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LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island, Location: New York NY, Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Adamson Associates Architects

Founded as Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC is a dynamic non-profit organization that serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community. Since 1973, LMCC has been the champion for independent artists in New York City and the cultural life force of Lower Manhattan.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment, and strongly encourages applications from people of color and women.

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ABOUT LMCC

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) is a dynamic non-profit organization with a 50 year history of creating a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and providing leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.

Founded in 1973, LMCC serves artists and audiences through artist residencies, workshops, professional development, and performing arts, theater, and music events that take place throughout Manhattan and on Governors Island. We also provide grants for Manhattan-based artists, arts groups, and organizations to engage their local communities through artistic experiences and cultural programming.

LMCC also operates the Arts Center at Governors Island (ACGI)--a 40,000 square foot arts center that is activated year-round with public programs, exhibitions, and artist residencies.

We are a small but mighty team of devoted arts leaders and administrators, serving hundreds of artists and community members each year. Our entire operations, including the 40,000 square foot Arts Center at Governors Island, where our offices are located, are supported by a modest $6M budget.

WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR

LMCC seeks a full-time Grant Manager who will join our five (5) member Institutional Advancement (IA) team and work collaboratively to elevate the visibility of our services and programs, pursue public / private funding opportunities and partnerships for sustainable growth, and leverage networks, data, and partnerships to engage stakeholders. The Grant Manager will work closely with the Vice President of Institutional Advancement to grow our institutional giving portfolio and identify new strategies to support organizational growth through foundation, government and corporate support. Above all else, we seek entrepreneurial and energetic storytellers, with an understanding of the challenges arts and culture organizations are currently facing and ability to develop innovative and competitive proposals to increase our foundation, government, and corporate funding. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic, organized, proactive, and reliable team player with a passion for arts.

We encourage a diverse pool of applicants who have some but not all of the experience outlined below to apply. We are eager to mentor and support the development of a new passionate and enthusiastic Grant Manager who will actively contribute new ideas and participate in building a positive staff culture.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Foundation, Government, and Corporate Funding
● Maintains LMCC’s grants calendar for foundation, government, and corporate grants.
● Conducts ongoing prospect research for foundation, corporation, and
government prospects.
● Researches, writes, edits, and ensures the timely submission of inquiry letters, proposals, and reports to foundations, government agencies, and corporations.
● Collects necessary programmatic information and clarifies questions or specifics related to the development of a proposal from relevant LMCC program staff.
● Gathers data about LMCC’s activities to report on key program and organization metrics.
● Works closely with the President, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Director of Artist Services and Manager of Exhibitions and Public Programs to manage the cultivation and stewardship of current and prospective institutional donors.
● Manages the creation of program / project budgets and expense reports for proposals and funding reports.

Financial, Data, and Compliance Management
● Manages the contracting and compliance process to be eligible for and/or receive foundation, government, and corporate funding.
● Maintains / updates our institutional giving accounts in Salesforces.
● Generates weekly, monthly, and semi-annual funding reports to share with leadership.
● Maintains administrative systems in relevant areas, including vendor and partner database records and files.

IA Department and Organizational-Wide Support
● Supports the IA team in the administration of our annual Gala - The Downtown Dinner - each spring.
● Collaborates with our marketing and communications team to create pitch decks and other supplemental materials for soliciting institutional funders and
demonstrating impact.
● Serves as support staff for organization-wide events including The Downtown Dinner, Manhattan Community Arts Breakfast, River to River Festival, Open Studios, and other programming and cultivation events as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:
● Minimum 2 years’ experience in grant writing and prospect research, preferably with a cultural institution, or equivalent professional experience.
● Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
● Excellent organizational and verbal skills, and facility with budgets. Ability to compile, report and analyze information succinctly. Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritizing work and managing multiple, diverse, and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
● Ability to interface with program officers, community leaders, politicians, and business professionals. Knowledge of the NYC funding community is a plus.
● Proficiency using Google Workplace, Microsoft Office, especially with Excel.
● Experience with Salesforce (preferred).

COMPENSATION
The salary for this position is $60,000 - $65,000 and includes an attractive benefits package including health coverage, optional dental and vision plans, life insurance, four (4) weeks of annual vacation, plus generous personal and sick days. Health benefits begin three (3) months after the first date of employment. We maintain a hybrid work schedule, requiring Tuesday - Thursday in-office at the Arts Center at Governors Island with remote work on Monday and Friday.

HOW TO APPLY
● Please email a resume and cover letter, outlining your qualifications, along with two writing samples addressed to Moe Yousuf, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at jobs@lmcc.net.
● In the subject line include “Grant Manager: YOUR NAME.” No phone calls, please.

Only those we wish to interview will be contacted. LMCC is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, inclusive, equitable, and safe environment for its staff. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as BIPOC and/or women. LMCC prohibits any kind of discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, protected veteran status, economic status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

LMCC is an equal-opportunity employer dedicated to building a culturally diverse, inclusive, equitable, and safe environment for its staff. We strongly encourage applications from individuals who self-identify as BIPOC and/or women. LMCC prohibits any kind of discrimination on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, protected veteran status, economic status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Ideal for those interested in office management, human resources, Board relations, non-profit finance, vendor management and IT. Interns have a bird's-eye view of the organization and contribute to supporting day-to-day office administration as part of the Finance & Operations departments. Primary responsibilities: Interns will assist Finance & HR Manager with day-to-day administrative tasks, such as scanning documents and uploading in the server, monthly credit card reconciliations, in addition to regular filing and upkeep of contact and Board records. Interns will also have the opportunity to learn more about LMCC's financial internal controls, budgeting process, gift processing, and support in data entry and manipulation as part of financial document preparation, in advance of our Board meetings. Interns will assist in preparation of administrative and financial materials for these Board meetings. Interns will learn our accounting software, QuickBooks and our institutional database, Salesforce. Qualifications: Ideal candidates are knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, and interested in non-profit finance and administration. Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, possess excellent time management and organizational skills, and are comfortable representing LMCC to the public and on the phone.

LMCC'S INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

LMCC’s Internship program provides meaningful opportunities for individuals interested in the arts and culture sector, from the perspective of a leading non-profit organization in New York City. We offer year-long and summer internship  opportunities for interns to gain an in-depth experience at the organization. Interns choose an internship focus to pursue under the guidance of a staff member, while gaining exposure to all departments in our collaborative-minded office.

During the program, all interns receive a monthly participation honorarium of $250, along with a monthly travel stipend of $150 and monthly meal stipend of $100. Interns also have access to a professional development reimbursement fund of up $100 throughout their internship. All internships are structured at 16 - 24 hours per week, including supporting our evening and weekend events. The start/end dates of the program are flexible and should be agreed upon between the intern and their supervisor prior to the start of the internship.