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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: Capacity Building Manager
Supervisor: Director of Grants + Capacity Building
Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

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 Capacity Building (CB) program of HAA provides year-round, relevant programming—supporting arts organizations and individual artists to be effective stewards of their resources.

The CB Manager will work with the Director of Grants + Capacity Building and Grants Department Team 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 of the Pre-incubator and Resident incubator programs. 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 CB 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 CB Manager, working under the direction of the Director of Grants + Capacity Building, is responsible for providing direct support and management of all the CB programs as well as services. The Manager’s responsibilities include, (but are not limited to) the general CB program implementation inclusive of the Pre-Incubator, Resident Incubator, Accelerator, and Sustainability (when offered) grant programs. This includes processing grant applications; grants data collection; assisting with preparation of workshop presentations; preparing grant payments; editing and/or creating materials and correspondence to be sent to applicants and grantees; i.e., guidelines, applications, revision forms, final reports, requests for documentation; assure that grantee data are captured and easily retrievable for reporting; prepare statistical reports to support department’s work; maintain grantee records for department, (both electronic and hard copy); evaluate grant applications with Director to assure eligibility and identify any areas of concern. Monitor grantees’ compliance with grant agreements; review grant revision forms for project shifts and budget revisions; respond to grant applicant inquiries. Identify and correspond with panelists as needed; keep panelists current with materials and responsibilities. Interface with Committee Chair and plan Committee meeting agendas with Director; identify speakers and presenters for various professional development workshops; lead with the preparation of evaluations and panels, help craft program expansion initiatives; maintain up-to-date client database records through the grants software program; track departmental accomplishments; and assist with the execution of various events and meetings as needed. Interface/convene all CB clients routinely (and as needed) and assist with implementation and strategy around various (and unique) goals of each participating organization. Find ways to appropriately market the program to organizations, increase diversity of disciplines, geographic regions and audiences served. Represent HAA at arts/cultural events 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; experience managing/directing a nonprofit organization for minimum 3 years a plus
  • 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 manage interns and volunteers.

Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in the Houston nonprofit arts environment/community and those that have experience running/managing/directing a nonprofit organization.

Please submit resume information and references to Richard Graber, Director of Grants + Capacity Building at or mail to Houston Arts Alliance, Attn: Richard Graber, 3201 Allen Parkway, Suite #250, Houston, Texas 77019.

We will consider each response carefully, but contact only those individuals we feel are most qualified for the position.


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