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Grant Writer
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date Posted 04/14/2021
Nonprofit-Grant Writing
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is seeking an experienced arts grant writer who can help tell the Museum’s story to obtain grant support for BIMA’s compelling programs, projects and initiatives. The Grant Writer collaborates with colleagues to gather information and determine grant targets and focuses, works independently to research and recommend funding opportunities, develops solicitations and proposals for general operating needs, programs, exhibits, and capital projects, and prepares progress and final reports.

We seek someone who shares the Museum’s commitment to active inclusion and equity, engaged cultural communities and experiences, and who embraces storytelling and the arts as inextricable parts of social justice and anti-racism.


Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Prepare grant proposals that make a compelling case and address identified organizational funding priorities.
  • Work with staff in identifying and gathering information on fundable projects.
  • Maintain an organization-wide grants deadline calendar, including LOIs and reporting requirements.
  • Prepare interim and final reports to funding sources as required, working with Finance and other departments to ensure timely and accurate reporting.
  • Research and identify funding opportunities from a broad range of sources, seeking out opportunities compatible with organizational needs and targeted for success.
  • Make recommendations to the Development team on strategies, policies, and procedures related to proposals.
  • Maintain accurate database records, corporate and private foundation donor files, and documentation of grant life cycle.
  • Utilize Salesforce to track grant life cycle, including status and reporting requirements.
  • Communicate status of proposals with internal stakeholders. .
  • Other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Development Director.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to understand the Museum’s programs and mission with enough depth and nuance to create strong, compelling grant narratives
  • Experience in grant and prospect research for new funding opportunites.
  • Sensitivity and understanding of the Museum’s goals and strategies for diversity and equity centered work, particularly its commitment to organizational anti-racism
  • Demonstrated writing ability for a public audience and for formal proposals/reports and presentations
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and written/verbal communication
  • Works effectively and efficiently with people inside and outside of the organization
  • Demonstrated excellence in problem-solving and analytical skills with attention to details and accuracy
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and project management skills with self-initiative to prioritize multiple projects in order to meet deadlines
  • Remain current with best practices, BIMA standards, policies, and procedures

. Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in communications, marketing, financial or liberal arts degree.
  • At least three years of professional grant writing experience, with a successful track record of solicitations at the local state, federal, and foundation levels
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Independent worker, able to self-manage, self-organize,, and perform efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work within a team and use internal and external resources to perform at a high level.
  • Ability to creatively problem-solve and make decisions.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to remain calm and adapt to change.
  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Able to establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with other staff members.
  • Proficiency with using word processing programs, databases, spreadsheets, project management software and web applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and donor databases, preferably Salesforce.
  • Be an excellent problem solver and critical thinker.
  • Ability to use computer monitors and keyboards for extended periods of time.
  • Availability to work major BIMA events as needed, especially the annual Auction.
  • Belief in BIMA’s mission to inspire curiosity, wonder and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary arts and craft of the Puget Sound region.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. BIMA is a non-profit art museum dedicated to filling our space with diverse and inclusive employees, guests, and artists. We strive to ensure all voices are heard, valued, and welcomed into our space regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. These are all elements that play into an individual’s uniqueness, and here at BIMA, uniqueness is celebrated.

Compensation Range: $25 per hour, average of 25 hours per week. Schedule will vary with deadlines and work plan.

Apply via our portal at: biartmuseum.org/employment and include a resume and cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No calls, please.

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