Grants Writer/Manager, Women's Music, Tech, Education Nonprofit
About Women's Audio Mission: Women's Audio Mission (WAM) is dedicated to the advancement of women/gender-expansive individuals in music production, technology and the recording arts, fields in which women are chronically underrepresented (<5%). WAM empowers 4,000+ women/girls/gender-expansive individuals every year to amplify their voices and creativity with music technology/production training and mentoring in the only professional recording studios in the world built/run entirely by women. Founded in 2003, WAM has grown exponentially to serve 50+ school partners across three school districts and includes two recording studios we own in San Francisco, an educational lab space in Oakland, and global reach online to 30+ countries. WAM’s staff consists of teaching artists, audio professionals, and passionate, hardworking individuals in a combination of full time, part time, and contract roles.
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Position Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Grants Manager is responsible for actively supporting the fund development and cultivation activities of WAM. The successful candidate will be able to craft grant proposals and reports in a clear and compelling manner and manage a pipeline of institutional funding requests that make up a significant portion of WAM’s revenue. Excellent writing, analytical, and research skills are essential. Candidates must be self-motivated, detail oriented, and highly organized, and have experience using online databases and other sources to research and track grants and prospects. The successful applicant will be someone who is passionate about our mission of advancing women/girls/gender-expansive individuals in the fields of music, media, and technology, and excited to work with a fast-paced, growing, mission-driven non-profit organization. This is a full-time, non-exempt, position.
Primary Objectives and Responsibilities:
- Solicits and writes grant proposals, including supporting documents and reports for government, foundation and corporation RFPs;
- In close collaboration with the ED, assembles and submits grant requests, including proposals, presentations and supporting documents such as budgets and letters of support;
- Gains comprehensive knowledge of the history, structure, programs and financial needs of the organization;
- Researches grant opportunities from government and non-government sources;
- Establishes and maintains relationships with foundation contacts and program officers;
- Ensures prompt acknowledgement of grants;
- Maintains records, database and grants management electronic systems (Fluxx and Neon), ensuring that databases are accurate and comprehensive;
- Generates queries, reports, exports and any other collection data as needed;
- Maintains grants calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports.
- Proven track record of achieving revenue targets of over $750,000 annually
- 3 -5 years minimum of grant writing, fundraising and relevant experience are required.
- A high level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with Neon, Fluxx, Foundation Center databases, Guidestar and Microsoft Office programs.
- Candidates must possess an ability to work well under pressure and the ability to seek and synthesize information and communicate in a compelling and succinct form.
- Excellent research, organizational and communications skills with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively.
- High energy, positive, “can-do” attitude, flexibility, teamwork, initiative and attention to detail;
- Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports.
- Undergraduate degree, preferably in English, communications, creative writing or a related are
- Knowledge of Fluxx, Salesforce, Neon or Raiser’s Edge databases
- Experience specific to nonprofits, the arts, and/or STEM fields
The ideal candidate is/has:
- A team player - prioritizes “we” over “me” and rolls up sleeves to get things done!
- Ability to adapt to and prioritize many changing priorities.
- Self-starter motivated by WAM’s mission.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Exceptional attention to detail.
- Excellent verbal and written skills.
- Experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks to inform all decision-making.
Location: This position will be in-person or hybrid remote/in-person in both our Oakland and San Francisco offices. Travel throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area may be necessary. San Francisco Bay Area candidates are prioritized.
Compensation and Benefits: Pay is commensurate with an individual's experience and education.
WAM is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applicants from the San Francisco Bay Area and who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color and trans/gender-expansive are strongly encouraged to apply.
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