Posted: Sep 10, 2021

Grant Specialist

Salary: $40,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Sep 30, 2021
Arts Education

Young Playwrights’ Theater seeks a Grant Specialist to write and research grant proposals and reports for foundation, family foundation, government agency, and corporate funders and prospects. As the primary grant writer on staff, this position manages a robust grant portfolio of more than $600,000 in our approximately $850,000 budget this year. Expanding this portfolio is part YPT’s strategy to grow our budget to $1M in the coming years. YPT currently maintains a focus on sustaining and growing our portfolio of education and arts education funders, while establishing and expanding our relationships with funders in the social justice and professional theater sectors and seeking large government funding opportunities.

The Grant Specialist reports to the Development Director and works closely with the full YPT staff. Specific responsibilities and functions include:

  • Develop and sustain a broad portfolio of foundation, government agency, and corporate funders
  • Manage deadlines for and solicit grants, producing letters of inquiry, grant proposals, and supporting materials
  • Research funding opportunities and identify strong prospects for new funding
  • Communicate YPT’s activities creatively and persuasively
  • Write interim and final narrative and financial reports, and other relevant correspondence
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements

YPT seeks a candidate who writes creatively and speaks persuasively, meets deadlines and income goals, and demonstrates attention to detail. We prefer at least two years of fundraising and grant-writing experience or similar; demonstrated success managing an organizational grant portfolio is preferred. The successful candidate will value organizational systems, be a self-starter and think creatively about alignment of YPT’s work and new funders’ missions; the ideal candidate understands the landscape of Washington DC region funding and demonstrates success with long-term funder relationships and winning and managing significant government grants. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and fundraising and/or CRM database experience is needed (YPT currently uses Arts People for our CRM). 

YPT values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We seek a culturally competent co-worker dedicated to affirming the brilliance of our students, the belief that creative expression and theater are valuable tools for education and the commitment to high-quality arts education that centers the experience of all young people, especially those who voices are often minimized. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. We are also eager to hire artists and community leaders living and working in communities east of the Anacostia River as we expand our programming in those neighborhoods.

Application Instructions 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to [email protected] Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

No phone calls, please.

Salary and Benefits

This position is 32 hours per week, which includes approximately two completed grants per week in addition to research and grant management. Some of these hours may be evening and weekend hours in order to meet submission deadlines. The starting salary is $40K. YPT is currently working fully remotely and will continue to do so until it is safe for all our staff to return to the office space in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington, DC. Benefits include vacation, holidays, fully covered medical and dental insurance with Flexible Spending Account, home office cost support, 403(b) plan and more.

About YPT

Young Playwrights’ Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices. By teaching students to express themselves through the art of playwriting, YPT develops students’ language skills, and empowers them with the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. YPT honors its students by involving them in a high-quality artistic process where they feel simultaneously respected and challenged and by engaging professional theater artists in producing student plays for the community.

Young Playwrights’ Theater seeks to create social justice by providing all young people with the opportunity to realize the power and value of their own voices. A nationally recognized leader in arts education, YPT proves the benefit of the arts in the classroom by demonstrating the direct and positive impact of an active, arts-integrated process on student learning, and strives to close the academic achievement gap by increasing equitable access to arts education for all students. By offering the opportunity for creative self-expression, YPT encourages students to take ownership of their education, their choices and their futures. YPT shares student-written work with local, national and international audiences to provide a window into young people’s lives and promote respect for young artists. By experiencing their work brought to life for their communities, students realize their ability to affect the world around them.

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