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Nashville Symphony

Grants Manager

Nashville Symphony


Job Summary

The Grants Manager is a member of the development team and oversees all aspects of our grant-seeking and grant-management activities. The Grants Manager will be responsible for identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, managing grant budgets, and ensuring compliance with grant requirements. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in grant writing and administration, excellent communication skills, and a passion for the arts, music in particular.

Job Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the Nashville Symphony – its mission, history, culture, vision, programs, and governance structure and be able to clearly communicate its mission and needs
  • Create and implement a comprehensive foundation/government/corporate grant development plan and budget, engaging with colleagues to identify needs, opportunities, and funding budgets
  • Manage the existing government and foundations portfolio and grants calendar
  • Research, identify, and pursue potential new grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations, and other funding sources
  • Write and prepare grant proposals, applications, and reports; ensure timely submission of all grant requests and reports
  • Collaborate across organizations to gather information and data for proposals and advise management on opportunities
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements and reporting deadlines
  • Provide status reports to the Chief Development Officer, Senior Staff, and others as appropriate
  • Monitor and evaluate grant-funded programs and projects to assess impact and effectiveness
  • Create year-end reporting for both internal and external audiences
  • Stay informed about trends and best practices in grant writing and fundraising

Additional responsibilities:

  • Manage charitable solicitation permit application process
  • Manage organizational overview and narratives on GivingMatters.com, Guidestar.org Charity Navigator, and other websites as needed
  • Leads research strategy and procedures, including support for prospecting for individuals, corporate and foundation leads
  • Assume responsibility for special projects or other activities as directed by the Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Development
  • Stay informed of local, state, and federal news as it pertains to arts funding, communicate news, participate in arts advocacy efforts/activities
  • Other duties as assigned


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Two to three years experience in grant writing or comparable writing-intensive profession; experience in a cultural arts organization or nonprofit sector preferred
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills; ability to handle multiple projects and priorities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and grant management software (e.g. Fluxx, Foundant)
  • Passion for the arts and commitment to the mission of the Nashville Symphony

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, 403b participation, Discounted tickets to shows.

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  • Date Posted: March 27, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Salary Range: $57,000-$62,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk, Variable hours due to evening events