Job Opportunities

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We’re looking for talented and passionate individuals to join our team. Work directly with artists, awardees, and an incredible staff and board committed to supporting groundbreaking work in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, film, technology, and socially engaged and multidisciplinary forms. Enjoy a collaborative office culture, numerous opportunities to build relationships with today’s most risk-taking, brilliant artists, and outstanding salary and benefits. Our team is committed to excellence in the arts, grantmaking and artist services, freedom of expression, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Based in the financial district in Manhattan, New York, Creative Capital serves artists across the country who impact the arts globally!

Open positions:


Development Associate

POSITION SUMMARY

Creative Capital is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which funds individual artists creating groundbreaking work in the visual arts, performing arts, film, literature, technology, socially engaged and multidisciplinary forms. The Development Associate is an integral member of the Development team, with the primary responsibility of helping Creative Capital deepen relationships with individuals and foundations. The Development Associate will work closely with the development staff on research and writing to support fundraising activities as well as to manage the donor database; oversee the department’s priority-setting calendar; support campaigns and giving activities; develop, maintain, and expand membership and annual fund programs; handle gift processing and acknowledgements; and assist with the coordination and production of special fundraising events and trips with board members, patrons and artists. Related tasks will include external outreach such as fundraising communications (print and electronic). This position will also act as a liaison between the Director of Development, senior leadership, patrons, members, the board of directors, and the National Advisory Council. The Development Associate will interface with and work with the team to support Creative Capital’s mission of serving artists and awardees, which include: Simone Leigh, Theaster Gates, Legacy Russell, Jesse Krimes, Taylor Mac, Becca Blackwell, Meng Jin, Ry Russo-Young, and more.

The Development Associate reports to the Director of Development and works closely with other development staff, including a Development Officer, Individual Giving and an Associate Director, Institutional Giving.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage department schedules, identifying priorities and goals set by Development staff with other departments; track projects and coordinate planning and communication with other departments
  • Oversee administration and daily operations of the membership and individual giving programs, including fulfillment of benefits, maintenance of membership profiles, timely processing of new members, upgrades, and renewals, and follow-up by phone or e-mail as necessary
  • Work with the Development Officer for Individual Giving and Events to design and execute the most compelling fundraising, member and cultivation events
  • Field inquiries via phone, development, and membership email inboxes, providing superior customer service/troubleshooting as necessary, while referring more complex inquiries to appropriate staff
  • Implement and track net results of appeals, campaigns, and other development initiatives
  • Follow up on returned mail and digitally file all copies of correspondence as needed
  • Provide ideas and follow-through strategies to maximize social media opportunities
  • Produce all printed matter and oversee mailings for events, stewardship mailings for donors, patron and membership acquisitions and renewals, and annual appeals
  • Help with upkeep of promotional content (website, printed materials, brochures, programs, and other ephemera)
  • Track departmental income/expenses and financial budget/projections related to events, department ephemera, and patron programs
  • Oversee gift processing, ensuring full coordination with COO as well as data and record input
  • Assist with aspects of the Annual Fête and Artist Retreat with direction from the Development Director, Development Officer and/or consultant, such as conceptualizing, planning, organizing, and implementing the event; executing design and production of all printed materials, tracking and recording table and ticket sales and invitees; and close-out, acknowledgements, invoicing, and follow-up post-event
  • Assist in outreach to targeted caterers, vendors, artists, speakers, performers, venues, and partner organizations to realize programming for Development events
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, & SKILLS REQUIRED (Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately.)

  • BA degree is required; Master’s degree is welcome
  • Two or more years of experience in development, fundraising, grant writing, and/or research in a not-for-profit environment, preferably in the arts and culture sector
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise judgment and discretion with artists, board members and donors, as well as maintain confidentiality and discretion
  • Superior writing and communication skills, with an ability to develop compelling communications to engage donors and prospects
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, diplomatic and gracious under pressure, and experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, including ability to plan, prioritize, and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines
  • Experience recording and tracking financial information, including multi year grants and individual donations in a fundraising database application (preferably in Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge) and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Experience working with budgets and other financial documents
  • Passion for contemporary artists
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access in all our programs, partnerships, and development efforts

The position is full-time (40 hours/week with occasional travel and special events). Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Development Associate” – [SURNAME].” No phone calls, please. Application deadline: January 25, 2022.


Executive Assistant

POSITION SUMMARY

Creative Capital is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which funds individual artists creating groundbreaking work in the visual arts, performing arts, film, literature, technology, socially engaged and multidisciplinary forms. The Executive Assistant (EA) to the President & Executive Director is a vital role in ensuring the smooth, efficient, and effective functioning of Creative Capital. The EA will have privileged access to all Board and Development contacts and correspondence, all artist relationships, and all staff and contractor information. The EA will be the lead manager of the President’s contacts, emails, schedule, calendar, travel, and communications. This position will also act as a liaison between the ED, artists, senior leadership, and staff. The EA will interface with and work with the team to support Creative Capital’s mission of serving artists and awardees, which include: Simone Leigh, Theaster Gates, Legacy Russell, Jesse Krimes, Taylor Mac, Raja Feather Kelly, Becca Blackwell, Meng Jin, Ry Russo-Young, and more. The EA must be articulate, an excellent communicator and writer, diplomatic under pressure, demonstrate exceptional discretion and judgment, and be able to proactively prepare the President for meetings and other outward-facing engagements. This position requires agility, creativity, and a positive attitude toward handling administrative, clerical, and numerous social situations with aplomb, cheer, and high energy.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as primary point of contact for supporting the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital and the Creative Capital community
  • Proactively manage the President’s calendar; ensure all parties impacted by required changes are treated with courtesy and professionalism
  • Screen incoming calls and emails
  • Draft and process incoming and outgoing correspondence, as well as presentations
  • Provide a bridge for smooth and efficient communication and interaction between the director’s office and internal/external departments
  • Provide support for all aspects of the President’s interaction with the Board of Directors and Development prospects, including meeting logistics, agenda development, minute taking, committee work, etc.
  • Provide support for all aspects of the President’s interaction with awardees and artists.
  • Liaise with all levels of the organization including staff, board, consultants, artists, donors, media, and other stakeholders
  • Ensure that the President is prepared and briefed for meetings
  • Manage and research special projects and events as needed on behalf of the President, working closely with other staff, especially department heads
  • Assist with organizing meetings, artist events and gatherings, ensuring availability of required materials and related logistical matters; attend meetings and prepare minutes as requested; handle actionable and follow-up items
  • Provide support for Creative Capital events, artist gatherings, galas, fundraisers in-person and/or online
  • Must be able to work onsite and travel offsite at Creative Capital’s NYC office as well as where the President may travel nationally and internationally
  • Coordinate President’s local and national travel arrangements and manage related expense reports
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, & SKILLS REQUIRED (Minimum education and experience needed to perform the job adequately.)

  • BA in English, the liberal arts, or related fields required
  • One or more years of experience as an Executive Assistant or Administrative Assistant, preferably for a CEO or large arts institution
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to exercise judgment and discretion with artists, board and donors, as well as maintain utmost confidentiality and discretion
  • Exceptional communicator with outstanding written and oral English
  • Detail oriented, committed to excellence, multi-tasker with ability to prioritize workload
  • Passion for contemporary artists
  • Ability to act in a professional and yet warm manner
  • Comfortable working independently, takes initiative and be proactive
  • Strong critical analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Polished, professional, diplomatic in word, action, and presentation
  • Excellent computer skills, especially Mac including MS Office and G-Suite, Zoom, Slack, Salesforce, Adobe Photoshop, social media, and other digital platforms

The position is full-time (40 hours/week with occasional travel and special events).  Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Executive Assistant – [SURNAME].”  No phone calls, please.  Application deadline: January 25, 2022.


Editorial Director

POSITION SUMMARY
Creative Capital, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, seeks an Editorial Director who will lead the conceptualization and strategy for inspirational storytelling, content strategy, and evolving a compelling voice that expands our global community. This role will oversee creative storytelling online and in print, elevate our brand voice to inspire participation and giving, and work closely with the President & Executive Director and departmental directors to manage all aspects of our editorial and content strategy. This role will also be the keeper of the voice, brand, visual style and editorial standards.

The Editorial Director will work directly with Creative Capital Awardees past, present, and future, including: Cory Arcangel, Lorraine O’Grady, Jeffrey Gibson, Titus Kaphar, Sandy Rodriguez, Ja’Tovia Gary, Taylor Mac, Legacy Russell, Mel Chin, in addition to hundreds of other renowned, groundbreaking artists. The role will be essential to buttressing our fundraising efforts to ensure that there is exciting, interesting, and engaging content that reflects our values amongst our artist-led community, to our partners, to our donors, and to the public. The role will be highly collaborative, creative, agile, and cross-functional with the Artist Initiatives team, Development team, Operations team, and Administrative team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Articulate distinctive qualities of Creative Capital, a 501(c)3 nonprofit grant-making organization, through storytelling in long-form, short-form, and in various media (including website, email, print, social media)
  • Conceptualize editorial strategy and develop strong, compelling brand narratives that educate and inspire giving and create meaningful engagement with our community and the public
  • Ideate innovative creative direction when it comes to copy, voice, graphically/visually compelling imagery and storytelling
  • Develop clear editorial strategic plan, calendar, and content schedule that supports and advances our fundraising and community-building initiatives
  • Grow our audience for our grantmaking, educational workshops and public programs, and arts partnerships regionally, nationally, and internationally
  • Promote our awardees, our programs and events (such as our Artist Retreat), our partnerships, and our achievements to artists, to donors, and to a global audience
  • Manage a team of full-time and/or part-time staff and contractors
  • Manage editorial budget efficiently and effectively
  • Work effectively and strategically with external press, writers, vendors, partners, sponsors, designers to execute editorial strategy and create related visually compelling design elements and platforms including the organization’s website
  • Lead with agility, innovation, collaboration, and ability to mentor junior colleagues
  • Speak at conferences, on panels, and public-facing events where appropriate
  • Be a proactive ambassador for communicating our artists, programs, and partnerships
  • Other duties related to Creative Capital events and programmatic activities as assigned

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5+ years of editorial, communications, PR, and brand management experience
  • Experience in creative strategy, content strategy, and creative ideation
  • Experience managing quality, copy, and content direction for a wide range of channels including email, print, web, social media, paid media, video
  • Performing arts, visual arts, film, and/or literature experience and knowledge preferred
  • Extensive knowledge of digital platforms and tools
  • The ability to excel in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and accountability
  • Strong visual acuity, exceptional graphic and design sensibility
  • Collaborative, positive, problem-solving, creative manager who can grow, mentor, and inspire direct reports
  • Work efficiently and effectively with artists, arts experts, and broader community partners
  • Strong work ethic, highly efficient and pragmatic, excellent attention to detail
  • Exceptional writer, editor, and communicator in English
  • Additional languages a plus
  • Proven track record of uploading DEIA values

The position is full-time (40 hours/week with occasional travel and special events). Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume as one PDF to [email protected] with the subject line “Editorial Director – [SURNAME].” No phone calls, please. Application deadline: January 25, 2022.


Deputy Director, Education and Online Learning

POSITION SUMMARY
For more than 20 years, Creative Capital has led the way in professional development programs for artists. Our model of providing long-term professional support services for artists along with our grants is now the gold standard for exceptional artist support, reproduced across nonprofit and educational institutions alike. Core to our mission is our belief that educational tools and skill sets are key to helping artists build sustainable careers, as well as creating equity in the arts. We are looking to hire a seasoned educator to serve as the part-time Deputy Director of Education and Online Learning.

The Deputy Director will work closely with the Director of Artist Initiatives and our Awardees and artists regionally, nationally, and internationally, to develop a new educational curriculum comprising in-person programs, online programs, and hybrid programs for artists that respond to rapidly changing cultural landscape. This curriculum provides the scaffolding and infrastructure support to help artists develop thriving practices for years to come. The ideal candidate will have a deep passion for and commitment to supporting contemporary artists, as well as the teaching, curriculum development and online learning experience to implement them.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work closely with the Director of Artist Initiatives to develop a new educational curriculum applicable to our broader community of artists working in visual arts, performing arts, moving image, technology, and literature
  • Extensive knowledge of artistic practices in the visual arts, performing arts, literature, film, and technology, and socially engaged multidisciplinary forms
  • Knowledge of operative critical discourses within education and cultural practice, including theories of representation, critical race studies, Black studies, queer theory, feminist theory, and postcolonial theory and decolonial critiques
  • Knowledge and understanding of artists’ professional needs, including, for example, strategic planning, financial planning, legal services, fundraising, communications and audience development, licensing and merchandising, archiving, and other issues related to professional artists’ careers
  • Oversee the hiring and management of course instructors and guest lecturers
  • Develop and track course evaluations and other key performance indicators
  • Work with Development team on reporting and enrollment and fundraising for educational programs
  • Work with Editorial team on messaging educational programs and growing enrollment for courses
  • Stay abreast of developing cultural discourses, incorporating relevant content into course offerings
  • Participation in Creative Capital events
  • Other duties as assigned

 QUALIFICATIONS

  • Required: PhD or PhD (ABD) in education or arts-related field
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience at the university level and/or in museum education; additional experience teaching in non-institutional contexts highly desirable
  • A minimum of 3 years of curriculum development
  • Strong grasp of Canvas and online learning technologies
  • Strong grasp of educational philosophies and artist-led radical pedagogical practices
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Collaborative, diplomatic, positive, proactive team builder
  • Track record of excellence in education, arts administration, or related field
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access

The position is exempt, and non-union. Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter detailing your relevant experience, one relevant sample syllabi, and teaching philosophy (1 page) along with your full C.V. Send as one PDF attachment at [email protected] with subject “Deputy Director of Education and Online Learning.”  Deadline is January 30, 2022.


Associate Director, Institutional Giving

Creative Capital, the leading nonprofit organization funding the creation of groundbreaking art since 1999, seeks an Associate Director, Institutional Giving with seasoned grant writing, fundraising experience, and sophisticated communication and research skills to build and implement an institutional fundraising strategy. This is an exciting period of growth, as we seek to burnish Creative Capital’s reputation as one of the leading organizations in the nation giving grants for individual artist projects in the visual arts, performing arts, film, literature, technology, and socially engaged work in all forms. We are looking for an experienced, intelligent, entrepreneurial, and savvy individual who can manage and foster solid relationships externally and internally for lasting impact.

The Associate Director, Institutional Giving will manage Creative Capital’s portfolio of institutional donors and build strong relationships with: Bloomberg, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Skoll Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, among others. They understand, develop, and apply complex principles of developing donor strategies. They will be required to use Creative Capital’s donor database (Salesforce) and will be responsible for both creating/submitting proposals to institutional donors and managing the grant administration process once a gift is received by the donor. The Associate Director, Institutional Giving reports to the Director of Development and works closely with the President and Executive Director, the Director of Artist Initiatives, and the Chief Operating Officer.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead institutional funding strategy in collaboration with the Director of Development and the President & Executive Director
  • Research and analyze existing and new resources and opportunities to form a comprehensive work plan, budget, and calendar for institutional funding
  • Craft and submit compelling correspondence, proposals, financials, and reports to funders
  • Serve as primary point of contact for institutional donors, initiating and stewarding existing and new relationships
  • Oversee the work of a development assistant, who can assist in research, tracking and gathering needed data and materials, and maintaining files
  • Forecast and supervise all expenditures in relation to budget, and responsible for helping meet revenue goals for institutional funding
  • Interface with leading administrators at major philanthropic organizations in meetings, at events, and online
  • Interact with donors, artists, board members, and others at Creative Capital cultivation events and development events
  • Serve as a public-facing advocate and ambassador for Creative Capital’s mission in regional, national, and international arts communities
  • Other duties related to artist events, as assigned 

Qualifications:

  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is welcome
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in institutional fund-raising, grant writing, and research in a not-for-profit environment, preferably in the arts and culture sector
  • Experience in developing strategic engagements and large funding opportunities
  • Superior writing and communication skills, with an ability to develop compelling communications to engage donors and prospects
  • A track record of closing foundation grants in the five-to-seven-figure range for cultural/arts institutions
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills, diplomatic and gracious under pressure, and experience working with cross-functional teams
  • Outstanding organizational skills, including ability to plan, prioritize, and manage a varied workload to meet deadlines
  • Experience recording and tracking grant and gift information in a fundraising database application (preferably in Salesforce or Raiser’s Edge) and proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Extensive experience working with budgets and other financial documents required for grant submissions
  • A strong attention to detail and passion for arts/cultural institutions desirable
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access in all our programs, partnerships, and development efforts

Position is flexible from 20 to 40 hours a week, and is exempt, and non-union. Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Seeking to fill the position before or by January 31, 2022. 

ABOUT CREATIVE CAPITAL
Creative Capital is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fund artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work, to amplify the impact of their work, and to foster sustainable artistic careers. Awardees include luminaries such as: Theaster Gates, Simone Leigh, Kristina Wong, Lorraine O’Grady, Titus Kaphar, Mel Chin, Jesse Krimes, Taylor Mac, Cory Arcangel, Maggie Nelson, and Hasan Elahi. Founded in 1999, Creative Capital pioneered a transformative grant-making model that marries direct funding to individual artists with infrastructure and scaffolding support. Our pioneering efforts have impacted not just artists, but the arts ecosystem as a whole. The Creative Capital model of philanthropy has inspired countless other nonprofits investing in the long-term, sustainable careers of artists. More than 75% of our recent awardees are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or artists of color representing a wide range of age groups, artistic disciplines, and regions. Our awardees have received prestigious honors and other accolades, including: 127 Guggenheim Fellowships, 19 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships, 3 Academy Awards and 13 nominations, and 1 Booker Prize.

TO APPLY: Creative Capital is committed to building unity and seeks to hire staff who foster an excitement for contributing to a thriving cultural community. Please tell us why that’s you in your cover letter and include one writing sample (a proposal letter, letter of inquiry, or grant application are sufficient) along with your resume. Send as one PDF attachment at [email protected] with subject “Associate Director, Institutional Giving.” Deadline is December 31, 2021.