Gallery & Grants Manager

DVAA is seeking dynamic candidates for the regular full-time position of Gallery & Grants Manager

This is an exciting time for arts programming in the Upper Delaware Valley/Sullivan Catskill region. With immense talent that is both locally based and engaged in the area, the arts are central part of our area’s identity. Our audiences are informed and curious, with a strong interest in high-caliber offerings.

This regular full-time position includes two distinct but interconnected portfolios – Management of DVAA’s Galleries and related programming and Management of DVAA’s Grants Services, Scholarship, and Technical Assistance offerings.

As a member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s (DVAA) team this role plays a vital part in advancing DVAA’s mission, to advance and encourage arts in the region through support of artists and performers with year-round presenting opportunities and of other local arts organizations and arts activities through arts resources including funding and advocacy.

The position reports directly to the Executive Director

So if you are excited about contributing to a creative collaborative environment and have a background in grants management or community arts programming, we should talk!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

GALLERY MANAGER PORTFOLIO:
The Gallery Manager is the primary manager and contact person for DVAA’s Visual Arts programming and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of DVAA’s exhibitions, interpretive programming, and related projects that fall under the sphere of the Visual Arts. 

Responsibilities and time allocations include :

  • Managing and implementing the annual calendar of 12-14 exhibitions (including solo, two-person, and curated group shows), presented in DVAA’s two primary gallery spaces.
  • C0-organizing community pop up exhibitions including “Art & Bloom.” Communicating with artists and guest curators.
  • Installing and deinstalling exhibitions
  • Coordinating installation and event volunteers as needed.
  • Editing texts provided by artists and/or curators including but not limited to artist statements.
  • Producing interpretive materials including gallery-related signage, programs, and checklists.
  • Scheduling and hosting special events including gallery talks.
  • Assisting in the marketing efforts including print and social media.
  • Overseeing annual committee review of exhibition proposals.
  • Nurturing relationships with the region’s ever-growing and evolving artist community.
  • Maintaining program records.
  • Assisting in the organization and implementation of DVAA’s annual Riverfest (held annually on the 4th Sunday of July).
  • Coordinating the Poster Auction including but not limited to identifying potential artists, distributing poster boards, preparing lots for online bidding, gallery display, and related aspects.
  • Working with DVAA staff to facilitate artisan vendor participation.
  • Supporting program-related fundraising efforts including but not limited to the afore mentioned Riverfest Poster Auction.

GRANTS MANAGER PORTFOLIO

As the administrator of DVAA’s two re-grantmaking programs in Sullivan County – Arts for Sullivan and the Sullivan County Arts and Heritage Grants program – you will actively engage with artists and arts organizations across Sullivan County to cultivate a diverse pool of applicants and ensure an equitable and inclusive grant review process.

Additionally, you will administer DVAA’s advocacy of the grantee and the broader area’s cultural activities and coordinate DVAA’s “Technical Assistance” offerings which serve to support artists and the cultural community of our region and provide access to best practices. DVAA’s two donor-funded scholarships for graduating high school students in the areas of visual art and music are also overseen by the Grants Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing the application process, including but not limited to updating grant program goals, guidelines, and priorities – in keeping with NYSCA guidelines and regional priorities, conducting outreach, and providing technical assistance to potential applicants to ensure a fair and equitable application process.
  • Conducting outreach throughout the county to ensure program fulfills its Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Access goals.
  • Assembling and facilitating the panel review process.
  • Managing all applicant and grantee communications.
  • Coordinating the production of the annual award presentation event.
  • Facilitating the auditing process both directly and indirectly of grantee events.
  • Maintain program records.
  • Working to produce Technical Assistance offerings to grantees and the larger arts community to further strengthen our region’s cultural community.
  • Promoting grantee activities via DVAA’s social media platforms, online calendars, and publications.
  • Working in collaboration with assigned staff to feature grantee events on DVAA’s weekly Arts Happenings email featuring regional cultural activities, opportunities, and arts resources.
  • Contributing to “advertorial” initiatives to spotlight Grantees and DVAA Regrant Programs.
  • Working with Executive Director and staff to conceive and plan marketing and outreach efforts for designated program opportunities.
  • Drafting program-related press communications for distribution by Communications Manager.
  • Assisting in the creation of digital, video, audio, and print content for @artsforsullivan social media accounts.
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  • Administer two donor-funded regional scholarship offerings – the Bodenstein Scholarship for Achievement in Music and the Stanley Segal Scholarship for the Visual Arts.​
Other responsibilities include:
  • Working with Executive Director, identify new opportunities and special projects that will advance the voice of artists in the region.
  • Contributing to the overall programming goals and vision of the DVAA.
  • Supporting the production of DVAA’s print publication The Landscape (tentatively to be launched in 2024).
  • Providing general office support including but not limited to answering phones, greet visitors, and provide sales support in SHOP DVAA.
  • Other related duties as requested.

Qualifications

You are right for the job if you possess strong skills in the following areas:

Familiarity with the following areas will be an even bigger plus:

Schedule

The position schedule is 40 hours on average per week position. Regular staff hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.

Flex time is available to accommodate attending work-related events on off hours.  Flex time is also offered to meet key deadlines and/or provide support at essential DVAA events. 

Location

The position is performed on site at DVAA’s 37 Main Street location. DVAA maintains a virtual work environment to accommodate for interruption of in-person workplace.

Benefits

Full-time staff receive 15 days of paid vacation/personal time in addition to a paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Increased to 20 days after four years of employment.

 

Full-time staff are eligible to participate in DVAA’s 403b retirement plan and receive up to $50 in matching funds per pay period.

About DVAA

Founded in 1976, DVAA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization. Located in Narrowsburg, NY, DVAA supports artists and arts organizations in the Upper Delaware Valley and throughout Sullivan County, NY.

 

DVAA presents engaging programs in the visual, performing, literary, and media arts. Through year-round exhibitions and performances in the Tusten Theatre and Krause Hall as well as popular annual community arts events including the Big Eddy Film Festival and Riverfest, DVAA provides access and exposure to the arts amidst engaged and passionate audiences.

 

As the Arts Council of Sullivan County, DVAA administers two re-grant programs funded by New York State and Sullivan County and is committed to advocating on behalf of and strengthening the County’s cultural community.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter and resume or C.V. (electronic submissions preferred) with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments. A portfolio demonstrating past relevant experience is also welcome.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and will continue until a successful candidate is identified and selected. DVAA seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

All applications and inquiries should be directed to jobs@delawarevalleyartsalliance.org.

The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Organization:

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Location:

Narrowsburg, NY

Job Type:

Regular Part-time

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Compensation:

$49,000 – $51,000 annually, commensurate with experience.


Full-time staff receive 15 personal days as well as a paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day in addition to federal and observed holidays.

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