Grant Writer

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JOB PURPOSE AND REPORTING STRUCTURE: Under the direction of the Director of Institutional Giving, and in collaboration with the Institutional Giving Manager, the Grant Writer will be responsible for prospecting, researching, preparing, writing and submitting proposals and grant applications in support of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra advancement department’s ongoing needs and priorities.  The primary focus is to write proposals and applications for both private and public funding, research new grant opportunities, and submit timely and accurate reports for grant funded programs and projects. 


  • Research and identify funding opportunities available from public (national, state, local) and private sources. These include federal, government, foundation, and corporate giving opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the institutional giving team to develop and update program logic models, activities, objectives, and outcomes and develop successful grant proposals that meet funder guidelines and giving priorities.
  • Manage multiple grant writing timelines and oversee the grant schedule to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.
  • Develops and maintain internal grant reports in order to inform key staff members when grant awards are received and to ensure proper implementation of programming.
  • Compiles mid-year and end-of-year data from various organizational departments in order to update grant templates and provide accurate information for the annual report and other communication tools.
  • Maintains good records of grant funders, prospect research, grant processes, and outcomes both in databases and in paper files. Tessitura experience a plus.
  • Maintains broad subject area knowledge through scholarly research which includes examination of internet, professional and academic publications, news digests, and statistical assessments.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE: This position requires a minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in a related industry or writing-oriented position. Successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree—English, Communications, or Journalism preferred—and a minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing, or a minimum of 3 years comparable or transferrable skills acquired in a professional setting.  Successful experience in obtaining government grants and corporate/foundation support preferred.

CONTACTS WITH OTHERS: This position is highly visible and has contact with MSO Board members, MSO staff and orchestra members, and prominent people in the community.

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