Chicago Artists Coalition helps people connect with opportunities including calls for artists, jobs, grants, and art advising


Part-time , Arts administration ,
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Karina Quintana

Grants and Special Projects Manager

Job Opportunity: Grants and Special Projects Manager

Status: Part-time, 20 hours a week

Wage: $22/hour, non-taxable

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-3pm; 3 days onsite and 1 day remote, flexibility required.

Our Values: Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) values artists and believes that art has the power to remake the world. We work to connect artists and audiences to provoke and move culture forward. Our team is dynamic, agile, and imaginative. We treat one another with respect and kindness and we value hearing out different perspectives. All staff contribute to advancing equity at the organization through new ideas, dialogue, and mutual support. CAC strives to compose a team that reflects the diverse and vibrant fabric of our city of Chicago. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

Position Summary: Grants and Special Projects Manager is responsible for leading the Chicago Artists Coalition's fundraising, grant-writing, and revenue-generating initiatives, as well as supporting financial and communications oversight. They report to and work closely with the Executive and Artistic Director and are a key liaison with the Board of Directors.

Background: Chicago Artists Coalition is a 47-year old, non-profit organization that supports contemporary Chicago artists and curators by offering residency programs, exhibitions, professional development and resources that enable them to live, work and thrive in the city. CAC is deeply committed to advancing the cause of art and its importance to Chicago’s culture and economy by cultivating a wide-reaching civic, philanthropic and public support network.

Its core programs provide resources, exhibition opportunities and community-building to bolster artists in their creative and professional careers. CAC has a strong history of empowering artists with valuable career training, networking and residency opportunities for a wide range of practicing visual artists. CAC’s constituency is highly diverse in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, artistic media, background and professional level.

Primary Responsibilities: Manage institutional fundraising, including grants to foundations, government and corporate entities. Maintain a comprehensive calendar of grant deadlines, reporting obligations and stewardship strategies. Manage all grant budgets and financial reporting. Manage CAC’s membership program, including supervising support staff, and participate in periodic evaluation of the program’s impact and goals. Create and manage an individual giving campaign, with support from the Executive and Artistic Director, and provide key support for strategy, cultivation and stewardship. Co-facilitate annual fundraising benefit and other event-based development efforts. Cultivate and steward strong relationships with institutional funders and donors. Participate in board development and committees as requested by the Executive and Artistic Director. Conduct regular prospect research for institutional and individual giving, and provide regular reports to the Executive and Artistic Director as requested. Supervise and participate in maintaining CAC’s internal database of donors, supporters, and prospects. Sustain and supervise external relations, including email newsletters, public relations, and major marketing initiatives. Assist with CAC’s financial management, in consultation with the Executive and Artistic Director.

Experience / Qualifications: The successful candidate must possess a proven track record in leading effective development and fundraising efforts, with proficiency in grant writing, donor cultivation and overall communications. 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. Critical and strategic thinking are essential. Detail-oriented and well-organized; ability to multitask. Knowledge of the Chicago art and nonprofit community is a must. Confidence in working with and communicating with high-profile individuals in the corporate, philanthropic, and arts sectors. 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 Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, multiple Google platforms, and Dropbox are necessary, as well as the ability to learn and utilize other programs including eTapestry database, Campaign Monitor, and others.

Physical Demands: Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, wearing a mask in the building is mandatory. Each team member is responsible for disinfecting surfaces and managing temperature checks and use of hand sanitizer by the public.

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.

Application: If you are a qualified candidate, submit a cover letter and résumé to by September 1, 2021. 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.

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: West Town