Grants Manager

Center for Puppetry Arts | Atlanta, Georgia


The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the art form of puppetry.  The Center’s mission is to inspire imagination, education, and community through the global art of puppetry.  For further information, visit our website at

Job Summary

The Center for Puppetry Arts seeks a Grants Manager who is the principal researcher and writer of funding proposals, applications, letters of intent, acknowledgements, and reports to foundation, corporate, NGO, and government grant makers.  This position may also work with and create proposals and reports for select individual donors. 

Reports To

The Grants Manager reports to the Development Director.


  • Proactively manage a calendar of grant application deadlines and report deadlines and manage the proofing process for all grants and reports
  • Develop well-researched, well-written, and compelling grant proposals, applications, and reports for private and public funders and ensure submission in a timely fashion
  • Measure attendance and demographic information using Tessitura ticketing database and other resources, with the goal of reporting on measurable outcomes and demographics to programmatic funders
  • Work collaboratively with Center leadership and other departments to develop, analyze, and coordinate program/project budgets, descriptions, activities, and timelines
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with current, prospective, and lapsed funders through personalized outreach, which may include communication via phone, email, and in-person visits
  • Communicate with funders to obtain additional information for proposal submissions, clarify guidelines, and request feedback on declined proposals
  • Proactively identify new grant funding opportunities, qualify prospective funders, and conduct “cold outreach” to funding prospects, analyze the fit between the funder/program, and recommend strategies for grant opportunities
  • Attend applicant workshops in person or via conference call/webinar, as needed
  • Prepare periodic reports on grant activity for internal/staff awareness, with a focus on meeting revenue goals for corporate, foundation, NGO, and government funding
  • Enter grant donations into Raiser’s Edge database, prepare acknowledgement letters, and maintain electronic and hard copy grant files
  • Assist with occasional Development events including patron appreciation parties (3-4 times per year on Friday evenings), the annual String Fling Gala (held on a Saturday in September each year), and other events as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A genuine passion for the Center’s work and programs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 2 years of proposal writing experience with demonstrated success, preferably in an arts and culture organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a proven ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively
  • Strong critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and interpersonal skills, with a positive, “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work quickly and calmly under pressure, effectively multi-task, and manage competing deadlines and shifting priorities
  • Strong initiative and follow-through, especially when it comes to meeting deadlines
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook, and a willingness to learn how to edit Adobe PDF documents.
  • Raiser’s Edge experience preferred
  • Familiarity with the Atlanta philanthropic community and/or the Atlanta arts and cultural scene/environment preferred


Full-time, salaried, exempt position, with benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to No phone calls, please.  

  • A cover letter, including your salary expectation
  • Resume
  • Three writing samples (preferably grant proposals – sensitive information may be redacted)
Center for Puppetry Arts


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations