ARPA for the Arts Lead

Regional Arts commission   Saint Louis, MO   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on March 17, 2023
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The ARPA for the Arts Lead (AA Lead) is a newly created position that is responsible for the central coordination and project management of all American Rescue Plan ACT (ARPA) grant funding that is received by the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) to support the recovery of the St. Louis arts and culture sector.   This role will manage all contracts related to the ARPA funds.  The AA Lead will also partner with internal team members and eternal stakeholders to ensure compliance with federal, state, and institutional policies for the entire ARPA grant period.  The AA Lead will manage all financial and legal policies and procedures and embrace the Code of Conduct and Ethics policies in alignment with RAC and CDA policies.

This position also will manage the creation and implementation of communications, applications, review and payment processes for all of RAC’s ARPA grant awards.  The AA Lead is responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and managing all third-party contracts and vendors related to the administration of ARPA funds.  This role will also be responsible ensuring the proper compliance documentation is completed and submitted on time to the necessary municipal and federal entities.  As a full-time employee of RAC, this position will include a comprehensive benefits package and is funded through March 31, 2027, using ARPA dollars allocated by the City of St. Louis to RAC.

The essential responsibilities of the for this position are as follows: 

  • Develop in-depth understanding and knowledge of all contract deliverables to ensure compliance with local and federal requirements.
  • Work collaboratively across RAC’s organizational functions: Communications, Finance, Legal, Grants and other departments to ensure coordination between departments.
  • Prepare and submit all required financial ARPA compliance reports and audit documentation for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure accurate data collection and reporting for all grants, including both programmatic data and financial data for each awarded grant.
  • Write reports for applicable compliance deliverables and regulatory requirements of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Review and approve grant applications as necessary and complete necessary follow-up for grant payments and final reports.
  • Creates and maintains systems for communicating grant deliverables, policies and procedures, regulatory requirements to ensure RAC compliance with CIty ordinance and CDA contract.
  • Responsible for programming and staffing RAC’s ARPA for the Arts office that is available to artists and arts organization for grants technical assistance.
  • Recruit and manage ARPA for the Arts team members to ensure the successful completion of the community outreach and technical assistance deliverables.
  • Write and create various communications for RAC’s ARPA grantmaking activities this includes but is not limited to email communications, special events, webinars, etc.
  • Serve as a Community Ambassador by attending events and community meetings to promote ARPA for the Arts.
  • Partners with President & CEO and External Affairs Senior Manager to maintain routine communication with municipal elected officials to ensure timely communication and active monitoring of grant compliance obligations.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years managing employees and/or contractors required
  • Experience managing special events and meetings required
  • Experience with the grantmaking life cycle and use of online grantmaking platforms a plus
  • Knowledge of St. Louis area elected officials and government relations a plus


  • Strong written, verbal, and oral skills
  • Requires a high attention to detail, strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to make decisions and work independently
  • Ability to build and develop internal and external relationships with individuals, groups, and communities of diverse backgrounds through strong interpersonal skills promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong self-motivation with the ability to plan, organize, prioritize multiple projects
  • Strong time-management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects to meet deadlines and budgets
  • Ability to handle confidential information with a high level of discretion
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Salary Range

Salary range for this position is $58,000 - $67,000.

Applicant Information:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter online at the RAC website by April 9, 2023:


No phone calls or emails to the Regional Arts Commission, please.

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) is committed to building a team with a wide range of experiences and perspectives.  RAC strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ candidates, and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, or any statuses protected by law.

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