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Grant Writer – Arts | Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)

Full time
Division/Department: Development
Salaried - commensurate with experience
Work schedule: 35 hours per week; Monday - Friday
Company Overview:
Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side.  As a multifaceted not-for-profit, and one of NYC’s largest social service agencies, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 17 locations throughout the Lower East Side, serving over 60,000 people each year. The Obie-award winning Abrons Arts Center is core to Henry Street’s approach.  Henry Street is governed by a 41-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Two (2) years of grant writing experience, including experience producing large, complex government proposals, as well as foundation and corporate proposals
  • Expertise in the arts – particularly performance, arts education, and visual arts
  • Familiarity with the arts funding landscape
  • Knowledge/interest in the social service sector
  • Proven track record of securing grants is desirable
  • Strong organization and editing skills
  • Strong database and computer skills; familiarity with Raisers Edge a plus
  • Strong ability to multi-task, and flexibility to take on new assignments as opportunities arise
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Understanding of and keen interest in policy trends, the funding climate, and other forces shaping the work
  • Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including program staff, executive staff, funders, and external partners
  • Act as the chief institutional fundraising strategist and grant writer for the Obie-award winning Abrons Arts Center—which includes internationally known performance spaces and gallery programs, arts in the public schools, classes for the community in a range of disciplines, and artist-in-residence programs
  • Create proposals for foundations, corporations, and government agencies, managing a portfolio of approximately 35 current funders.
  • Stay informed of funding, policy, and programmatic trends in the arts
  • Collaborate with program staff on project design and budgets
  • Work closely with other fundraising teams at Henry Street, including the Individuals and Special Events team and the Volunteer Team, to coordinate efforts
  • Create funding plans and ensure progress towards goals
  • Communicate accomplishments of existing programs to funders through reports
  • Identify potential partnership and funding opportunities across the individual, foundation, corporate, and government landscape, strategizing new ways of engagement
  • Act as the relationship manager to external stakeholders, including current and potential funders, effectively articulating the mission, vision, goals, and core values of Henry Street Settlement (HSS) and the Abrons Arts Center (AAC) effectively to external stakeholders, including funders and partner agencies
  • Use Raisers Edge to track all prospects, donors, proposals, reports, deadlines, and relationships
  • Support HSS with grants and reports in other program areas as needed – employment, education, shelter, health and wellness, and seniors; work with the team to edit proposals and reports in these areas
  • Other related duties as assigned by the Deputy Officer and Development Manager

To Apply: email Cover Letter and Resume to In the subject line, please indicate “Grant Writer – Arts” AND the website where the position was found.

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.