Brooklyn Arts Council Seeks Community Arts Manager

TITLE: Community Arts Manager for the East Brooklyn BCC Project

SUPERVISOR: East Brooklyn Building Community Capacity (BCC) Steering Committee



LOCATION: East Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

CONTRACT TERM: This is a grant funded position by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs,until June 2017 (Approx. 16 months)


Position Summary:

The East Brooklyn BCC Steering Committee seeks a qualified individual familiar with the communities of East New York, Cypress Hills and Brownsville to work as the Community Arts Manager. The East New York BCC Project aims to develop organizational capacity for its individual members in order to create and support a sustainable platform to continue the robust, diverse and community-driven cultural programming taking place. The Community Arts Manager will lead member organizations through organizational capacity-building work both individually and as part of a city-wide cohort, and supervise any programmatic initiatives. 


The Key Roles of the Community Arts Project Manager:

•Steer the collective vision, strategic planning, and development of a sustainable infrastructure. This includes facilitating complex, equitable group decision-making processes; suggesting and implementing organization and committee structures; prioritizing long and short term collective goals; and developing and executing communications guidelines strategies.

•Identify the capacity-building needs of core Steering Committee members; identify untapped resources from both the field at large and DCA; work with DCA to develop tailored capacity-building technical assistance; and assist in their implementation.

•Serve as a dynamic, responsive, public-facing representative of the program. Agile interpersonal skills; active listening skills; a belief in social equity; as well as the ability to navigate potentially challenging conversations with individuals from varying backgrounds, needs, and agendas are all key to successful management of this program. 

•Maintain fiscal responsibility of the program, ensuring the proper oversight of funds while building development strategies that attract and secure additional funding and community support. 

•Oversee the branding and marketing in order to achieve the collective goal of increasing visibility participating neighborhoods arts & culture. Manage the design and implementation of all online and print collateral, including but not limited to website, social media presence, community flyers, event calendar, etc. 

•Oversee the program’s administrative needs, including: collective workspace, online and in-person; facilitate meetings and workshops as needed; ensure the transparent, equitable dissemination of all internal Alliance BCC communication materials. Maintain all administrative files and tracking, keeping in mind the needs of the AllianceBCC, as well as BAC and DCA.

•Required travel throughout the catchment neighborhoods and New York City at large for meetings with partners, cultural groups, community stakeholders, etc.



•3-5 years professional experience in community organizing, arts administration, public affairs/relations or related field.

•Demonstrate investment in, and relationship with, one or all of the communities represented in East Brooklyn. 

•Stellar project management and professional experience, with a demonstrated ability to deliver results in a fast paced, dynamic work environment. 

•Knowledge of online/remote working platforms, the ability to remain simultaneously independently productive and virtually connected. 

•Strong appreciation and interest in the arts and culture in Brooklyn. 

•Fundraising history a plus.


To learn more about the Building Community Capacity grant, go to:


Salary range is $45,000 - $50,000. 


To Apply 


Send resume, cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position, two (2) writing samples, and three (3) references to CommunityArtsManager [at] referencing “Community Arts Manager Position” in the subject line.