Grant Writer

The Colburn School

Los Angeles, CA


Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Colburn School is an internationally recognized leader in performing arts education and is part of the fabric of the Los Angeles cultural community.  With a world-renowned faculty, Colburn trains local and international students in four divisions: the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, the Colburn Music Academy and the Colburn Dance Academy.

The Colburn School's mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education at all levels of development in an optimal learning environment. 

 The Grant Writer is responsible for writing proposals and reports to foundations and government and corporate partners in the Colburn School’s portfolio of institutional supporters; documenting grant materials and managing grant deadlines. The Colburn School is seeking an experienced advancement professional with strong grant writing skills and a passionate commitment to the performing arts and education.


Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Prepares, writes and submits grant proposals and renewals.
  • Writes grant reports and complies with all reporting requirements.
  • Maintains familiarity with the Colburn School’s programs, goals and financial need.
  • Works closely with faculty and program staff to transform ideas into grant proposals; interacts and collaborates with campus constituencies involved in grant funded activities.
  • Organizes foundation site visits.
  • Researches new funding prospects 
  • Participates in the Advancement department’s donor events. 
  • Maintains data in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Coordinates grant funded project activities; prepares correspondence and presentation materials.
  • Performs other duties or special projects as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Music, Education, Liberal Arts or related field.  2 to 3 years of demonstrated, successful grant writing experience in a non-profit organization.  
  • Familiarity with performing arts funders in Los Angeles and nationally.
  • High capacity to work independently and manage time effectively in deadline driven environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills; thorough attention to detail; accurate maintenance of records.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Professional demeanor and positive attitude.
  • Flexibility to work within the needs of an academic environment and to work evenings and weekends.




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