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Senior Program Officer / Arts

Title: Senior Program Officer / Arts
Location: 444 Madison Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY
Reports to: Program Director / Arts
Status: Full-time, exempt (minimum three days a week in person)
How to apply: Click here to apply. Please send resume and cover letter. Application reviews will be accepted on a rolling basis and until the position is filled.

The mission of the Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) is to build a more creative, equitable and sustainable future by investing in artists and the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, child well-being and greater mutual understanding among diverse communities. DDF operates five national grantmaking programs 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, as well as 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 adapt to and shape the role of technology in changing how the performing arts are produced, distributed and consumed.

A pivotal member of the Arts Program team, the senior program officer (SPO) is integral to driving the foundation’s mission by fostering artistic creativity and technological innovation through strategic grantmaking and program administration.

Reporting to the program director for the arts, the SPO is responsible for leading and managing key programs and for delivering on the strategic and operational objectives of the program. The program director sets and directs the overall strategy for the program, and the SPO ensures that the strategy is implemented efficiently and effectively. 


  • Provide end-to-end management of ongoing grant programs, including identifying compelling opportunities, ideas and leaders who will advance foundation strategies; reviewing and assessing proposals for strategic fidelity and impact; recommending high-potential grants to the foundation; working with the grants management team to award and administer grants; and monitoring grants once they have been awarded.
  • Direct and lead the sound administration of the program, including budget planning and management, project management and resource allocation. Supervise the program associate to ensure efficient program administration.
  • Manage the planning, logistics and smooth execution of meetings, events and artistic projects led by the Arts Program.
  • Serve as a professional, persuasive and respected point of primary contact for current and potential grantees.
  • Actively participate as a leader in the fields in which the program funds, including through engaged relationships with peer funders and external thought leadership.
  • Working with the Program Director, coordinate networks of grantees, leaders and practitioners to advance programmatic objectives.
  • Contribute to the development and effective implementation of influence and marketing opportunities to advance the program’s strategic agenda.
  • Support and provide counsel to the Program Director in the development of innovative strategies to accomplish the program’s mission and in the identification of new funding opportunities.


  • A track record of successful end-to-end project management.
  • Proven versatility and the ability to manage multiple projects and several priorities simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Evidence of potential to take the initiative and make informed decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to strategize, conceptualize, plan and critically analyze grantmaking and other programmatic opportunities.
  • Demonstrated interest in active and public participation in the fields in which the foundation works.
  • Evidence of potential to manage and lead teams within the program and across the foundation.
  • A track record of working cooperatively and positively with colleagues to drive results.


  • Anticipated hiring salary range is $142,400-$178,000, and the final offer will depend on experience.
  • Industry-leading benefits.

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 equal employment opportunity. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply. Our recruiting and employment practices adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. We provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. If a reasonable accommodation in the job application process is needed, please contact us here