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Grant Writer

The People's Music School

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted June 9, 2021.

Job Title
: Grant Writer
Reports to: Director of Development
Organization Overview
The People’s Music School is a 45-year old institution that has brought the transformative benefits of music to over 10,000 lives across Chicago.

Our model is completely tuition-free.

We serve students ages 5-18 who otherwise would not be able to afford music education.

Since music education has benefits that extend far beyond the artistic benefits, we view ourselves as an institution building future leaders.

We build cognitive, academic, and social-emotional skills through an intense and rigorous curriculum.

Our students learn with us for up to 12 hours per week and their families fulfill a significant volunteer time requirement.

In the last 5 years, the school has grown 3x under new leadership composed of alumni from Bain & Company and world-class experience from a newly energized Board of Directors.

And we’re just getting started!
Job Summary
The People’s Music School is seeking an experienced Grant Writer to serve as a member of the Development Team and will serve as a liaison between the organization and foundation partners.

The Grants Writer is responsible for researching, preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals/reports that support organizational goals and meet foundation funding guidelines and criteria.

This person serves as the primary grant writer, assists in managing funder relationships, engages in compliance reporting, and supports special project initiatives.

This position requires strong writing, data analysis, program budgeting, project management skills, with an emphasis on clear writing and outcome measurement.
Scope/Responsibilities
Leading grant proposal development and submission-preparing and organizing materials for proposals, and submitting and monitoring grant applications-including:
Drafting proposals/LOIs, grant application narratives, and budgets and collaborate to finalize with development, program and finance staff Submitting grant applications; With the Director of Development, meeting with funders to explore funding opportunities and fulfill site visit requirements; Maintaining master calendar of grants and prospects and all associated files and correspondence; Maintaining a library of grant support documents including resumes, bios, IRS forms, Board/staff diversity lists, etc.; Executing thank you letters and facilitating grant contracts/agreements; Ensuring acknowledgment of funders/investors via website, e-newsletter, and social media.

Working with Director of Development, Program and Financial Team to maintain grant compliance and reporting, including outcome measurement and grant budgets including:
Monitoring and maintaining funder reporting schedules and requirements; Assisting Development Team in drafting compelling progress reports and targeted program updates (e.g.

blog posts, press releases, FB and twitter posts) to funders that fully capture programmatic success; Assembling all necessary supporting materials and documents including budget reports, outcome measurements, success stories, etc.; Submit reports to funders.

Other duties and responsibilities may be required and/or assigned as necessary
Qualifications
:
Bachelor’s degree (or at least four years of work experience with nonprofit administration, grant writing, or fundraising); Two or more years of experience in of grant writing experience; Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Excellent organizational skills; Ability to meet deadlines; Proficiency in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint); Experience with donor development/CRM software systems; Familiarity and experience working with national, governmental and Chicago funders.

Belief in our transformative mission is a must
– musical background is helpful but not required Demonstrate a commitment to TPMS core values.
Compensation
/Benefits
This is an hourly position with a pay range of $45-65/hr depending on experience; workload can range from 20-40 hours per week, depending on grants calendar.

Benefits are not included.

For more information about The People’s Music School, please visit: .
The People’s Music School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.
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