260 Sumner Street
East Boston, MA 02128

Date Posted:
March 24, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Grant Writer (Full Time, Hybrid)


Two years into the pandemic, we have weathered the storm by hitting our fundraising targets and retaining our staff. We also experienced our first unexpected $1 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and husband Dan Jewett. This past year we launched a multi-year giving society which has already raised over $200,000. We are well positioned to expand our individual donor base, while continuing to attract strong support from foundation grants, grassroots events, increased government grant opportunities, and partnership potential with like-minded corporations who continue to give generously both financially and through their employee engagement. The Grant Writer will be joining a steady and successful team during this exciting time!

Reports to: Director of Development

ZUMIX is seeking a dedicated Grant Writer with excellent writing, research, and communication skills to manage and fulfill our grant submissions each year.This role will be the primary grant writer for the organization’s yearly foundation and government funding goals and will ensure that we are on track to meet revenue targets nearing $900,000 annually in these areas.


· Articulate the needs and values of ZUMIX as it aligns with foundation and government funding priorities.

· Solicit approximately 80 institutional funders annually through letters of inquiry, concept papers, proposals, and reports.

· Create template language for use in grants written by the organization which are coherent and compelling.

· Collaborate with program staff in identifying new and exciting initiatives for the organization.

· Work closely with administrative and program staff to ensure alignment with financial goals and the accurate implementation of awarded funds.

Research and Data

· Research new institutional funding opportunities, ways in which ZUMIX’s programming is relevant to the current funding landscape, and best practices in grant writing.

· Maintain ongoing spreadsheet of funding opportunities, wins, and losses; manage monthly reconciliation of those funds monthly.

· Support the collection of data and reporting to funders, setting up reporting communication with program staff for accuracy and timeliness of needed data.

Organization and Communication

· In partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Development, strategically form relationships and establish lines of communication with new funders, and maintain and strengthen relationships with existing funders.

· Manage the ZUMIX grant calendar and projections; sending out reminders and leveraging other staff as well as contracted grant support where needed.

· Prioritize application deadlines, bringing together required constituents in a timely basis to ensure all requirements are fulfilled.

· Maintain records on all submitted applications, budgets, required attachment, and reports for each institutional funder.


· 2-4 years of experience in grant writing or equivalent Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, creative writing, or related area.

· Excellent writing and organizational skills, with a strong attention to detail and deadlines.

· Ability to take initiative and work independently, with adaptiveness in working with different constituents and changing priorities.

· Skill to manage multiple priorities simultaneously; Able to handle confidential matters with utmost integrity.

· Computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

· Sense of humor, and strong love of music.

· Commitment to youth development, social justice, and ZUMIX’s mission and values.

How To Apply:

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time position with generous paid time off including an annual closure from December 25th until January 2nd, annual professional development funds, retirement planning and contribution of 1% of salary. ZUMIX pays 80% of health and dental for individuals (or equivalent amount for plus 1 or family). Additional benefits include 100 percent of Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) tax paid, as well as short-term, long-term, and life insurance, flexible schedule, and hybrid work schedule.

Annual salary is commensurate with experience, but budgeted to be $45,000-48,000 annually.

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, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

To Apply
Please email resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Chrissy Holt, Director of Finance & Administration, at apply@zumix.org. In the subject line, please write “Grant Writer: [name]” in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Our goal is for a June 13th, 2022 start date.

Apply by:
May 06, 2022
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 offered award winning music & creative media programs for youth in the Greater Boston area ages 7-18.We have grown from a literal kitchen table project, to serving 1,000 young people annually through out-of-school programing, as well as in-school arts expansion initiatives. ZUMIX is dedicated to empowering young people through music, and to fostering personal and professional development, artistic growth, and civic engagement, as well as the 21st century skills needed to achieve success in college and career. Our staff members are creative and passionate individuals who hold each other accountable to our mission, vision, core values, and to high standards of excellence. For more information on our work, please visit www.zumix.org.

As ZUMIX celebrates our 31st 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 staff; we are deepening relationships with youth and their development; we are increasing our commitment to serving our broader community, which was hard-hit during the pandemic; we are embarking on expanding music partnerships with the Boston Public Schools and neighboring districts; and we are evolving our curriculum to align with the changing needs of our constituents.