Grants Writer Jobs in Austin, TX at Thinkery

Title: Grants Writer

Company: Thinkery

Location: Austin, TX

Job DetailsLevelExperienced
Job LocationThinkery MLL – Austin, TX
Position TypeFull Time
Education Level4 Year Degree
Salary Range$35,000.00 – $45,000.00 Salary/year
Job ShiftDay
Job CategoryNonprofit – Social Services
ABOUT THINKERYThinkery is where Austin’s children and their families come to enjoy play-based, inquiry-rich, hands-on learning experiences. We believe that innovative, play-based, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) learning experiences are a powerful way for children to develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and curiosity about the world around them. Our exhibits and programs encourage children—alongside their caregivers—to solve creative challenges, explore a variety of materials, and to develop new ways to complete unfamiliar projects. Through these activities, children gain the tools and confidence to develop and grow into enthusiastic, creative, lifelong STEAM learners and thinkers.ABOUT THE ROLEThe Institutional Giving Coordinator is responsible for the writing and the submission of funding proposals and required reports from corporate, foundation and government partners, to support Thinkery’s museum, operations, programming and capital funding needs. The Institutional Giving Coordinator works closely with interested parties within Thinkery and collaborating community partners to create competitive proposals and accurate reports. The Institutional Giving Coordinator plays a key role in executing an annual grants calendar of solicitation and stewardship activities, internal award announcements and donor recognition in collaboration with the larger Advancement team.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Develop, create, and submit timely, well researched, well written funding proposals to support museum exhibits, programming, general operating, and capital funding needs.
Meet proposal and reporting deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, data collection and analysis, review, approval, and submission.
Coordinates templating, writing and review of proposals and reports with Thinkery staff and community partner collaborators.
Enter and monitor prospecting, awards and stewardship tracking data and ensure accuracy of information across multiple systems (internal grants calendar; Tessitura).
Manage reporting system for awards received, utilize timeline and tracking system for proposals, coordinate with interested parties within Thinkery and at community partner organizations, and prepare and distribute ongoing status reports.
Coordinate with direct supervisor, Advancement team, and Thinkery staff to ensure that implementation of outlined program deliverables and financial activities are in compliance with grant contracts.
Track proposal processes and activities and maintain relationship management records in Tessitura.
Help plan overall institutional giving strategy for the fiscal year and future years.
Attend meetings with an interdepartmental leadership team to discuss upcoming proposals, progress on ongoing grant projects, and other related issues.
Track proposals—awarded and declined—to help manage Institutional Giving and Advancement budget and strategy.
Serve as an active member of the Advancement team and assist with department-wide projects, key fundraising and community engagement events, and other initiatives.
Commitment to support Thinkery’s dedication to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility initiatives.


Community Focus: Building strong community relationships and delivering community-centric solutions
Ensures Accountability: Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
Values Differences: Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization
Nimble Learning: Actively learning through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder
Instills Trust: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity


Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Media/Communications, or related field preferred
Minimum of 2 years of experience in institutional giving, grant writing, prospecting and research, general fundraising or a minimum of 3 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting


Excellent grammar, writing, editorial, and research skills
Highly organized with the ability to implement systems and processes and manage time effectively
Skilled in interdepartmental and interorganizational communication, collaboration, and relationship building.
Experience in data collection and analysis
Create high quality work product within tight timeframe and firm deadlines
Proficient in the Microsoft Suite and Adobe Acrobat. Experience with donor database systems, particularly Tessitura, a plus.


The role is full-time exempt with work hours largely between Monday through Friday 9-5 pm with flexibility for personal preferences. Periodic duties outside of/in excess of regular work week schedule during seasonal high-volume times. This position is currently remote and will likely remain at least 50% remote pending public health changes. Some on-site work will be required, including site visits from funders, annual gala, etc.
Actively practice Thinkery’s health and safety protocols. Fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at the time of on-boarding with accommodations for religious and medical exemptions.
Flexible and willing to fill cross functional roles to support museum operations
Represent Thinkery’s key values of inclusivity, excellence, respect, innovation, playfulness, cooperation and creativity.
Support culture of cross organization communication, collaboration and information sharing.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position is largely stationary. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:
Observe and react to the needs of guests, staff, volunteers, and community partners
Move throughout the museum when on-site
Occasionally manipulate and move office supplies and equipment components weighing up to 15 pounds, including those that may be low to the ground or above eye level
Communicate and exchange accurate information with guests, staff, volunteers, and community partners in a variety of formats including in-person, electronically, and over the phone
Detect and respond to safety hazards
Utilize a standard office equipment efficiently and accurately.

This job description should not be construed to imply these requirements are the only duties, responsibilities and qualifications for this job. Incumbents may be required to follow any additional related instructions, acquire related job skills, and perform other related work as required. This job description may be updated as needed.The Thinkery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above listed items.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $35,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year

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