Grants Manager

Job title: Grants Manager
Organization: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Description

Position Overview
The Grants Manager oversees proposal generation for all grant funders, including corporate and private foundations, government entities, and the Playhouse’s yearly Sustaining Impact Grant submissions to ArtsWave. Additionally, they conduct research, identify prospects, collaborates on the formation of institutional funding strategy and develops profiles on foundation, corporation, and government funding sources. They also prepare reports for submission to funders as necessary to fulfill stated requirements in grant agreements. The Grants Manager is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Evening and weekend hours as part of department responsibilities are sometimes required.

Reports to: Director of Institutional Giving

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages all aspects of the ArtsWave application process, including:
  • Coordination of reporting and surveying needs with marketing, education, production, finance, and other departments to ensure successful data tracking and reporting for ArtsWave’s Blueprint for Collective Action.
  • Writing the application/interim reports and creating appropriate attachments and infographics that strengthen and support the argument in collaboration with other departments and Executive Staff.
  • With the Director of Institutional Giving, develops and maintains the annual grant application calendar for all grant proposals and requests.
  • Manages the Foundation and Government grant program, including identification and cultivation of new prospects, proposal writing, reporting, and grant fulfillment for General Operating, Program, Education, and Capital support. Specific proposals include the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, among others.
  • Maintains grant administration policies and procedures and manages all reporting requirements in accordance with CPIP, funder, state, local, and federal regulations.
  • Serves as the department’s lead grants researcher, utilizing third-party prospect research software, Guidestar, and other resources to gather intelligence and prepare an ongoing qualified prospect list of foundation and government funders
  • Manages detailed records on all current funders, both hard copy and electronic, and maintains clear, up-to-date records in Tessitura.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Exceptional writing skills required.
  • Minimum three years of progressive experience in fundraising, preferably in grant writing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to successfully manage and build relationships with individuals, corporate donors, foundation representatives, government officials, Board leadership, and Playhouse staff.
  • Energetic, flexible and adaptable, and able to multi-task and work independently in an environment with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to work as an effective and collaborative team member in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong ethical character and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Experience with Tessitura a plus.
  • Appreciation for the performing arts and theater in particular.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Physical Demands:

  • This position is largely sedentary in an office setting.
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move 15-20 pounds.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume with three references to:
Bethany Doverspike
Director of Institutional Giving
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
962 Mt. Adams Circle
Cincinnati, OH 45202

No phone calls, please.
Deadline to Apply: May 31, 2019