Grant Writer

Brooklyn Arts Council

Brooklyn, NY 11201




Jul 02, 2021

About Brooklyn Arts Council:

Celebrating more than 50 years of service, historically Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is the borough’s leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. Working through the pandemic to act responsively and nimbly to the emerging needs of our community, BAC is committed to serving the arts ecosystem through grants, professional development, cultural heritage programming, and arts education provided via distance learning. By creating and supporting cultural events and platforms for Brooklynites, BAC provides forums for critical thinking and self-expression, enriches Brooklyn’s cultural landscape, and generates experiences that expand horizons.

BAC’s Values:

Brooklyn Arts Council strives to a foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where our employees and volunteers – whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education, or ability – feel valued and respected.

We are committed to being a nondiscriminatory organization that provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement in our programs and at our worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages, and work to ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the arts community in Brooklyn, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. 

Brooklyn Arts Council prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

Position Overview:

A key member of the Development & External Affairs team, the Grant Writer will work collaboratively and creatively to increase support for and awareness of the arts in Brooklyn. This is an excellent opportunity to play an integral role in developing BAC’s institutional and public funding base, and to be part of a hardworking team of creative and talented arts professionals who are dedicated to helping and sustaining Brooklyn’s cultural sector. The Grant Writer is primarily responsible for all aspects of researching, developing, and writing grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, and government entities, and will persuasively communicate BAC’s mission and programs to potential funders. The ideal candidate possesses an eagle-eyed attention to detail; proven ability to multi-task and work through overlapping deadlines; sensitivity in navigating departmental intersections through the focused lens of an organizational mission; excellent organization and prioritization skills; and a willingness to roll up their sleeves.

Reporting to the Development & External Affairs Director, and working collaboratively with colleagues both within the department and across the organization, the Grant Writer:
-Facilitates, writes, reviews, and edits grant proposals and reports 
Supports government grant writing, reporting, contracting, and compliance with public funding from such sources as DCLA, NYSCA, DFTA, NYSED, NYC Council, Brooklyn Borough President, and others
-Conducts prospect research on potential new funding sources and tracks all steps from initial approach through acknowledgement 
-Maintains comprehensive knowledge of landscape involved in identifying and soliciting grants; collaborates with various internal departments on proposal development 
-Prepares and processes letters and other grants-related correspondence, presentations, budgets, and other materials 
-Maintains grants tracking calendar/Salesforce database and related confidential electronic and paper files  
-Research and lead outreach to prospective corporate sponsors and in-kind donors
-Ensures that colleagues are aware of and prepared for coming deadlines, requirements, meetings, and other related tasks 
-Assists in planning and facilitating BAC special events as necessary 
-Takes on other duties as needed 


Desired Skills & Expertise:

-At least three years of experience within a cultural organization or similar entity, including writing and interfacing with stakeholders and/or the public 
-Excellent research, writing, editing/proofreading, and communication skills as well as the ability to translate ideas into cogent and compelling prose
-Superior attention to detail, interpersonal skills, flexibility, patience, and sense of humor 
-Ability to multi-task while maintaining constant vigilance about overlapping deadlines 
-Strong project management skills with a demonstrated ability to deliver results in a small organization with limited resources 
-Background, expertise, and strong interest in development work and writing in particular 
-Proficiency with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel; familiarity with Salesforce highly desirable 
-Strong appreciation of and interest in the arts and knowledge of Brooklyn
-College degree or equivalent life experience preferred