Grant Writer



The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) seeks a grant writing professional with superb writing skills and a passion for telling the story of MCA Denver in a compelling way that is of interest to the grant-making community.  A successful candidate is one that is well-versed in the function of research, is an excellent writer, editor and proof-reader, can act as a strategic advisor to the entire development team’s prospecting strategies and has a proven track record of fundraising ability.  While important to periodically be onsite to connect with staff, board, and program officers, 50 - 75% remote working is supported.


  • Identify potential grant support from government agencies, foundations and corporations to meet the financial, operational and capital needs of the organization.
  • Craft and deliver a compelling storyline to foundations both through presentation in person and in writing.
  • Provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, its specifications, requirements and objectives across all departments of the organization including management.
  • Actively provide the development team with the detailed research on specific prospects and develop a winning strategy that identifies new potential funding sources.
  • Support the development department by writing content in for development-related publications, email campaigns, and online and offline materials Manage grant files and keep a database current on progress, interactions and results.
  • Maintain relationships with funding agencies and program officers and work closely with the Director of Development to strengthen those relationships in authentic ways.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly foundation updates for management, the Development Committee, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated expertise in grant fundraising, writing successful donor communications for a non-profit organization.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects, meeting deadlines and coordinating with a remote team.
  • Exceptional ability to interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner with members, donors, board members, volunteers and staff.
  • Ability to deliver compelling, professional presentations to funders that build long-term relationships and effectively tell MCA Denver’s story.
  • Display a positive, collaborative attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate a professional demeanor, self-confidence, common sense and good listening ability.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team with a can-do attitude to achieve individual and team goals.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and Adobe CS software; donor database system (working knowledge of Altru or other Blackbaud products, preferred). Comfortable communicating with the team using Slack.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 3+ years’ experience in fundraising activities preferred.
  • Experience in grant writing for the arts is preferred.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the staff member is required to travel independently within museum office and spaces, and in the communities served. The position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, moving throughout the museum, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The position occasionally requires speaking for an extended period. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.


Report to: Director of Development

Position Status: Part-Time Salary, Individual Contributor

Complementation: $48,000 - $52,000 per year commensurate with experience


The posting will be active for 30 days (through July 22, 2020) and will request resumes and cover letters be sent to


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver. In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in lower downtown Denver designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates (UK). The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a shop, library and rooftop cafe. In March 2009, Adam Lerner was appointed as the new director of MCA Denver. Upon Lerner’s move from his former position at The Lab at Belmar to MCA Denver, the Boards of Trustees agreed to merge the two institutions.

MCA Denver is an innovative forum for contemporary art that inspires and challenges all audiences, creating understanding and dialog about the art of our time.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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