Position: Grants Associate
Reports to: Associate Director of Development
About Theatre for a New Audience
Founded in 1979, Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) is an award‐winning off‐Broadway LORT‐ C theatre whose mission is to develop and vitalize the performance and study of Shakespeare and classic drama alongside other new work. TFANA is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and equitable environment and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented populations. The position will remain open until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified.
Values and Strategies:
We are guided in our work by five core values: a reverence for language, a spirit of adventure, a commitment to diversity, a dedication to learning, and a spirit of service. These values inform what we do with artists, how we interact with audiences, and how we manage our organization. Language is at the heart of all we do. We focus on the language and ideas of writers. We believe that hearing great language powerfully expressed improves our listening skills, opens our eyes, and deepens our perception and understanding of the world around us. We infuse our work with adventure—provocative ideas, visual boldness, and a sense that we are on a lifelong journey with Shakespeare and classic drama. We are committed to diversity— diverse approaches to dramatic material, diversity on our staff, in our casting and audiences, and multifaceted relationships with uniquely different communities. Learning is a fundamental principle of the Theatre, and we value learning as a process that takes place over time—a process that depends on our ability to promote curiosity, reflection, study, research and dialogue in all our work. We are dedicated to service. Inspired by our civic role, we seek to create broad public access and to bond the diverse New York community through the language, pleasure and ideas of classical drama. To advance our mission and values, Theatre for a New Audience:
- produces Shakespeare alongside other plays of classic stature and major contemporary plays, creating a dialogue over centuries between Shakespeare and other authors about our contemporary world;
- builds long‐term associations with artists and offers programs for their growth and ongoing development;
- promotes the humanities by presenting dynamic discussions with leading artists and scholars in a variety of fields in conjunction with the plays we present;
- programs for wide‐ranging audiences—from connoisseurs of diverse repertory to young people who are seeing groundbreaking productions for the first time;
- promotes access for diverse audiences by offering economically‐priced tickets;
- provides rich arts‐in‐education programs, including teacher training and the largest in-depth program in New York City to introduce Shakespeare to Public School students;
- uses its facilities and intellectual resources to serve the local artistic, educational and social communities where the Theatre operates, and contributes to the international theatre community through touring, artistic exchanges and partnerships.
Working in the Development Department and with other departments at Theatre for a New Audience, the Grants Associate will serve as the organization’s primary grant writer and significantly supports and impacts the Theatre’s annual and capital fundraising efforts. The Theatre seeks a well-organized individual, preferably with some grantwriting experience, who writes quickly and persuasively, possesses outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, and has excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office, including Excel, databases, and internet-based research).
- Serve as the primary grant writer to private foundations, federal, state and civic government grant makers, and corporations (foundations and sponsorship)
- Drafting and executing of grant proposals and compliance reports, including project budgets
- Collecting requested attachments for proposals including financials, work samples and other collateral
- Delivery of all proposals and reports by online application portal, email, or regular mail
- Drafting and executing all acknowledgments for institutional gifts
- Maintaining copies of all Institutional support communications
- Maintaining the institution’s grants calendar
- Maintaining up-to-date list of contacts at Institutions for invitations and other communications
- Managing institutional gift entry in fundraising database (Spektrix);
- Compiling and proofing the institutional donor list for donor recognition collateral
- Institutional Prospect identification, research and profile creation (familiarity with research platforms including Foundation Search, GuideStar, iWave a plus)
- Providing general support for the Director of Institutional Advancement and Associate Director of Development for institutional fundraising and maintaining funding relationships
- Staffing cultivation and stewardship events as needed (occasional evening and weekend work required)
- Other duties as required.
Qualifications and Traits:
- BA degree or equivalent work experience
- Development and grantwriting experience a plus
- Motivated, detail-oriented team player
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to multi-task and manage projects both independently and as part of a team
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office 365, Excel)
- Spektrix database experience a plus
- Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud or other graphic platforms a plus
- Appreciation of the performing arts
- Professional demeanor in person and on the phone
- Positive and proactive attitude
Salary $48,000. Benefits offered include medical, vision, Life and long-term disability insurance, paid time off, Employee Assistance Program and voluntary pre-tax programs for retirement (403[b], Transit and FSA).
Applicants for this position should send chronological resume and separate detailed cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Grants Associate” in the subject line. Applicants considered following first round of review will be asked to submit writing samples.
Theatre for a New Audience is committed to attracting, hiring and retaining employees who reflect the cultural diversity of our community. We believe that every employee has the right to work in a respectful environment that is free from discrimination, consistent with our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and respect. This commitment extends to all aspects of the employment relationship.