VIA Art Fund

83 Newbury Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Date Posted:
August 10, 2018

Eastern Massachusetts



Grants Manager


VIA Art Fund is currently seeking a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Grants Manager to lead its nearly $1 million grantmaking program deployed across three grant categories: Artistic Production Grants, Incubator Grants, and an annual Curatorial Fellowship award. The Grants Manager reports directly to the Program Director and works in collaboration with VIA’s Executive Director/President to steward the organization’s grantmaking strategy and priorities, and to execute an impactful grant program.

The Grants Manager bears primary responsibility for the fund’s grantmaking activities spearheading the open-call grant application platform, leading its grant proposal underwriting and selection process, drafting and negotiating grant commitment agreements, following-up with grantees for assessment, and preparing all internal/external communications related to the grant program. The Program Manager is immersed in the field of contemporary art and stays abreast of curatorial and institutional developments.


Grantmaking & Grant Management (85%)

  • Oversee VIA’s grant making strategy ensuring impact in light of VIA’s three grant core values of Artistic Production, Thought Leadership and Public Engagement;
  • Effectively communicate VIA’s grant programs, priorities and processes to potential grantees: artists, curators, museum and non-profit leaders and the industry at large;
  • Work with potential grantees to provide support and guidance in developing compelling grant proposals;
  • Undertake interviews, site visits, research, inquiries, analytical data gathering and other methodologies to perform due diligence and grant proposals review;
  • Present detailed, yet executive-level, verbal and written communications to VIA’s grant selection committees and fund partners to inform their collective decision making;
  • Draft and negotiate grant commitment agreements to reflect specific terms relevant to individual grant decision parameters, often amongst multiple parties;
  • Organize ownership transfer documents, attribution agreements and shipping details for art works being gifted by VIA for accessioning to permanent public collections;
  • Maintain regular contact with grantees for relationship and assessment purposes;
  • Prepare reports to track compliance, timelines/milestones, impact metrics and promised deliverables by grantee, and for the VIA grant portfolio in its entirety; and
  • Regularly review VIA’s current grant solicitation and selection processes to ensure efficiency and efficacy.

Website & Communications (15%)

  • Manage VIA’s open-source grant application process
  • Manage website content updates and assets on grantees, projects, and museum gifts
  • Work with VIA’s Program Associate to develop/coordinate VIA’s social media strategy and content regarding VIA’s grantees and activities
  • Prepare grant impact reports to VIA’s partners


This is a full-time salaried position with occasional weekend and evening hours. Benefits include health insurance reimbursement for individual plans and three weeks paid vacation and personal/sick days.

START-DATE: October 1, 2018 (flexible)



  1. B.A. in Art History, Arts Administration or related field; M.A. preferred,
  2. Minimum of 6 years of experience in contemporary art field or other culture sector, possibly in grant administration or non-profit management;
  3. Strong knowledge and curiosity of contemporary art landscape and visual artists, exhibiting insight and understanding of industry context and trends;
  4. Mission driven and goal oriented;
  5. The Program Manager - 
  • exhibits attention to detail and follow-through;
  • thinks and acts independently, strategically, creatively and fluidly, with common sense, sound judgement and integrity, to analyze and synthesize ideas and conclusions;
  • exhibits excellent oral and written communication skills, and enjoys being a story teller; and
  • enjoys collaboration and is a team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

How To Apply:

Submit a one-page cover letter, C.V., and brief professional writing sample, and three professional references in PDF format to No phone calls please.

Apply by:
September 07, 2018
About this Organization:

VIA Art Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit philanthropic arts organization dedicated to supporting visionary initiatives in contemporary art. Comprised of a national coalition of individuals and private foundations, VIA supports the production, exhibition, public dissemination and institutional acquisition of ambitious, rigorous and challenging works of art. Since its founding in 2013, VIA has awarded over $2.75 million through 68 grants to artists, curators, cultural institutions, publications, foundations, and biennials in the United States and worldwide, and has gifted 13 works of art to U.S. museums.