Director of Programs and Strategy

Full-Time | Position available immediately







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 Director of Programs and Strategy will be responsible for the programmatic success of the organization, ensuring seamless team management and development, program delivery, and assessment and evaluation. The Director of Programs and Strategy will build and oversee a portfolio of program offerings that utilizes the organization’s program strengths and community relationships to their fullest and compels community engagement. The Director of Programs and Strategy will supervise and support programs and services led by respective program directors that satisfy public demand while also fulfilling the organization’s mission, vision, and values and meeting budget targets. The Director of Programs and Strategy will create collaboration among programs and departments including Arts in Education, Grants & Services, Folk Arts, Arts+ Innovation Incubator (Fiscal Sponsorship), Arts Consultancy, as well as training, research, and cultural equity initiatives. The Director of Programs and Strategy will report to the Executive Director.



Programmatic Oversight

•Plan, develop and implement a portfolio of high performing programs including directing and managing the Grants & Services department and Arts+ Innovation Incubator (Fiscal Sponsorship program).

•Work with programmatic department directors to ensure fiscally responsible and revenue-generating programming.

•Set departmental goals and regularly assess the success and sustainability of programs.

•Identify revenue opportunities and work with department directors to maximize those opportunities.

•Ensure cross-program collaboration and communication.

•Work with the Executive Director and Senior Management team to ensure that programs are reflective of organizational priorities.

•Work with the Director of Finance to create a budget that reflects programmatic and organizational priorities.

•Work with the Director of Finance to monitor department budgets ensuring that they utilize financial resources productively.

•Ensure program assessment and statistic gathering reflects reporting requirements.

•Develop and present professional development workshops as well as provide oversight of organizational wide professional development offerings.


Team Development and Management

•Play a lead role in planning, leading, and supporting a dynamic and innovative team of employees.

•Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.

•Supervise day to day program operations of program departments; serve as point of contact for addressing program operations.


As part of the senior management team:

•Participate in the process of short- and long-term strategic planning and the evaluation and implementation of the plans.

•Create and actively promote a comfortable and welcoming environment where every member of the BAC service cohort (grantee, fiscal sponsee, teaching artists, artists, organizational leaders, etc.) is treated with dignity and respect in a friendly and personal manner.

•Work collaboratively with program department directors to develop objective performance measurements to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.

•Anticipate and be responsive to the BAC Service cohorts’ needs and requests.

•Participate in organization-wide activities and programs.

•Develop and implement a system to evaluate the skill, experience, and professional development needs of all staff.

•Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skill gaps.

•Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards.

•Lead and/or participate in organization committees as needed.

•Perform other related duties as required or directed.



The Director of Programs role requires general understanding about cultural entrepreneurship and leadership development, nonprofit management, managing and facilitating connections and community, and should have core competencies in program management and execution as follows:

•A collaborative, collegial personal style; integrity, positive attitude, and solid judgment.

•At least 10 years of management experience with the ability to thrive in a diverse environment.

•Ability to supervise and support day to day program operations.

•Detail oriented with an eye towards implementing the organization’s program vision.

•Familiarity or deep knowledge about nonprofit management including service- development, business models, financial management, operating systems, human resources, access to capital, marketing and branding.

•Superb oral and written communication skills.

•Exceptional research, writing, and presentation skills.

•Proficient at assessing data, drawing meaningful and nuanced findings on problematic or effective areas and being adept at asking questions to refine accuracy and insightfulness.

•Excellent organizational, planning, and time-management skills.

•Relationship management of multiple stakeholders.


•Ability to manage multiple projects at once.




•Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or ten or more years of management experience.

•Experience with technology-based solutions including Salesforce, Submittable, and project management.

•High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Google Apps.

•Genuine desire to promote arts access in all parts of Brooklyn and to support the development of local artists and nonprofits.

•Professionalism and ability to represent BAC in a public-facing role.

•Experience with project budgeting and cultural event planning.


Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package are commensurate with experience, includes health, dental and vision coverage, two weeks paid vacation.


To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position to with “Director of Programs & Strategy” in the subject line. No calls or faxes. Applications accepted until position is filled.


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Brooklyn Arts Council provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

Brooklyn Arts Council expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.