Program Manager

Black Trustee Alliance
October 2, 2023
New York, New York
Job Type
Annual Base Salary
$65,000 - $80,000
Location Type


Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) seeks a full-time Program Manager to support the growth and evolution of the organization’s membership and programming. The Program Manager is an integral member of BTA, providing an inspiring and supportive membership experience to BTA’s expansive network of Black trustees.

The Program Manager will report to the Executive Director and work in close partnership with BTA’s Advisory Board, trustee members, and field peers. 

Who We Are

The mission of Black Trustee Alliance is to transform art museums into more equitable and excellent spaces of cultural engagement by harnessing the power of Black trustees. We are a membership organization with over 130 Black trustees serving on the boards of art museums across North America.  We equip Black trustees with the knowledge, resources, and network to bring meaningful and lasting change to their institutions. Beyond our service to our members, BTA is also an ecosystem-wide resource for the field, providing a vision for how cultural institutions can celebrate and serve Black communities, value and protect Black cultural workers, and embrace an ever expanding diverse world. To learn more about our work, visit blacktrusteealliance.org.

BTA is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Founded in 2002, RPA is one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organizations and has facilitated more than $3 billion in grantmaking to nearly 70 countries. RPA serves as a fiscal sponsor for more than 90 projects, providing governance, management, and operational infrastructure to support their charitable purposes. For more information, please visit www.rockpa.org.

Who You Are

  • You are stellar at: community-building, communications, research, bold strategy, and planning.
  • You are rigorous and inquisitive, with a pulse on Black culture and the global art scene–you enjoy diving into research to discover new ideas and trends.
  • You are a self-motivated, strategic and creative collaborator who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • You have a growth mindset, are willing to try new things, and are insatiably curious about how organizations grow and develop.
  • You are highly organized and are able to prioritize and manage your tasks efficiently.
  • You are energized by improving how things are done–making our processes and systems better.
  • You are passionate about advancing racial equity in the arts.
  • You are a team player and believe that no task is too big or too small. 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Manage BTA’s digital member community of Black trustees.
  • Proactively grow BTA’s membership base, through enhanced prospecting, recruitment, onboarding and retention.
  • Guide the development of BTA’s programming and events strategy, including our flagship annual convening and year-round programming (including studio/gallery visits, member meet-and-greets, leadership lecture series, and more) that elevates the visibility of Black influence in the field.
  • Plan and execute community-building experiences that champion new, strategic perspectives for Black trustees.
  • Oversee programming from ideation, sourcing speakers, invitations, event execution, attendee feedback, and postmortems to reflect on learnings.
  • Maintain an up-to-date programming and events calendar.
  • Measure and track membership metrics, developing monthly membership reports that showcase membership performance over time.
  • Develop a member communications strategy that engages our members on an ongoing basis.
  • Foster programmatic partnerships with organizations in the field committed to racial equity.
  • Keep a pulse to the latest issues in both the cultural field and the landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion work, sharing insights with our members.
  • Collaborate with consultants, vendors, and partners on special projects.

A Typical Week in this Role Looks Like:

  • Conducting member prospecting, uncovering newly appointed Black trustees or existing Black trustees not yet in our network.
  • Brainstorming ways to enhance BTA’s membership offer alongside the Executive Director.
  • Emceeing a leadership speaker panel event over Zoom.
  • Planning in-person programming for BTA’s member hub cities (i.e., New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles).
  • Problem-solving a planning roadblock with a contracted event planner, and communicating potential paths forward.
  • Identifying ways to enhance the processes and tools for managing the member community.
  • Interviewing and surveying members on their wants, needs, and desires for the future.
  • Reading and synthesizing field news for BTA field briefing reports.
  • Drafting member outreach and communications materials.
  • 1-1 mentorship from the Executive Director to explore your professional growth and development.

Role Requirements

  • Exceptional community-building, communications, and planning skills.
  • 5+ years of full-time professional experience, with at least 1 year of direct experience leading an initiative or program.
  • You have substantial professional experience in, or an otherwise demonstrated commitment to, the field of arts and culture.
  • Prior experience with programming design or event production is a plus.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite (Slides, Sheets, Docs) is a must.
  • Knowledge of Mailchimp, Paperless Post, Airtable, and CRM tools is a plus.
  • Ability to travel domestically.

Role Type

This is a full-time, US-based and fully remote position, with a November/December 2023 start date. Domestic travel is estimated at up to 20% of your time.

Compensation & Benefits

$65,000 - $80,000, commensurate with experience. Starting salaries are determined by the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors offers a competitive benefits package, including 20 days of vacation per calendar year, medical and dental insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, 401(k) benefits, compensated volunteer hours, and paid holidays. 

Application Instructions

Email a cover letter and resume to jobs@blacktrusteealliance.org with “Program Manager” in the subject line. Please apply by October 20, 2023.

Please apply using the instructions described above.

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