Director, Artist Initiatives

Creative Capital

Founded in 1999, Creative Capital is celebrating our 22 nd year with the start of our new President and Executive Director, Christine Kuan. We look forward to our new era of work and support to innovative, groundbreaking artists. Our Artist Initiatives department is an essential part of Creative Capital and we are seeking a new director to work with our terrific team.

The Director, Artist Initiatives (DAI) reports to the President & Executive Director of Creative Capital (CC) and is responsible for providing conceptual and strategic leadership for the organization’s pioneering venture philanthropy approach to awarding funds to groundbreaking artists in the visual arts, performing arts, and multidisciplinary fields. The DAI will also provide guidance and direction for artist-focused educational programs to help artists realize their project visions and build sustainable, thriving careers and practices. The position will manage a four person AI department.


$100000.00 to $125000.00 (Annual)


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Maximize impact in the visual arts, performing arts, and multidisciplinary fields in collaboration with the President & Executive Director through award-making to trailblazing artists.

  • Lead and steward the full cycle of CC’s unique award-making program and shepherd the award decision-making by selecting evaluators, overseeing the review, evaluation and panel process, and collaborating on public outreach and announcements at all stages.

  • Develop deep regional and multidisciplinary connections to artists and stay at the forefront of new developments in the arts.

  • Direct the planning and oversee the management of the new awardee orientation, retreat, and other gatherings.

  • Oversee and manage the department’s budget in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Educational Programs

  • Oversee the conception and implementation of new, responsive educational programs, workshops and webinars to meet the continually changing needs of artists.

  • Develop and maintain strategic educational partnerships to advance the professional expertise of artists in undergraduate and graduate level programs.

  • Help cultivate and recruit new advisory consultants and coaches in areas such as legal, financial, public relations, marketing, community engagement, book publishing, and web services.

Ambassador & Arts Advocate

  • Serve as an ambassador to artists and arts leaders regionally and internationally.

  • Collaborate with our President & Executive Director and our Development team to assist with the cultivation of foundations and other donors as needed.

  • Work collaboratively with our Marketing & Communications Department to promote CC’s mission, programs, artists, and educational programs.

  • Attend professional conferences, give interviews, and organize presentations and panels, and publish writings, articles, and other materials in print and/or online.


Qualifications, Knowledge, & Skills Required

  • Minimum eight years of leadership and management experience in the arts

  • Previous grantmaking experience

  • Intellectual agility and an open curious mind combined with a passion for the arts and working with contemporary artists

  • Appreciation and understanding of philanthropy in the United States

  • Proven track record of upholding DEIA values.

  • Experience mentoring and collaborating with diverse staff

  • Diplomatic, proactive, and solution-driven professional; strategic, pragmatic, and creative thinker

  • Experience overseeing a budget and project management including event production

  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral, and public speaking

  • High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness with a strong work ethic

  • Commitment to the Creative Capital mission, vision, purpose, and core values

  • Proficiency with Mac OS, MS Office, Google Workspace, Salesforce and social media and new media platforms

  • Experience developing and executing training programs for adult learners helpful

  • Advanced degree in the visual arts or performing arts preferred

The position is full-time (40 hours/week). Ideally, candidates are based in or near Creative Capital’s offices in New York City. Includes generous paid time off and benefits. Competitive salary in the range of $100,000 - $125,000. Seeking to fill the position by July 1, 2021.

Creative Capital supports innovative, ambitious artists of all disciplines and across the country through funding, counsel, gatherings, and career development services. Our mission is to amplify artists’ voices and catalyze connections, helping artists to realize their visions and build sustainable practices, and nurturing the growth of artistic communities nationwide.

Founded in response to the National Endowment for the Arts’ termination of the majority of its grant programs for individual artists, Creative Capital is animated by a fierce commitment to freedom of expression. We particularly value forward-thinking and boundary-blurring work, and seek out projects that could not be realized without the additional support we provide.

Creative Capital is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diverse cultural and social perspectives. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

Since 2015, Creative Capital has been participating in ongoing anti-oppression training to examine systemic issues that perpetuate inequality.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume as one PDF to with the subject line “Director, Artist Initiatives”. No phone calls, please!

Application deadline: May 17, 2021.

Posted on April 25