Now Hiring - Grant Writer

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The City of Lafayette seeks one or more part-time, contract Grant Writers to work in collaboration with Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and Public Art Committee and under the supervision of the Cultural Resources Division Coordinator.  The chosen candidate will research public and private arts and cultural grant opportunities, complete and submit grant applications, track and manage grant requirements, check progress and complete reports.   As an independent contractor, the grant writer must work independently and supply his/her own personal computer, software programs, internet connection, and workspace. The contract position will pay $20 - $35 per hour depending on experience and proven track record.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree  
  • Demonstrated successful experience in researching and completing grant applications
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skill and ability in fundraising and/or grant writing
  • Knowledge of public and private fundraising information sources
  • Ability to understand and develop grant budgets
  • Knowledge of,  or course  work in the arts, communication, education, public administration, leadership, business, social sciences, or public policy
  • Experience in the fine or cultural arts,  working with the arts community, advocating for the arts, and/or being an avid arts consumer
  • Experience working with ethnically, racially, and economically diverse communities
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Ability to attend meetings or special events in the evenings and weekends as needed
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to work collaboratively and  consult with staff, donor organizations, commissioners/committee members, and community members
  • Commitment to helping Lafayette become a  more creative and diverse community
  • Strong oral, written, and computer communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals and to present them to the public
  • Strong project and time management skills with attention to detail, comfort working in deadline driven environment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat

Position Description (may vary):

  • Develop an understanding of  the relationships among City  groups and community  groups in order to work collaboratively to enhance the role of arts and culture in the community
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to research, compile data, write, and edit all grant applications exhibiting strong writing and presentation skills
  • Maintain contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application in order to be able to assure it is funded
  • Establish, monitor, and manage timelines to meet funding deadlines in a timely fashion. Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation, corporate or private donors
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor numbers and diversity, educational program attendance, impact, etc.)
  • Other duties as agreed upon

Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled; and interviews will begin immediately.  To apply submit the following, in electronic format, to Susan Booker, City of Lafayette Cultural Resources Director via email: susanb@cityoflafayette.com 

  1. A cover letter with details on how your knowledge, skills and abilities match the qualifications.
  2. Resume covering past experience and education
  3. Names, titles, emails, and phone numbers of three professional references