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CAC-Joyce Microgrant Manager

Job Opportunity

Title: CAC-Joyce Microgrant Manager
Status: Part-time Independent Contractor, FLSA-exempt

Position Summary
The Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) seeks a part-time Microgrant Manager responsible for developing, launching, and managing a new microgrant program for ALAANA, underrepresented, informally trained, and next generation artists. The program is generously funded by the Joyce Foundation. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. The Manager reports to CAC’s Director of Exhibitions & Residencies.

Established in 1974, the Chicago Artists Coalition is a non-profit organization that supports emerging Chicago artists through education, artist residencies, and exhibitions—providing them with the resources to live, work, and thrive in the city. CAC is committed to building a diverse community of artist leaders who define the place of art in our city’s culture and economy, and to cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic, and public support network that enhances the impact of contemporary artists in Chicago.

Primary Responsibilities
With support and guidance from CAC’s Director of Exhibitions & Residencies and CAC’s team:

  • Research local and national grant making for individual artists who are historically underrepresented and underserved
  • Interview artists who have benefitted from individual grants for feedback
  • Develop all aspects of CAC-Joyce Microgrant Program including program name, eligibility requirements, marketing materials, application, evaluation plan and more
  • Assemble and manage microgrant jury
  • Host information sessions for prospective applicants
  • Administer first grant cycle
  • Evaluate program
  • Track program budget
  • Other duties as necessary

Experience / Qualifications
The successful candidate must possess a proven track record of working with artists and nonprofit organizations. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the Chicago artist and arts professional communities. Additional familiarity with marginalized and non-traditional artist communities is a plus.

Other key skills and qualifications include:

  • BA in arts-related field, or equivalent degree in arts administration or nonprofit management.
  • At least 2-4 years of professional work experience in the nonprofit arts sector, preferred.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and overall communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized; ability to multi-task.
  • Knowledge of the Chicago arts and nonprofit community, a plus.
  • Ability to set and manage deadlines, and communicate and plan for necessary adjustments clearly and in a timely manner.
  • Must be self-motivated, creative problem solver, and team-builder.
  • Must be willing and available to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, multiple Google platforms, and ability to learn and utilize other programs including e-Tapestry database and Campaign Monitor helpful.
  • Basic graphic design skills are helpful.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands of this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms balance, stoop, kneel or crouch.

This position offers a competitive hourly wage of $20/hour for 10-15 hours/week.

Submit cover letter and résumé to by Friday, July 6, 2018.

In order to expedite the reviewing process, please write the job title and your name (Last name, First name) as the only contents in the subject line of the e-mail. Faxed, mailed, or incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please.