Contractual Grant Writer Job Description Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grant Writer is responsible for raising financial support from funders requiring proposals, both for unrestricted and restricted revenue. The candidate should have a proven track record in producing successful grant proposals. This person will be a strategic thinker, be drawn toward innovation, be highly personable, and energetic. The ideal candidate would understand the arts scene in Chicago, arts educational programs, and funding opportunities in the city. This contracted position is $1,000 a month, roughly $50 an hour. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Grant Writer will persuasively communicate the mission of CDE to successfully acquire grants.
Manage $50,000 grant budget
Develop and write grant proposals to foundations and other relevant grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the grant-seeking organization’s mission and programs to potential funders. Executive Director will help with supplementary materials (budget, documentation, etc)
Identify, cultivate, solicit, and secure funding from foundations and corporate donors. Bonuses for corporate donations and sponsorships are possible.
Identify new potential funders, including foundations, state and federal sources, and corporate funders, to grow the giving pipeline.
Help CDE Leadership establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts and program officers
CDE uses Grantstation and other databases to seek out new funding opportunities; knowledge of this is useful.
Maintain calendar and Excel to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal
deadlines, and reports, working with Dropbox for file sharing.
Keep abreast of programmatic needs, new program developments and outcomes by communicating regularly with the program department
Ensure prompt acknowledgment of foundation gifts in collaboration with the Executive Director
Stay abreast of relevant changes in the philanthropic sector and communicate to senior staff.
Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage
supplemental material required for proposals
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:
Proven grant writing abilities with 3+ years of experience in positions with progressively increasing responsibility.
Familiarity with foundations, state and federal funders, and corporate and individual donors.
Familiar with the Chicago Arts scene and education
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple time-driven deadlines.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, prioritize competing deadlines and be resourceful in engaging necessary staff and resources to find expedient, practical solutions.
Ability to meet once or twice a month in person with the Executive Director, depending on schedules and deadlines
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Excellent Communication skills
Strong writing background, with the ability to prepare a variety of materials
Job Type: Contract Required education: • Bachelor's Required experience: • Grant Writer: 3 years How to apply: Please send your resume, cover letter, successful grants applied to and their monetary value, and contact information for three professional references in one document. Please answer the following questions:
How many hours does it take you to write a standard narrative? How do you like to work? What interests you about our organization?
Interested candidates, send the requirements to email@example.com with the Contractual Grant Writer Contract in the subject line. CDE is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people of BIPOC, female, and LBGT individuals to apply. Monthly stipend of $1000, roughly $50 an hour- 1099 position.
Start date: roughly January 15th or sooner if we find the perfect match :)
About CDE: Founded in 2001, the Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s mission is to engage, inspire, and challenge the community, both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative and collaborative multidisciplinary storytelling to illuminate aspects of social issues. We do this in the genre of Tanztheatre,"which unites all art media to achieve an all-embracing, radical change in humankind.” CDE’s vision is twofold:
Residents of Chicagoland are inspired to make their world a better place by exploring important social issues in an artistic setting.
All students have access to arts education and can holistically develop their skills to be proactive, positive members of society.
Mission & Vision: Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, building commUNITY through the arts “one story, one voice, one person” at a time since 2001. Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble engages, inspires, and challenges audiences, both onstage and in the classroom, through innovative, multidisciplinary storytelling. We do this in the genre of Tanztheatre, "which unites all art media to achieve an all- embracing, radical change in humankind.”
EEOC Statement Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.Adopted January 2010
DEI Statement Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble strives to create an equitable and empowering space for our artists, administrators, teachers, audiences, and for children of all backgrounds. We aim to build a platform for the voices of the diverse communities we serve. All are welcome. Adopted January 2010.
Land Acknowledgment Statement Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium sits on the traditional homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy: Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi nations, as well as the Fox, Ho-Chunk, Inoka, Miami, Sac, and their descendants. We recognize that Indigenous peoples are the traditional stewards of the land that we now occupy, living here long before Chicago was a city and still thriving here today. We invite you to join us in offering them our respect and gratitude. Created January 2020.
The Auditorium at Ebenezer Lutheran Church 1650 W. Foster Avenue Chicago, IL 60640