Job Opening: Program Officer

About Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Foundation makes grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and artists in Minnesota and New York City.

The Foundation’s organizational values are: 

Diversity: We consciously embrace diversity as a core value, affirming our intent to be inclusive in supporting a wide range of artistic disciplines, operating in and from a wide range of traditions, created in a wide variety of contexts and intended for different audiences.  The Foundation consciously works to insure that we are supporting a wide range of artists and organizations, including but not limited to those of diverse cultures, races, sexual orientations and identifications, genders, generations, aesthetics, points of view, physical abilities, and missions, and that we are modeling this goal both in our own behavior and in our organization. 

Innovation/Risk: We embrace bold choices of grantees, but also in the creation of initiatives and specific grant making structures.

Humility: We take the position that we work for artists and the arts (rather than artists and the arts work for us), that we are driven by service rather than by expectation of or opportunity for recognition and visibility, and that we look to our grantees to help us understand the impact of our procedures, applications, reporting processes, etc., on our applicants as we define them.


Overview of the Position

This position requires a talented and motivated individual with experience in and knowledge of multiple art disciplines, but with a specific depth of expertise in the visual arts and/or film/video/digital production. This individual should also express an active curiosity and support for performing arts and literature.  This position works closely with grantees, potential grantees, grant review panelists, and arts organizations working with emerging artists in a variety of disciplines.

The Program Officer must have the flexibility to monitor performances, exhibits and public presentations of grantees, applicants and potential grantees and will be expected to attend evening events 2-3 times each week.


  • Be a point of contact and provide assistance to potential applicants and grantees
  • Maintain relationships with and monitor artistic progress of past, current and potential grantees; panelists; and art organizations
  • Recruit panelists and facilitate review panels as appropriate.
  • Prepare written and other necessary review materials for panelists and the Board of Directors that summarize procedures, issues and recommendations for their consideration.
  • Prepare reports on panel meetings for board of directors’ review.
  • Research and review grant proposals by gathering information from experts, making site visits, and analyzing both narrative and financial information
  • Monitor grants in progress and evaluate grants that have been completed to determine if they have achieved their grant outcomes
  • Consult with potential grantees and assist nonprofit arts organizations in their interactions with the Foundation in order to maximize their understanding of the grant making process
  • Help support new initiatives as they are created
  • Make occasional presentations on Jerome Foundation grants-related topics
  • Participate with the larger philanthropic community through service on committees, task forces, etc., as interested and approved
  • Maintain contact with other arts funding organizations and keep informed on art issues and events in Minnesota and New York City
  • Partner with other staff on tasks that concern the broad agenda of Jerome’s work in order to ensure that decisions are made with diverse input to support the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists
  • Work occasional nights and weekends to attend events of grantees and applicants: exhibitions, performances, concerts, receptions, etc.
  • Actively demonstrate core organizational values in execution of all duties.

Qualifications & Experience Needed:

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s values of diversity, innovation, and humility
  • Experience working with individual artists
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The capacity to be diplomatic, tactful, honest, and fair
  • Well-developed research skills; the ability to synthesize new information readily
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and cultures
  • Keen conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills; an inquisitive nature
  • Commitment to service; compassion
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and timetables while maintaining focus
  • A sense of humor
  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in arts management or arts-related field
  • Familiarity with technology, ability to learn and adopt new computer programs, and ability to effectively integrate that technology into daily work
  • Personal commitment to and involvement in the arts
  • Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary
  • Proactive and action-oriented personality; strong sense of pace and urgency
  • Ability and experience working productively and proactively both independently and as part of a small (6 person) office team
  • Experience with arts grant management or peer review panels is helpful but not required
  • The ability to take direction but to also be self-motivated and self-organizing—i.e. someone who can undertake a task but doesn’t need to be micromanaged
  • Passion for the Jerome Foundation mission, alignment with the Jerome Foundation values and an existing network within the Jerome Foundation geographic funding areas.

Additional Information:

  • This position reports to Jerome Foundation Program Director.
  • Position is located in St. Paul, MN.
  • Applicant will travel overnight up to 15% of the time.
  • Applicant must be able to drive as part of the position responsibilities


  • Excellent comprehensive employee benefits package, including health and dental care, life insurance, short and long term disability, and retirement savings
  • Salary $52-58K


How to apply:

Please email an attached single PDF formatted document that includes a cover letter and resume to Review of applications will begin immediately. We invite candidates who will strengthen our commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. Applications are confidential.

Published January 25, 2017

by Andrea Brown

News Category: 

The Foundation currently is not accepting new applications for the General Program. Unless you are a current grantee requesting continued support for a program or project, please do not start an application. Contact The Foundation with questions.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application is now open with a deadline of December 8, 2016. The Jerome Emerging Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship Program is open with a deadline of January 26, 2017.

The Foundation will open the application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program grant on May 1, 2017.

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