Appointed as Cultural Programs Specialist, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, Theatre History and Criticism, University of Texas, Austin

Position Description

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) provides funding, technical assistance, and promotional support for 33 City-owned cultural institutions as well as more than 1500 not-for-profit cultural organizations and programs throughout the five boroughs. This constituency represents a diverse array of internationally renowned and community-based organizations, including performing arts centers, museums, theaters, wildlife centers, botanical gardens, visual arts and film centers, and arts education. Working within the Community Development Fund, the Cultural Programs Specialist manages grant-giving to arts and cultural organizations, performs data analysis, and provides technical assistance to grantee organizations. The Programs Specialist is responsible for guiding a portfolio of 130 organizations through the CDF applicant process, participating in informational training sessions, reviewing applications, and presenting funding applications to 20 competitive funding review panels. The Programs Specialist also monitors and reports on grantee events and activities, performs fiscal analysis of grantees, advises on budget adjustments, and monitors contract compliance by organizations.