Kresge Arts in Detroit is Hiring!

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Managing Director

Fall 2018 Update: This position has been filled. We are pleased to welcome Katie McGowan to the Kresge Arts in Detroit team. 

Position Summary

The Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of program activities, events, policies, and communications. The position also supports the Director to evolve overall program direction and strategies. This position is full-time, with benefits. It is funded by a two-year grant, with a high likelihood of continuation.

Program Background

Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive community-development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region.

Kresge Arts in Detroit, funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, provides significant financial support to emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists through the Kresge Artist Fellowships and the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage day to day operations, including applicant outreach, panel review, and announcements related to the fellowship program, as well as selection and announcements related to the eminent artist program
  • Maintain a timeline of annual program activities, ensuring projects are completed successfully and on time
  • Supervise and support the work of other staff members, including a full-time program coordinator and part-time program assistant
  • Contribute to the creation and implementation of a comprehensive communication and engagement strategy
  • Lead annual efforts to improve fellowship application guidelines, workshops, and outreach efforts
  • Remain informed of ideas, trends, and concerns in Detroit and nationally that relate to arts and culture, philanthropy, and individual artist support
  • Foster relationships and collaborations with local and national arts, culture, and community organizations
  • Support ongoing development of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Artist Film Series
  • Complete quarterly financial reconciliation
  • Assist the director with grant proposals and reports


  • Demonstrated interest in local and national arts and culture, community development, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors
  • Experience with marketing, outreach, and community engagement initiatives
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including racial equity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize time and responsibilities
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively with other team members
  • Adept at anticipating and avoiding potential problems, and to responding calmly and effectively when unexpected circumstances arise
  • Solutions-oriented, responsible, and empowered in approach to individual and team responsibilities
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • High degree of proficiency with computers and programs, including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), WordPress, and Constant Contact. Web design and graphic design skills a plus.


Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and references in PDF format to Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply promptly.

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