Monday, May 11, 2020

Camille A. Brown & Dancers Seeks Part-Time Grant Writer

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Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD) is a nationally renowned Bessie Award-winning contemporary dance company under the direction of Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow Camille A. Brown. The Company creates and performs Brown’s riveting, visceral works, offers dance engagement activities, and investigates historical and contemporary cultural, personal, and social justice issues through the art of dance theater. CABD provides a multi-faceted platform for sharing and building an understanding of and appreciation for the African-American experience, while fostering interaction and dialogue among diverse communities in NYC, across the country, and globally. Our mission manifests itself through our national and international touring and our education and engagement platform, “Every Body Move."

Camille A. Brown & Dancers seeks a part-time, experienced Grant Writer to join our small and friendly team.  This is a new position with an immediate opening. The Grant Writer will increase institutional giving by researching new funding opportunities and drafting and submitting proposals to new and current foundations, corporations and government entities. The Grant Writer will work closely with and report to the Executive Director (ED) and will liaise with the Company's Financial Manager and Community Engagement Director and Artistic Director (AD) as needed.

The ideal candidate will have a history of drafting and submitting successful grant proposals. She/he/they should be a clear and compelling writer and be adept at issuing final reports. She/he/they should be an excellent proof-reader, skilled at editing and repositioning existing narratives, and be comfortable working with grant budgets. The qualified candidate should be extremely detail oriented, highly organized and know how to prioritize work. Meeting proposal deadlines is a must.  The successful candidate should be able to work closely and cooperatively with other administrative staff as well as work independently. Familiarity with the NYC arts and dance community is appreciated.


-Work with the ED to cultivate, solicit and steward institutional prospects.
-Maintain current grants and reports calendar; update calendar with new opportunities following comprehensive institutional prospect research, prioritize requests by deadline and likelihood of success. Review all new RFPs and add to grants calendar, as applicable.
-Create profiles of prospective institutional sources for ED review.
-Conduct prospect outreach (calls/emails) in advance of new grant submissions for verification of interest and eligibility as may be requested by ED.
- Draft and submit new and renewable corporate, foundation and government grant applications and LOI’s on grants calendar.
-Draft final reports, submit to ED for review.
-Maintain PPT deck and other solicitation materials for corporate and family foundation prospecting.
-Create and maintain information for supplemental grant requirements (Board list, Staff and Artist Bios, 501(c)3 docs, Programmatic Activities Charts, etc.). Work closely with ED and Finance Manager on financials and ED and AD on work samples, etc.
-Manage in-kind institutional donations/solicitations for products and services.
-Create requested development-related materials for Board members that may be assisting on institutional requests.
-Prepare funder lists for cultivation and fundraising events; attend all cultivation and benefit events.
-Attend meetings with the ED regularly and with the AD, Engagement Director, Finance & Operations Manager and Board members as needed.
-Work from office or remotely as mutually agreed and as social distancing requirements permit.


•         Bachelor’s degree or higher;

•         Experience with grant writing, reporting, and prospect research; 5+ years of experience, preferred;

•          Proven track record of successful grants of at least 5 figures;

•         Exceptional writing skills, superior proficiency in proof-reading; strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills;

•          Interest, knowledge and background in the performing or visual arts, and comfort writing about the visual and performing arts, and/or arts education and social justice programming, preferred. Interest in and knowledge and appreciation of dance a plus;          

•          Excellent time management, organizational, and creative problem solving skills;

•          Scrupulous adherence to all grant and reporting deadlines and internal deadlines;

•          Ability to work collaboratively and independently as well as take initiative;

•          Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Professional,  and  Google Docs;

•          Ability to work evenings, weekends, and/or special events as needed;

•         Access to a personal computer and scanner and ability to travel as needed with the computer.

This is a part-time position, 20 to 24 hours a week. 

Camille A. Brown & Dancers is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

To apply, please submit your resume, contact information for 3 references, a thoughtful cover letter detailing your grant writing successes and interest in this position, as well as a sample grant narrative written by you (3 to 5 pages). Please email all materials in a single pdf file to by May 20, 2020 at 4pm with the subject line: Part-time Grant Writer.  Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis, please apply early.


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