Careers

We are committed to equal employment opportunity and to recruiting staff that supports our mission. We are currently recruiting for four roles.

Artist Services Program Intern

The Artist Services Program Internship is a collaborative position between the African American Artists Collective (AAAC) and the Professional Development Division at Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). The goal of the internship is for Black/African American students to gain knowledge, network, and first-hand experience in the field of arts nonprofit. The ideal candidate is an artist or is interested in arts administration, identifies as Black/African American, who is interested in learning about professional development for individual artists, advancing their skills in non-profit administration, and in engaging in the rich history and making deeper connection with African American artists, history, and community in Kansas City.

The Artist Services Programming intern works closely with the Artist Services team to assist in programming development on a variety of Artist Services programs, and works with individual artists as well as arts service organizations. Artist Services programs at Mid-America Arts Alliance include: Shared Visions, Artist INC, Artists 360, and Interchange. Artist Services programming is rooted in peer-to-peer mentorship, network building, and providing knowledge, resources and opportunities for individual artists. In order to have a holistic understanding of an arts service non-profit organization, the intern will have contact hours with other divisions at Mid-America Arts Alliance.

A portion of the internship will be spent with the African American Artists Collective. Through mentorship and project learning with the AAAC, the intern will engage in research, archiving, and disseminating stories and history of the African American history and community in Kansas City.

Learning Outcomes

The Artist Services Program Intern will gain:

  • An understanding about the areas of communications, development, and programming within the non-profit arts administration field.
  • A working knowledge of the methodologies and best practices of peer-facilitated professional development.
  • Knowledge and skills in program development in assisting Artist Services programming and nonprofit organizations.
  • Strengthened and enhanced administrative skills.
  • Established networking opportunities with individuals in the M-AAA regional arts community and the African American Artists Collective community.
  • First-hand experience of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the African American Artists Collective to help the intern focus their career goals.
  • Engage in a deeper connection and recognition of the African American history in Kansas City, through mentorship and research project with the AAAC.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with preparation and implementation of Artist Services programs.
  • Support of Artist Services internal program development and communications.
  • Meet regularly with the Artist Services team for task development and check-ins on tasks.
  • Meet with other divisions within M-AAA to learn about the various roles in nonprofit arts administration.
  • Meet weekly with the AAAC Education liaison, and attend monthly meeting with the AAAC.
  • Engage in research and program development for AAAC programming.
  • Attend a post-internship evaluation with the Artist Services team and Director of Professional Development regarding the intern’s experience in the arts administration field.

Working Conditions

Most work is of a sedentary nature, sitting at a desk and using a computer, phone, and other office equipment. The working conditions will be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and additional projects with short term deadlines. Work may be virtual on a computer provided by M-AAA for the length of the internship.

Internship Period

The internship will span summer 2021 (10 weeks) and total 90 hours of work (appx. 9 hours/week).

Performance Measures

Performance will be assessed based on evaluations of progress and learning.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated mix of the following:

  • An interest in learning about artist professional development and advancing their skills in nonprofit arts administration.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the non-profit arts environment, with culturally diverse audiences and regional community arts service organizations, and with individual artists.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve identified outcomes.
  • A collaborative spirit, highly organized, has great interpersonal skills, and is adaptable and capable of prioritizing many tasks within a fluctuating schedule.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate identifies as Black/African American.
  • College students going into their Junior or Senior year of studies.
  • Candidate studying and/or living in Kansas City region or are from the Kansas City region. Candidates must be located in Kansas City for the duration of the summer internship. Local and on-site research in Kansas City is a component of the internship.
  • Participation in the arts field through art, arts administration, and or arts advocacy.
  • In good academic standing (or if not in school, provide a statement regarding the candidate’s academic situation in the Statement of Intent).

Application Process

Applications will be considered by the African American Artists Collective and the Artist Services Department at Mid-America Arts Alliance collaboratively, through a review of the following materials. Email the requested materials to hr@maaa.org:

  • Resume / CV
  • Academic Transcript
  • 3–5 Work Samples or a Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Intent (including statement describing your work, where you see your career in five years, and how the internship relates to your long-term goals)
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional reference.

Status: Non-Exempt, Part Time, Temporary
Position Supervisor: Director of Professional Development
Internship Period: May 17–August 13, 2021
Compensation: The Intern will be paid $16.65 per hour, for a total of 90 hours ($1500).
Deadline for Application Submission: April 19, 2021

Artist Services Communications Intern

The Artist Services Communications Internship is a collaborative position between the African American Artists Collective (AAAC) and the Professional Development Division at Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA). The goal of the internship is for Black/African American students to gain knowledge, network, and first-hand experience in the field of arts nonprofit. The ideal candidate is an artist or is interested in arts administration, identifies as Black/African American, who is interested in learning about professional development for individual artists, advancing their skills in nonprofit administration, and in engaging in the rich history and making deeper connection with African American artists, history, and community in Kansas City.

The Artist Services Communications intern works closely with the Artist Services team’s Constituent Engagement Specialist to assist in social media communications, the marketing of a variety of Artist Services programs, and works with individual artists as well as arts service organizations. Artist Services programs at Mid-America Arts Alliance include: Shared Visions, Artist INC, Artists 360, and Interchange. Artist Services programming is rooted in peer-to-peer mentorship, network building, and providing knowledge, resources and opportunities for individual artists. In order to have a holistic understanding of an arts service non-profit organization, the intern will have contact hours with other divisions at Mid-America Arts Alliance.

A portion of the internship will be spent with the African American Artists Collective. Through mentorship and project learning with the AAAC, the intern will engage in research, archiving, and disseminating stories and history of the African American history and community in Kansas City.

Learning Outcomes

The Artist Services Communications Intern will gain:

  • An understanding about the areas of communications, development, and programming within the non-profit arts administration field.
  • A working knowledge of the methodologies and best practices of peer-facilitated professional development.
  • Knowledge and skills in implementing communications strategies of Artist Services programming and non-profit organizations.
  • Strengthened and enhanced administrative skills.
  • Established networking opportunities with individuals in the M-AAA regional arts community and the African American Artists Collective community.
  • First-hand experience of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the African American Artists Collective to help the intern focus their career goals.
  • Engage in a deeper connection and recognition of the African American history in Kansas City, through mentorship and research project with the AAAC.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with preparation and implementation of Artist Services programs.
  • Support of Artist Services external program communication including marketing (e-mail communications, social networking, social media).
  • Meet regularly with Artist Services Constituent Engagement Specialist for task development and check-ins on tasks.
  • Meet with other divisions within M-AAA to learn about the various roles in nonprofit arts administration.
  • Meet weekly with the AAAC Education liaison, and attend monthly meeting with the AAAC.
  • Engage in research and create communication outreach materials for AAAC programming.
  • Attend a post-internship evaluation with the Artist Services team and Director of Professional Development regarding the intern’s experience in the arts administration field.

Working Conditions

Most work is of a sedentary nature, sitting at a desk and using a computer, phone, and other office equipment. The working conditions will be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and additional projects with short term deadlines. Work may be virtual on a computer provided by M-AAA for the length of the internship.

Internship Period

The internship will span summer 2021 (10 weeks) and total 90 hours of work (appx. 9 hours/week).

Performance Measures

Performance will be assessed based evaluations of progress and learning.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated mix of the following:

  • An interest in learning about artist professional development and advancing their skills in nonprofit arts administration.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the nonprofit arts environment, with culturally diverse audiences and regional community arts service organizations, and with individual artists.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve identified outcomes.
  • A collaborative spirit, highly organized, has great interpersonal skills, and is adaptable and capable of prioritizing many tasks within a fluctuating schedule.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate identifies as Black/African American.
  • College students going into their Junior or Senior year of studies.
  • Candidate studying and/or living in Kansas City region or are from the Kansas City region. Candidates must be located in Kansas City for the duration of the summer internship. Local and on-site research in Kansas City is a component of the internship.
  • Participation in the arts field through art, arts administration, and or arts advocacy.
  • In good academic standing (or if not in school, provide a statement regarding the candidate’s academic situation in the Statement of Intent).

Application Process

Applications will be considered by the African American Artists Collective and the Artist Services Department at Mid-America Arts Alliance collaboratively, through a review of the following materials. Email the requested materials to hr@maaa.org:

  • Resume / CV
  • Academic Transcript
  • 3–5 Work Samples or a Statement of Purpose
  • Statement of Intent (including statement describing your work, where you see your career in five years, and how the internship relates to your long-term goals).
  • A letter of recommendation from a professional reference.

Status: Non-Exempt, Part Time, Temporary
Position Supervisor: Director of Professional Development
Internship Period: May 17–August 13, 2021
Compensation: The Intern will be paid $16.65 per hour, for a total of 90 hours ($1500).
Deadline for Application Submission: April 19, 2021

Artist Services Assistant

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and detailed oriented part-time Artist Services Assistant. The Artist Services Assistant works closely with the Artist Services team to successfully assist in the implementation and administration of a variety of programs including: Artist INC Live seminars, What Works workshops, Artist INC Express workshops, Artist INC Advance workshops, Artists 360, and Interchange convenings in throughout the Mid-America Arts Alliance six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).

The ideal candidate is a practicing artist with a collaborative spirit who is highly organized, has great interpersonal skills, and is adaptable and capable of prioritizing many tasks within a fluctuating schedule.

Responsibilities

  • Answer overall inquiries about Artist Services programs.
  • Process accounts payable and assist with accounting functions.
  • Assist with maintaining records and files across platforms.
  • Responsible for overall administrative tasks including organizing travel arrangements for panelists, artists, facilitators, and consultants.
  • Work with the Artist Services team to coordinate and orientate panelists with application platforms and assist with updating program applications.
  • Coordinate workshops and information sessions in regional communities.
  • Pack and ship all workshop and information session materials.
  • Organize accommodations and food for Artist Services convenings, trainings and panels.
  • Assist with ordering workshop supplies, create and customize workshop materials for each community including: workbooks, resources, nametags, session outlines and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Assist in collection of artist intake materials for various programs.
  • Assist with preparation and recruitment for Artist Services programs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

The working conditions include desk and computer work. Should be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and additional projects with short term deadlines. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Performance Measures

  • Ability to meet reasonable established project deadlines consistently.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects that have varying stages and due dates.
  • Effective working relationship with other staff members and project partners.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated mix of the following:

  • An interest in learning about individual artist professional development and advancing their skills in non-profit administration; as well as one-year experience working in an administrative capacity.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively to achieve identified outcomes.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Creative Suite; WordPress; Salesforce, Submittable, Dropbox and email marketing.
  • Experience with working with individual artists, familiarity with Artist Services programming is preferred.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the nonprofit arts framework, with culturally diverse audiences and regional community arts service organizations, and with individual artists.

Application Process

Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, send a cover letter and resume by email to hr@maaa.org. No phone calls please.

Grant Program Coordinator

Mid-America Arts Alliance has an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and detailed oriented, full-time administrative professional. The main objective of this grant-funded position is to provide administrative and operational support for the Arts and Humanities Grants Program Division, a fast-paced department central to the mission of the organization.

The Grant Program Coordinator works with department staff supporting the day-to-day work and essential functions around an emerging cross-sector grant program opportunity and its affiliated data analysis and management. The position requires flexibility and skill to undertake a project that will develop and change from day to day; to communicate effectively with constituents, stakeholders, management, and other relevant parties; and to handle confidential matters requiring absolute discretion.

The ideal candidate for this position will have at least three years of data management experience, preferably program management in a nonprofit environment, some military or military-adjacent experience, a history of demonstrating initiative, a strong intuitive sensibility, and the ability to coordinate and maintain priorities. They must possess excellent computer skills (primarily Microsoft Office and Teams) and be able to project a professional organization image via in-person, phone, video and mailed communications.

Mid-America Arts Alliance is headquartered in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Missouri. M- AAA brings more art to more people in communities throughout our six-state region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) and the nation. With an annual operating budget of over $4 million and 27 staff members, we produce and manage more than 450 exhibition, performance, and professional development opportunities in more than 300 communities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Productively engage in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective program strategies;
  • Working with a diverse array of professional staff and contractors;
  • Processing data and managing timelines related to the cross-sector opportunity;
  • Conducting due diligence measures to meet legal requirements for distribution of funding;
  • Proofing and/or copy-editing grant materials as needed;
  • Assisting Division Director with scheduling meetings, and making travel arrangements;
  • Assisting other M-AAA staff members, and contracted specialists, with the development, documentation, and distribution of AHGP projects as requested;
  • Attending department meetings; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions

Work is of a mostly sedentary nature or low-impact in physical activity. This includes sitting at a desk using a computer, phone and other office equipment as well as walking and driving to various locations as needed. Will occasionally be required to travel for meetings and/or conferences. While a majority of work occurs in relation to grant program development and implementation, this person will be required to be flexible and acclimate to changing priorities and new objectives. This position may work remotely.

Performance Measures

The following are key items that will be utilized to evaluate work performance:

  • Meeting deadlines;
  • Quality of service offered as demonstrated by friendly, timely, and accurate responses to all individuals;
  • Accurate and complete documentation of all department program logistical information;
  • Quality of written materials;
  • Effective working relationships with all internal divisions and project partners; and
  • Ability to interpret and explain facets of M-AAA programs and procedures to others.

Skills and Abilities

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills; cross-cultural and sensitivity to other cultural values, norms, and customs preferred.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks;
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with a diverse group of staff and professional colleagues;
  • A participative work style and the ability to give and receive feedback;
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to the artistic mission of the organization.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated mix of the following:

  • 1-2 years of administrative experience preferably in a creative, nonprofit environment, with an understanding of data management practices, ideally grants management preferred;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, with SalesForce, Form Assembly and DocuSign working knowledge preferred;
  • Fluency in a language other than English not required, but a plus; and
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Military experience preferred.

Compensation and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience. To apply, send cover letter and resume by email to hr (at) maaa.org. No phone calls, please.

Mid-America Arts Alliance is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Mid-America Arts Alliance

2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Toll-free: 1-800-473-3872
816-421-1388 (tel)
816-421-3918 (fax)
800-735-2966 (TTY/TDD users)

Frequently Asked Questions about Employment at M-AAA

What kinds of jobs are typically available at Mid-America Arts Alliance?
Mid-America Arts Alliance employs a diverse range of individuals, from arts curators to grant writers to creative designers to accounting and management professionals.

How do I apply for a position at Mid-America Arts Alliance?
Instructions for applying for a given position are included in the job posting. M-AAA does not accept unsolicited resumes.

May I apply for multiple positions at the same time?
Yes, you may, but please indicate the position you most wish to be considered for when applying, and the reason you feel you are most suited for that position, in your cover letter.

Will you contact me about the progress of my application?
When your application has been received, you will be sent an acknowledgment via email. If a hiring manager determines your skills match the need of the position, you will be contacted for further screening and consideration.

Where is Mid-America Arts Alliance, and what are the business hours?
We are located at 2018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108. Our headquarters is in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District. Office hours are typically 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. M-AAA has limited public hours only for visitors attending an exhibition installed in our space. Regarding employment, please arrange a visit in advance.

What about the confidentiality of my application information?
Your information is private and is not shared with anyone outside Mid-America Arts Alliance. It is only used for employment purposes.

I have additional questions. Who should I contact?
Contact Human Resources, hr (at) maaa.org