Cultural Funding Specialist

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • May 25, 2022
Full Time Fundraising or Grants Administration

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications
Education and/or Equivalent Experience:
  • Graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Arts Administration, Arts, Planning, Economic or Community Development, or related field; plus two (2) years of experience developing and implementing cultural programs and activities, grant-making, community engagement, and/or nonprofit development.
  • Experience may substitute for education up to the maximum of four (4) years.
  • Graduation with a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Art, Arts Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field may substitute for experience up to two (2) years.



Licenses and Certifications Required:
  • None.

Notes to Applicants
JOB PREVIEW :

The City of Austin's Economic Development Department supports and recruits businesses to Austin through the work in all divisions. Our mission is to promote a competitive, sustainable and equitable economy for all. Divisions: Cultural Arts Programs that integrate arts and artists into economic development. Global Business Expansion Increases jobs and investment in Austin with programs that support business expansion and attraction Heritage Tourism Programs aimed to attract tourists by preserving historic buildings, sites, and districts Music & Entertainment Programs that support Austin's venues, commercial music businesses, and musicians Redevelopment Facilitates innovative partnerships and projects to re-invigorate Austin neighborhoods and commercial districts Small Business Provides help to small business owners and people who want to start a small business.

Under general supervision, assists with the day-to-day operations of the Cultural Arts Division's Cultural Funding programs. Coordinates, implements, and supports various related activities to promote and integrate cultural arts in equitable economic development.

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  • Verification of your education (which may include high school graduation or GED , undergraduate and/or graduate degrees) will be required. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
  • And are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.


Travel - If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.

Pay Range
$24.10 - $30.72 per hour

Hours
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm (flexibility may be an option)
Periodic evening and weekend meetings required.

Job Close Date
07/08/2022
Type of Posting External
Department Economic Development
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 5202 East Ben White, Suite 400, Austin, Texas 78741
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:
  • Experience as a practitioner or administrator in any artistic discipline (dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, etc.).
  • Demonstrated competency in achieving cultural equity policies/outcomes.
  • Skilled in writing, presenting, training, and delivering support to diverse audiences.
  • Experience with data analysis and data visualization.
  • Multi-lingual Spanish, ASL , or other COA identified language access priority.
  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
Administers designated phases of contracting within the Cultural Funding Program. Identifies, evaluates, and provides process and program structures, strategies, and improvement recommendations. Designs and implements inclusive community outreach activities to promote the Cultural Funding Program, cultural equity, and related goals and initiatives. Develops and maintains good relationships with the cultural community, cultural contractors, civic leaders, public and private sector partners, the media, and the general public. Assists with the peer panel application review process. Provides leadership, technical advice, subject matter expertise, and general assistance to community members, external consultants, internal department staff, and City management. Under supervision, develops and conducts training and technical assistance delivery through a variety of methods. Collects program feedback on an ongoing basis, prepares responsive revisions to program guidelines, and manages ongoing evaluation and revision of Cultural Arts Program policies, processes, and procedures in consultation with stakeholders. Represents the Cultural Funding Program, as appropriate, at professional meetings of various scopes; and participates in Local, regional, statewide, and national conventions in the field. Ensures that all records and databases are maintained and administered in accordance with applicable laws and City policies; and fields inquiries from City management, the public, and media regarding the Cultural Funding Program. Collects and tracks qualitative and quantitative Cultural Funding Program and contract performance data; and provides statistics, status, and reports regularly and when needed.

Responsibilities - Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:
  • None.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of the local arts community and trends in the arts/cultural field nationally, including a variety of cultural policy areas and arts funding best practices aligned with equitable economic development.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of contracting and contract administration.
  • Knowledge of fiscal planning and budget preparation.
  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Skill in high-level communication, and experience in navigating and facilitating productive discussions with a wide variety of participants.
  • Skill in using computers and related software, including digital databases for contract monitoring, data reporting, and supporting business needs.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in effective project management and customer service, with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and effectively manage work flow to meet deadlines.
  • Skill in navigating organizational, community, and team dynamics.
  • Ability to cultivate diverse relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and create space for continual inquiry and dialogue.
  • Ability to remain flexible in order to handle interruptions and shift priorities when organizational demands require.
  • Ability to take initiative and develop solutions quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to develop and deliver technical assistance to a variety of audiences, including public presentations.

Criminal Background Investigation This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation
EEO/ADA
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires graduation with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Arts Administration, Arts, Planning, Economic or Community Development, or related field; plus two (2) years of experience developing and implementing cultural programs and activities, grant-making, community engagement, and/or nonprofit development; Experience may substitute for education up to the maximum of four (4) years. Graduation with a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Art, Arts Administration, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field may substitute for experience up to two (2) years. Do you qualify for this position?
  • Yes
  • No
* Describe any experience with contract management, grant applications, and/or grant funding in an artistic or cultural environment.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience in community outreach and engagement (e.g., meetings, workshops, events, relationship building, etc.) with diverse populations and historically underrepresented groups.
(Open Ended Question)
* If you have any experience related to cultural equity policies and outcomes, please describe.
(Open Ended Question)
* Describe your experience with collecting, analyzing, and reporting data and how you've used data to drive program outcomes or process efficiencies.
(Open Ended Question)
* Are you multilingual? If so, list all languages in which you are conversationally competent. If none, please respond with "N/A".
(Open Ended Question)
* Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
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