Partnerships Program Manager – Temporary

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
S. and S. King St, WA
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Position Description

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station , the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) , and The Creative Advantage initiative in an effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative , we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies, and practices.

The Office of Arts and Culture has an exciting opportunity for a temporary Partnerships Program Manager. This position will work closely with the Partnerships, Education, and Grants (PEG) Team of Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) to manage a portfolio encompassing both annual and one-time grant programs that increase Seattle residents' access to art and culture and promote a vibrant cultural sector in the city.

Job Responsibilities

The duties of this position involve implementing grant opportunities, day-to-day project management, and stewardship of contracts and relationships with partners and community members. The specific programs this position leads include Hope Corps, Arts in Parks, and Artists at the Center.

Here's more about what you will be doing in this role:

  • Ensure accessible, equitable, and accountable grant applications/requests for proposals (RFPs) and their respective peer review panel processes.
  • Steward contracts, reports, and other grant-related documentation, as well as relationships with program partners, applicants, and awardees.
  • Provide inclusive technical assistance support to diverse artists and community groups in the form of workshops and one-on-one consultation to assist with the development of project ideas and application materials.
  • Lead and facilitate program evaluation and assessment. This includes building presentations and reports of program activities and performance/evaluation and documentation to program partners and Office leadership.
  • Help to develop and manage program schedules and budget.
  • Monitor the work of support staff, who facilitate RFPs, support peer review panel processes, issue and manage contracts, and act as point of contact for grantees.
  • Actively participate in outreach efforts for funding programs and support general outreach and community engagement efforts on behalf of the department. This outreach and engagement include in-depth knowledge of funding opportunities across City departments as well as within the arts community.
  • Prepare communications materials such as blog posts, memos, presentations, and reports in coordination with ARTS' communications team and supervisory staff, as needed.

Your effectiveness in this role will depend on your ability to:

  • Respect people's lived experience and reflect a deep understanding of race, social justice, and equity in your interactions and work.
  • Model racial equity in relationships with co-workers, colleagues, community, and others.
  • Contribute positively to a diverse working environment.
  • Produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines.
  • Think creatively and be proactive in solving problems.
  • Communicate effectively and possess strong interpersonal skills.
  • Leverage technology to support administrative and communication functions.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


You will be prepared for this role if you have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects and programs on a daily basis.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft and Google Suite, particularly in the Microsoft 365 suite of tools for effective communication, compelling presentations, and reports.
  • Ability to navigate technology and learn new software.
  • Experience in fostering relationships with community groups and/or business groups.
  • Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders.

In addition to qualifications mentioned above, you should possess:

4-year degree,


Two (2) years of experience in grantmaking, resource allocation, arts administration, project/program management or other relevant experience,


a combination of education, training and/or experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Additional Information

This temporary non-benefitted position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 1, Exempt* and is expected to last until February 16, 2024. This position is exempt from the provisions of Civil Service and FLSA. The full pay range for this position is $91,642.32 - $137,453.04 annually ($43.89 - $65.83 hourly). The salary for this individual role has been identified as $101,288.88 annually ($48.51 hourly).

This position offers the flexibility of a hybrid work schedule. Employees will be expected to be in-office twice a week. Individual schedules will be based on agreement between the employee and their supervisor.

First-round interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for the week of September 18, 2023 with second-round interviews taking place on the week of September 25, 2023. All interviews are conducted virtually via MS Teams.

Applicants must successfully pass a background check, which will be conducted in accordance with Seattle's Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be given a chance to explain or correct background information and provide verifiable information of good conduct and rehabilitation.

The City of Seattle recognizes every City employee must play a role in ending institutional and structural racism. Our culture is the result of our behavior, our personal commitments, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same. To cultivate an antiracist culture, we seek employees who will engage in the Race and Social Justice Initiative by working to dismantle racist policies and procedures, unlearn the way things have always been done, and provide equitable processes and services.


To be considered for this out of class assignment, please submit your full application package to no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.

For your application to be accepted, you must:

  • Attach a resume in PDF detailing your relevant talents and experience.
  • Attach a cover letter in PDF that describes:
    • your interest in the position and skills to perform the job of this class.
    • your motivation to support the Office of Arts and Culture.

Who may apply: This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications . The City of Seattle values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The City encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experience.

Questions? Please contact Marina Silcheva at .

To learn more about the Office of Arts and Culture, please visit:

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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