Grants Manager and Writer, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Job Title

Grants Manager and Writer


Interlochen Center for the Arts

About the Position

Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, performance and fine arts is seeking to hire a Grants Manager and Writer. This position is responsible for managing the grants program and also writing and submitting grant applications. Another part of this role is preparing grant reports as well as managing strategic relationships with foundation partners to help advance philanthropic support for Interlochen priorities and programs. This person also serves as the primary departmental resource for writing content, style, and branding.

Work Environment

An office on campus is the primary working environment.

40 hours per week, with occasional evenings and weekends. Needs to be available for communications outside of normal office hours.

Limited travel (e.g. conference, grant workshops, occasional donor visit if applicable with major gift officer)

Standing, sitting and working on the computer for extended periods of time

Job Duties

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Grants Management

Build and maintain a portfolio of 25-50 foundations, with a goal of securing $1-$2 million annually both directly and in partnership with the major gifts team.

Lead and coordinate the grant application process. Write, edit, and submit letters of intent, full proposals and grant reports as the primary author, in coordination with major gift officers as relevant.

Maintain and continue to expand an understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus and seek out potential funding sources.

Engage in identification, qualification, strategy, relationship building and closing of foundation gifts, in coordination with the major gifts team. Steward foundations as necessary.

Maintain and continue to expand an understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus and seek out potential funding sources.

Work with faculty and fundraising colleagues to develop effective fundraising strategies that translate into successful foundation proposals.

Ensure proper handling of proposals and grants. Meet individual proposal or grant requirements, monitoring submissions and deadlines.

Document results of all substantive contacts with foundations on SalesForce.


Lead drafting of materials as required by departmental needs and in support of fundraising priorities.

Delegate and review writing assignments to the Research Associate and other staff as needed.

Maintain a clear understanding of advancement goals, strategies, and messages, and articulate this information appropriately and effectively.

Independently adjudicate and incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers.

Collaborate with colleagues in Marketing and the President’s Office as needed to plan and implement communications that uphold Interlochen messaging, tone, and brand guidelines.

Keep abreast of trends and best practices in donor communications and grants management.


Assist with advancement research including preparing meeting briefs, attendee research reports and general prospect research as needed.

Problem Solving/Decision Making

Prioritizing and responding in a timely fashion given multiple requests and research needs from the Advancement Office and the President’s Office.

Working collaboratively with other team members.

Independently adjudicate and incorporate changes, comments, and critiques from multiple reviewers


Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required

2-5 years of experience in grants management and project-oriented writing required.

Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; clearly demonstrated writing skills, especially persuasive writing, and a proven track record in obtaining grants.

Ability to work with individuals from across the organization, including the President, Provost and major gifts team members along with key alumni and volunteers.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with little supervision and be very well organized and detail-oriented.

Ability to delegate and oversee the work of others’ individual efforts and as part of larger, complex applications.

Able to exercise strong judgment, discretion, and tact and conduct oneself in a professional and ethical manner.

Able to work with highly sensitive and confidential information.

Demonstrated ability to use computer software applications, databases, networked information systems and the internet

Ability and/or willingness to learn to conduct background and informational research, analyze and report findings.

How to Apply

To apply:

Prepare a cover letter and resume in one PDF document. Gather 3 (three) character references with their valid email addresses

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