Arts Services Initiative of Western New York (ASI), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Buffalo, NY, is seeking a full-time individual to manage our grant-giving programs and relationships within the arts and cultural field, and to play a key role in programmatic, event, and administrative activities.

ASI is the local arts council that provides tools and resources to artists and nonprofit arts organizations, including grant funding, educational and professional development workshops, financial services, advocacy, and more. ASI is “where the arts meet business” in Western New York.

Duties and Responsibilities

Grant-Making for the Field (50%): Working under the supervision of the executive director, this position will be responsible for managing all grant-giving programs to the Western New York arts field, including NYSCA’s Decentralization (DEC) grants as well as our Give for Greatness, Fendrick Theatre Fund, and Global Warming Art Project granting programs. This position will maintain ASI’s granting programs and their related activities, including:

  • Develop a timeline and process for each grant program cycle
  • Promote and communicate (in conjunction with staff) ASI’s grant opportunities for artists and art projects in the community
  • Facilitate the grant-making cycle process, including creation of materials, applications, and management of the online grant portal
  • Oversee management of the grant-making software system and database of applicants and grantees
  • Create and select review panels and coordinate the funding selection process
  • Maintain relationships with applicants and recipients, including working one-on-one or in group settings to communicate ASI’s grant opportunities
  • Organize appropriate grant-making correspondences and record-keeping
  • Visit and evaluate artistic projects and activities that are funded by ASI

Programs (50%): Responsible for the duties involving identifying, preparing, and executing ASI programs for the arts field. This position will maintain and manage ASI’s professional development services to artists and the arts sector, including:

  • Plan and execute arts/nonprofit-related topic events, seminars, and training sessions for artists and arts administrators
  • Play a major role in the logistical planning of the Spark Awards, ASI’s annual fundraiser
  • Maintain existing and develop new partnerships for ASI programs, events, and general operations

General Requirements

A college degree in a relevant field is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with a long-term interest in the arts and/or nonprofit management, with a minimum requirement of two years in a similar role. The grants and programming manager must be an exceptionally organized and detail-oriented self-starter who is personable and has outstanding written and verbal communication skills. They must have the ability to multi-task and adjust to seasonal or event-related fluctuations in workload. Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of grant-making/application programs is a plus (e.g., Foundant, Submittal, or a similar program). As with all of our employees, the grants and programming manager is expected to contribute to a culture based on respect, teamwork, and collaboration. Adaptability, creativity, and a passion for the arts and ASI are a must.

Reporting and Other Details

The grants and programming manager works with and reports to the executive director. Other responsibilities may be required by the executive director or the Board of Directors to fulfill the mission and goals of our organization. This is a full-time, salaried position that will include periodic evening and weekend work. Benefits include paid holidays (14), PTO time (starting at 4.5 weeks), a $3,500 stipend for health insurance, and onsite parking. Salary range is $35,000 to $45,000; compensation will be determined by experience and qualifications.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Phone inquiries will not be accepted. To apply, send the following materials (in one PDF) to

  • Cover letter (with salary requirements)
  • Resume
  • Three professional references

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.