Grant Writer

Reports to: Chief Development Officer
Status: Full time, Exempt


The Grant Writer is responsible for the grant seeking and grant management process, including initial research, proposal development and submission, and follow-up reporting, for all grants undertaken by the museum. To supplement these efforts, the Grant Writer works with key staff throughout the museum to measure, report, and improve outcomes for all museum programming.


  • Ensure the fulfillment of the Brooks' Grants fundraising goals and budget.
  • Maintain and monitor a calendar of deadlines for grant applications, proposals, and reporting, and communicate this information to appropriate Brooks staff in a timely manner.
  • Research and vet additional grant opportunities with the potential to support priority capital, operational, programmatic, and endowment initiatives throughout the museum.
  • Lead planning sessions and partner with department leads in order to design or revise programs in ways that are effective, outcome-oriented, and appealing to funders.
  • Perform all major grant writing activities for the museum, including, but not limited to, initiating letters of inquiry and drafts of proposals; obtaining internal permissions and approval on proposals; preparing supporting documents; and composing, compiling, and submitting completed applications.
  • Manage required reporting for all funded grants, including evaluating and tracking outcomes in clear, compelling ways that exceed funder requirements.
  • Utilizing a project management system, work with program and other involved staff to ensure grant funds are expended and tracked in keeping with funders’ allocation guidelines.
  • With the Development Operations Officer, oversee and continually improve the museum's grant tracking and data collection efforts.
  • Act as the primary liaison and point of contact for grant-makers, program officers, and other foundation representatives.


  • Support the Museum’s mission, values, strategic plan and institutional DEAI initiatives.
  • Commit to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, cooperation, and openness to others perspectives.
  • Attend and assist with museum functions and events, as needed.
  • Represent the Brooks at grant and funder related events.
  • Perform other related duties as requested or assigned.


  • Three or more years of work experience with nonprofit administration, grant writing, or fundraising;
  • Familiarity and experience working with national, governmental and local funders preferred;
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as superior editing skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience;
  • Three or more years of project management experience;
  • Detail oriented and highly organized with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while adhering to goal-driven schedules and meeting assigned benchmarks;
  • Collaborative team player willing to work cross-departmentally and with community input to deliver innovative events and programs that incite member engagement and loyalty;
  • Positive, can-do approach to work with a customer-service mindset and demonstrated ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with diverse audiences, including staff, management, board members, volunteers, donors, and vendors;
  • Intermediate to expert skills in project management software, Google suite or Microsoft Office. Experience with donor development/CRM software systems preferred;
  • Available to work occasional evenings and weekends when required.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and/or sit for long periods of time. They must have physical dexterity and the ability to carefully handle objects, as well as the ability to lift and move items of various weights and sizes. Positions have occasions to lift and/or move objects of 15-20 lbs

Salary Range: $60,000 - $70,000. Salary is contingent on experience and ability.

Benefits: (i) A cafeteria plan that includes optional health, dental, vision, additional life insurance and supplemental policies, and a flexible spending account. The museum contributes toward the employee portion of premiums related to your choice of benefit options. (ii) A403(b) retirement plan. The museum matches up to 4% of your salary annually. (iii) Employment category, combined with years of service to the museum, determines the amount of time off (OPTO) that each employee receives in addition to regular paid holidays.


Qualified individuals may apply by sending a resume with cover letter and salary requirements to Please reference “Grant Writer”in the subject line. Candidates selected for an interview will be required to submit a writing sample. Please, no phone calls.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Recent studies show that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, yet women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds.

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or marital or veteran status. We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for open positions.

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