Cultural Affairs Program Manager

Cultural Affairs Program Manager
Full time
Organization Name: 
Denver Arts & Venues
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Job Description: 

About Our Job
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Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) is seeking a strategic and creative individual with excellent management, interpersonal and organizational skills to fill its Cultural Affairs Program Manager position. This individual will be responsible for the management of cultural events and grant programs including but not limited to the Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture, Top of the Plaza summer music series at Red Rocks, Chance to Dance, EDI Mini Grants, and Music Advancement Fund. Other responsibilities include grant writing for local and national grants, grant reporting, and research on topics that enhance DAV’s impact on and investment in the community. This is a full-time position with benefits and reports to the Cultural Affairs Manager.

So that all may thrive, Denver Arts & Venues enriches and advances Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts, cultural and entertainment opportunities. DAV is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. DAV oversees numerous grant programs, cultural investments, cultural events and leadership initiatives such as the SCFD Tier III granting process, the 1% Public Art Program, Urban Arts Fund, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Mini Grants, P.S. You Are Here, Speaker Series, and Five Points Jazz Festival.

Denver Arts & Venues is committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion as a fundamental guiding value and a practice woven into all our strategies, initiatives, and decision-making processes. To address historic inequities and systemic racism, the agency strongly encourages applicants that represent the diversity of our city including communities that have been historically marginalized including Black, Indigenous, Latino/x/e, Asian American & Pacific Islander and people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+. Ensuring meaningful representation from historically untapped and under resourced communities is essential to our equity practice.

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Cultural Events

This position is responsible for planning and implementing cultural and special events at our venues and throughout the city including, but not limited to Chance to Dance (partnership with Denver Public Schools and focused on K-5 kids),the annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Arts & Culture, Top of the Plaza summer music series at Red Rocks, and City Council Cultural presentations. This individual will also support the planning of the Five Points Jazz Festival, an annual one-day street festival with estimated attendance of 100,000; and community engagement programs and initiatives related to the City’s Cultural Plan.

Seeks strategic opportunities for event development and collaboration working closely with the community and numerous stakeholders including city agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and artists.

Establishes overall goals of cultural events and programs, and oversees the development of overarching policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards to ensure proper implementation.

Administers the overall financial operations of cultural events including monitoring financial activities, developing required budget plans, preparing justification for equipment, facilities, and staffing levels, and submitting final program budget for leadership approval.

Develops and recommends solutions for complex problems where there may be significant coordination requirements that impact the future of a program.

Works with the Denver Arts & Venues marketing team to coordinate marketing and communications.

Active participant in the agency’s venue activation and programming activities working in partnership with staff across the agency.

Oversees various event planning and community committees and supervises cultural programs and events’ contractors and develops related planning documents and contracts.

Ensures quality, effectiveness, efficiency of activities, safety and security standards and develops procedures to ensure compliance.

Grants Management

This position is responsible for the development of new grant programs and the management of existing funding programs including all grant activities, both before and after the grant awards process. The individual is responsible for establishing and upholding the standards and deadlines for grant proposals, reaching out and engaging with communities to build trust in our grants process, supporting grantees in the application process, putting together community driven selection panels and overseeing the funding decision process, reviewing grant proposals for completeness, and ensuring compliance with agency grants standards and values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.  

Manages all aspects of grant development and administration from developing and updating guidelines and applications, to determination of selection panelists and conducting selection process.

Develops new grant programs and manages the evaluation of existing programs to determine if they are achieving their goals and objectives and meeting the needs of the community.

Develops authentic relationships and partnerships with Denver’s diverse communities, seeking feedback on processes.

Determines and oversees implementation of modifications of existing grant and funding programs.

Builds trust with and supports applicants and grantees to ensure their access to funding programs and the success of their community driven work. 

Establishes timelines working collaboratively with other departments such as finance and marketing, and meeting deadlines for all projects.

Tracks demographic and geographic data for annual reporting, community engagement and program development purposes. 

Manages program budgets ensuring timely processing of contracts, invoices and payments and prepares and presents budget recommendations to higher management; operates within budget parameters; adjusts work plans because of budget changes.

Leadership, Representation & Research

Manages the compilation of national, regional and local research to develop recommendations to showcase, promote, and advocate for Denver’s creative community – with a concentrated focus on historically under-resourced communities. 

Identifies and manages research sources to better identify gaps and needs of the community and to inform agency priorities.

About You
Our ideal candidate has:

Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

Experience and understanding of Denver’s diverse communities and demonstrated ability to engage with and develop relationships with these communities

Knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) principles

Ability to handle high volume of concurrent tasks with great attention to detail

Previous experience in event planning and implementation, and grants management

Experience in public speaking, social media, and public relations

High proficiency with Microsoft software applications

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, or a related field.

Experience: Three (3) years of full performance professional level experience developing, implementing, and administering programs. 

Education and Experience Equivalency:  One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education for all classifications. Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

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Position Type

Position Salary Range

$66,164.00 - $109,171.00
Starting Pay

Based on education and experience

Arts & Venues Denver
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