Director, Impact Services & Grants

Posted: February 13, 2017
Location: Ohio, United States
Position: Administrative, Program
Field: Arts, Community development, Community foundations
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Category: Arts administration, Grant administration, Grant making, Program administration and management
Employment Level: Full-time

Position Purpose

ArtsWave, Cincinnati’s local arts agency and the largest united arts fund in the nation, seeks a Director of Impact Services & Grants. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director will manage an investment portfolio of $10+ million annually focused on advancing and evaluating ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action. The Director will plan and implement a variety of educational, training and support services for the arts sector. Additional responsibilities include developing and maintaining systems for aggregating and analyzing data from partners. He/she will serve as an integral member of the management team and a close partner to the CEO in advancing a vision of community impact and deeper engagement through the arts.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The Director of Impact Services & Grants will manage staff and volunteers to award and evaluate 100+ grants each year in support of the Blueprint. He/she will plan and implement capacity-building and shared learning opportunities for the sector. He/she will lead ArtsWave’s efforts to measure the impact of the arts by compiling and analyzing relevant data and demonstrating both quantitatively and qualitatively how the arts sector contributes to broader community outcomes as outlined by the Blueprint. He/she will work collaboratively with the Development, Communications and Engagement teams to deploy impact stories and data that attract new donors and resources. He/she will build positive relationships with arts clients, community partners, volunteers and donors and regularly represent ArtsWave at cultural and civic events.


Community Investments & Grantmaking

  • Oversee ArtsWave’s grantmaking processes, budgets, personnel, and evaluation.
  • Maintain or develop grantmaking opportunities that both advance the Blueprint and support the sector; assist the CEO in securing funding for targeted initiatives.


  • Guide and mentor arts organizations: in defining outputs and outcomes, identifying key measures of success, using data to inform programming, and storytelling.
  • Recruit, coach, engage and leverage the perspectives of diverse volunteers in the grantmaking process.
  • Maintain or innovate processes and procedures for data management using currently available tools; help identify, secure funding for, and design/implement additional tools.
  • Maintain budgets, contracts and records related to grantmaking.
  • Act as primary liaison to Board’s Community Investment Committee, keeping them informed of and engaged in strategic and budgetary decisions.


Impact Services & Strategy

  • Develop data-driven strategies and tactics that drive, reveal, measure and report the arts sector’s potential to create impact for the broad community.
  • Act as primary liaison to Board’s Strategic Initiatives Committee which tracks results and develops programs in support of the Blueprint.


  • Plan and implement shared learning opportunities related to impact and/or provide coaching for arts organizations and community partners.
  • Plan and implement creative placemaking and neighborhood partnership projects that bring arts organizations, artists and community organizers together.
  • Develop and execute annual calendar of sector convenings around topics and functional areas in conjunction with ArtsWave’s annual operating plans.
  • Connect business volunteers to arts sector needs, including signature programs like Boardway Bound and the Community Campaign Speakers Bureau.
  • Conduct research and monitor the wide variety of local and national data sources that can be utilized to demonstrate the art sector’s impact on our region and the points of intersections with other sectors, particularly as they align with the Blueprint.
  • Maintain a broad knowledge of current research methodologies and practices in the arts sector and in the wider field of impact measurement and evaluation; participate in and lend expertise to conferences, seminars and other professional development activities to shine a national spotlight on ArtsWave’s work and to keep current in our areas of focus.
  • Participate in and provide leadership as requested for initiatives related to driving collective impact through strategic initiatives and partnerships within the sector and across sectors.



  • Work directly with CEO/Senior Management to determine how best to effectively and consistently communicate the collective impact the arts.
  • Work directly with CEO/Senior Management to craft funding proposals for impact measurement and collective impact work; help cultivate relationships with key funders.
  • Share results and provide feedback to constituencies through reports, presentations and other communications.


  • Represent ArtsWave on relevant external committees, at public events, arts events, and speaking engagements as requested and in order to augment the ArtsWave’s visibility in the community.
  • Oversee the day-to-day activities of the department including budgeting, planning and staff management.
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, and conduct annual performance appraisals.
  • Other duties as assigned, including occasional help on weekends or evenings at ArtsWave-sponsored events.

Required Competencies:

  • Ability to think critically, frame problems, use and analyze data, and deliver practical solutions
  • Ability to build consensus and consider multiple viewpoints
  • Demonstrated success leading and managing a team, including volunteers, so that all are aligned on goals and feel they are contributing to success
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including an ability to communicate data and technical issues to people with a wide range of data expertise
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, work independently and stay calm in a fast-paced environment
  • Skills and confidence to gain the respect of high-performing Board and volunteers
  • Enthusiasm for working within a donor-centric environment
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively and cooperatively with peers, across departments, and with other organizations and entities.
  • Ability to approach challenges in a positive manner, receive input and feedback from others, work collaboratively on teams, and lead with enthusiasm
  • Maturity, sound judgment and professional appearance and demeanor at all times
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of ArtsWave
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in social impact, program evaluation, public administration, information systems, planning, psychology, market research, arts administration or other related field
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant, relatable experience in the workforce or equivalent education
  • Experience in one or more of these areas: managing grantmaking programs; specific expertise in community development, education, diversity and inclusion programs, and/or economic development; experience in program design and evaluation
  • Knowledge and/or appreciation of the arts
  • Fluency with Office 365, spreadsheets and databases; ability to learn new computer skills and platforms as needed, including Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Gifts Online
  • Must be willing to work occasional nights and weekends at ArtsWave events and represent ArtsWave at frequent evening and weekend performances and events of arts/cultural/community partners.

To apply: Send cover letter explaining your interest, qualifications and experience. Attach resume with salary requirements to by March 3. No calls, please.

About ArtsWave   With the help of tens of thousands of donors, ArtsWave supports more than 100 arts and community organizations that make our region an amazing place to live. We believe that the arts— music, dance, theatre, museums, festivals, and more —create a vibrant regional economy and a more connected community. ArtsWave is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.