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Grant Writer – Arts

Henry Street Settlement

Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side. As a multifaceted not-for-profit, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 17 locations throughout the Lower East Side. Building upon its legacy for innovation and effective programming, Henry Street has grown to offer more than 50 different programs, currently making it the most comprehensive settlement house in New York City, as well as one of the City's largest social service agencies. The Obie-award winning Abrons Arts Center is core to Henry Street's approach. Henry Street is governed by a 41-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.


• Act as the lead grant writer for the Obie-award winning Abrons Arts Center—which includes an internationally known performance space and gallery program, arts in the public schools, classes for the community in a range of disciplines, and an artist-in-residence program
• Create proposals for foundations, corporations, and government agencies
• Stay informed of funding, policy, and programmatic trends in the arts
• Collaborate with program staff on project design and budgets
• Create funding plans and ensure progress towards goals
• Communicate accomplishments of existing programs to funders through reports
• Identify and solicit new funders
• Keep informed on development practices beyond proposal preparation
• Maintain excellent relationships with program staff and executive staff at all levels
• Represent Henry Street Settlement (HSS) and the Abrons Arts Center (AAC) effectively to external stakeholders, including funders and partner agencies
• Use Raisers Edge to track all prospects, donors, proposals, reports, deadlines, and relationships
• Support HSS with grants and reports in other program areas as needed – employment, education, shelter, health and wellness, and seniors; work with the team to edit proposals and reports in these areas
• Apply in-depth and broad knowledge of HSS programs, history and trajectory and its funders to various situations as appropriate
• Other related duties as assigned by the Deputy Officer and Development Manager


• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Two (2) years of grant writing experience, including experience producing large, complex government proposals, as well as foundation and corporate proposals
• Expertise in the arts – particularly performance, arts education, and visual arts
• Knowledge/interest in the social service sector
• Proven track record of securing grants is desirable
• Strong organization and editing skills
• Strong database and computer skills; familiarity with Raisers Edge a plus
• Strong ability to multi-task, and flexibility to take on new assignments as opportunities arise
• Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
• Understanding of and keen interest in policy trends, the funding climate, and other forces shaping the work
• Ability to work both independently and to collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including program staff, executive staff, funders, and external partners
• Ability to identify, understand, and articulate program needs and outcomes in collaboration with program staff

Please send resume and cover letter to Indicate "Grant Writer – Arts” in subject of e-mail. Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement is an equal opportunity employer/program.



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