The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage (Center) seeks
a Senior Specialist for Connection and
Participation to advance the Center’s ongoing efforts to
enhance the region’s civic life by fostering a vibrant and
inclusive cultural community in Greater Philadelphia. Based in our
Grants Programs and under the guidance of the Executive Director,
this newly created position has grown out of the Center’s deepening
commitment to DEAI, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to
emphasizing multiple perspectives, inclusive practices, and
community relevance as part of programmatic excellence.
The Senior Specialist works in close collaboration with other
team members across the organization to creatively integrate and
center the values of connection, inclusiveness, participation, and
engagement through all aspects of our grantmaking work. The Senior
Specialist researches and connects with artists, curators,
scholars, and other practitioners across the fields of art,
community organizing, and public engagement in order to stay
up-to-date on ways of working/being that center equity, inclusion,
and belonging. They employ this knowledge in their work to
contribute to the Center’s grantmaking processes and
capacity-building, sharing their findings with Center colleagues,
grantees and Pew Fellows, and other relevant Center constituencies
to inform and influence the shaping of existing practices,
processes, policies, and programs. The Senior Specialist also works
as relevant with the Center’s grants management team on grants
administration and the communications team on content
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is funded by the
Pew Charitable Trusts, part of its Philadelphia Program, and serves
as Pew’s primary source of cultural funding. Our
strategic agenda is determined for us by Pew’s board of directors.
The Center is administered by the University of the Arts,
Philadelphia. The University is the Center’s legal employer.
Candidates for this position should be deep lovers of art,
culture, and community. They must have a demonstrated commitment to
diversity, equity, inclusion, and access with high emotional
intelligence and cultural awareness. They are intellectually
curious; rigorous in their work practices but always generous of
spirit, patient, persistent, and personable
with experience working and connecting with a
variety of different kinds of people. They are organized and
self-motivated, capable of working alone but also capable of
working collegially as part of a team.
This new position has been designed to play a principal role at
the Center with respect to fostering and activating community
connection, participation, and engagement, which are important
aspects of the projects the Center supports.
- As a subject matter expert with extensive experience with, and
knowledge of, audience and community engagement strategies and
social practice/participatory art and their evaluation, being a
thought-leader who brings this lens to bear meaningfully on our
collective work, including but not limited to, the Center’s annual
application guidelines and grant adjudication processes, applicant
and project cultivation, funded-project development, and capacity
- Partner with the Center’s Performance and Exhibitions &
Public Interpretation Program Directors to support and monitor
grantee activities and project development through individual
meetings/consultations, site visits and other interactions,
offering feedback and direction on public engagement.
- Work with the Pew Fellowships Director to engage with the Pew
Fellows-in-Residence to connect them meaningfully to the
Philadelphia community, and with other Pew Fellows as
- Collaboratively create capacity building programs and resources
that promote learning, exchange, and relationship building through
activities such as convenings, publications, and talks.
- Participate in periodic communications editorial meetings and
contribute to the development of material that serves the Center’s
goals as a hub for knowledge-sharing on issues critical to artistic
- With guidance from the Executive Director, you will support and
amplify the work of the Center by acting as its representative at
public events and participating in talks, panels, publications,
meetings, and other forums, as appropriate.
- Participate in and recommend activities that might guide the
evolution of your own and our collective work at the Center.
EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE
Successful candidates will need a broad and deep knowledge—and
love for—arts and culture within a national and international
context. They must have significant experience in
successfully developing, ideating, and/or managing participatory
and audience engagement strategies, with the ability to
create capacity building resources for Center grantees in this
area. Prior experience in grant-making is preferred.
A Bachelor’s degree or higher in curatorial work/arts
management/administration plus a minimum of 5-7 years of equivalent
work experience, or graduate degree or higher in curatorial
work/arts management/administration plus a minimum of 3-5 years of
equivalent work experience.
COMPETENCIES, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
- Strong organizational skills and an aptitude for program
development and administration as well as the ability to meet
deadlines, handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining
attention to detail.
- Ability to think critically, consciously assessing degrees of
importance and urgency. Ability to toggle between aspects of the
job, playing the right role at the right time in the right way.
Ability to know when to ask questions and when to take
- Strong field network/access to networks of people who can be
potential resources for the Center’s work. Ability to exercise
discernment in matters such as quality of information sources,
determinants of “leading edge” practice, where to go for great
- Ability to function well and with enthusiasm as part of a team.
Ability to gain from and provide inspiration to colleagues at the
Center. Ability to apply one’s innate curiosity, articulate ideas,
to remain open-minded in dialog, to find common ground and to
remain realistic about what can reasonably be established. Ability
to grasp what others should be able to understand based on the
Center’s relationships, situations, and past communication. Ability
to think expansively and make insightful connections involving
multiple disciplines and others’ previously expressed ideas.
Ability to think inside and outside of one’s primary disciplinary
- Ability to work closely with senior leaders in a collaborative
environment, and to oversee work of consultants, contractors,
- Effective interpersonal skills to successfully interact with a
variety of people, including the cultural community, consultants,
grantees, applicants, colleagues at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and
the general public with diverse cultures and backgrounds, as called
upon. You need to be appropriately thoughtful, respectful, and
effective when expressing feedback. A sense of humility and humor
are also recommended.
- Ability to work strategically within existing and evolving
organizational parameters as framed for us by our funder, The Pew
Charitable Trusts. Ability to quickly learn and adapt to the
Center’s culture while simultaneously teaching, negotiating, and
performing in the job. Ability to adapt to and fully assimilate our
Funder’s organizational culture and understand how to support its
- Ability to exercise a high level of discretion and
confidentiality in interactions with both internal and external
people concerning all work-related information, and with
understanding of the Center’s unique relationship to The Pew
Charitable Trusts. Can be entrusted to represent the Center based
on alignment and understanding of values, professional judgment,
points of view, and relationship to Pew.
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Professional working proficiency in technology and computer
literacy; Microsoft Office Suite; Adobe Acrobat.
- Ability to periodically attend meetings and events which are
after standard business hours or on weekends, as a Center
representative. Ability to occasionally travel out of the
Philadelphia region and the country for multiple days on a periodic
basis, as work demands.
The above statements are intended to describe the general
nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this
job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the job
responsibilities, duties, skill, or working conditions. In
addition, this document does not create an employment contract,
implied or otherwise, other than an "at will"
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage currently* offers exempt,
full-time employees, the following benefits:
- Annual professional development funds to strengthen job-related
experience/skills and to attend relevant cultural events.
- Flexible health plan options and dental, vision, life, and
- Ten paid holidays plus paid-time off from December 26 – 31 each
- Generous paid-time off for sick, vacation, bereavement, and
- A retirement program with 2-1 matching employer
- Pre-tax deductions for certain commuting costs, employee
assistance program in support of work-life balance, and travel
- Fully equipped facilities, including pantry, spacious meeting
areas, and adaptable IT infrastructure.
*Benefits are subject to change.
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LOCATION, HOURS, & REMOTE WORK
1608 Walnut St, Suite 18, Philadelphia, PA
The Center operates each Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 5p.m.
Due to COVID-19, all Center employees have the option to
work remotely through November 1, 2021. As of November 1, the
Center will operate on a hybrid remote-work model that allows staff
the option to work from home each Monday and Friday. All staff will
be required to work in the Center’s offices each Tuesday,
Wednesday, and Thursday.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
The University of the Arts requires all employees be fully
vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of
vaccination. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be
Interested, qualified applicants should please email the
following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter stating your interest in the position
- A resume or CV
- Please ensure “Senior Specialist, The Pew Center for Arts &
Heritage” is in the subject line of your email.
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discrimination on the basis of sex in its programs and activities,
including admission and employment, in accordance with Title IX of
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Inquiries may also be directed to the Federal agency responsible
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Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.