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TYA Jobs: Arts on the Horizon (VA) seeks Grant Writer (Part-Time)

Grant Writer – Part-time, Contract Position

Organization Description:

Arts on the Horizon was founded as a professional, non-profit theatre company with a specific focus of providing high-quality performances and education programs for an audience of young people ages 0 to 6 years old and their families.


Our performances are designed to take place in an intimate setting where children not only feel comfortable to learn and explore, but are also an integral part of the performance. We have the utmost respect for children and want what may be their first theatrical performance to entertain them, challenge them, spark creativity and enhance the imaginative play in which many children this age engage.  Since 2011, our non-verbal productions have been performed on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Workhouse Arts Center, and other venues and schools in the DC metro area. In January 2016, Arts on the Horizon was nominated for The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. The company will be awarded a 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award by the Virginia Commission for the Arts in January 2018.


In addition to our performances, we also offer education programs, which provide targeted exploration of themes and ideas in order to help children enhance their language development, socialization, and fine and gross motor skills; all within a meaningful, nurturing environment where children can develop their sense of self and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.


Position Description:

Arts on the Horizon is looking for an experienced grant writer to identify promising funding opportunities, set and maintain grant timelines and deadlines, write and edit content for grant funding opportunities, and submit grants and letters of inquiry.  This is a part-time, contract position which begins on January 1, 2018.  The grant writer will work remotely, with an occasional in-person or teleconference meeting with members of the Arts on the Horizon staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research prospects for foundation, corporate, and government grants.
  • Write solid grant proposals for review and approval by the Producing Artistic Director and the Development Committee.
  • Assists Arts on the Horizon staff with gathering supporting materials for each grant.
  • Work closely with related staff to assure grant contracts are completed per guidelines.
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant applications, reports, award letters, contracts and other documents.


Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus a minimum of 3 years’ experience in development, grant and proposal writing, including a proven track record of success.
  • Previous professional or volunteer work with knowledge of the fields of performing arts, theater, early education, and/or arts education.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, excellent written communication and editing/proofreading skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Previous experience with public, foundation, and corporate funding.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple projects at a time.
  • Excellent attention to detail in crafting grant narratives, program logic models, program evaluations, grant reports, and other grant documents.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills required.
  • Flexibility and adaptability with work schedule, which may include a higher work load when more grant opportunities are available.
  • Commitment to Arts on the Horizon’s mission, goals and values
  • Proven experience winning new grants and increasing grant income



Compensation will be on an hourly basis and will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate. Hours will vary by month – the busiest time period will be January to March.


How to Apply:

Submit letter of interest and resume to HR@artsonthehorizon.org. Please be advised we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit the needs of the positions. No calls, please.


Arts on the Horizon is an equal opportunity employer.

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