311 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
This position delves deeply into the intersections of fundraising, theater, and social justice, functions within the development/fundraising department, and serves as a strategic contributor in The Lark’s institutional giving plan as well as the primary writer and executor of all grants and reports. It is a great position for someone who is passionate about writing, storytelling, project management, and advocacy. The job schedule should be consistent and will take place during Lark’s business hours Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.
Team Members: Director of Development, Development Assistant, & Development Apprentice
Reports to: Director of Development
WHAT YOU’LL DO
-Manage the grant submission process, including collection and synthesis of data, serving as primary writer on all proposals and requests, tracking, reporting, and corresponding with foundation and government donors
-Work with staff, program directors, and Board to conceptualize programming in conjunction with funding opportunities
-Identify and research institutional prospects and support strategic efforts around cultivation of said prospects
-Maintain an annual institutional giving workplan and calendar, which will include scheduling of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports, tracking outcomes and updating the calendar on a regular basis
-Work closely with program staff to craft frameworks, narratives and approaches to institutional grants; work closely with finance staff to craft proposal budgets and financial reports
-Supervise freelance grant writers as necessary
-Collaborate with and support Development team in organizing and implementing fundraising strategies
-Be a part of The Lark team by participating in staff meetings, staff retreats, and celebrations, and serving the mission and values of The Lark through these responsibilities.
RequirementsWHAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW
-How to write an effective grant. This position will be the primary grants writer on The Lark’s many proposals. This person will need to craft grants that inspire arts and social justice foundations to fund our work and forward movement.
-That you share the values of equity, access and inclusion. The Lark asks staff to engage in conversation and skills building in the areas of equity and inclusion, to treat everyone in The Lark community with consideration and respect, and to contribute to a healthy environment where all team members can feel welcome, heard, and whole.
-How to prioritize tasks, handle multiple assignments, and work independently. This position will manage the workflow for all institutional giving at The Lark and needs to be able to meet deadlines.
-How to efficiently manage administration tasks and tools. This job will entail working in Gmail, Google Calendars, Microsoft Word, and Excel on a regular basis. It will also involve working in the database Patron-Manager which we can provide training in. There are many details to manage. Accurate and up-to-date data will be necessary to the grants process.
-How to write a compelling narrative, incorporate feedback, and edit for clarity, grammar, accuracy and consistency.
-How to work with a team. This position will be working as part of a small staff with shared goals and accountability. They will need to manage and incorporate edits, work, and feedback from multiple sources.
-That you will aid us in serving The Lark’s mission. The Lark’s purpose is to invest in playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community. We ask everyone on The Lark team to contribute to this mission. It’s a bonus if you have an interest in playwrights, new plays, equity in the arts and/or social justice!