NEFA is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves, and is an equal opportunity employer. Unless otherwise noted, send resume and cover letter to jobs@nefa.org (with the job title in the subject line) or by mail to:

New England Foundation for the Arts
Attn: Jobs
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

No faxes, please.


NEFA seeks a Program Manager to lead a pilot program providing grants and professional development to artists in the city of Boston who are working in public spaces. The successful candidate will have experience working in Boston and a knowledge of its varied communities and will demonstrate skill and success in championing artists, building effective networks, and enhancing civic vitality through public access to the arts. This position has the potential to take on other areas of responsibility once the pilot is established.

The Pilot Grants Program
In May 2015, NEFA will launch a new pilot grants program that will provide funding to artists to create and present work in the city of Boston in public spaces not conventionally associated with art-making and artistic presentation. The program will support diverse approaches to art making and invite innovation, experimentation and risk-taking.

The pilot grants program will award grants to individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines, with a priority on projects that:

  • Are artist-initiated and artist-driven
  • Generate creative opportunities for artists
  • Are presented in sites, spaces and contexts that may not typically be viewed as places for artistic activity
  • Are imaginative in their integration of public participation into artistic process and/or presentation
  • Advance cultural equity and access to creative opportunity

Up to 20 artist projects across a range of art forms and aesthetics will be supported each year over the course of three years. Grants will range in size from $2,500 – $10,000 and include funding for artists to create and produce projects, as well as a partnership stipend that artists can allocate to community organizations, hosts or partners to incentivize supporting the distribution of their work.

New Models
The program seeks to provide artists with resources to experiment with new models of creation and presentation, and to support artists and their contributions to Boston’s varied cultural and community landscapes. We seek projects that imaginatively reframe public engagement, and take risks by expanding participatory public practice and collaborations with both arts and non-arts partners in the city of Boston.

Artist Professional Development
The program is designed to strengthen the capacity of artists to develop proposals, work across sectors, engage with networks of advocates and share their expertise as part of a learning cohort. We view the application process as part of a process of connecting artists to new opportunities. The program will offer technical assistance in completing the application and workshops and webinars designed to assist applicants.

The Position
The Program Manager will report to the Director of Programs and work in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other NEFA staff. Specific responsibilities will include:
1. Work with NEFA staff, partner organizations, program advisors and a broad network of program informants to develop the pool of pilot grant applicants
2. Conduct program information meetings and provide technical assistance to facilitate the application process
3. Create framework and procedures for review of applications and selection of funded projects
4. Convene advisors and facilitate the application review and grant making process, providing guidance based on program goals and criteria
5. Work with grantees to finalize funding allocations, and advise on partnership building and project siting/implementation strategies
6. Plan and facilitate convenings of the funded cohort of artists and other partners of funded projects for exchange of project goals and strategies, identification of additional resources needed for project implementation and to create a learning community
7. Facilitate connecting artists with resources and additional partnerships and provide assistance in navigating City of Boston departments for necessary permits and other requirements for installation and implementation
8. Work with applicants not selected to relay Advisor comments, offer suggestions for future applications and, where appropriate, suggest alternate resources based on knowledge of field opportunities
9. Work with field contacts to identify potential projects, artists and organizations to implement pilot projects
10. Coordinate with communication, documentation, evaluation and research contractors to keep program visibility high, facilitate broader program learning, assess program effectiveness and recommend program refinements
11. Represent the program public events and field convenings
12. Coordinate funding for site visits for Advisors and presenters to see work by grant recipients and final application mentees
13. Oversee updating of online materials, including application, website and evaluation forms
14. Supervise Program Coordinator
15. Manage program budget and prepare both financial and narrative reports to funders with support from development staff
16. Inform and support efforts to interest potential funding partners


  • Strong ability to communicate and network with a broad constituent base (including through use of social media platforms)
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, Twitter and Facebook;
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact and Drupal a plus


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in working with artists in the creation of new work, in the production and presentation of new work, and in navigating municipal and community processes;
  • Knowledge of Boston and its diverse communities;
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communications skills, including experience in managing and reporting on project budgets and working with funders
  • 5 years progressively responsible relevant experience in public or community-based organizations;
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required

About NEFA
NEFA’s mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world.

NEFA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, and with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

Application Deadline
May 15, 2015

How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter to jobs@nefa.org (with the job title in the subject line) or by mail to:
New England Foundation for the Arts
Attn: Jobs
145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

No faxes, please.
NEFA is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves, and is an equal opportunity employer.