Submission deadline: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Artspace is New Haven’s leading community arts non-profit. For nearly 35 years, we have championed the ideas and artistic concerns of contemporary artists and created space for exhibitions on some of the most urgent issues of our time. These topics have spanned the AIDS Crisis (with the group exhibition Interrupted Lives, in 1991), the War on Terror (Between Fear and Freedom, 2002), Immigration (Mythical Nation, 2003), Globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs in Connecticut, (Factory Direct, 2005), Climate Change (Futurecast, 2012), and in 2015, racial bias in the Criminal Justice system (The Jerome Project).
Over this time frame, Artspace has been at the forefront of New Haven’s contemporary art scene, taking risks on behalf of local artists to advance their careers while also quickening the pulse of our community. Touchstone programs such as our Summer Apprenticeship for New Haven Public School students, our City-Wide Open Studios festival, and our Flatfile Collection which brings needed attention to exceptional works on paper, together offer our community a dynamic engine for creative growth. Artspace’s mission is threefold: to catalyze artistic activity; to connect artists, audiences, and resources; and to redefine where art can happen.
We are looking for a highly-organized and persuasive Grant Writer who is excited to join a small hard-working creative and strategic team to build resources to advance Artspace’s mission. As Grant Writer, you will participate in the planning and implementation of a development program to help support a $500K annual budget. Your primary work will be to craft grant submissions and reports, but you will also be responsible for communication with donors and the public and be be part of the event planning team around our annual gala and other cultivation events.
Distinguishing characteristics, features, requirements:
This is a part time, 24 hour per week, highly visible position requiring effective interaction and communication with a wide range of internal staff and outside entities. Hours and location are flexible; some work can be performed offsite.
Above all, the Grant Writer must be an excellent writer and story teller, and be detail-oriented. The Grant Writer must be able to keep track of several simultaneous projects, meet tight deadlines, and do research using a variety of sources within and outside the organization.
Receives general direction, coaching, and performance evaluation from the Executive Director
Important and essential duties:
- Write, submit, and manage grants to foundations, corporations and government entities
- Prepare and produce grant reports to funders
- Identify new grant funding opportunities
- Prepare and produce letters of inquiry, concept papers, reports, and thanks to individuals, corporations and foundations
- Create public relations materials such as impact statements, talking points, newsletters, press – releases and other briefing materials for cultivation/philanthropic initiatives
Job-related knowledge and abilities:
- Ability to produce clearly written, well-researched, and effectively completed grant proposals and reports on a wide variety of topics related to Artspace’s work
- Ability to write efficiently, persuasively, and under tight deadlines, while effectively tying Artspace’s needs to funder priorities
- Ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously
- Ability to keep careful track of grant proposal deadlines and all records relating to grants and fundraising opportunities
- Ability to interface with diverse constituencies, including funders, local community members and board members
- Ability to thrive under tight deadlines
- Ability to research a wide variety of topics relevant to specific grant proposals and prospects for potential corporate and foundation grants
- Ability to manage time effectively and independently
- Has strong human relations and organizational skills, and displays tact and discretion in preparing, handling and disclosing information.
- Experience with computer software applications including Salesforce, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Proficiency in Design programs a plus.
- Can respond in an emotionally mature and effective manner to a variety of demands and projects
- Self-starter with proven ability to work independently, can-do attitude.
- Knowledge and understanding of structural racism and racial justice issues
- Fluent in social media and digital marketing strategies.
- Experienced in upper-level donor fundraising techniques (e.g. moves management, donor-centered communication, stewardship techniques).
Education and training:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
More about Artspace:
Artspace is a visionary and dynamic non-profit organization championing emerging artists and building new audiences for contemporary art. Our exhibition and commissioning programs (in the gallery, out of doors, and city-wide) encourage experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse, while fostering appreciation for the vital role that artists play in improving our community. Our 5,000 square foot space in a former civil-war era furniture factory anchors an affordable housing complex and features a rotating set of thought-provoking exhibitions. Through our award-winning apprenticeship program, teams of teens from New Haven Public Schools collaborate with professional artists on the creation of artworks and installations. Through our popular City-Wide Open Studios festival, now in its 23rd year, more than 2 million square feet of underutilized or vacant space have been activated and showcased for the benefit of artists and their supporters.
E-mail a résumé, cover letter, 3 professional references with their email contacts, and 3 writing samples to Jobs@artspacenh.org with Grant Writer in the Subject line. Within the 3 samples, please provide at least one full grant application (with sensitive information redacted as needed) that includes a compelling narrative and a clear budget. NO phone calls please.
Artspace seeks to support diversity in all programs and staffing, and provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, political affiliation, ancestry, gender identity, or any status protected by law. People of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.