Community Initiatives Coordinator

Position Available Immediately


Classification: Non-Exempt

About Brooklyn Arts Council

Celebrating more than 50 years of service, Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is the borough's leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. BAC reaches hundreds of thousands of artists and audience members each year through music, dance, film, and visual arts programs, arts classes in schools and senior centers, urban folk arts initiatives, community arts grants, and artist services. By creating and supporting exciting cultural events and platforms for Brooklynites, BAC provides forums for critical thinking and self-expression, enriches Brooklyn's cultural landscape, and generates experiences that expand horizons.

Position Overview and Goals

The Community Initiatives Coordinator supports BAC’s Creative Coalitions program and assists artists and cultural organizations in specific Brooklyn neighborhoods to form and sustain coalitions aimed at achieving their collective goals for audience development, community engagement, and long-term sustainability. BAC supports the cultural communities in these neighborhoods in building capacity and magnifying their positive impact through networking, helping to market and augment existing arts programming, and providing targeted professional development and technical assistance services. The program is currently being implemented in East New York, Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, Flatbush/East Flatbush, and Canarsie.  This position reports directly to the Director of Programs and Strategy and is supported by other BAC staff.


  • Sustain and build partnerships with local organizations and artists in target areas;
  • Maintain contact lists and records for program;
  • Plan and produce professional development workshops in response to local needs;
  • Support the planning and producing of community discussion meetings to build awareness of existing arts activities in the neighborhood and soliciting community input and feedback on programs;
  • Work closely with BAC’s Executive Director, Director of Programs and Strategy, and Development team on grant reporting and fundraising for the program;
  • Work closely with the Communications team to publicize events, build out the Creative Coalitions section of BAC’s website, and develop monthly BAC newsletter content highlighting Coalition groups and artists;
  • Collaborate and work with BAC program departments on programming, marketing, and planning;
  • Work to formalize coalitions of local stakeholders in target areas.


  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, Google platforms, and internet research
  • Genuine desire to promote arts access in all parts of Brooklyn and to support the development of local artists and nonprofits
  • Friendly, patient attitude; ability to work well with a diverse body of constituents and stakeholders
  • Professionalism and ability to represent BAC well in a public-facing role 
  • Some experience with project budgeting and cultural event planning 

Desired Skills & Expertise

  • Familiarity with or residence in East New York, Bushwick, Flatbush/East Flatbush, or Brownsville 
  • Bilingual English/Spanish/French/Creole speaker
  • Work or volunteer experience with community organizing, community development, and/or experience in a nonprofit service organization 
  • Work or volunteer experience with supporting public events and events management

Salary and Benefits

This is a part-time hourly position with a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week, and a flexible schedule that requires some time spent at meetings and events in target neighborhoods.  This is a grant-funded position until June 30, 2019. 

The position pays $20 an hour, commensurate with experience; monthly unlimited transit check can be taken from earnings pre-tax if desired.

To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter explaining your interest in this position to: with “Community Initiatives Coordinator” in subject line.

No calls or faxes. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their application promptly. Applications accepted until the position is filled.


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