The Pittsburgh Foundation

Program Officer for Arts and Culture Reports to Senior Vice President for Program and Policy

Position Status: Exempt

Position Summary

Program Officer for Arts & Culture is responsible for grantmaking, convening, and research that enhance the capacity of individual artists and nonprofit organizations in the cultural sector. The goal of that enhanced capacity is to identify and address, in a culturally competent and respectful manner, the needs of artists, arts organizations and audiences in Allegheny County. The Program Officer will be responsible for managing a portfolio of proactive and responsive grants that reflect rigorous quantitative and qualitative research into the cultural sector. S/he will cultivate a philanthropic practice that ensures full utilization of the Foundation’s resources so that all grantmaking is fully aligned with donor intent. The Program Officer will work closely with Program & Policy Department colleagues and those across other departments and in the community to carry out the principles and values of 100 Percent Pittsburgh and to foster a community where all can thrive.

Essential Duties


  • Develop a cohesive portfolio of proactive and responsive grants that increase the capacity of the cultural sector to meet the needs of individual artists, arts organizations, arts educators and students and audiences in Allegheny County.
  • Bring forward for board review each quarter, a slate of arts and culture and arts education grants that reflect rigorous research on the needs of the sector.
  • Assure that the 100 Percent Pittsburgh principles and values are represented in the Foundation’s grantmaking, convening, and research work.
  • Manage the arts and culture grants portfolio at each phase of the grantmaking cycle from the letter of inquiry through payment and interim and final reporting.
  • Work with colleagues to develop impact measures and the periodic assessment, implementation, continuous improvement, and analysis of progress toward the goals and outcomes arts and culture program.
  • Be prepared to report to the Program and Policy Committee and other board committees as assigned on the arts and culture grants portfolio and other arts and culture initiatives.
  • Keeps grant applicants informed of the status of their proposals during the review and development process.
  • Work closely with administrative staff to assure that data regarding grantmaking is accurate and timely.

Research to Assess and Respond to Community Needs

  • Work with Senior Vice President of Program and Program Officers to identify consistently, timely and reliable sources of research to identify key cultural sector issues.
  • Develop and integrate strategies to fully engage the individuals served by the Foundation’s grantmaking to assure that their voices and their lived experiences inform all aspects of the Foundation’s work.
  • Participate in efforts to aggregate, and commission where necessary, research that effectively captures and describes the context and causality of factors that impact the quality of life for vulnerable populations in Allegheny County.


  • Work with nonprofit cultural organizations and individual artists, foundations, and the public sector to create short- and long-term learning communities that gather information and design new responses to system inequities that perpetuate vulnerability among regional populations.
  • Represent The Pittsburgh Foundation in local, regional and national initiatives where inter-sector partnerships are developed to address critical community needs.

Special Initiatives

  • Serve as a resource to the Foundation’s public policy and advocacy initiatives and work closely with the Director of Policy and Advocacy to develop and advance those initiatives to serve the cultural sector.
  • Utilizing the most up-to-date and reliable data on community needs, work with Program Department colleagues to design and implement high impact special initiatives that respond to those needs.
  • Work to strengthen current special initiatives including but not limited to Investing in Professional Artists and Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh.

Donor Engagement

  • Work closely with donors and grantees to identify potential opportunities to partner to meet shared goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate proactively and responsively with Development and Donor Services staff to serve donors in meeting their philanthropic goals


  • Engage Communications Department to manage the development of external arts and culture and arts education messaging, including changes and updates to the Foundation’s website.

Professional Development

  • Engage in on-going professional development by engaging in national research and discourse in the field of arts and culture and arts education.

Customer Service

  • Adopt a customer service mindset that calls for prompt response to inquiries from donors, grantees, board members, internal and external colleagues, and others in the community in a manner than is informative, patient, respectful, and culturally competent.


  • Other tasks as assigned.


All candidates must present evidence of:

  • A Master’s degree in an arts-related field or equivalent education and experience.
  • A minimum of five (5) years professional experience in a nonprofit arts and culture context, either as a working artist, arts educator or as staff in a cultural organization.
  • Knowledge of local cultural organizations engaged in producing and presenting arts and cultural programming in a variety of disciplines.
  • Cultural competence and a commitment to racial equity.
  • Deep knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research and assessment methodologies and a strong familiarity with exiting data sources for research in the cultural sector.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.
  • A high level of professionalism and the ability to work collegially with staff across departments.
  • The ability to laugh at oneself and with others and the presence of an abiding sense of humility and self-awareness.
To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs [at] No phone calls please.

About The Pittsburgh Foundation

Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is one of the nation’s oldest community foundations and is the 13th largest of more than 750 community foundations across the United States. As a community foundation, our resources comprise endowment funds established by individuals, businesses and organizations with a passion for charitable giving and a deep commitment to the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation currently has more than 2,000 individual donor funds and, together with its supporting organizations, assets of more than $1.14 billion. Grantmaking benefits a broad spectrum of community life within Pittsburgh and beyond. Alongside the philanthropic giving of our robust donor community, The Pittsburgh Foundation annually contributes more than $10 million to local nonprofits and employs convening, research, and policy advocacy to identify and address emergent regional issues.  

100 Percent Pittsburgh

In 2016, The Pittsburgh Foundation has launched an ambitious new organizing principle called 100 Percent Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are experiencing a wave of economic and cultural development that is exceptional in variety and scope. At the same time, approximately 30 percent of the population is living in poverty or near poverty and are not experiencing this new Pittsburgh. 100 Percent Pittsburgh is firmly rooted in our belief that all residents should be afforded the opportunity to participate in the region’s renaissance. Guided by data related to local and regional economic, housing, education, cultural, criminal justice and human services trends, the Foundation has committed to pursuing projects and supporting programs that enhance the well-being of, and opportunities available to, single women raising children and youth ages 12-24, two overlapping demographic groups that are particularly vulnerable to experiencing poverty. The Program and Policy Department 100 Percent Pittsburgh programs are rooted in three core values, Racial Equity, Voice meaning to gather and respect the lived experiences of those we serve, and Courage.