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Program Associate - Arts

Skokie, IL · Art/Media/Design
Our client is a private Family Foundation based in the Chicago area. They are searching for a Program Associate for their Arts giving pillar.  The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge of the Theater community locally and nationally.  

Position Summary:
The Foundation is seeking a Program Associate to support the Arts program of a
philanthropic organization.  The role will support the Foundation in all aspects of grantmaking, including due diligence, communications, and administration. This position requires significant research and writing, as well as the ability to coordinate, analyze, and refine activities, projects, and follow-up to further the Foundation’s objectives and to cultivate lasting
grantee relationships.

Job Duties
The specific duties and responsibilities of this position include the following:
• Support the Arts giving pillar in managing applications, grants, and relationships with
• Conduct due diligence on prospective grantees or initiatives, including planning and
conducting site visits, reviewing of financial materials, and analyzing program impact
• Prepare summaries and analysis of grant proposals and grantee progress reports
• Research and present funding opportunities that align with the mission and priorities of the
Arts program
• Manage day-to-day communications with grantees
• Draft invitations for submission of proposals from organizations
• Assist in the production of analyses and presentations regarding pillar
objectives and accomplishments, as well as trends and opportunities in the program’s giving
• Conduct research and build internal knowledge of the Foundation’s Arts areas of
• Plan agendas for performing arts meetings
• Provide coordination support for internal and external convenings, events, site visits, focus
groups, etc.
• Develop website and social media content for review by supervisor and use by the
Communications team
Skills & Characteristics:
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • Strong familiarity and understanding issues related to the Theater Community locally and nationally
  • 3+ years of experience in nonprofit administration, development, research, etc.  
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability and desire to contribute to building a thought - leading, impactful grantmaking organization
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
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