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Director of Grants and Programs

City of Boston, Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture
Job Title: Director of Grants and Programs
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July 16th, 2022
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Brief Job Description:

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Grants & Programs. This is a leadership position in the office and requires strategy development aligning with the City’s cultural plan, Boston Creates, as well as deep relationship building with other City departments as well as across Boston’s arts and culture sector. The Director of Grants & Programs is responsible for the strategy and implementation of MOAC’s grants to individual artists and organizations, public programs, workshops/technical assistance for artists, and programmatic partnerships. This is a unique opportunity for an arts administration professional to combine a passion for arts and culture with the opportunity of providing important leadership at a pivotal moment in the city’s cultural development. This position reports to and works closely with the Chief of Arts and Culture.


  • Creates a strategic framework for year-round programming, including grant-making, public programs, and other offerings rooted in Boston Creates (the City’s 10 year cultural plan) and the mission of the office.
  • Oversees implementation and administration of MOAC’s core grant programs for arts organizations and individual artists, including overseeing staffing and administration of the Boston Cultural Council.
  • Develops and expands relationships with populations that have been historically underserved by the City, including Boston artists and arts organizations that identify as BIPOC/ALAANA, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities with the goal of enhancing MOAC’s commitment to diverse representation and support of cultural communities.
  • Develops a budget for office programs, including identifying new sources of funding in collaboration with Chief of Arts and Culture and the Director of Administration and Finance.
  • Coordinates programming goals, events, workshops, and educational opportunities across MOAC’s areas of work, including: the Percent for Art program, the Boston Artist and Residence program, Cultural Districts, and other areas as required.
  • Builds the capacity of the office to execute and coordinate programs internally as well as with external partners, including: establishing strategy and procedures for public-facing programs.
  • Identifies and develops interdepartmental partnerships as well as community partnerships and collaborations that contribute to the goals of the office.
  • Supervises program managers and includes them in a team approach to planning and implementation. Works closely with the Director of Communications on marketing and promotion of programs and grantees.
  • Leads program evaluation, needs analysis, and other strategic planning as needed.
  • Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of experience in arts-related programming and two years of supervisory experience
  • Equivalent demonstrated knowledge or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in art, art history, arts administration, urban planning, community development, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management, or civil engineering is preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required experience.
  • Experience working within an equity framework preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in public programming and grant-making Strong organizational skills and ability to be self-directed
  • Experience developing and executing new programs and strategies including building program budgets, managing program evaluations, etc
  • Ability to work in a team environment and work collaboratively Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston Residency Required. Terms: Union/SalaryPlan/Grade: MO-10 Hours per week: 35

The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.

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