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Program Officer

Asian Cultural Council
New York, United States
$80,000.00 - $90,000.00
Closing date
Aug 27, 2022

The Opportunity

The Asian Cultural Council is looking for a Program Officer to be a part of Programs team. The incumbent will contribute to redesigning the goals, strategies, and processes of the grant programs. S/he/they will collaborate with the Director of Programs and the Grants Administration Manager to implement the grant programs with four affiliate offices in Asia.

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Officer will focus:

Manage the annual grantmaking/fellowship award process and recommend improvements as needed (identify and drive the desired impact; design application guidelines; outreach to creative communities, develop equitable selection criteria; conduct grantee due diligence; review applications, and prepare reports)
Establish grantmaking processes and workflows in coordination with external departments and 4 affiliate offices
Manage grantmaking budgets and monitor the effective use of grant funds
Prepare docket material that summarizes grant recommendations and budgets for consideration by the Director of Programs, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees
Outreach to new communities and work with the Communications Department to increase the visibility of ACC grant programs
Partner with the Grants Administration Manager to maintain grants management database, process grants, track grant progress, and provide timely reports
Convene panels to review applications

Grantee/Alumni Relationships and Partnerships

Effectively manage grantee relationships in collaboration with 4 affiliate offices (40 grantees per year).
Serve as an internal and external point of contact for grant-related issues
Organize local programs for 10-12 New York-based grantees to understand the cultural landscape, including site visits, introductions to institutions, mentorship, etc.
Expand ACC partnerships in NYC across sectors. Act as a connector between grantees and partners
Work with the Grants Administration Manager to support grantees’ J-1 visa, housing, insurance, and travel-related needs as required
Build relationships with peer organizations and potential collaboration opportunities
Organize programs and events to continuously engage with current grantees and ACC alumni (past grantees)

Other Responsibilities
Work with the Advancement Department on fundraising initiatives
Work with the Marketing and Communications Department to publicize the award cycle, grantees’ work and to tell ACC impact stories
Manage grant and grantee data with the Grants Administration Manager
Special projects and administrative responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Programs.

Skills and Abilities
Experience with a variety of grantmaking approaches
Experience with strategic planning/process optimization
Experience with managing data for the grantmaking system (akoyaGo), and analyzing and interpreting data to improve the effectiveness of grant programs
Comfort working with data, budgets, and other quantitative information
Skills in building relationships with diverse constituencies and including different voices in programming
Excellent writing and communication skills, Strong oral presentation/story-telling skills
Openness to learning new technologies
Desire to work in a team-oriented environment to solve complex and interesting challenges

Education, Experience, and Knowledge
Bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of grantmaking experience
Experience in arts and cultural field or with international organizations preferred
Fluency in an Asian language is a plus.

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