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About Us

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the local nonprofit arts and culture agency that enhances the city’s quality of life through advancing and investing in the arts and diverse cultural programming. The work of HAA encourages Houston’s development and shapes its global reputation by fostering tourism and supporting and promoting the city’s creative economy.

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Public Art

Creating public spaces for civic and cultural use requires artists, designers, architects, and the community to collaborate. By actively fostering these partnerships, both public and private, HAA’s Civic Art + Design program initiates, manages, and maintains public artworks throughout Houston. It serves a vital role as catalyst for change that generates a culturally relevant and rich environment for residents and visitors alike.

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Folklife + Civic Engagement

Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Civic Engagement program identifies and honors the artistic and cultural traditions of the city’s tremendously diverse and various communities and works to address the needs of all residents through engagement, citizen-driven initiatives, and equitable community outcomes. The Folklife program has been in existence since 2010. The addition of Civic Engagement to its portfolio was enacted through an HAA bylaws change in 2016.

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Grants are a fundamental means of promoting excellence in the creative sector. On behalf of the City of Houston, HAA awards approximately 225 grants annually to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists through a competitive grant allocation process.

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Capacity Building

Houston Arts Alliance provides voice and leadership through its support of arts organizations and individual artists with programs and services that help build and foster a vibrant and creative community—these programs and services help to ensure that the arts professionals’ creative contributions remain a vital part of community life across Houston and the region.

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As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

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Houston Arts Alliance continues to play an important role in arts and culture research projects, initiating and participating in studies that demonstrate the far-reaching impact of arts and culture on our economy and quality of life.

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Get Involved

Looking for a way to lend a hand? Investing in the arts and culture is an investment in the quality of life for all Houstonians. Join Houston Arts Alliance as a donor, member or volunteer!

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Houston Arts Alliance utilizes different vehicles to communicate with it diverse audiences, ranging from the city’s arts and culture community to residents to tourists. Find out more about HAA’s electronic newsletters and connect with us through social media. Our online Press Room provides resources for members of the media.

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Employment + Internships


Title: Grants Coordinator (Full-time)
Department: Grants
Supervisor: Director of Grants + Capacity Building
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

The Grants Coordinator, working closely with the Director of Grants + Capacity Building, is responsible for collecting, organizing and analyzing both data and information as a part of HAA’s grant allocation processes. This position is also responsible for maintaining positive working relationships and flow of information—between HAA and its grantees, potential grantees, volunteers and other internal and external customers—as well as providing both technical assistance and support to grantees. Candidates should demonstrate initiative, resourcefulness and sound project management skills.

With a high level of personal initiative, the Coordinator should possess the ability to: work as a highly cooperative team member and in the coordination of all programs; communicate effectively with excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrate command of the English language, including grammar, punctuation and spelling; maintain appropriate professional boundaries with donors, staff, volunteers, board members and clients; manage multiple priorities, with flexibility and adaptability, through rapid growth and change; meet strict deadlines; work well under pressure; work periodic evenings and/or weekends, as needed; demonstrate solid organizational and planning skills, with attention to detail; effectively and efficiently analyze data; and utilize word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics and database applications.

Ideal candidates should have: a minimum of two years’ experience with nonprofits and/or nonprofit accounting; proficiency in word processing, data management and spreadsheet applications (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access); ability to analyze data, interpret data, reach sound conclusions and make recommendations; ability to work independently and manage a variety of responsibilities; excellent communications skills, both written and verbal; strong public speaking ability; experience managing volunteers, working with diverse communities, and customer service skills; the ability to work as part of a team; and ability to foster effective, productive relationships with both internal and external customers. Knowledge and/or involvement in Houston’s cultural environment is a plus.

Minimum bachelor’s degree in business administration, nonprofit arts administration, or related area required. Minimum of 2-4 years work in a nonprofit environment. Working knowledge of Spanish language (oral and written) a plus but not required.

Grants and Department Administration
Assist and coordinate all aspects of administering grants data collection and processing; assist with preparation of grant program workshop presentations; prepare grant payments; edit and/or create materials and correspondence to be sent to applicants and grantees (i.e. guidelines, applications, revision forms, final reports and requests for documentation); assure that grantee data is captured and easily retrievable for reporting; prepare statistical reports to support department’s work; maintain grantee records for department use (both electronic and hard copy); evaluate grant applications of assigned applicants to assure eligibility; and inform the Director of Grants + Capacity Building of concerns, as needed.

Monitor grantees’ compliance with grant agreements; review grant revision forms for project changes and budget revisions; and respond to grant applicant inquiries in a timely manner.

Panel Process
Correspond with panelists as needed; keep panelists current with materials and responsibilities; arrange panelist’s travel and housing when required; and submit panelist’s reimbursement forms in a timely manner.

Record and process Grants Committee meeting notes; represent HAA at cultural events, as needed; and miscellaneous duties as requested.

Keyboard and calculator use. Use of routine office equipment and ability to lift file boxes up to 30 pounds.

Email a resume and references to Richard Graber, Director of Grants + Capacity Building, at Application materials may also be mailed to Houston Arts Alliance, ATTN: Richard Graber, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite #250, Houston, Texas 77019.


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