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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Professional Development Consultant
Mid-America Arts Alliance seeks to contract a part-time Professional Development Consultant for our virtual ARt Connect Program through CACHE (Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange) in Northwest Arkansas. ARt Connect is a thirty-month Mid-America Arts Alliance professional development program beginning fall 2020 for small to midsize organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Our program provides focused professional and organizational development training using a combination of peer learning, professional development coaching, and topic-based expert-led workshops. The ARt Connect program is designed to strengthen participants’ organizational effectiveness and sustainability and amplifying an arts ecosystem that supports the wider community.
The ideal candidate for this contract position:
- Must possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in arts administration, nonprofit management, public administration, or Master’s Degree in the arts or 5-7 years equivalent nonprofit experience
- Consulting and presenting experience required
- Considerable experience in organizational governance and community engagement
- Strong emotional intelligence
- Experience working with diverse communities
- Creative and proactive problem solver
- Ability to multitask
- Excellent oral and written communication
- Experienced in MS Office and Google Suite
- Work with ARt Connect participating organizations by identifying issues of organizational needs and providing training resources and coaching to establish improvement goals.
- Work with Engage staff: the Director of Professional Development and Engage Liaison; and CACHE (Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange) staff: ARt Connect Program Manager, ARt Connect Liaison to formulate high-quality content program content including but not limited to the creation of agendas, handouts, lectures and discussions, and PowerPoint presentations. Identify organizational needs and work with content experts to develop Expert-led Topical Workshops.
- Provide Individual Coaching Sessions supporting organizations as they make progress toward goals established in the beginning, and during, the program.
- Facilitate and oversee each monthly peer session in collaboration with the topic-based specialist.
- Consultant will aid organizations in making measurable progress towards goals.
- Consultant will prepare reports to document all consulting activities of each consultation visit, including phone and email consultations.
- Develop and/or identify additional materials needed by ARt Connect participating organizations and share these materials with participant organizations and program staff.
- Act as an advocate for each assigned organization’s improvement.
The working conditions include desk/computer work and require frequent travel in the Northwest Arkansas region if the program transitions from virtual to in person. Should be flexible to adapt to changing priorities and with short-term deadlines. Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
Please submit the following to Dr. Kheli R. Willetts, Director of Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Cover Letter
- Three references including relationship and years known
- Sample proposal for a professional development workshop on the topic of organizational governance or community engagement for an arts and culture audience (maximum of four pages)
Mid-America Arts Alliance
2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108
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