The Regional Arts Culture Council (RACC) has one mission – to enrich our communities through arts and culture. We believe that the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and to inspire social change. We also believe that arts and culture are key elements in creating desirable places to live, learn, work and visit.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and strive to cultivate equity in all of our programs. Prejudice and privilege have created barriers that RACC must dismantle, systematically and strategically, until everyone in our community has equitable access to arts and culture.
As a RACC contractor, your work will help to educate and empower people from all walks of life by providing and promoting access to a diversity of art and cultural experiences. If you’re eager to make a difference, that’s a great start. To best serve our communities, we need commitment – to our mission, our goals and, most importantly, to the people we serve.
If you are ready to be a part of a committed, collaborative team dedicated to our community, we want to talk with you.
The Opportunity: Community Panel Reviewer | Contractor
Position Summary: Regional Arts and Culture Council is seeking contractors to serve as reviewers for the Arts3C grant opportunity between now and June 2023*.
RACC grants are distributed each year through a competitive process, with recipient selections being made by panels of artists, arts professionals, and community representatives. We strive for diversity on all of our panels including consideration of age, race/ethnicity, gender, artistic and lived experience, and location within our service area.
Contractors will review, score, and discuss grant applications from artists and organizations, and recommend a slate of awards to the RACC team.
Reviewers must be practicing artists and/or, have experience managing or designing arts programming, or running an arts-based business. Reviewers must live in RACC’s tri-county service area (Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas counties). Priority consideration will be given to applicants who have not recently reviewed grants with RACC.
Please note: While participating as a contractor, Community Panel Reviewers are not eligible to apply for the Arts3C grant opportunity.
*Panel time periods will be approximately November/December 2022 and April/May 2023.
This application closes Friday, September 30, 2022 at noon.
A cover letter is not being requested for this opportunity. However, to be considered for the opportunity, questions and website, blog or portfolio must be included.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
- Complete grant reviewer training prior to commencing work.*
- Independently review all assigned applications and supplementary materials in the RACC Opportunity Portal online system.
- Provide written feedback on all assigned grant applications in the RACC Opportunity Portal online system.
- Attend and participate in all assigned panel meetings via Zoom.*
- Provide feedback on your experience as a Community Panel Reviewer after the conclusion of the grant review process.
*Zoom meetings and trainings will be scheduled once reviewers have been selected.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Reviewers must be active in the arts/creative fields.
- Reviewers must be comfortable discussing and assessing applications based on evaluation criteria and their own personal/professional opinion.
- Reviewers are expected to be flexible, open minded, willing to forgo any bias, and maintain confidentiality throughout the process.
- Reviewers should commit themselves to the process and be open to learn through it.
- Reviewers must have reliable access to the internet for grant review and Zoom for panel meetings.
Schedule: Orientation and training 1-2hrs
Please plan for 10-15 hours of review prior to each panel meeting
Panel meetings will be approximately 2hrs, schedule TBD
All meetings will be held on Zoom and scheduled once the grant application period has closed.
Department Lead: Helen Daltoso, Director of Grants
Compensation: Approximately $250-$350 per panel, depending on the number of applications in the panel.
Contractors will be engaged for one or more panels based on applicant pool and reviewer availability.
Compensation will be paid half up front, remainder up on completion of scheduled panels