260 Sumner Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Date Posted:
March 15, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Grant Writer


ZUMIX staff members are creative and passionate individuals who hold each other accountable to our mission, vision, core values, and high standards of excellence. We seek a dedicated Grant Writer to join our team. This person must come with excellent organization, research, and communication skills to manage and fulfill grant projections for the year. In collaboration with the Development & Communications Manager and Director of Advancement, this person will be the primary grant writer for the organization’s yearly foundation goals, and will ensure that we are on track to fully fund our operations and programming.

Reports to

Director of Advancement

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Writing:
    - Articulate the goals, impact, and values of ZUMIX – both organizationally and programmatically.
    - Solicit approximately 100 funders annually through letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and reports.
    - Create foundational language for use in all grants written by the organization.
    - Collaborate with program staff in identifying new exciting initiatives.
  • Organization:
    - Work closely with the Development & Communications Manager and Director of Advancement in facilitating stewardship with foundation contacts.
    - Manage the ZUMIX grant calendar and projections and prioritize applications to ensure all requirements are fulfilled.
  • Research:
    - Research best practices in grant-writing, new relevant opportunities, and ways in which ZUMIX’s programming is relevant to the current funding landscape and needs of the Greater Boston Community.
  • Other:
    - Ensure that foundation supporters receive timely acknowledgement letters.
    - Assist in organizing and participating in site visits with foundation contacts.
    - Willingness to help with other organizational or development initiatives as needed.
  • Excellent writer with a passion for utilizing the arts as a tool for youth empowerment and social impact.
  • At least one year of experience with written proposals.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, attention to detail, and comfort with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Flexibility and adaptiveness, particularly to responding to needs in a nimble environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Basic computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Commitment to social justice and ZUMIX’s mission.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred, but not a requirement.
    ZUMIX does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

How To Apply:

This is a full-time position with a budgeted salary of $40,000, benefits including health and dental insurance, generous paid vacation days, a retirement plan, and professional development.

If interested, send a resume, cover letter, and persuasive writing sample toapply@zumix.org. Please write “Grant Writer – [Name]” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but applications received prior to April 2 will receive priority.

Apply by:
April 02, 2021
About this Organization:

Our Mission: ZUMIX empowers young people to build successful futures for themselves, transforming lives and community through music, creative media, and technology.

Since 1991, ZUMIX has provided music & creative media programs for youth ages 7-18 in the Greater Boston area. We serve 1,000 young people annually through out-of-school programing, as well as in-school arts expansion initiatives. ZUMIX’s goal is to empower young people through music, and to foster personal and professional development, artistic growth, and civic engagement, as well as the 21st century skills needed to achieve success in college and career. For more information on our work, please visit www.zumix.org.

As ZUMIX prepares to celebrate our 30th anniversary, we look back with pride on three decades of great work, and look forward with optimism at all that lies ahead. We are investing in our Advancement team through expanding roles and responsibilities; we are increasing our commitment to serving our community, which was hard-hit during the pandemic; we are embarking on a new music partnership with the Boston Public Schools; and we are evolving with the changing needs of our constituents.