The Grants & Outreach Manager oversees agency outreach initiatives and grant programs for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) and is a key team member of the staff. This position is full-time and year-round, located at the OVAC office in Oklahoma City. The work day is 9am to 5pm with regular evening and weekend activities. Considerable in-state travel is required. The Grants & Outreach Manager reports to the Executive Director.


Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of OVAC’s Thrive Grants and Grants for Artists programs, which includes developing the application portal, giving presentations about the programs, assembling and managing selection committees, communicating with artists with notifications and feedback, planning the annual Thrive Grants presentation event, working within program budgets, ensuring the programs meets set targets, and collaborating with the Marketing & Membership Coordinator to promote programs.

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of the annual program OK Art Crawl including developing the application portal, working within the program budgets, ensuring the program meets set targets, and collaborating with the Marketing & Membership Coordinator to promote the program.

  • Serve as a liaison between OVAC and the six established regions, including building relationships with artists and organizations statewide, presenting to communities and groups, and establishing open communication.

  • Work closely with the Programs Manager to create educational curriculum in tandem with OVAC’s programs including dissemination of the material to arts educators statewide.

  • Serve as an ambassador for OVAC at public events and on digital platforms.

  • Contribute strategic thinking for OVAC to meet its mission through events and programs while ensuring programs meet strategic goals.

  • Be a true team player working on other programs and supporting other staff members as needed.


Required Skills

  • Collaborative approach and skilled in working in highly productive teams

  • Acute detail orientation and excellent organizational skills

  • Performs superior customer service with high expectations for quality

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, think creatively, and problem solve

  • Excellent verbal and written communications including public speaking

  • Established ability to plan long-term projects including establishing and following timelines and excellent time management skills

  • Ability to take the lead on assigned programs and projects and work independently

  • Aptitude in learning new technology quickly

  • Proficiency in desktop publishing, word processing, email, social media, and database programs


Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, nonprofit administration, or related degree

  • 1-2 years of experience in arts administration

  • Arts education experience or interest

  • Fluent in Spanish


Physical Requirements

Ability to lift 25 lbs regularly

Ability to drive with reliable transportation

Ability to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time



Salary is $30,000 to $35,000, dependent on experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, matching retirement program, and health insurance. Employee will receive training as needed. Employees are encouraged to seek outside professional development.


Application review will begin February 15, 2021. Position to remain open until filled. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and references to:

Krystle Brewer, Executive Director,

Grants & Outreach Manager

Application review will begin February 15, 2021.