Grant Writer

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, a dynamic, nationally known visual and performing arts center located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is seeking an experienced Grant Writer to join our staff.

Position Summary
Produce or assist in the production of written funding proposals to governmental agencies, corporations and foundations, and individuals, the process to include researching funding needs and potential funding sources, making appropriate matches, writing, editing and proofing, preparing and finalizing grant submissions,; preparing interim and final reports while maintaining contact with funding sources as appropriate.

Prepare budgets and spreadsheets in accordance with each funder’s guidelines.

Serve as grants administrator: maintain records and crediting document, monitor deadlines for proposals and reports, write reports, acknowledge gifts, etc.

Work with the Deputy Director, Development to ensure proper recognition of all gifts.

Participate in the planning, organization, execution, and evaluation of the corporate and foundation fundraising campaigns.

Research and create briefing documents for Director and other senior staff.

Assist in the research and identification of individuals, foundations, and corporations in efforts to expand the donor base.

Develop and make, or assist in the production of, verbal and audiovisual presentations to potential and current funding sources. 

Coordinate development mailings for corporate and foundation campaigns, the writing, proofreading, and personalizing of letters using Word merges; and provide guidance to volunteers to ensure mailings are accurate and delivered on time. 

Assist in developing support materials for specific fundraising activities and/or assist in such promotional efforts as writing, speaking, telephoning, et cetera, as needed.

Provide assistance with other administrative and organizational development needs.  

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in a related field is preferred and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • A minimum of two years of strong grant writing experience, with demonstrated relationship-building history with foundation entities (specifically private and corporate foundations and/or public funding entities) is required.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Advanced computer proficiency with intermediate abilities using MS Office Suite applications.
  • Intermediate level proficiency with a donor relational database for recording proposal and action information is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills; effective interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of contracts and agreements preferred.
  • Highly organized; able to effectively manage many tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to meet many conflicting deadlines and ability to effectively prioritize those deadlines.
  • Work with minimum supervision and use independent judgment.
  • Ability to interact professionally with internal staff and external constituents.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality.

The Arts Center offers an energizing and unique environment, competitive pay, and a complete benefits package.

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