Mass Cultural Council

10 St. James Ave., 3rd floor
Boston, MA 02116
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Date Posted:
January 16, 2020

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Administrative

Type:
Full-Time

Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP), Program Officer

Description:
The Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences, fosters a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents, and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

Equal Opportunity Employment: Mass Cultural Council shares the mission, values, and vision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the Commonwealth. Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Mass Cultural Council is dedicated to creating a workplace that welcomes, respects and values people of any race, color, age, gender identity or expression, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, ancestry, nationality or ethnicity, geographical origin, immigration status, socio-economic status, and veteran status. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply to this position.

Position Summary: The primary purpose of Mass Cultural Council’s Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP) is to strengthen the cultural sector as a whole by helping cultural organizations build capacity and deliver public value. CIP provides unrestricted general operating and project support to organizations, in addition to technical assistance designed to help organizations build internal capacities, build sustainable models of operation, and ultimately, help create effective organizations.

In working with cultural organizations, the Program Officer will play a lead role in two programs: the Gaming Mitigation Program and one of the programs under the CultureRx initiative. We are primarily looking for someone skilled at managing processes and systems and explaining those processes to others who also has foundational experience working at a non-profit to draw from in order to provide support and guidance to non-profit cultural organizations. We expect that most people coming to this job will learn more about grantmaking, the impact of gaming facilities on performing arts centers, and arts and wellness by doing the work.This is a union position. 

This position will be funded from the Massachusetts Cultural and Performing Arts Mitigation Trust Fund under section 59(2)(a) of Chapter 23K of the Massachusetts General Laws.

The Program Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

The Program Officer will lead the Gaming Mitigation program which aims to mitigate a direct threat to the sustainability of non-profit performing arts centers in Massachusetts by providing capital to preserve their ability to compete in a new, unbalanced marketplace and will:
  • Lead development and implementation of program guidelines, in coordination with the Program Manager and senior staff at the Mass Cultural Council.
  • Coordinate and monitor all aspects of program administration including application processing, recruitment of participants, and submission of final reports.
  • Respond to inquiries from program participants, potential participants, and the general public.
  • Working with the Grants Team, maintain and update online application and final reporting process and develop basic reports and templates for the applicants/grantees to use. 
  • Ensure submitted materials meet eligibility requirements. 
  • Generate reports about overall program participation and activities.
  • Review program activities and make recommendations for changes in procedures, guidelines, and services as means to achieve agency objectives.
  • Coordinate trainings and provide counseling for participating organizations on best practices in customer service, outreach, and effective communications.
  • Working with Operations Director, identify and implement research projects on Gaming Mitigation activities.
The Program Officer will lead one of the components of CultureRx, a new initiative that aims to build a public infrastructure that supports the role of cultural experiences as a protective factor in the health and well-being of all people in the Commonwealth and will:
  • Participate in development and implementation of program guidelines, in coordination with the Program Manager and senior staff at the Mass Cultural Council, for the newest programmatic component of CultureRx focused on social prescription.
  • Coordinate and monitor program administration including application processing, recruitment of participants, and submission of final reports.
  • Respond to inquiries from program participants, potentional participants, and the general public and connect folks to other agency staff depending on the expertise needed.
  • Work with the Grants Team to maintain and update online application and final reporting process and develop basic reports and templates for the applicants/grantees to use.
  • Working with a Program Associate, ensure submitted materials meet eligibility requirements for reimbursement/payment.
  • Generate reports about overall program participation and activities.
  • Review program activities and make recommendations for changes in procedures, guidelines, and services as means to achieve agency objectives.
  • Coordinate trainings and provide counseling for participating organizations on best practices in customer service, outreach, and effective communications.
The Program Officer will support over 100 small organizations in the Cultural Investment Portfolio and contribute to CIP Program activities with a focus on communications:
Oversee compliance, reporting, trend analyses, and communication with a portfolio of approximately 110 Portfolio grantees.
Work with grantees to assure that requirements of program and deadlines are met.

Serve as the primary contact for grant administration, technical assistance, professional development, and compliance for these organizations. Coordinate CIP team’s analysis of key trends and identify areas of need among small organizations

Coordinate with CIP team and agency to identify key trends and research topics to share with field and use in advocacy more broadly.

Assist in regularly evaluating and reviewing program criteria, requirements and processes to continue to improve grantmaking, program administration, and alignment with the Agency’s strategic goals.

Assist in identification of panelists, and support the panel process, for CIP Project and CIP Gateway programs.

Assist in the development and implementation of technical assistance activities for CIP organizations.

Assist program efforts for technical assistance, in convenings, webinars, or creation of assessments and other materials for all organizations

Coordinate and assist programmatic communications in coordination with the Communications Team.

Serve as the liaison with Communications - Manage CIP e-news, and web site updates

Liaison with Communications to support “Creative Minds Out Loud” podcast program.

Qualifications:
Qualifications and Skills – Please consider applying if…

  • You have a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience at a non-profit.
  • You have project management skills and experience.
  • You have experience in and take pride in offering high levels customer/constituent service.
  • You have strong writing, administrative, organizational, skills.
  • You can work independently but enjoy working as part of a team.
  • You are skilled in interpreting, tracking, and managing data.
  • You are proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel/Access/PowerPoint.
  • You are willing to work occasional nights and weekends, knowing that the agency is committed to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
  • You have a driver’s license and are comfortable driving frequently in-state. You do NOT need to own your own car.

If you also have experience in the following areas, it is not required, but let us know if:

  • You have experience working in the cultural sector.
  • You have an aptitude and interest in capturing stories in visual and written formats.
  • You can effectively use social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in a professional context.
  • You are familiar with current best practices in non-profit financial. management, strategic planning, fund raising, marketing, board development.
  • You have worked with volunteers and have knowledge of best practices in volunteer management.

How To Apply:
Applicants should provide:
  1. A letter of interest
  2. A résumé

Email materials to michael.nagle@art.state.ma.us with the subject line “CIP Program Officer Search”. Please attach letter of interest and resume as one Word or PDF document. Do not send materials as text within an email. You may address your letter of interest to “CIP Program Officer Search Committee”.
Apply by:
February 06, 2020
Salary:
Grade 10 Step 4 ($58,040.32) to Grade 10 Step 9 ($67,663.44) Excellent benefits including health, dental, & vision insurance. Paid vacation and sick leave.
About this Organization:

Mass Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Massachusetts residents and contributes to the vitality of our communities and economy.

The Agency pursues this mission through a wide range of grants, initiatives, and advocacy for artists, communities, organizations, and schools.

We believe in the power of culture. Working through the arts, humanities, and sciences, culture is a dynamic force for enriching communities, growing the economy, increasing accessibility, and fostering individual creativity. Culture is intrinsically valuable and unique in its ability to lift the human spirit.

We recognize the essential role that a rich cultural life plays in communities and the lives of individuals. To invest in our cultural life is to invest in our shared future.