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The Unusual Suspects

Grant Assistant

Employment type
4 months ago
Los Angeles

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company utilizes theatre-arts education to mitigate the underlying family and community risk factors that threaten the healthy development of Los Angeles’ most underserved youth and families. The Unusual Suspects’ mission is to mentor, educate, and enrich underserved youth through the creation of collaborative, original theatre. Our vision is a world where all youth are given the opportunities and support they need to succeed.

Job Summary
The Unusual Suspects (US) has a well-established grants pipeline, a full calendar of submissions, and many long-term relationships with institutional funders. The Grant Assistant is a part time position responsible for aiding the Development Department with grant support materials and development duties in order to keep US submissions and fundraising on track. Reporting to the Director of Development and Communications and working closely with the Grants Team, the ideal candidate will assist in data management and analysis, and administrative duties as assigned, to help generate funds from private/public institutions and individuals to support and sustain US programs and services. The Grant Assistant will have excellent attention to detail, an unmistakable work ethic, and will be an integral part of the development department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Compose funder acknowledgement letters and other relevant correspondence
  • Help upkeep donor database with relevant funder information
  • Work with Development and Programs Team to input, gather and analyze survey data, statistics, demographic data and/or participant testimonials for use in grant proposals, reports and other donor material
  • Aid Grants Team in gathering or creating any and all assets needed to generate reports and submissions for successfully-funded grants, such as photos, success stories, testimonials and more
  • Maintain Funder Acknowledgment Tracking Sheet and regularly review US material for accurate current funder recognition
  • Support Grants Team in developing and maintaining annual development calendar with grant deadlines and contacts
  • Assist Development Dept with sourcing and organizing digital content for use in grants and other Development material
  • Assist Grants Team in packaging grant applications and generating attachments for applications
  • Work closely with Grants Team as necessary to update grant related findings to ensure that new program data and initiatives are accurately reflected in narratives
  • Assist in conducting institutional prospect research to identify, qualify and prioritize grant opportunities
  • Perform other tasks and administrative support to the Development Team as assigned.


Desirable Skills & Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor degree (BA, BS, etc.) in related field
  • Exceptionally strong writing and editing skills, with experience in grant writing a plus
  • At least 2 years experience in related field
  • Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft and Google Suite of applications
  • Ability to organize and synthesize large amounts of data
  • Skilled in analyzing and presenting data in compelling and informative ways
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Work well in a team-oriented environment, with minimal supervision while maintaining harmonious relationships
  • Desire to learn about development and the inner-workings of a nonprofit organization
  • Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Work well with people in various communities, institutional and governmental organizations
  • Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds


Personal Qualifications:

The candidate has a commitment to developing leaders and coalition building. Strong commitment to social change through community empowerment and the arts. Personal values align with the vision and values of The Unusual Suspects organization.

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:
Must be flexible working in a fast-paced, non-profit environment. Experience or interest in theatre and youth arts education is a plus. This position works primarily, remotely, but as normal operations resume, may potentially continue in the US administrative office.

Salary & Schedule

  • $20,800 annually. Commensurate with experience.
  • Position is expected to work 20 hours weekly. Candidate should be open to work a flexible schedule to include occasional evenings and weekends.


To apply

Send resume, cover letter and one writing sample to [email protected] Include in the subject line of your email the title of the position in which you are applying. No calls please.