- Salary: $55,000 – $65,000 a year
- Job Type: Full-time
Full Job Description
Since opening in 2008, The Hanover Theatre has entertained more than two million guests with Broadway musicals, comedy headliners, music, dance, and more. The 2,300-seat award-winning historic theatre continues to establish its place as a world-class center for the performing arts. The Hanover Theatre Conservatory provides performance opportunities, classes, and individual instruction in theatre, dance, and technical theatre and design to more than 500 young people and adults from across central Massachusetts each year. Our success has been entirely due to the excellence and dedication of our team members.
It is essential that our mission, “To ignite and nurture a passion for the performing arts in audiences and artists of today and tomorrow,” and our vision “to be a dynamic downtown destination where all people can experience the transformative power of the performing arts,” be embedded into everything that we do. Similarly, our core values in professionalism, respect for others, collaboration and teamwork, accountability, customer service and interpersonal communication must be a central part of our culture in order for our organization to continue to be successful.
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory is committed to an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates. We acknowledge the presence of implicit bias inherent in systems and practices in our industry and beyond; and our role in working to dismantle those systems. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we strongly encourage applications from the BIPOC community.
Worcester Center for Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory and, on behalf of the Worcester Cultural Coalition, manages Worcester’s BrickBox Theater at the Jean McDonough Arts Center.
Position Title: Grants Manager
Reports to: VP of Advancement
FLSA Designation: Full Time, Non-Exempt
The Grants Manager is a key member of The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory’s (THTC) development team. Through foundation, corporate, and government funding sources, the development team raises funds annually to support THTC’s education and community outreach programs; capital improvement projects; special fundraising initiatives; Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives.
The Manager reports to the Vice President of Advancement and works closely with the Director of Development. They will be responsible for stewarding current foundation funders as well as creating a pipeline of prospects for future cultivation and solicitation.
Working closely with colleagues of The Hanover Theatre Conservatory and THT Repertory Theatre, the Manager will maintain current funding levels and identify, cultivate and solicit new funding sources for specific programs, initiatives and capital improvement needs of the organization.
The following list of essential job functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.
- Prepare letters of inquiry, proposals, reports, and budgets for current and prospective institutional funder.
- Work closely with the development team to identify, research, strategize, and seek out new national, government, foundation and corporate grant opportunities.
- Manage the delivery of all funder benefits, including interim and final reports, coordinating with colleagues in other departments to ensure timely and accurate fulfillment.
- Track grants through the entire cycle using the theatre’s database software system to ensure proper booking of all institutional gifts.
- Provide regular progress reports on the grants work plan to the VP of Advancement.
- Meet regularly with program managers and directors in other departments to assess needs and incorporate into grants plan.
- Communicate grant opportunities to departments and other staff, as appropriate.
- Maintain a current, accurate, and comprehensive list of prospective funding agencies and status of grants.
OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Adhere to the organization’s values at all times and in all interactions with staff, volunteers and members of the public.
- Fully comply with the organization’s rules and regulations for the safe and efficient operation of all spaces.
SKILLS AND SPECIFICATIONS:
The employee must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to demonstrate that they can perform the above responsibilities and essential functions to a high level of competency, with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously while adhering to strict deadlines.
- Impeccable writing, editing, and communication skills, with an emphasis on proposal and report writing for institutional funders.
- A depth of knowledge related to grant research platforms on a national scale.
- Solid interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across the entire organization.
- Ability to work independently, exercise good judgement, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with rapidly evolving priorities.
- Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and website applications.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- A minimum of five (5) years of experience working in institutional fundraising at a nonprofit organization, including demonstrable experience writing proposals and reports.
- Knowledge of fundraising best practices and experience using a CRM platform are highly desirable.
- A strong appreciation of performing arts and an understanding of the role of a performing arts organization in community life are important.
A resume and cover letter are required when applying for this position.
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