Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Grants Writer / Development Associate

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Cleveland Public Theatre is Hiring a Grants Writer / Development Associate




CPT is Hiring a Grants Writer / Development Associate

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is hiring a Grants Writer / Development Associate who is a core part of the CPT staff and will make a meaningful contribution to life at CPT and our community impact.

Review of candidates will begin immediately. To apply for the position, send an email to Caitie H. Milcinovic, Director of Organizational Advancement at by end of day Friday, July 30. Subject line should read: YOUR LAST NAME, Grants Writer / Development Associate. Your email should include two attachments: a resume, and a two-page cover letter giving examples of your related experiences and explaining why you are interested in this position. No phone calls, please.


The Grants Writer / Development Associate prepares proposals and reports for foundation, government, and corporate donors. This position is responsible for supporting CPT in achieving its fundraising goals with a focus on grant writing. Duties also include the production of correspondence and support documents in relation to grants, as well as funder research, database maintenance, proofreading and editing, and some administrative responsibilities.

Salary range is $36k to $42k based on work experience. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off. Anticipated start date is Monday, September 27.


The Grants Writer / Development Associate reports to the Director of Organizational Advancement and has the following responsibilities.


  1. Produces proposals and reports to foundation, government, and corporate donors
  2. Produces correspondence regarding grant administration, including thank you letters, queries, and cover letters
  3. Prepares documents as part of grant applications, including budgets, expense reports, bios, and season play lists
  4. Copyedits and proofreads proposals, applications, reports, and other documents
  5. Prepares application packages for grant proposals, including photocopying, filing, and mailing
  6. Manages contracts with city and community partners in relation to education programs, including application, filing government paperwork, reporting, and invoicing for reimbursement
  7. Liaises with the Development staff and other departments in the collection of program information needed for grant proposals and reports, including statistics, brochures, programs, photos, ticket sales reports, and reviews
  8. Maintains detailed records of statistics for education and artistic programming in collaboration with other departments
  9. Enters gifts and maintains donor information in database
  10. Prepares and tracks invitations to education programs and other special events
  11. Researches and identifies new funding sources
  12. Facilitates funder notes
  13. Other duties as assigned


  1. Provides administrative support, including the maintenance of grant-related files and paperwork
  2. Works as a team member with the rest of the staff at special events
  3. Attends meetings and takes notes when necessary
  4. Maintains good work habits including promptness, adherence to CPT workplace policies, preparedness for meetings and events, and responsive follow-through on all donor, supervisor, and staff requests
  5. Maintains a positive attitude with donors and staff
  6. Other duties as assigned


  1. Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  2. Ability to gather and organize information about programs, including their background and history, goals, and objectives
  3. Consistent attention to detail and accuracy
  4. Ability to stay organized and meet deadlines
  5. Ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  6. Enthusiasm and dedication
  7. Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  8. Must be able to work effectively and efficiently
  9. Computer literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  10. Database experience
  11. Background in or knowledge of theatre arts preferred, but not required


CPT cares passionately about reflecting our community and pursuing diversity at all levels of the organization. CPT has a demanding work environment with long, intense hours, but we have fun and love what we do. We value courage, integrity, representation, joy, respect, humanity, and challenging ourselves and each other to be our collective best. For applicants considering relocation to Cleveland: our city is an excellent community to live in with top-notch arts and culture, a vibrant theatre scene, beautiful public parks, a great lake, and affordable housing.


CPT is a nationally recognized center for contemporary performance. Our mission is to raise consciousness and nurture compassion through groundbreaking theatre and life-changing education programs. CPT implements this mission through our theatrical season, featuring between 8-10 adventurous professional productions and a robust series of new play development programs that support writers and devisers at multiple points in the creative process. CPT’s acclaimed education programs engage communities in devising new works that speak to contemporary issues and empower participants to work for positive change in our community. CPT is home to resident community ensembles Teatro Público de Cleveland and Masrah Cleveland Al-Arabi, and CPT annually presents Station Hope, a large-scale community arts festival. CPT’s budget is around $1.8 – $2.5 million per year. CPT has 18 full-time staff members, and we are currently hiring 3 additional positions, for a total of 21 staff.


Staff are required to work in-office at least 35 hours per week. On average there would be an additional 15 hours of work per week, with the option to work from home when the needs of the position allow. Unvaccinated employees are required to wear masks when in CPT facilities or when working with people under the age of 12.