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Grants Assistant (full-time)

Job Summary

The Richmond Symphony seeks a full-time Grants Assistant to generate proposals and reports for private foundation and government support. Proposals will be for both operating and project-based needs. This is an exempt salaried position.

  • With the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving, research and write grant applications for current and potential foundation and government funders
  • Manage the tracking of existing grants and reporting through donor database
  • Maintain comprehensive records in donor database, electronic, and paper files to include: grant proposals, communications from funders, acknowledgments, and reporting documentation
  • Prepare renewal grants as applicable with local, state and federal government agencies
  • Edit draft applications for accuracy and completeness in accordance with grant requirements
  • Work collaboratively with Advancement and other departmental staff to implement funding strategies
  • Prepare reports as required by grant agencies
  • Develop comprehensive understanding of institutional history and programs
  • Seek out additional grant opportunities as appropriate
  • Serve as a liaison to funding agencies and organizations (as assigned)
  • Coordinate and oversee gathering of statistics relevant to grant reporting/development work (concert attendance, educational program attendance/participation, etc)
  • Other duties as assigned

Successful performance in this position requires an individual with excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills, including: attention to detail and efficient time management, the ability to collaborate creatively and work effectively with internal and external partners, and the ability to execute tactical activities that accomplish departmental and organizational goals. Candidates must also possess a commitment to excellence and to personal and professional development as a prerequisite to meet the changing needs of the job, and undertake such other duties as may be reasonably required.

The ability to work effectively in a fast paced environment, adaptability, and flexibility are crucial to successful performance of the position’s requirements.

Additional Skills include:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
    • Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals
    • Strong editing skills
  • Highly organized and proactive
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Strong project/time management skills
  • Emphasis on flexibility and variety of workload
  • Grant experience preferred but not required
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and work independently
  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • Competitive benefits including health, dental and voluntary 403(b) plan
  • Position will have work space in the Richmond Symphony office
  • Parking is provided
  • The Richmond Symphony strives to create an environment that practices shared values inclusive of the following: Mutual Respect, Empathy, Integrity, Transparency, Trust, Insistence on Excellence, Hunger for Success, Passion, Creativity and Fun

To Apply:

Interested parties should e-mail cover letter, resume and two writing samples to: Kathryn Pullam, Senior Manager of Institutional Giving at kpullam@richmondsymphony.com.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received; position will remain open until filled.


Marketing & Graphic Design Intern (part-time)

The Richmond Symphony is seeking a highly motivated and creative part-time marketing intern. The position offers a unique opportunity to build your portfolio while gaining valuable, hands-on marketing experience. The intern will craft content for social media, manage the Richmond Symphony website, and help to create promotional materials for the Richmond Symphony. Projects will range from designing social media graphics to participating in large projects to market Symphony concerts and community events. The intern will be an essential member of the Richmond Symphony team.

Required Qualifications:
Communications: write clear, engaging communications for print and the web.
Website management: edit Richmond Symphony website and write promotional copy (WordPress experience preferred).
E-marketing: assist with e-mail marketing through campaign development and content.
Social Media: craft social media content and media releases.
Support Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer with the creation of presentations, stationery, brochures, and additional marketing materials.
Work closely with the Marketing & PR Manager and Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer to translate messaging concepts into marketing materials.
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite: especially with InDesign, and Photoshop. Ability to work independently as well as in partnership with a team.
Ability to define and work to deadlines.
Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented.
Enthusiasm for the mission of the organization: to change lives through the power of our music!
An “all hands on deck” attitude, along with outstanding communication skills.
TBD, based on experience.
This is a paid position and may be eligible for college credits (if you are a student). Build your portfolio of work. 18-20 hours/week (3 days/week) Preference will be given to those who can commit to 20 hours/week and a minimum of 10 weeks of service. Work will be done within Richmond Symphony office hours: M – F, 9:00am – 5:00pm
How to apply:
Please e-mail a cover letter, portfolio, and resume to Erin Frye: efrye@richmondsymphony.com and include “Marketing Internship” in the subject header.
Communication/Public Relations/Marketing