Grants Program Manager

Grants Program Manager

Download the PDF of this position description here.

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Schedule: 40 hours, full-time, exempt, Monday-Friday. Flexible hours, evenings and weekends on an as-needed basis.

Location: Arts Council offices on the Tannery Arts Center campus in Santa Cruz and on Lake Ave. in Watsonville. Reliable transportation needed.

Reporting: This position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Salary & Benefits:

  • $60,000 – $70,000
  • We believe in work-life balance and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked
  • 10 vacation days, 12 sick days, 11 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • We provide medical, dental, and vision insurance with the Arts Council covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package and 30% dependent coverage

Who we are: For 40 years, Arts Council Santa Cruz County has led the charge to support the unique, ever-evolving Santa Cruz County arts community. We’re passionate advocates for the arts and the organizations and people who make art happen. We believe in the power of the arts to transform our community, and our daily work of art reflects that belief. Our staff and board team are deeply committed to and fired up about our mission to generate creativity, vibrancy, and connection in Santa Cruz County.

The job: We’re looking for a highly passionate and skilled Grants Program Manager – someone with a heart for the arts and a head for the business of art. The successful candidate will manage and implement the Council’s Grants Program, which provides general operating support and capacity building to arts organizations as well as project support and professional development for individual artists. The Grants Program Manager also coordinates the Arts Council Associates, a regular meeting of our community of arts organizations and artists, and oversees our fiscal sponsorship program. Perhaps the most critical component of this position is nurturing strong and healthy relationships with organizations and artists countywide, particularly in underserved communities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Grants Management

  • Maintain all aspects of our bilingual online grants management system.
  • Develop and deliver grant orientation sessions and trainings.
  • Support artists and organizations through the full grantmaking process.
  • Recruit, train, and manage volunteer grant review panelists.
  • Provide an equity review of applicant pools for the Grants Committee.
  • Review and score proposals, draft recommendations, and present
  • recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  • Track and report on the Grants Program’s progress towards its equity goals.
  • Conduct grantee site visits to build relationships and better understand
  • grantee needs.
  • Conduct research on best practices and participate in discussions in the field about equitable grantmaking and funding.
  • Staff Grants Committee meetings.
  • Review, evaluate, and facilitate program and process improvements.

Arts Council Associates

  • Plan and coordinate meetings in collaboration with the Associates Chair.
  • Coordinate communications and promote the Associates to the community.

Fiscal Sponsorship

  • Manage application process and educate applicants about the program.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with fiscal sponsees.


  • Develop annual program plan and budget.
  • Promote programs to the community.
  • Conduct targeted outreach to artists and organizations to support the program’s equity goals.
  • Provide program reports as needed to support development.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector, preferably in the arts.
  • A clear understanding of grantmaking practices.
  • Interest in and knowledge about the Santa Cruz County creative sector.
  • Experience and enjoyment working with creative types.
  • Successful facilitator and effective trainer.
  • Able to read and understand nonprofit financial statements.
  • Familiarity with fiscal sponsorship.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Comfortable setting and communicating clear boundaries.
  • Able to think big picture and enjoy focusing on the details.
  • An understanding of racial equity and equitable grantmaking practices.
  • Comfortable interacting with staff, board members, program constituents and participants, and the community.
  • Ability to accomplish projects with little supervision.
  • Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Office products, Adobe
  • Acrobat, G Suite, social media tools, mail merges, email and web searches.
  • Experience and facility managing and using web-based systems.
  • Able to synthesize and analyze information and communicate findings.
  • Able to ask questions, share opinions, and disagree congenially.
  • Experience managing volunteers.

And Now For Something Completely Different: The ideal candidate will have the majority of the skills outlined in this job description. However, if you beautifully fit most, but not all, of the bill, apply anyway. In either case, be direct in your cover letter about your strengths and interests. Arts Council Santa Cruz County is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our hiring process:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling interviews as soon as we have strong candidates.
  • Following the interview, we may ask for some prepared materials relevant to this position, and conduct a second round of interviews.
  • Finalists will be invited to a panel interview with staff, board, and community members.
  • We will extend an offer to the best candidate as soon as references are checked.

To apply: Please email your resume and a cover letter in one PDF outlining your interest and fit for the position to . Please title your email and the PDF with this naming convention: Your last name – Grants Manager. In your cover letter, tell us why this opportunity lights your fire, and why you would be a fit at the Arts Council. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Arts Council Santa Cruz County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing services and making resources available to every resident of Santa Cruz County without regard to ethnicity, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, military status, marital status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, or source of income.