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Grant Writer (Temporary)

The Studio Museum in Harlem
Working Time
Full Time


Thanks to its groundbreaking role promoting the work of artists of African descent, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned an international reputation as a leader in the contemporary arts arena. Looking towards its 50th anniversary in 2018, the Museum is preparing to bolster its programming and fundraising in honor of the occasion.


The Grant Writer is responsible for developing and writing winning grant proposals designed to secure funding from public institutions, private foundations, corporations and other grant-making entities, to support and implement all aspects of the Museum’s program. The Grant Writer will possess exemplary writing and communication skills and will persuasively convey the Studio Museum’s mission and programs to potential funders. Reporting to the Associate Director of Development, the candidate will develop strategies, craft narratives, assemble and submit grant requests including budgets. The Grant Writer will conduct prospect research and maintain a calendar of submissions and reporting deadlines as well as creating and overseeing the necessary tracking systems and procedures.




Conduct the full range of activities required to conceptualize, write, submit, and manage grant proposals
Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal, and reports
Liaise with finance, curatorial, visitor services, etc. to collect relevant financial, program, attendance, and audience detail to create budgets and compelling collateral
Comply with all grant reporting requirements
Provide stewardship to current supporters by providing regular updates and giving key stakeholders opportunities to engage with leadership
Research prospects for new grant support
Assist with stewardship and recognition of institutional supporters as well as the coordination of site visits for program officers and make appointments for the Director, the Director of Institutional Advancement, and the Associate Director with foundation leadership, as necessary
Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting
Maintain current and accurate list of institutional credit lines for print, website, donor wall and other collateral materials
Assist with other fundraising projects as requested




The successful candidate will be able to craft funding proposals in a clear and compelling manner. Excellent writing, analytical and research skills are essential. Candidates must be detail-oriented and highly organized. Seeking a self-starter able to meet deadlines, work collaboratively and manage several projects at once, including ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion.


2-5 years of relevant experience
Four year degree in a relevant field
Ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form
A solid understanding of budgets, as they relate to proposal and grant procurement
A strong understanding of the development process and nature of foundation philanthropy
Familiarity with arts and culture funders is preferred
Requires proficiency with the Internet and computer software, specifically Microsoft Office
Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge a plus


This position is based in New York, NY.


Salary commensurate with experience, skills and knowledge.


Please note that while careful consideration will be given to each submission, the Museum will only be able to contact those applicants whose knowledge, skills and work experience best fit the requirements of the position.


No phone calls or faxes, please.


The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.




4-year degree


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