Program Officer

Hiring Organization: 
Asian Cultural Council
City and State: 
New York, NY

About the Asian Cultural Council

The Asian Cultural Council (ACC) advances international dialogue, understanding, and respect through cultural exchange activities in Asia and the United States to create a more harmonious and peaceful world. This mission is accomplished through fellowships, grants, and other programs that support individual artists, scholars, arts professionals, and cultural institutions.

Established by John D. Rockefeller 3rd in 1963 as the Asian Cultural Program of the JDR 3rd Fund to support cultural exchange in Asia and the US through grants to individuals and organizations working in the visual and performing arts, ACC incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1980. Based in New York City, ACC established offices as well as partner foundations in Tokyo (1983), Hong Kong (1986), Taipei (1995), and Manila (2000). To date, ACC has supported nearly  6,000 exchanges across 26 countries and regions, and 16 artistic disciplines.

As a grantmaking and grant seeking organization, ACC raises funds from individual, foundation, and corporate donors. ACC also convenes arts leaders, fostering dialogue around the importance of cultural exchange in developing understanding and respect across international and cultural borders. Fellowships to individuals include not only grant funds to cover the costs of international travel and research activities, but also substantial program support in the form of professional guidance, introductions to artists and other cultural leaders, and extensive logistical assistance. In addition, ACC supports cultural institutions to further its programs of bringing diverse voices to the cultural landscape.

The Opportunity

The Asian Cultural Council is looking for a Program Officer to be a part of Programs team. The incumbent will contribute to redesigning the goals, strategies, and processes of the grant programs. S/he/they will collaborate with the Director of Programs and the Grants Administration Manager to implement the grant programs with four affiliate offices in Asia.

The starting salary for this role is USD $80,000

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Program Officer will focus:


  • Manage the annual grantmaking/fellowship award process and recommend improvements as needed (identify and drive the desired impact; design application guidelines; outreach to creative communities, develop equitable selection criteria; conduct grantee due diligence; review applications, and prepare reports)
  • Establish grantmaking processes and workflows in coordination with external departments and 4 affiliate offices
  • Manage grantmaking budgets and monitor the effective use of grant funds
  • Prepare docket material that summarizes grant recommendations and budgets for consideration by the Director of Programs, Executive Director, and Board of Trustees
  • Outreach to new communities and work with the Communications Department to increase the visibility of ACC grant programs
  • Partner with the Grants Administration Manager to maintain grants management database, process grants, track grant progress, and provide timely reports
  • Convene panels to review applications

Grantee/Alumni Relationships and Partnerships

  • Effectively manage grantee relationships in collaboration with 4 affiliate offices (40 grantees per year). Serve as an internal and external point of contact for grant-related issues
  • Organize local programs for 10-12 New York-based grantees to understand the cultural landscape, including site visits, introductions to institutions, mentorship, etc.
  • Expand ACC partnerships in NYC across sectors. Act as a connector between grantees and partners 
  • Work with the Grants Administration Manager to support grantees’ J-1 visa, housing, insurance, and travel-related needs as required
  • Build relationships with peer organizations and potential collaboration opportunities
  • Organize programs and events to continuously engage with current grantees and ACC alumni (past grantees)

Strategic Planning and Impact Measurement

  • Design, refine, and implement ACC grant programs and strategy to advance the mission, program theory of change, goals, and outcomes
  • Develop program matrix.  Analyze data to measure impact and adjust grant program/portfolio as appropriate. Ensure that ACC resources are directed toward the highest level of impact
  • Monitor new field developments and trends. Synthesize information to advance internal learning and share knowledge with constituents
  • Collaborate with the Director of Programs, affiliate offices, grantees, and constituents to continuously improve grant programs

Other Responsibilities

  • Work with the Advancement Department on fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications Department to publicize the award cycle, grantees’ work and to tell ACC impact stories
  • Manage grant and grantee data with the Grants Administration Manager
  • Special projects and administrative responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Programs.

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with a variety of grantmaking approaches
  • Experience with strategic planning/process optimization
  • Experience with managing data for the grantmaking system (akoyaGo), and analyzing and interpreting data to improve the effectiveness of grant programs
  • Comfort working with data, budgets, and other quantitative information
  • Skills in building relationships with diverse constituencies and including different voices in programming
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, Strong oral presentation/story-telling skills
  • Openness to learning new technologies
  • Desire to work in a team-oriented environment to solve complex and interesting challenges

Education, Experience, and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of grantmaking experience
  • Experience in arts and cultural field or with international organizations preferred  
  • Fluency in an Asian language is a plus

Expectations of all Roles at ACC

  • Commitment to ACC’s Mission and Vision. Commitment to the ACC’s short- and long-term goals; demonstrate understanding of and dedication to ACC’s mission of fostering international dialogue through cultural exchange; be mindful that program goals should drive work priorities and plans; value the work of ACC grantees and be a resource for grantees and alumni in Asia and the U.S.
  • Prudent Use of Resources and Accountability. Be mindful of resource limitations and manage resources to effectively carry out ACC’s mission in a fiscally responsible manner, while striving to maximize the funds available for charitable activity; recognize the importance of development activities to the organization’s long-term sustainability and contribute to a culture of fundraising across all departments.
  • Teamwork and Professionalism. Appreciate the value of diversity, inclusion, and equity in all work relationships; be willing to help as well as learn from co-workers in the U.S. and Asia, regardless of job title or seniority; work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives; be willing to perform tasks outside of one’s job description; embrace a positive and collaborative spirit that motivates and inspires others to work for the good of the organization. Embrace and foster continued sharing of information among colleagues.
  • Adaptability. Seek out opportunities to improve the quality and impact of ACC’s work; remain open to new ideas and ways of working and innovations in the field; support diverse ways of thinking or doing and suggest new approaches in accordance with a dynamic organization that is faithful to its mission; be open to change and new ideas for improving outcomes.

The Asian Cultural Council is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religion. We offer a salary   commensurate with qualifications and experience and a generous benefits package.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to Include Program Officer in the subject line of your email. No telephone or fax inquiries please. The application deadline is July 17, 2022.

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How to Apply: 
To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to Include Program Officer in the subject line of your email.
Application Deadline: 
July 17, 2022
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