Grants Manager

  • Full-time

Company Description

The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, educates and serves through musical performance, innovation, collaboration and inclusion. Led by music director Giancarlo Guerrero, the orchestra performs more than 150 concerts annually, with a diverse repertoire that includes classical, pops, jazz, movies, and more. It is one of the most active recording orchestras in the U.S., with a total of 14 GRAMMY® Awards and 27 nominations.


Job Description

The Grants Manager is a member of the development team and oversees all aspects of our grant-seeking and grant management activities. The Grants Manager will be responsible for identifying funding opportunities, preparing grant proposals, managing grant budgets and ensuring compliance with grant requirements. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in grant writing and administration, excellent communication skills and a passion for the arts, music in particular.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the Nashville Symphony – its mission, history, culture, vision, programs and governance structure and is able to clearly communicate its mission and needs
  • Create and implement a comprehensive foundation/government/corporate grant development plan and budget, engaging with colleagues to identify needs, opportunities and funding budgets
  • Manage the existing government and foundations portfolio and grants calendar
  • Research, identify and pursue potential new grant opportunities from government agencies, foundations and other funding sources
  • Write and prepare grant proposals, applications and reports; ensure timely submission of all grant requests and reports
  • Collaborate across organization to gather information and data for proposals and advise management on opportunities
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements and reporting deadlines
  • Provide status reports to Chief Development Officer, Senior Staff and others as appropriate
  • Monitor and evaluate grant-funded programs and projects to assess impact and effectiveness
  • Create year-end reporting for both internal and external audiences
  • Stay informed about trends and best practices in grant writing and fundraising

Additional responsibilities:

  • Manage charitable solicitation permit application process
  • Manage organizational overview and narratives on, and Charity Navigator, and other web sites as needed
  • Leads research strategy and procedures, including support for prospecting for individuals, corporate and foundation leads
  • Assume responsibility for special projects or other activities as directed by the Chief Development Officer and Vice President of Development
  • Stay informed of local, state and federal news as it pertains to arts funding, communicates news, participates in arts advocacy efforts/activities
  • Other duties as assigned


Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Two to three years experience in grant writing or comparable writing-intensive profession; experience in a cultural arts organization or nonprofit sector preferred
  • Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills; ability to handle multiple projects and priorities
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and grant management software (e.g. Fluxx, Foundant)
  • Passion for the arts and commitment to the mission of Nashville Symphony

Additional Information


The Nashville Symphony prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


The Nashville Symphony is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which maintains that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. If you have questions concerning the Nashville Symphony’s compliance with Title VI, please contact CFO Marye Walker Lewis.

This company is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 39-17-1801-1810. In accordance with that law and company policy, smoking is prohibited in enclosed areas of company property.