Director of Grants

The TN Performing Arts Center


Education, Training & Library

Position Description / Responsibilities

JOB TITLE:  Director of Grants      


DEPARTMENT: Development

REPORTS TO:  Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement



To raise the visibility and funding necessary for Tennessee Performing Arts Center to provide top quality education and arts programs to a diverse community via the grant writing process and advocate for the mission and impact of TPAC to government officials, funders, and the community at large


1.   Research, identify, and solicit local and national government, foundation, and corporate grant support to fund TPAC’s education and outreach mission

2.   Ensure that all identified philanthropic requests and reports are accomplished according to donors’ criteria

3.   Gather, understand, and communicate the goals, successes, and future initiatives of TPAC’s education programs to constituents and potential partners


1.       Compose and prepare grant proposals and funding requests to corporations, foundations, and government agencies

2.       Engage in ongoing prospect research and identification of potential donors and sponsors

3.       Research and communicate trends in arts and education funding relevant to TPAC’s program activities

4.       Develop recommendations for proposals based on research and review with SVP for Institutional Advancement and TPAC Education program directors to ensure compatibility

5.       Prepare and monitor solicitations calendar to meet all grant proposal and reporting deadlines

6.       Complete all reporting required in accordance with donor specifications

7.       Create and present solicitation progress reports on a weekly basis

8.       Work closely with members of the Development team and TPAC Education program directors to obtain needed data for proposals and reporting

9.       Compose acknowledgement letters to donors as needed

10.    Create correspondence for President/CEO and SVP for Institutional Advancement as they relate to prospects and donors; help prepare materials needed for making prospect calls

11.    Coordinate and work closely with Director of Corporate Relations and entire Development team to monitor any potential for redundancies and help execute cohesive overall solicitation approach

12.    Provide recommendations for annual solicitation timeline and budget goals for corporate, foundation, and government giving

13.    Maintain solicitations records in TPAC’s Tessitura database

14.    Continuously evaluate and make recommendations to SVP for Institutional Advancement regarding effectiveness of grant/sponsorship programs and activities

15.    Participate in activities and attend community functions, especially those aimed at building relationships with prospective donors

16.    Attend networking opportunities within the arts community when appropriate

17.    Contribute to overall team effort in all Development fundraising events and TPAC performances as needed

18.    Support advocacy efforts with local, state, and federal government officials in coordination with senior TPAC leadership to meet strategic institutional goals

The above listed duties are not all inclusive.  This position is expected to perform other work related duties as assigned even though they may not be considered primary duties.


Position Requirements

Experience Required

Bachelor of arts or sciences degree (B.A. or B.S.) from four-year college or university; five (5) years minimum related grant writing experience and/or training

Skills and Knowledge Required/Preferred

General knowledge of the arts and arts education as well as strong communication, organizational, and administrative skills; education and/or professional experience in a performing or visual arts discipline and/or in arts administration a plus; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills a must

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume to or mail / fax a resume to:

TPAC Human Resources PO Box 190660 Nashville, TN 37219
Fax 615-782-4001

Please, NO phone calls.

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