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Created in late 2007, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation’s mission is to advance an environmentally healthy and culturally vibrant metro Detroit and support a flourishing Great Lakes ecosystem.

The Program Officer hired for this position would manage the Foundation’s Arts & Culture portfolio under the direction of the Foundation’s President and Executive Vice President of Programs.

Pursuant to the Foundation’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the Arts & Culture portfolio includes two primary areas: Anchor Arts and Jazz Education. Each area is governed by a Theory of Change organized around specific strategies with measurable outcomes.

Anchor Arts : Our Desired Outcome is a culturally vibrant metro Detroit, evidenced by healthy organizations and a coordinated sector. To achieve that outcome, we provide flexible funding to select arts & cultural organizations; support improved business models that increase the capacity and impact of those organizations; and invest in holistic efforts that strengthen the field. We measure impact by tracking the capitalization of arts & cultural grantee organizations in metro Detroit and total dollars invested in Detroit Arts Support.

Jazz Education: Our Desired Outcome is a continuation of Detroit’s strong jazz tradition, and Fred Erb’s legacy of jazz patronage, by educating the next generation of jazz musicians, and promoting jazz performance in metro Detroit. To achieve that outcome, we support efforts to provide, and improve jazz instruction for musically talented, economically challenged youth. We measure impact by tracking jazz education students.

The Arts & Culture portfolio is managed within the context of the Foundation’s Tenets of Lasting Change and Grant Guidelines.

The Program Officer will report to the Executive Vice President of Programs (EVPP) and work closely with the Foundation’s President, other Program Officers and Operations/Grants Manager. The Program Officer will, under supervision of the EVPP and direction of the Foundation’s president and board, administer the Foundation’s arts and culture grants program including: cultivating new grants; preparing recommendations for the board; monitoring existing grants; keeping abreast of knowledge in the field through research, seminars, meetings with experts and community  leaders; and developing and maintaining community relations.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, graduate degree preferred, and have a minimum of five years of experience in a grant making organization and/or related nonprofit professional experience. He or she also will have an interest in and passion for the multiple issues beyond arts & culture addressed by our mission, as well as proven expertise in culture & arts.

• Position reports to Executive Vice President of Programs and works closely with all other Foundations staff.
• Responsible for grant solicitation, analytic review and recommendation for board action.
• Works with grant seekers to develop high quality proposals and with existing grantees to monitor and evaluate existing Foundation grants.
• Writes concise proposal summaries, board presentations and evaluations.
• Attends Foundation Board meetings involving their portfolio.
• Represents Foundation on appropriate task forces and committees.
• Attends relevant community meetings and events in order to maintain good community relations, gain a deeper understanding of community issues and identify quality grant opportunities.
• Identifies innovative and collaborative funding opportunities within the Foundation’s defined areas of interest.
• Actively supports and participates in the Foundation’s social media strategy.
• Actively participates in dialogue and provides thought leadership about the direction of arts & culture in the region.

• Contemporary knowledge of culture and arts issues a priority. Understanding of Metropolitan Detroit’s broader needs and opportunities, especially in the foundation’s other issue areas, also required. 
• Experience developing, tracking and communicating program outcomes and impact.
• Ability to understand nonprofit financial statements, audits, and tax returns.
• Excellent analytical training.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Excellent people skills.
• Strong computer skills.• Strong time management skills and attention to detail. Ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload.
• Intelligent with broad interests; passionately curious.
• Innovative and flexible.
• Ability to work equally well independently and as part of a team.• Ability to move beyond disappointments.
• Must possess the highest ethical standards.

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Please do not contact the Erb Family Foundation directly about this position.

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