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Grant Writer

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Department: Advancement

We seek a Grant Writer to support our efforts to carry out our mission and programs by developing written materials for our partnerships with a wide range of foundations and government agencies.†

A member of the Instituteís Institutional Giving team, the Grant Writer will play an integral role in telling the story of our organization by developing effective fundraising materials -- including concept notes and proposals, project budgets, and narrative and financial reports -- for a wide range of foundations and government agencies within the Institutional Giving teamís portfolio.† In keeping with the diverse range of issue areas the Institute addresses with the support of our donors, this position will have the opportunity to write about our work through a variety of frameworks including arts and culture, equity and inclusion, social and racial justice, science, environment, economic development, and more.†

The Grant Writer will report to the Grants Manager, Institutional Giving, and will have extensive interaction with the Institutional Giving team and the Advancement Department. The position will work closely with staff across departments to gather institutional information and data to maximize foundation and government giving and ensure stewardship of funders.


  • Crafts compelling, clear, and accurate written materials for grant proposals and reports, in keeping with funder guidelines and deadlines as applicable.

  • Collaborates with relationship managers and key program and operations staff to develop a language for new strategic initiatives, updates to program descriptions, and donor stewardship communications.

  • Coordinates internal review of proposal and report materials, and incorporates feedback in a timely manner.

  • Works closely with the Finance Department to ensure all requirements for application budget materials and financial reporting are met.

  • Uploads and submits proposals and reports to fundersí online grantee portals as applicable.

  • Maintains grants deadlines calendar in CRM database, grant deliverables tracker, and keeps accurate records of application submission materials in donor files.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Legal authorization to work in the United States.

  • 2+ years of professional experience in grant writing, institutional fundraising, philanthropy or related development work.†

  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.

  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.†

  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and verbal communication, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies.

  • Strong project coordination skills, with an ability to maintain multiple projects simultaneously.†

  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor.

  • Interest in the arts and nonprofit administration.

  • Must be proficient in basic software programs (MS Office, Google Applications) and CRM databases (e.g. NetSuite, Raiserís Edge, etc.).

  • Ability to work extended hours around key deadlines.†

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of NetSuite, Raiserís Edge, or other fundraising databases.†

  • Bachelorís degree.

What you will bring to the job:

  • Values: Excitement about Sundance Instituteís non-profit mission. Interest in a culture defined by collaboration, curiosity, and creativity.†

  • Communication: Strong ability to develop clear, compelling, and accurate writing to describe our programs and partnerships that effectively supports our fundraising goals and is inspiring to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Partnership: Effective at building strong working relationships in a highly collaborative environment, proactively communicating with stakeholders, and receiving and incorporating feedback throughout the writing process.

What are the main goals we will expecting from you during your start with us:

  • Build a strong understanding of the Instituteís programs and partnerships and develop an ability to write accurately about our activities and goals.

  • Foster strong collaborative relationships with colleagues across the Institute: program staff, operations, finance, and marketing/communications.

  • Meet deadlines, ensuring that all submissions are reviewed and approved by internal stakeholders, and fully compliant with funder guidelines.

What you will get from the job:

  • An amazing team of talented and inspiring coworkers.

  • Generous paid time off, personal development reimbursements, and work-from-home Fridays throughout the summer.†

  • Institute break week (a paid week off in the middle of the calendar year).

  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance.

  • An opportunity to create a positive impact on an organization dedicated to helping the most exciting artists tell their stories, to freedom of expression, and to the importance of independent media.

Start Date and Location:† We're looking to fill this position as soon as possible. This position is based in our Los Angeles, CA office.

Pay Range:†$51,000.00 - $53,000.00 /year

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