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Director of Grants - New York Foundation of the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts
New York, United States
$75,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Dec 8, 2022



The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) mission is to empower cultural workers, arts organizations, and, in particular, artists in all disciplines of the visual, performance, media, and literary arts at critical stages in their creative lives. NYFA’s vision is to help artists to sustain themselves economically through a lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and disabilities.




NYFA’s leadership is team based. All members of the senior staff are expected to work with their

colleagues both horizontally and vertically in an open, collaborative, and collective culture.

Ideas in the organization for any department can come from any level and encouragement is

given to such interactions, shared understandings, and transparency.


NYFA values colleagues who are proactive, eager to co-create and brainstorm ideas, and who

offer solutions to challenges, with a willingness to navigate complex situations with diplomacy,

patience, and good humor.


NYFA recognizes the historic and systemic marginalization of people by race, ethnicity,

immigration status, religion, age, geography, ability, sexual orientation, and/or gender and

gender-identity. NYFA is committed to providing the necessary resources to empower artists, cultural workers and community specific arts organizations to define and achieve success on their own terms.

NYFA will continuously work to identify, acknowledge, understand, and dismantle both its own institutional structures of oppression and those of the larger world. NYFA continually strengthens its partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally, believing that only through collective action and collaboration can NYFA revise its practices to uphold the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and disability access and support.




NYFA was established in 1971 as an independent nonprofit service organization to serve

individual artists throughout New York State. Since then, NYFA has extended its comprehensive

programs and services throughout the United States and the international community.


NYFA’s programs and resources are far-reaching and are provided through several areas of support, including funding opportunities, fiscal sponsorship, online information resources, and entrepreneurial-based direct service programs. Each year, NYFA awards over $4 million in cash grants to individual artists in all disciplines throughout the United States and its territories.




Reporting to the executive director, the director of grants will act as a key member of the senior executive team and be responsible for 1) overseeing all aspects of NYFA’s ten grant programs throughout New York City, New York State, and the United States; 2) overseeing NYFA’s work sample review program which presents mock panels for schools and membership organizations; 3) supporting the development and implementation of strategic planning for the department; and 4) representing NYFA in meetings/events/presentations with funders and other stakeholders.


The successful candidate will have a broad range of skills, but above all, they must be curious, ambitious, flexible thinkers and love tackling challenges on a regular basis. The director supervises a small team, and needs to be flexible and take on additional responsibilities throughout the year relating to growing NYFA’s awards and grants program.


Key Responsibilities


Develop, Review and proofread program guidelines, application forms, final reports and administrative documents relating to grant programs


Manage communications and cultivate relationships with applicants, grantees, panelists, partners and funders


Support Grants team members and consultants on panel reviews, info sessions, and other public facing events


Recruit state-wide members for the Artist Advisory Committee and coordinate and moderate annual meetings


With Communications staff, develop outreach strategies to reach all eligible artists


With Development staff maintain close relationships with funders of regrant programs


With Finance staff ensure smooth processing of payments to panelists and grant recipients

Analyze results of each program through the equity lens, and continually work to expand geographic and demographic diversity of applicants, recipients and panelists


Provide advice and assistance to other NYFA programs seeking participation of NYFA-affiliated artists


Strategically seek out new partners to grow Work Sample Review program


Lead the grants data retention and integration on the NeonCRM



Minimum of 5 years experience in overseeing arts funding and/or other relevant grantmaking experience, preferably at a nonprofit cultural organization but those in others sectors are encouraged to apply.


Demonstrated success at facilitating discussions, and building relationships.


Accomplished and collaborative team leader with a proven ability to act as a thought partner, engage comfortably with staff at all levels, solve problems collaboratively and lead by influence rather than authority.


Exceptional oral and written communication skills with expertise in multiple communication modes.


Strategic thinker who can demonstrate a practice of addressing immediate needs and developing long-term



A demonstrated strong understanding of New York State artists communities and resources in the communities


Excellent organizational, time and work-flow management skills


Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines


Highly proficient with G Suite and Microsoft Suite


Past experience with Submittable, NeonCRM and Asana a plus


Foreign language a plus, preferably Spanish or Mandarin.


Desired Competencies

Demonstrates a capacity for collaborative leadership


Earns the trust of stakeholders by stewarding to build a cohesive and engaged community in a positive and equitable environment.


Sets clear expectations, provides constructive and timely feedback/guidance and holds individuals accountable.


Ability to unlock the creative potential of groups/teams and the organization.


Ability to successfully navigate change through agility and adaptability.


Works to identify, mitigate and resolve conflicts.


Balances and addresses competing priorities without becoming overwhelmed.


Remains focused, composed and optimistic when faced with adversity, disappointment or opposition.


Embraces cultural intelligence, demonstrating a capability to work effectively across cultures.


Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week. The salary for this position is $75,000, plus paid time off (vacation, personal, and sick day), 60% employer contribution for health insurance with optional dental and vision, and a 403b (employer matching contributions begins phased in after two years).  The New York Foundation for the Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to supporting a more equitable arts sector.  Our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are critical to our mission to serve all artists, and NFYA recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our mission.  Individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.  NYFA’s offices are accessible.


NYFA During Covid

NYFA is currently operating a hybrid working environment: Tuesday through Thursday in the office (9:30 AM – 5:30 PM); Monday and Friday remotely.  Staff also have the option to work in the office all week and NYFA can offer flex-time hours. An altered schedule may be required if NYFA, as an organization, changes its policy.  Currently, proof of vaccination is required for staff and visitors.



Please send a single PDF, including a cover letter and resume to with “Director of Grants” in the subject title. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited to interview will be contacted.

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