Grant Writer

San Francisco, California
Jul 17, 2017
Metro Area
San Francisco
Full Time

Position Summary

The Grant Writer provides direct support to the Director of Institutional Giving in the implementation of The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM)’s comprehensive fundraising plans with corporations, foundations and government agencies.  This position manages a portfolio of corporate, foundation, and government grants, raising significant revenue through grants to meet or exceed The CJM’s development goals for Institutional Giving. The Grant Writer will identity new grant funding opportunities and perform grant research, grant writing, and grant reporting. The ideal candidate will bring enthusiasm for The CJM’s mission and have direct experience with best practices in grant writing for the arts and/or Jewish philanthropy.


Key Responsibilities

  • Craft compelling and persuasive grant proposals to meet or exceed revenue goals
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all CJM programs and projects
  • Support the Director of Institutional Giving in developing and enhancing funding opportunities
  • Work closely with program colleagues to develop, retrieve, and synthesize content for grant proposals and reports, ensuring all are submitted on time
  • Research grantors on a regular basis by seeking new grant opportunities using philanthropy news media and grantor websites; recommend prospects for solicitation
  • Assist with the cultivation and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and government donors
  • Develop and maintain fundraising administrative tools including Raiser’s Edge, prospect profiles, solicitation and reporting calendars, and spreadsheets for tracking income and progress towards goals
  • Manage grant fulfillment including writing acknowledgement letters, sending grant agreements and sponsorship packages to donors
  • Assist with donor and VIP stewardship events and tours
  • Prepare materials for internal and external meetings
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned



Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of two years of grant writing experience in a non-profit Development department



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal, reading, and written English communication skills
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills; ability to craft both technical grant proposals and persuasive writing
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce high-quality results on time with attention to detail
  • Basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reports
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent research skills in philanthropy and grant opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience of best practices in the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate, foundation, and government donors
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local and national corporate, foundation, and government philanthropy for the arts and culture
  • Ability to work effectively with CJM staff, volunteers, and donors
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office Professional (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point), Adobe Acrobat Professional, and Internet based research
  • Knowledge of and proficiency in Raiser’s Edge or other fundraising databases
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends for events, as needed


Physical Requirements

  • Extensive reading and writing via computer



Application Process

Send cover letter, resume, and one grant proposal writing sample, including both a narrative and a budget, to

The Contemporary Jewish Museum


The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

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