Arts Council of Indianapolis Seeks Director of Community Investment
Posted: Oct 20, 2021
We believe a city thrives with a healthy and active arts and culture sector. Do you want to help make Indianapolis a city that delivers on the promise of A Full Creative Life for All? The Arts Council of Indianapolis partners with seventy local arts organizations and hundreds of local artists to become the most diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible in the nation.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is seeking a Director of Community Investment. Reporting to the Vice President, Community Impact & Investment, and serving on the Arts Council’s leadership team. The Director will have primary responsibility for grantmaking investment for artists and arts organizations. The Director will be responsible for working with the Arts Council’s community stakeholders, including internal Arts Council staff and board members, arts and culture CEOs and grant contacts, individual artists, city officials, local foundations, and others.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is an independent nonprofit dedicated to fostering meaningful and equitable engagement in the arts by nurturing a culture where artists and arts organizations thrive. As the arts advocacy and service agency for Indianapolis, the Arts Council is responsible for promoting Indy’s arts and culture sector by growing our reputation, creative economy, audience, and community engagement in ways that sustain a A Full Creative Life for All.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is seeking a Director of Community Investment to join our leadership team. The Director’s role is to oversee grantmaking to organizations and individual artists including: General Operating Support, Professional Development Grants, Project Support, Capacity Building Grants, and the Fellowship awards. This includes developing guidelines, managing the grant review process, conducting site visits, and leading the ongoing evaluation of the impact of the investments on grantees and the Indianapolis community.
Reporting to the Vice President, Community Impact & Investment, the Director’s work will help inform the final grant decisions made by the Arts Council’s Board of Directors.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Serve as an advisor to the Vice President and President, and function as part of the Arts Council’s senior staff team.
Support the ACI team in our annual advocacy campaign to support the growth of the City of Indianapolis and Capital Improvement Board funding for local arts organizations.
Supervise one coordinator and several subcontractors for special projects.
Provide staff support for the Arts Council’s Board Grants Committee.
Develops, implements, manages, and evaluates all activities relating to annual grantmaking portfolio of $2.5 million to organizations and individual artists including: General Operating Support, Professional Development Grants, Project Support, Capacity Building Grants, and the Fellowship awards.
Develops implements, manages, and evaluates all activities relating to special and one-time-only subgranting program portfolio ranging from $150,000 to $10 million including national, state, and local sources – public and private.
Counsel artists and arts organizations on Arts Council grant applications; review applications, coordinate panel reviews, and manage all grant reporting.
Outreach/Impact Reporting (30%)
Identify, recruit, and coach new applicants: artists and arts organizations.
Develop and convene grantmaking workshops, and partner with other funders to provide opportunities to access non-Arts Council funding.
Build Arts Council relationships with grantees, other funders, and arts funding policymakers, in ways that expands equitable access to Arts Council funding.
Track and produce the annual impact reports of regranting programs supported by local foundations, and the City of Indianapolis
Conduct quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis to identify and track grant investment impacts and identify disparities including those based on race, disability, and LGBTQ status within the 8-county central Indiana region.
Passion for grantmaking, and deep understanding of best practices.
Arts & culture advocate. Ability to develop positive relationships with city policymakers, arts funders, artists, and organization leaders
Poised and professional. Comfortable influencing, engaging and interacting with senior and executive-level leadership.
Bilingual in Spanish is a plus.
Bachelor’s degree desired, Master’s degree preferred; extended experience applicable to this grantmaking role will be considered in place of a degree.
Relevant experience as part of the leadership team of an arts and culture nonprofit, foundation, and/or public agency.
Analytic and data management skills, ability to interpret social science research as it relates to arts and culture programs, as well as racial disparities.
Grant writing experience
Budgeting, scenario planning, and data tracking skills
Excellent contract compliance and quality assurance skills
Knowledge of grantmaking processes, systems, and best practices
Online grant application experience, grant database management
Requires residence in the central Indiana area for access to the ACI office and performance of regular in-person obligations, subject to COVID safety protocols.
BE PREPARED – You will be asked to provide short responses to the following questions as you apply. Most candidates find it helpful to draft their responses in advance and then copy and paste.
Briefly describe your interest/connection to grantmaking in the arts and why this position is of interest to you.
This role is ideally suited for a candidate with strong administrative and data management skills. Share your experience that would be applicable and why you love doing that type of work.
Briefly tell us about your experience in grantmaking and working with potential and current grantees.
ACI serves as a partner to foundation and government funders to distribute grants. Briefly share your experience working with foundations or local governments as either a regrantor or grantee.
What have you learned, from a national or local perspective, about the most resilient arts organizations over the past 18 months? How might we apply those observations to our grantees and other arts organizations going forward?
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