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Program Associate, Arts

Title: Program Associate, Arts
Location: 444 Madison Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY (must have ability to be in-person)
Reports to: Senior Program Officer, Arts
Status: Full time, exempt 
How to apply: Please click here. Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) supports the well-being of people and the planet for a more creative, equitable and sustainable future. We operate five national grantmaking programs—in the performing arts, the environment, medical research, child and family well-being, and mutual understanding between communities—as well as Duke Farms and Shangri La, two centers that serve the public directly. DDF’s activities are guided by the will of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation with financial assets that currently total above $2 billion.

DDF’s Arts Program is among the leading philanthropic programs focused exclusively on performing artists. The program supports artists with the creation and public performance of their work. DDF focuses its support on contemporary dance, jazz and theater artists, and the organizations that nurture, present and produce them.

Historically, the program has pursued a range of initiatives, from investments in the leading programs that commission works and support artists, to grants for presenting organizations. These programs seek to provide direct resources to practicing artists and to enable greater opportunities for performing artists to develop, present and tour their work. This field-leading body of work has been nationally recognized: DDF was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for “a bold commitment to artistic risk.”

Now DDF is moving in a new direction, building on its legacy of commitment to performing artists who are pushing their disciplines forward. In particular, the DDF Arts Program is increasingly focusing on two areas: growing the foundation’s role as an advocate for the fundamental conditions that enable artistic creativity and helping the performing arts to adapt and shape the role of technology in changing how the performing arts are produced, distributed and consumed.

The program associate for the arts supports the Arts Program by managing and overseeing administrative, event planning, budgeting and communication matters related to the program.

The program associate reports to the senior program officer for the arts and works closely with the entire Arts team, including the program director and the program manager.


  • Provide administrative support for the Arts Program team.
  • Coordinate travel, meetings and logistics for Arts Program staff and events.
  • Project management for events, including attendance at events.
  • Prepare memos, draft contracts and manage electronic files.
  • Coordinate budget and accounting processes for Arts Program staff, including purchasing.
  • Collaborate with Arts Program staff to manage tasks, projects and timelines for the portfolio of active grants.
  • Coordinate grant processes and timelines, and draft grant agreements.
  • Draft board documents.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with grant selection panels, potential applicants, field leaders and grantees.
  • Research and report on topics relevant to the Arts Program’s work. Update and maintain the Arts Program’s section of the foundation’s website in collaboration with DDF’s communications department.
  • Assist with drafting, reviewing and editing internal and external reports, presentations and other communications.
  • Support the department communications function, including but not limited to reviewing newsletters, developing social media content and developing major announcements.


  • Entry-level work experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area, preferably arts administration or the performing arts.
  • Knowledge of theater, dance and/or jazz.
  • Outstanding writing and editing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to take initiative and make informed decisions on matters of consequence.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to take initiative.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in accounting, database and web content applications.


  • Anticipated salary range is $61,000-$74,000, and the final offer will depend on experience.
  • Industry-leading benefits.

Please click here. Application reviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The following values underpin everything we do in pursuit of our mission across the Doris Duke Foundation:

Integrity: We must be honest and ethical in all that we undertake. As a private foundation, we are accountable to the many stakeholders affected by our work.

Excellence: We will insist on the highest standards of performance in fulfilling our mission, will ground our work in best practices and will make decisions based on the best available information.

Openness and Imagination: We will be a listening and learning organization that is responsive to ideas and opinions from a variety of sources. We value imagination and creativity, the ability to think in new ways about the work we do and how we do it.

Collaboration: We value a collaborative and supportive environment in which to advance our mission and objectives. Creating a working environment that promotes trust, honesty and respect within our organization is as important as earning the trust and respect of our colleagues and peers in the fields in which we work.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: We believe in the essential value that a diverse set of perspectives, experiences and abilities brings to the table. Our commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is an ongoing, active engagement reflected in our funding areas, grantees, museums, centers, board and staff. At the core of our work is a dedication to serving and learning from organizations and individuals addressing inequities and working toward a more just, healthy and inclusive society. (Learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and how we incorporate this value into our work.)

The Doris Duke Foundation is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law; and we strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.