Grant Writer (Contractor)

Williamstown Theatre Festival
New York, NY 10036

Job Details


WTF is looking to engage a grant writer on a contract basis to draft and revise narrative for LOIs, grant applications, and grant reports.  The grant writer will also be responsible for submitting application and report materials and collaborating with the Development Coordinator to manage and maintain the institutional grants plan.

This opportunity offers an excellent introduction to grant writing for the arts, though WTF hopes to engage an individual with some experience interning or working in a Development office at a comparable not-for-profit arts organization.

WTF seeks to engage a grant writer with a keen eye for detail and a commitment to excellence who exhibits exemplary time management skills and the ability to work independently to produce concise and inspiring narrative that speaks to WTF’s outstanding programs and art.

Though grant applications and reports are spread throughout the year, the number of active projects varies week-to-week, with some weeks very quiet and others very busy.  Candidates will have to have the flexibility in their schedule in order to meet project deadlines and collaborate with WTF staff members.

To apply, please email [email protected] with your resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references.


  • Draft and revise narrative for grant LOIs, applications, and reports (approximately 42 grants/year)

  • Submit grant LOIs, applications, and reports on time

  • Manage and maintain WTF’s institutional grants plan as directed by the Development Coordinator and Director of Development & Communications

  • Seek out information from internal and external sources for the development of draft narrative

  • Further support WTF’s institutional giving activities by proofreading other grant applications completed by WTF staff

  • Embrace the Festival’s commitment to EDI and Anti-racism by actively participating in and encouraging behaviors among staff members that exemplify respect; interrupting microaggressions and other behaviors that hinder our EDI and anti-racism efforts; and demonstrating a degree of cultural competency that encourages healthy relationships with all company members

  • At the request of WTF’s Development Staff, research additional grant opportunities for WTF

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to quickly craft and deliver clear, accurate, and engaging messaging in both internal and external communications

  • Experience working or interning in a fast-paced nonprofit arts environment (specifically Development) preferred

  • Capable of handling multiple projects and prioritizing appropriately

  • Willingness to see projects through to completion

  • Able to foster a cooperative environment

  • High level of computer aptitude and proficiency in Google Workspace

  • Must maintain confidentiality and security of sensitive patron and company information


Williamstown Theatre Festival’s mission:

  • To produce classic and new plays with distinction and verve, and to present artists with production opportunities and challenges seldom available elsewhere

  • To provide a training program in which emerging theater talents collaborate with accomplished mentors in a vital, professional, and educational atmosphere

  • To create and present programs that serve and engage a diverse community

Williamstown Theatre Festival continues to listen to the wisdom of anti-racism resources and to the insight of BIPOC artists, administrators, and alumni as we analyze our long history, our past and current practices, and our culture.  WTF is committed to acknowledging, addressing, and dismantling the systems of white supremacy and anti-Blackness that exist in our organization.  To this end, we are prioritizing diversity on our staff and we are actively seeking a diverse pool of candidates.

Williamstown Theatre Festival is an equal opportunity employer, committed to telling diverse stories and to fostering an inclusive environment both onstage and off.

For over six decades, Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement, has brought emerging and professional theatre artists together to create a thrilling summer festival of premiere work alongside fresh, new productions of the western canon, accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS and Late-Night Cabarets, and readings and workshops of new plays. Under Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, WTF launched the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program, through which theatre artists, including Jocelyn Bioh, Nathan Alan Davis, Halley Feiffer, Justin Levine, Matthew Lopez, Jiehae Park, Benjamin Scheuer, and many others, create new work supported by a year-round play development program. WTF runs unmatched training programs for new generations of theatre talent, and artists and productions shaped at WTF fill theatres in New York, London, and around the country each season. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s productions of The Bridges of Madison County, The Elephant Man, Fool for Love, Living on Love, and The Visit enjoyed critically acclaimed runs on Broadway, with The Elephant Man and The Visit receiving Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively. WTF’s world premiere productions of Cost of Living (winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Actually, Paradise Blue, and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow played acclaimed Off-Broadway runs. In the 2019-20 theatrical season, Williamstown Theatre Festival is represented on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside and Grand Horizons, both nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play, The Rose Tattoo, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka.




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