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Skirball Cultural Center

Grant Writer

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

Since opening in 1996, the Skirball Cultural Center has been a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. The Skirball has defined itself by its deep commitment to pluralism, inclusivity, and cross- cultural exchange. The Skirball welcomes the public to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections across generations and communities, and build a more just society.

The Skirball has experienced significant growth and transformation during the last two decades, including multiple expansions of its campus and programs, broadening its impact and establishing itself as the largest Jewish cultural institution in the nation with more than 600,000 visitors annually, 400 employees, and a $22 million operating budget. This is a pivotal moment for the Skirball, which has new leaders who are charting a path for the future of the organization.

Culture and Compensation

The Skirball Cultural Center is an incredible place to work with a dedicated and diverse team. Skirball employees have an average tenure of more than seven years at Skirball. They are committed to a work environment that is rooted in our mission and our core values. If you would like to join a group where all people are valued, this is the place.

The Skirball Cultural Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, criminal history in accordance with the law, or any other legally protected characteristics. Everyone is encouraged to apply for available employment to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups to apply.

A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered, commensurate with experience.

Grant Writer

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks a Grant Writer for its Advancement department. This full-time position reports to the Vice President of Advancement. The Grant Writer is a vital member of the Advancement team, responsible for compelling writing that is responsive to Skirball priorities and funding requirements. The Grant Writer will contribute to the Skirball’s robust fundraising efforts with philanthropists, foundations, corporations, and government entities, inspiring their impassioned support for the Skirball’s mission, social justice, the arts, and education.

Writing Responsibilities

  • Develop grant proposals, reports, budgets, and necessary supporting materials.
  • Write major donor acknowledgments and correspondence, exhibition and program prospectuses, and other Advancement department communications.
  • Gather and analyze data and information to support grant and report preparation.
  • In collaboration with program colleagues, clarify priorities, goals, and objectives for impactful proposals.
  • In collaboration with Membership Manager, assist with writing membership promotions and materials.


Advancement Responsibilities

  • Assist Vice President, Advancement, in maintaining excellent communications, relationships, and networks with representatives of funding sources.
  • Maintain the grants calendar to monitor application processes, deadlines, reports, and grant compliance.
  • Research available grants from diverse sources of funding.
  • Initiate, attend meetings, and develop relationships with potential new funding sources when appropriate.
  • Maintain records in donor database, completing prospect plans and recording proposals and acknowledgments.
  • Attend grant writing, funder, and donor database webinars/workshops.
  • Participate in major donor cultivation events and Skirball-wide programs.
  • Work evenings and weekends on occasion and as requested to represent the Skirball at community events.


Qualifications, Experience, and Attributes

  • Three years successful nonprofit grant writing experience.
  • Undergraduate degree in English, communications, fundraising, or similar field and/or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent IT tool proficiency and demonstrated ability to utilize Office 365 applications and Altru, or equivalent donor database software.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Skirball’s mission to  welcome the stranger and help build a more just society.
To apply

Please send resume and cover letter, preferably by email, to:

Human Resources Re: Grant Writer
Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 FAX: (310) 440‐4595
[email protected]