Director of Programs and Grants

March 28, 2022
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 9, 2022
CNY Arts

Position Description

CNY Arts, in partnership with the executive search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Director of Programs and Grants. Reporting to the Executive Director and based in Syracuse, NY, the Director of Programs and Grants is a supervisory position that will communicate on an ongoing basis with their direct reports regarding CNY Arts’ program cycle processes that run on an annual basis, including program contracts and grants from government and foundations, its core business of regranting funds, as well as CNY Arts’ community-based programs, arts education initiatives, and Film initiative.


  • Oversees the day-to-day functions that ensure CNY Arts programs operate smoothly and efficiently, including a regrant budget, currently in approximately $8M range over the next 20 months.
  • Carries out program supervisory responsibilities with program staff and administrative support for programs, including delegating work to staff and volunteers.
  • Assists the Executive Director with program staff, contractor and volunteer hiring, appraising program staff performance, as well as planning, assigning, directing programmatic work, and establish a fundraising plan for regrant programs, new initiatives, and community programs.
  • Furthers the development and implementation of multiple regranting programs for the arts for a six-county area in accordance with an evolving ten-year cultural plan and best practices, trends and activities in the arts sector.
  • Works with program staff to deliver technical assistance to potential applicants and grantees and supported artists and agencies.
  • Utilizes familiarity with regional arts to broaden regional outreach and engagement, and work with the marketing team on joint marketing efforts for the agency.
  • Works with Executive Director and Finance Manager on strategic financial plan and annual calendar.
  • Supervises and helps develop grant applications submitted by CNY Arts to funders, including grant writing, editing, working with grant writers and consultants.
  • In concert with Executive Director, develops and maintains strategic relationships with communities in multiple county area to create regional linkages, cooperative projects and communications.
  • Serves as liaison between CNY Arts and legislators for grantmaking and community programs information, outreach, and news.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) from an accredited college or university, or four-six years of related experience or training, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Experience in arts services and membership services.
  • Experience in arts administration and/or legislative offices/government agencies.
  • Expertise in an arts discipline and general knowledge of the arts industry.

About The Institution

About CNY Arts:
CNY Arts' mission is to promote, support, and celebrate arts and culture in Central New York. At CNY Arts, we believe that a healthy arts industry is essential to the quality of life and community in Central New York. We strive to connect the public to the rich array of arts and cultural opportunities in the area. We provide support and assistance to individual artists and arts and cultural organizations through access to grants, capacity-building assistance, education and training, and promotional services. We serve the counties of Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego. Our goal is to enhance a greater appreciation for the arts and cultural vibrancy of the region.  

Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access:
CNY Arts, the regional Central New York arts council, has begun a process to look back through its history and evaluate and improve its own programs and services to ensure that equity, diversity, inclusivity, and access in our creative communities are fundamental values and central tenets of our work. We believe:

  • Art and creative expression are a universal language.
  • Art moves society and creates long-lasting change.
  • Art inspires empathy and understanding.
  • Art gives voice to and creates spaces for those who have been marginalized.
  • Art brings our communities together so we can begin the healing process.

Through our work, we will continue to amplify the voices of our minority and marginalized artists. We will work to listen to minority artists and address their needs.

As the movement for justice and equality continues, CNY Arts is committed to the ongoing practice, reflection, and assessment of being anti-racist and ensuring equity, access, and inclusivity to our diverse artists, audiences, and community.

Application Process

All correspondence should be directed in confidence to CNY Arts’ executive recruitment consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

  1. Cover letter;
  2. Resume or CV; and
  3. List of three professional reference with contact information.

Applications submitted by May 9, 2022 will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.