Programs Manager

March 25, 2022
One Arts Plaza, 1722 Routh Street, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75201, Dallas, Texas
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About TACA

TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – supports excellence and impact in the arts through grant-making, capacity building, and thought leadership. We envision an innovative, inclusive, sustainable cultural sector, recognized for its essential contribution to a vibrant, prosperous community. For over 50 years, we have worked to establish North Texas’ cultural community as one of the strongest in the nation. Originally founded in 1967 as an annual charity event, we have become a valued arts funding and service organization, providing an array of grant funds and innovative service programs. Our growing investment in the arts translates to new premieres and productions, impactful residencies and community initiatives, and more opportunities for artists and audiences to connect – all making Dallas a great place to live and work.

Position Summary 

The Programs Manager is a key player in co-developing and building TACA as a go-to resource for impactful arts grantmaking, capacity building, and thought leadership in partnership with the Director of Programs and other TACA team members. The Programs Manager has primary responsibility for the management and facilitation of TACA’s grantmaking, capacity-building, and thought leadership programs, as well as donor and nonprofit engagement.

Key Responsibilities Grantmaking & Service Programs

Grantmaking & Service Programs

  • Manage and facilitate TACA’s current and future grant-making programs. Current grant programs include Catalyst Grants (bi-annual), Pop-Up Grants (bi-monthly), and New Works Fund grants (annual).
    • Maintain/update as needed grant guidelines and application materials and requests
    • Manage dissemination of application materials to the Grants Committee and grant reviewers
    • Manage TACA’s grant review panels, include meeting facilitation and communications
    • Serve as the main point-of-contact for current and prospective grant applicants and grant recipients. Maintain constant and clear communication with nonprofits about the grantmaking process, funding criteria, and the decision-making process, to cultivate a culture of transparency and fairness
    • Coordinate with Director of Finance on grant payment
  • Co-design and coordinate Amplifier Workshops series of 4-6 annual
    • Work collaboratively with the Director of Programs to develop programming Amplifier Workshops
  • Coordinate the set-up and execution of Amplifier Workshops, including invitation, registration, workshop logistics, facilitator communication, and post-workshop communications
  • Co-design and coordinate annual Perforum community symposium
    • Work alongside the Perforum committee and Director of Programs to create the theme and content of the symposium
    • Work alongside Director of Programs to develop execution plans for Perforum

Donor & Nonprofit Engagement

  • As a member of the TACA team, serve as a “face of TACA” across the community. Represent TACA externally with donors, peers, nonprofits, and civic/business leaders, elevating awareness of TACA and its mission
  • Steward positive, authentic relationships with nonprofit organizations, funders, and other community stakeholders
  • Represent TACA at community-wide events and activities as requested by the Director of Programs and/or President & Executive Director
  • Assist the development department as requested with any development initiatives, including events, donor solicitation, and stewardship activities


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master’s degree in relevant fields preferred
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the arts nonprofit sector with existing local relationships/experience
  • A passion for the arts as well as for building community

Skill Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word is required
  • Experience with grantmaking and/or CRM software preferred (but not required)
  • Strong leadership, project management, organizational and interpersonal skills (listening, writing, and presenting)
  • Strong facilitation and meeting leadership skills
  • Self-motivated and highly organized
  • Strong ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to work simultaneously on multiple tasks

Special Requirements

Some local travel, including but not limited to grant recipient site visits and off-site meetings. Some regional travel to relevant conferences and other professional development activities. Attendance at TACA and community events required.

Our offices are located in the Arts District at One Arts Plaza. We offer an attractive compensation package for full-time staff including health benefits, retirement benefits and parking adjacent to One Arts Plaza.

To learn more about TACA visit


TACA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TACA is committed to the equal opportunity of all employees and applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender identity, ethnicity, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status or any other category protected by applicable law. All offers for employment with TACA, Inc. are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check.

Application Instructions

Please send an introductory letter, along with your resume and salary requirements, to Lani Burgar:

We kindly ask that you do not call our offices.

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