Building for Equity Support Specialist
- Department: Preservation
- Location: 4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104
- FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
- Salary Range: Full pay range is Grade 13, $27.30-$37.70 hourly. Starting range will be $27.30- $31.00 hourly (Includes a competitive package of benefits, including participation in the Washington State Retirement System)
- Reports to: Maya Santos, Building for Equity Program Manager
- Apply by: Monday, February 20, 2023, 5:00 pm PDT
4Culture is an independent public agency, chartered under state law and King County ordinance in January 2003, after 35 years as the King County Office of Cultural Resources. The ideal candidate for this position champions public support for arts and culture and has demonstrated sustained commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice. As the cultural funding and services agency for King County, Washington, 4Culture works to make the region vibrant. The organization’s four program areas—Arts, Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Public Art—put public resources to use all over King County.
Guided by a vision of a King County in which every person has what they need to explore and create culture, we’re working to become an actively anti-racist organization. We know that this work is urgent and ongoing; as a public agency, we’re committed to being transparent about our successes and failures. 4Culture is part of the system of white supremacy that has historically disadvantaged Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. We are working to understand systems of structural racism, dismantle them with the tools available to us, and build up something equitable that supports and recognizes the value in cultural expression of all of people, especially those in King County.
Building For Equity
In 2019, a joint initiative between 4Culture, Executive Dow Constantine, and the King County Council was passed to create a pathway to racial equity in our facilities funding. As a result, the Building for Equity program was created to reconfigure 4Culture’s existing Cultural Facilities Program with equity measures built in, prioritizing organizations serving historically disadvantaged communities.
Currently, Building for Equity is an evolving interdisciplinary program and vehicle for 4Culture to experiment in ways that work toward dismantling racism in cultural facilities funding throughout the county. Existing grants under this program are the Cultural Facilities and Project Development & Capacity Building grants. In the coming years, it is our hope that this program will become a well-established racial equity-centered programmatic cornerstone at 4Culture with a strong anti-racist lens and practice.
About the Role
The Building for Equity Support Specialist is an interdisciplinary role that provides programmatic and administrative support for Building for Equity, Preservation, and Heritage programs and initiatives. We are seeking qualified candidates who are excited to center anti-racism and equity in their work while serving as a collaborative partner within 4Culture and the cultural sector of King County. This position reports directly to the Building for Equity Program Manager and works on a dynamic and inter-disciplinary team. Core aspects of this position include the following:
- Provide support for Building for Equity, Preservation and Heritage funding programs administration.
- Work with 4Culture staff and partners to conduct outreach, surveys, data analysis, and technical support aimed at current and potential grant applicants.
- Arrange logistics and provide administrative support for internal and external meetings.
You will be most successful in this position if:
- You are committed to expanding and protecting space for King County cultural organizations and workers, especially those historically underinvested in by cultural philanthropy and grantmaking
- You can thrive experimenting and exploring anti-racist practices in cultural funding
- You can work both independently and with 4Culture staff, board, County employees, media, and members of the general public in an effective, congenial, and professional manner
- You have ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet multiple varied deadlines
- You have experience with and enjoy working with CRM or other data management systems
- You have effective communication skills, as well as aptitude for group facilitation and presentation, and interest in further developing these skills.
- You have experience working with a range of cultural workers and stewards of historic places, such as nonprofit staff, informal community groups, volunteers, and historic property owners.
- You have familiarity with King County context for cultural activity, history and its built environment, and enthusiasm for advancing the cause of building, sustaining and growing cultural spaces
Additionally, you will be prepared to take on this role if you have following experience, abilities, commitments, and skills:
- Advancing racial equity and social justice in how you conduct your work.
- Building trust, accountability, and collaborative relationships with all stakeholders, including 4Culture staff, Advisory/Board members, and external stakeholders.
- Excellent customer service with empathetic communication
- Supporting the cultural sector of King County and all its districts
- Writing, applying, and/or researching grants.
- Working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Supporting the presentation of ideas, guidelines, and policies to different types of people from diverse communities and backgrounds.
- Providing solid customer service and support to internal and external stakeholders.
- Working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team on new initiatives.
- Supporting several complex projects simultaneously, often in a deadline-oriented environment requiring creative and flexible solutions
- Evaluating data in the form of charts, surveys, demographics, qualitative and quantitative
- Effective communication with both internal and external stakeholders including members of the public, 4Culture staff, Advisory Committee members, and Directors of the Board
- Using Salesforce or other customer relationship software, Microsoft applications including, Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, and other relevant administrative software and/or platforms
Have the ability to:
- Be flexible and navigate ambiguity while remaining responsive to the needs of applicants and program participants
- Remain detail-oriented while managing multiple timelines and tasks in context of a larger goal
- Learn new digital systems, software, and other technology
- Advocate for yourself and others including communicating your needs
- Work independently and collaboratively in an open office environment (this position part-remote, part in-office).
- This position has no supervisory responsibilities but may occasionally oversee interns/volunteers.
Building for Equity Program, Preservation, and Heritage Departments:
- Support anti-racist, equitable grantmaking practices and procedures in the management, development, maintenance, and evaluation of Building for Equity, Preservation, and Heritage funding programs and initiatives.
- Provide support for Building for Equity, Preservation and Heritage funding programs administration, as needed including:
- Assist with administration of application review processes, including updating application and guidelines on our website and in 4Culture’s grant portal.
- Assist with logistics of application review panel including updating reviewer instructions in our grant portal, communicating with grant reviewers, completing reviewer contracts, gathering reviewer paperwork and other requirements, scheduling panel meetings, recording panel comments and evaluation.
- Assist with issuing grant contracts, tracking open contracts, facilitating payment, and other grant administration tasks.
- Respond to requests for information from the public.
- Track demographics updates of open programs and follow up with applicants to complete updates in accordance with 4Culture policy.
- Assist with coordination of on-site peer reviews.
- Support creating and delivering presentations for workshops, events and meetings.
- Arrange logistics, for internal and external meetings and workshops including Advisory Committee meetings preparing meeting notifications, minutes, agendas, materials, and refreshments.
- Contribute to the overall health and welfare of 4Culture by participating on internal sub-committees that address overarching issues affecting the operations of the agency.
- In accordance with King County records management law, regulations and best practice regularly utilize the County records management software Content Manager.
Building for Equity Program:
- Participate in the development of the Building for Equity funding program work plan, program budget and execution.
- Assist in research and development of new initiatives in the Building for Equity Program.
- Work with Building for Equity Program Manager, Preservation Director, other 4Culture staff, and partners to conduct outreach and reduce barriers to accessing funding, to expand the base of organizations and individuals who apply for and receive support from 4Culture.
- Work with Building for Equity Program Manager, Preservation Director, other 4Culture staff, to support the creation and management of ongoing data collection practices, analysis (qualitative and quantitative), and presentation of results internally and externally.
- Support the management of a growing interdisciplinary network and constituency of the Building for Equity Program in strategic and goal-oriented ways.
- Support a portfolio of specific funding programs and projects. The portfolio that this position supports is currently expected to be comprised of the following: Building for Equity – Cultural Facilities and Project Development & Capacity Building grants, Learning Circles among other programs in development.
- Assist the communications department in promoting the work of the Building for Equity program and Preservation Department by providing content for marketing and communications efforts. This includes organizing grant recipient photography and using a digital image management system.
4Culture leadership has the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time to ensure the success of the organization.
We are looking for candidates that can demonstrate they have the skills listed above through a combination of their work, education, and life experience as demonstrated in their resume, and cover letter.
- Two-years working within non-profit cultural organizations, facilities operation, cultural production, arts administration; public agencies or departments, or equivalent combination of education and experience in related fields.
- Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to work with ambiguities and experimentation in a collaborative manner.
- Proficiency Salesforce or other customer relationship management software, and MS Office 365 including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and SharePoint.
- Position works a 37.5 hour work week, Monday-Friday.
- This position will primarily be onsite 4Culture at 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA. Seattle. This position is hybrid (3 days in the office/2 days remote).
- Occasional early morning, evening and/or weekend hours are required.
- Alternative work arrangements may be considered and will be based on operational needs.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
The full pay range for this position is $49,140 to $73,515 annually. The starting range will be between $49,140 to $60,450 annually. Salary will be negotiated and based on the selected candidate and their experience and includes a competitive package of benefits. It is classified as Regular Full Time, Non-exempt.
Benefits of Working at 4Culture
Working at 4Culture provides the chance to support and learn from the cultural community that makes King County a vibrant region to live in. Our mission affirms a deep commitment to racial equity as we work with our community to end institutional and structural racism. We work toward this goal, while supporting the physical and mental health of all 4Culture employees. Maintaining an appropriate work life balance is essential to our work, and 4Culture prioritizes staff wellness and the continual evolution of a healthy organizational culture.
The perks of working at 4Culture include:
- A 37.5 work week, flex schedule
- 12 days of vacation in the first five years of employment
- 12 days of paid Holiday (including Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
- Sick leave and 12 weeks of paid Family and Medical Leave after working over 1 year at 4Culture; access to a lactation room.
- Orca transit card
- Attractive comprehensive health insurance package consisting of medical, dental, vision, and basic life and long-term disability insurance for employees.
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The privacy of applicants will be respected and preserved until the last phase of the hiring process. For example, references will be checked during the process of interviewing the finalists and with the applicant’s knowledge.
No Discrimination in Hiring
4Culture is committed to upholding and promoting equal opportunity in employment. We recognize that diverse perspectives, ideas, cultures, and life experiences of all employees are critical to our success. We are committed to fostering an inclusive workplace that reflects our residents, meets the needs of the communities we serve, and leverages the power of our employee's individual uniqueness. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to creed, age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical handicap, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability unless such limitations are necessary for the performance of the role and no less discriminatory alternatives are available.
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