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KAID Program Associate


STATUS: Full-Time
REPORTS TO: Director of Kresge Arts in Detroit and Managing Director Kresge Arts in Detroit



The Program Associate provides day-to-day operations and administrative support for Kresge Arts in Detroit. The position is full-time and is funded by a two-year grant from The Kresge Foundation, with a high likelihood of continuation.

Kresge Arts in Detroit has been operating remotely since March 2020 and expects to remain a virtual office through at least this calendar year. We are committed to strongly supporting the safety of the community we proudly call home, including our staff members and creative partners.


Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive community-development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region. Funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, KAID provides significant financial support to emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists through the Kresge Artist Fellowships and the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.


  • General administrative duties, including answering phones, responding to email, scheduling meetings, taking meeting minutes, and maintaining office supplies
  • Support the design and delivery of all programs, including artist awards, professional development, a film series, internal and external events, and ongoing publicity and promotion
  • Maintain up-to-date financial records, including contacting vendors, processing invoices and payments, and preparing monthly expense reports
  • Plan and coordinate meeting and event logistics throughout the year, including award selection panels (historically, this has included travel, transportation, and accommodations for national panelists; currently, all meetings and events are virtual and are expected to remain online through the current calendar year, ending December 2021)
  • Respond to community requests for program information
  • Maintain up-to-date database records and digital files
  • Identify opportunities for increased efficiency and ease of office systems, procedures, and workflow
  • Ensure office spaces remain well-organized
  • Local travel as needed to complete errands and purchase supplies



  • Able to handle multiple assignments at once, learn new tasks and systems quickly, and manage competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Proactive, resourceful, and solutions-oriented
  • Able to work collaboratively and harmoniously in a team setting as well as independently with minimal oversight
  • Interest in arts & culture and philanthropic sectors
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to social justice and dedication to ongoing learning
  • Diplomatic with discretion, sound judgment, and an ability to maintain strict confidentiality
  • A high degree of proficiency with computers (Mac and PC) and programs, including Microsoft Office
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, Quickbooks, and database programs preferred
  • Multilingual a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable, insured vehicle


This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.



College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors:  Advertising Design, Art Education, Art Practice, Communication Design, Craft and Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master’s degrees in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Systems Design Thinking, and Transportation Design

The College for Creative Studies, a leading college of art and design, represents a community composed of individuals with many perspectives, personal experiences, values, identities and worldviews and we value the diversity this brings to our organization.  CCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

The College for Creative Studies subscribes to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment, admissions and educational practices and strives to provide an environment and workplace free from unlawful harassment or discrimination. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are part of our Core Institutional Values and we encourage applications from all individuals.



Application Procedure

Submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
College for Creative Studies
Office of Human Resources – Kresge Arts in Detroit
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202-4034

References will not be contacted prior to applicant approval. Priority given to applicants who apply by July 30.

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.