Grant Writer

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

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The Grant Writer supports the fundraising goal of the foundation/government division of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s (CSOA) Development Office through a combination of writing, project management, and administrative duties.



Write grant proposals and final reports, in support of both annual and special project funding campaigns.

Gather information from other CSOA departments for inclusion in proposals/reports.

Liaise with foundation/government staff as needed for information gathering and proposal/report compilation and submission.

Compose donor stewardship letters and reports.

Provide foundation/government prospect research.

Other duties as assigned, including administrative and management support for the foundation/government grants division.

Manage a small portfolio of individuals as assigned in consultation with Development Office leadership.


Reports to the Director of Foundation and Government Relations.

Other contacts: staff, donors, and, on a limited basis, volunteers.


Bachelor’s degree; desired major is English or Journalism.

Two-three years of writing experience; previous grant experience preferred.

Ability to work collaboratively across departments to support preparation and implementation of grant proposals.

Able to meet multiple deadlines with accuracy.

Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complex processes.

Able to represent the CSOA in a professional manner both on the phone and in person with donors and patrons.

Strong computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and donor databases.

Familiarity with budgets.

Working conditions

Pleasant, collegial office environment.

Time split between individual and collaborative work.

Some travel to off-site program locations and night and/or weekends required.

How to Apply

To apply for full-time, part-time or seasonal positions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association:


Please email your cover letter, resume and salary history (PDF or Word attachments only) to


Please send your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

Human Resources Department

220 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60604


Please send your cover letter, resume and salary history to 312-294-3838.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is an Equal Opportunity employer which values and encourages a diverse workforce.

Posted on June 21