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7 Apr 2022

Full-Time Grants Manager

Cleveland Playhouse – Posted by cfornadel Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Job Description

POSITION: Grants Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Development

KEY RELATIONSHIPS: Managing Director, Artistic Director, Education Director, Development Committee Chair


Cleveland Play House (CPH), recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, seeks an experienced, grant writer for the role of Grants Manager. The Grants Manager will manage relationships and coordinate written proposals, reports, and other correspondence to maximize income from foundation and government grants for the support of CPH.

The successful candidate will schedule and set priorities independently while also being a positive, highly collaborative team player. Evaluation is based on successful completion of assignments and performance against established goals and metrics for solicitations and financial outcomes.


  • Work with Director of Development, CPH executive team, board leadership, and the development team to create identification, solicitation, management, and stewardship strategies for 40+ local and national foundations, and local, state, and national government agencies to meet goals and satisfy metrics;
  • Coordinate with departments (typically the Artistic and Education Departments) to identify potential programming opportunities for funding;
  • Research foundation and government sources to identify potential funding opportunities and provide written summaries for a grant feasibility review;
  • Manage relationships with funders, government organizations and representatives while maintaining detailed records of interactions;
  • Create and maintain a grants calendar to manage all deadlines and target dates for submissions to funders;
  • Fully prepare all foundation, government, and corporate proposals including supplemental materials and required reports;
  • Work with Director of Development to assure institutional donors are given proper recognition, including personal thank you letters;
  • Coordinate site visits and tours as requested;
  • Maintain communication with other CPH departments to ensure program progress and fulfillment;
  • Support Philanthropic Advisor and Corporate Relations Manager as needed with proposals and reports;


Candidates must have:

  • A minimum of Three years of experience with grant writing, corporate or individual fundraising, or equivalent experience;
  • Demonstrated grant writing, fundraising, stewardship and time management skills;
  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding of local grant making landscape;
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work well under pressure;
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility;
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed and travel to events on business-related matters;
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and fundraising databases;


  • Understanding of nonprofit financial management;
  • Background in the arts;
  • Experience in fundraising for theatre and/or arts education;


  • Exercise independent judgment rooted in an understanding of organizational policies and in line with CPH’s mission, vision, values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion;
  • Ability to analyze data and identify funding trends and potential prospects;
  • Ability to communicate effectively – orally, by phone, in person, and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain clear detailed records of funder interactions and provide thorough documentation for secured support;

The salary is based on qualifications and experience with a range of $37,000 to $43,000. Benefits package includes: group health insurance to which CPH contributes a portion of the employee’s premium, group dental and vision plans. Paid vacation, company and discretionary holidays as well as the opportunity to participate in a 401(K) plan. Parking is available at employee’s cost.

Interested applicants should upload a cover letter and resume. For additional information on Cleveland Play House, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at

CPH is on an active and ongoing journey to becoming an anti-racist organization, fostering and sustaining a culture that values community, social justice and equity. All CPH employees must commit to training in understanding and embracing and promoting anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Cleveland Play House is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

Full & Part Time Openings | Cleveland Play House | 216-400-7000

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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