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Director of Institutional Partnerships


Location: Chicago, IL

At Black Alphabet, we're dedicated to fostering a vibrant arts community by supporting local artists, promoting public engagement in the arts, and providing educational opportunities in Chicago and Across the Country. We believe that art is a catalyst for social change, personal development, and community cohesion. We're looking for a Director of Institutional Partnerships/Grant Writer who shares our passion for the arts and our commitment to advancing the role of the arts in society.

Position Summary:

The Director of Institutional Partnerships/Grant Writer will lead the development and execution of our fundraising strategies with foundations, government entities, and other institutional funders. This key team member will be responsible for identifying grant opportunities, writing compelling proposals, and building strong relationships with partners to support our programs and strategic initiatives. This role requires a blend of creativity, strategic thinking, and a proven track record in securing funding through grants and partnerships.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify and research potential grant opportunities that align with the organization's mission and strategic priorities.

  • Write, submit, and manage grant proposals, ensuring timely and accurate reporting to funders.

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with existing and potential institutional donors and partners.

  • Collaborate with the executive director to gather information and data for proposals and reports.

  • Maintain a calendar of submissions and reporting deadlines for all grants and partnership agreements.

  • Develop and implement strategies to grow institutional funding and support.

  • Monitor and analyze trends in institutional giving and adapt strategies accordingly.

  • Serve as the primary liaison to funders and institutional partners, ensuring ongoing communications and stewardship.

  • Manage and update database records related to grants and institutional partners.

  • Provide regular updates to executive leadership on partnership activities and progress.

  • Work closely with the marketing team to ensure that institutional partnerships are acknowledged in publicity and promotional materials.

  • Assist in the planning and execution of special events related to institutional fundraising.

  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of Black Alphabet's programs and goals to effectively articulate the organization's vision to funders and partners.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; Master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in grant writing and institutional fundraising, preferably within the arts or nonprofit sector.

  • A strong track record of successful grant writing and securing funding from various sources.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to craft persuasive narratives and financial reports.

  • Strong research and analytical skills to identify funding opportunities and determine feasibility.

  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including funders and community partners.

  • Knowledge of the latest trends in institutional giving and nonprofit fundraising strategies.

  • Proficient in donor database management and grant tracking software.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet tight deadlines.


Working Conditions:

  • Remote but may require some in person meetings with Executive Director and or funders


How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (preferably a successful grant proposal) to Adam McMath at Black Alphabet is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

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