Development Coordinator & Lead Grant Writer

Beam Center

At Beam, we’ve spent the last 16 years coalescing multi-ethnic and intergenerational learning communities of youth, artists, and teachers who work together to construct spectacular projects - big and small - that highlight the magic of creative cooperation.

We are a staff of 24 full-time and 20 part-time adults and youth, engaging 7,000 students and 300+ teachers in 28 public schools annually. More than 96% of the young people we serve identify as youth of color and/ or newly immigrated. Our large-scale public artworks reach tens of thousands of people at installations across the city. Our summer camp in New Hampshire hosts 105 campers from around NY and the world for 4 week sessions. In Summer 2021, we will launch Beam Camp City, a camp-like experience for kids and youth on Governors Island.

We seek to grow our Development team by hiring a Development Coordinator and Grant Writer to support the established success of our current programming, and the sustainable growth of our organization.

Salary: $60000.00 to $75000.00 (Annual)

  • Develop and draft funding proposals, LOI and RFP responses that include impact reports, and partner with Beam Center’s leadership team to determine program budgets and budget reports·

  • Collaborate with programming staff and leadership team to gather data, information, and documentation necessary for powerful storytelling and strong funding proposals

  • Research and identify new foundation, government, city-agency, and corporate funding opportunities that align with our organization’s mission, initiatives, and programs

  • Manage all proposal/reporting deadlines, submissions, and status updates

  • Communicate with external partners and programming officers to ensure we meet the expectations and scope of funding opportunities, deliverables, reporting requirements, etc.

  • Manage institutional and individual gifts in CRM database, Bloomerang, and send thank-you/update communications

  • Participate in organizational leadership and board meetings to develop a cohesive development strategy

  • Meet with programming staff in order to understand and clearly articulate their the full scope of their programming and youth engagement efforts


Qualifications of strong candidates:

  • Personal relationship/commitment to Beam’s mission and communities we serve

  • Strong writer and confident storyteller, with the ability to concisely synthesize complex concepts

  • Skilled researcher

  • Experience working in development, grant writing, youth development / social services sector

  • Highly independent, able to set and manage personal goals, expectations, and schedule

  • Highly collaborative, able to ask questions, offer insight, professional opinions, and celebrate teamwork

  • Detail oriented with experience managing multi-faceted projects while meeting deadlines

  • Imaginative, able to be flexible and resourceful, in the midst of change, uncertainty, and growth

  • Curious, life-long learner

What is it like to work at Beam Center?

We are a community of individuals who are adaptable, constantly problem-solving, incredibly curious, independent, and collaborative. We are artists, performers, teachers, fabricators, activists, parents, students, and more.

We encourage employees to bring their expertise and learning to the table and participate in the development of our organization’s future. We all claim responsibility for our work culture and seek a healthy balance between work and home. We interrogate our practice at a systems level and seek to disrupt the perpetuation of social injustice and inequity through nonprofit sectors like ours. There are endless opportunities to organize around ideation, prototyping, and project development. Access and communication between all staff is open and welcomed.


  • $60,000 - $75,000 [Salary range commensurate with prior experience and skills]

  • Excellent health and dental benefits

  • 30 days of paid time off per year

  • 4 weeks paid leave at the birth/adoption of a child in addition to the state mandated 12 weeks of PFL

Hiring Timeline:

  • Applications Due: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00PM EST

  • Applicants informed of first round selection: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00PM EST

  • First round of Zoom interviews: Thursday, April 22 - Friday, April 30

  • Start Date: June 1, 2021

This position is currently remote, however, requires applicants to be based in the NYC metro.

How to Apply
  1. Familiarize yourself with our organization by checking out our website, Instagram, Youtube, newsletter.

  2. Email with any questions. When you’re ready to submit your application please organize the following documents as a single PDF.

  • Coverletter (225 words)

  • Resume

  • Writing sample/excerpt (500 words)

Applications can be emailed to

Posted on March 22