.
• Oversee maintenance of records related to programming.
• Attend and deliver program presentations at Board and Committee meetings.
• Keep apprised of best practices in the field of career support for individual artists through organizational relationships, conferences, workshops and research.
• Work closely with the Development Director to inform and support Artist Trust fundraising initiatives.
• Other Duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Desired Attributes
• Passion for and commitment to Artist Trust’s core mission and goals.
• An entrepreneurial mindset, adaptability, creativity and innovativeness.
• Proven leadership with humor and an ability to inspire team collaboration and success.
• Excellent strategic communication skills; a readiness to share information; an approach that seeks, values and incorporates advice.
• Emotional intelligence and cultural competence.
• Decisiveness and resourcefulness with the ability to adapt to rapid change, to anticipate and act quickly on opportunities, and to inspire others to approach institutional change as well.
• Familiarity with the Washington State arts community, across disciplines, geography and ethnicities; supportive and compassionate understanding of issues related to individual artists.
• Availability for statewide travel and availability for evening/weekend meetings and events.

Required Skills and Experience
• Minimum five years leadership experience in the arts non-profit sector, and ability to apply best practices in arts program management and grantmaking.
• Demonstrated ability lead small, enthusiastic teams through fast-paced, complex projects, and to organize/implement plans to achieve long-term goals.
• Proven ability to initiate and sustain productive working relationships with diverse populations.
• Program production experience, including coordination of workshops, conferences and convenings.
• Strong computer skills with Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, and databases; preferred experience in Raiser’s Edge database and grants management software, including CaFÉ.
• Budget management experience.
• Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

COMPENSATION:  This is a full-time (40hr/week), exempt position, with an annual salary range of $57,000-$62,000 DOE. Generous paid vacation and sick leave. Eligible for group medical, long-term disability, life insurance and employer-matched retirement plan.

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter stating your interest in the position along with your résumé and three professional references to The search will be ongoing until we find the perfect match.  Special consideration will be given to letters of application and résumés received by midnight July 6, 2015. Artist Trust is an equal opportunity employer and eagerly complies with all EOE and ADA requirements.

Eligible media

All Disciplines