Employment Opportunities

Grants Associate

Department:                Development

Supervisor:                  Director of Institutional Advancement

The American Federation of Arts seeks an enthusiastic and detail-oriented Grants Associate to assist in the preparation of all grant-related documents, including research, grant applications, letters of inquiry, support materials, as well as interim and final reports. They will report to the Director of Institutional Advancement and work collaboratively with the development team and organization-wide.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct prospect research using Foundation Center and other research tools to identify new potential foundation, government, and corporate donors;
  • Develop and manage the organization’s Grants Calendar to track current and potential funders ensuring timely, and targeted solicitations;
  • Update records in Raiser’s Edge, the organization’s donor database;
  • Support the Director of Institutional Advancement with tracking and reporting of awarded grants to ensure successful execution of related contractual requirements;
  • Assist with AFA venue communications as needed;
  • Assist with production of collateral materials, credit lines, Board reporting, and project management as needed;
  • Assist with writing of Letters-of-Inquiry and full grant proposals.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of two years of grant writing experience with a proven record of success, preferably at a cultural organization;
  • Strong understanding of foundation and corporate funders in the cultural fields;
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects under the pressure of deadlines;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or other CRM systems;
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Salary:   $72,000 and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision, with employer fully paid premiums.

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to hr@amfedarts.org. The due date for submissions is June 24, 2022.

This position will be a hybrid position including both on-site and remote days.

The AFA is committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitments.

Curator

 Department:                Exhibitions

 Supervisor:                  Director of Curatorial Affairs

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) seeks a Curator to play a crucial role in developing the AFA’s vibrant, diverse, and expanding exhibitions program. The Curator will initiate, develop, and manage traveling exhibitions of a wide range of media, genres, and historical periods, partnering with distinguished institutions and leading scholars in the field. The curatorial staff at the AFA primarily acts as project managers, though there are opportunities to curate and tour one’s own exhibitions.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to advancing the AFA’s mission to expand access to art and to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Initiate, research, and develop new exhibitions through partnerships with guest curators, institutions, and private collections;
  • Prepare and present exhibition proposals to Exhibitions Committee;
  • Work closely with guest curators and co-organizers to shape exhibitions and prepare and finalize exhibition materials, including illustrated checklists, project descriptions, and didactic materials;
  • Procure venues for exhibition tours;
  • Establish and monitor exhibition timelines and budgets, working closely with the registration team;
  • Negotiate and secure loans for exhibitions;
  • Communicate across departments to ensure that Marketing and Development departments have what is needed for press releases, the AFA Website, funding proposals, etc.;
  • Review and edit catalogue texts submitted by guest curators and guest authors, and review layout and design of exhibition catalogues with the Manager of Publications;
  • Liaise with curatorial staff at presenting museums, and respond to issues related to curatorial content of exhibition and installation as required;
  • Represent the AFA at meetings, exhibition openings, and program-related events.

Qualifications:

  • At least five years in a museum or art-related environment with experience in organizing exhibitions;
  • M.A. or above in art history and/or related field;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral, and a confident public speaker and effective negotiator;
  • Exceptional organizational skills, including the ability to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines, work within budgets, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with the ability to connect with a range of collaborators;
  • The ability to think strategically and creatively problem-solve;
  • An existing network of curators and institutions, both nationally and internationally;
  • Experience working with traveling exhibitions and/or collections preferred;
  • The candidate must be willing to travel to represent the AFA at meetings and exhibition openings.

Salary Range: $68,000-$72,000

To apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to hr@amfedarts.org. The review of applications begins on March 7, 2022.

This position will be a hybrid position including both on-site and remote days.

The AFA is committed to equity and inclusion in its staff and welcomes applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds who share these interests and commitments.