Houston Arts Alliance



Capacity Building Initiatives Manager (full-time)

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) provides voice and leadership through its support of arts organizations and individual artists with programs and services that help build a vibrant and creative community. These programs and services help to sustain and ensure that the creative contributions by arts professionals remain a vital part of community life across Houston and the region. The Program + Services (P+S) department of HAA provides year-round, relevant programming—supporting arts organizations and individual artists to be effective stewards of their resources.

The Capacity Building Initiatives (CBI) Manager will work with the Director of Grants, Programs + Services; Arts & Business Council (A&BC) Manager; and Grants Department staff with the design of programming that is responsive, attractive, and fulfilling to Houston’s arts community.

Primary duties include: assisting with program planning; training session coordination; managing panel logistics; facilitating Arts Management Consulting Workshops and special projects as assigned; and client relationship management for the many programs and services administered by P+S, currently comprising (but not limited to) the multiple program threads of the CBI (Pre-incubator, Resident incubator, Accelerator, and Sustainability). The Manager will be engaged in research, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of HAA constituents in expanding the arts community’s awareness of the CBI.

Ability to work as a highly-cooperative member of a team in the management of P+S programs; ability to communicate effectively with excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated command of the English language including grammar, punctuation, and spelling; ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries with donors, staff, volunteers, and clients; ability to manage multiple priorities with flexibility and adaptability to rapid growth and change; ability to meet strict deadlines including the ability to work under pressure as well as periodic evenings and/or weekends as needed; solid organizational and planning skills with attention to detail; ability to effectively and efficiently utilize word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, and database applications. Candidates should demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness, and project management skills.

The CBI Manager is responsible for providing direct support and management of the CBI program. Working under the direction of the Director of Grants, Programs + Services, the Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: general CBI program implementation – inclusive of the Pre-Incubator, Resident Incubator, Accelerator, and Sustainability programs; processing grant applications; identifying and engaging appropriate arts-sector panelists, speakers, and presenters for various professional development workshops; preparation of evaluations and panels, program reporting, and program expansion initiatives; assisting in maintaining up-to-date client database records through the grants software program; tracking departmental accomplishments; and assisting with the execution of various events and meetings as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum five years’ experience in nonprofit organizational development, management, marketing/communications, development and/or related experience in the corporate sector;
  • Ability to form and maintain successful relationships with senior business professionals, volunteers, panelists, and speakers;
  • Organizational and data management skills;
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and presentation skills;
  • Excellent command of Excel and Power Point;
  • Ability to synthesize data, track organizational progress/trajectories and make recommendations;
  • Effective and proactive client management;
  • Resourcefulness and strength in creative problem-solving;
  • Flexibility and success with multi-tasking;
  • Strong team player;
  • Ability to communicate through numbers and manage project budgets;
  • Flexibility and self-sufficiency; and
  • Ability to train, motivate, and direct interns and volunteers.

Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in the Houston nonprofit arts environment/community.

Supervisor: Director of Grants, Programs + Services

Compensation: Competitive with benefits

Knowledge and/or involvement in Houston’s cultural environment a plus as is nonprofit experience

Please submit resume information, no more than three (3) references and salary requirements to:
Richard Graber, Director of Grants, Programs + Services

Or, mail to:
Houston Arts Alliance
ATTN: Richard Graber
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019