The Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), an innovative
organization located on Stolp Island in the Fox River in the heart
of historic Aurora, Illinois (one hour from downtown Chicago), is
seeking a Grants & Research Manager. ACCA is the parent
organization, which also includes a 501(c)3 arm under the name of
Paramount Arts Centre, Inc. It operates three performance venues:
the 6,000-person RiverEdge Park, the 1,843-seat landmark Paramount
Theatre, and the 165-seat Copley Theatre. ACCA produces and
presents over 300 performances each year, including star-studded
touring productions and a self-produced Broadway Series of musicals
for an annual audience of 350,000 patrons from over 250
communities. ACCA proudly operates the Paramount School of the Arts
in the new John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center, right next door to
Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora, and the company looks forward
to producing a new, Bold Series of plays and musicals in the newly
renovated Copley Theatre beginning in the 2021-2022 season.
Paramount Theatre also hosts free community events, $1 Classic
Movie Mondays and its opulent interiors provide a spectacular
backdrop for private functions such as wedding receptions or
corporate galas. Across the street from Paramount Theatre are the
gorgeous Meyer Ballrooms which play host to multiple wedding
receptions and rental events throughout the year.
The Aurora Civic Center Authority is committed to being a
defining catalyst for personal and community transformation by:
- making the performing arts accessible for every age and
- introducing the magic of live theater across generations to
encourage expansive imaginations and broad views of people and the
- and contributing to the future stability and growth of Aurora’s
The highest purpose of any theater is to inspire its community
toward a more perfect humanity. Such humanity can exist only when
every member of the community is included and valued, empowered and
heard. To express this truth, ACCA commits its leaders, volunteers,
artists and staff to the active, continual and accountable pursuit
of the following principles: equity, inclusion and diversity.
ACCA truly believes and lives by its mission statement and its
commitment to equity, social justice and inclusion.
DEPARTMENT – Development
DIRECT REPORTING – Chief Development Officer
WORKS CLOSELY WITH –Development Team, Audience Services,
POSITION STATUS & SCHEDULE – Full time exempt,
approximately 40 hours per week. Hours may include evening and
COMPENSATION – Starting at $50,000 annually
HIRE DATE – Immediate
POSITION SUMMARY – The Grants and Research Manager will
identify, define, and develop new and existing funding sources
while leading the cultivation, writing, and submission of grant
proposals to local, state, federal, and private funding sources.
They will be responsible for preparation of proposals and grant
applications, administrative research of institutional, as well as
individual, funding opportunities. This individual will work
closely with Paramount staff to create revenues for new and
existing programs, to articulate the objectives and outcomes for
those programs, and establish methods for evaluation of success.
This position will work to create and maintain prospect research
systems, design identification strategies and methods with a focus
on discovery of individuals and organizations with the affinity and
capacity to provide philanthropic support for Paramount. This
person reports to the Chief Development Officer and is part of a
growing development team that works closely with staff throughout
the Aurora Civic Center Authority.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES –
- Lead grant application process including establishing
timelines, writing compelling proposals and letters of inquiry to
corporations and foundations that align with Paramount’s goals and
- Research and identify local, regional, and national corporate
and foundation prospects that will result in funding for the
immediate and long-term goals of the organization; proactively
engage and build relationships with potential partners to generate
new proposals based on giving guidelines and mutual interests.
- Proactively research and monitor corporate, foundation, and
government funding opportunities and disseminate that information
to relevant partners, including staff with programmatic
- With the CDO, create goals and strategies for institutional
giving by developing outreach, solicitation, and stewardship plans
for institutional funders.
- Provide proposal support from inception to completion,
including submission through corporate, foundation, or government
- Communicate proposal requirements, eligibility, restrictions,
deadlines and other pertinent grant information to relevant
partners and administration; ensure funder’s guidelines and legal
requirements are met.
- Monitor progress of approved applications and provide
communication to funding sources in the form of quarterly, annual,
and final reports.
- Identify, research, and analyze prospects for major gift
cultivation and solicitation by utilizing the database and other
sources; synthesize all relevant information to produce written
- Provide high-quality research analysis to Development staff
used to inform solicitation and engagement strategies.
- Utilize available data to develop a profile of what a current
major gift/planned gift/grant donor looks like, and apply that
profile to the larger database to determine which prospects deserve
- Prepare and/or review grant budgets and budget
- Play a vital role in overall fundraising efforts.
- Support Development Department staff as needed.
In addition to the duties listed above, ACCA expects the
following of each employee: adheres to ACCA’s policies and
procedures; works in a safe manner; performs duties as workload
necessitates; maintains a positive and respectful attitude;
communicates regularly with supervisor about department issues;
demonstrates efficient time management and prioritizes workload;
demonstrates regular and consistent attendance and punctuality;
meets productivity standards; participates in ACCA events as needed
or required; and completes other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS and ABILITIES –
- Minimum of 1 year of related experience in fundraising, grant
writing, prospect research required; preferably 2-5 years of
experience working with foundations, state/federal government
and/or corporations in an equivalent role
- Advanced, superior writing skills – the ability to capture the
purpose, importance, and impact of programs and projects with an
emphasis on effective structure, grammar, succinctness, and
alignment with foundations’ giving interests
- Knowledge of professional fundraising practices and
- Applicant must be exceptionally organized, accurate, and
detail-oriented, and able to coordinate multiple and overlapping
projects, timelines and deadlines with well-crafted proposals and
- Experience utilizing donor databases to develop tools and
reports to advance donor-focused relationships
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
- Ability to work well both independently and on a team
- Supportive of the mission of Aurora Civic Center Authority
- Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality
Due to frequent and necessary interaction with members of
the general public, performers, fellow employees and other
individuals, successful candidates for employment are required to
be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before they begin work and
will be required to provide proof of vaccination. “Fully
vaccinated” as defined by the CDC means that at least 14 days have
passed following receipt of the final dose of an FDA authorized
Covid-19 vaccine. Additionally, the Covid-19 bivalent booster is
required for eligible employees.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume using the online job
application at https://paramountaurora.com/opportunities/
Or mail/drop off to: Aurora Civic Center Authority, ATTN: Patty
Stefanski, 8 East Galena Blvd., Suite 230, Aurora, IL 60506
ACCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to
creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or
ethnic origin, age, disability status, marital or familial status,
veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
ACCA encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including
people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, people with
disabilities, veterans, and others who are eager to help us achieve
our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.