Grant Writer

Job Summary:  The Grant Writer is responsible for writing grant proposals and final reports, in support of both annual and special project funding campaigns.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write grant proposals and final reports, in support of both annual and special project funding campaigns.
  • Gather information from other Louisville Orchestra departments for inclusion in proposals/reports.
  • Liaise with foundation/government staff as needed for information gathering and proposal/report compilation and submission.
  • Compose donor stewardship letters and reports.
  • Provide foundation/government prospect research.
  • Other duties as assigned, including administrative and management support for the foundation/government grants division.
  • Manage a small portfolio of individuals as assigned in consultation with Chief Development Officer.


  • Bachelor’s degree; Masters preferred.
  • Four-Five years of writing experience; previous grant experience preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to support the preparation and implementation of grant proposals.
  • Able to meet multiple deadlines with accuracy.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complex processes.
  • Able to represent the LO in a professional manner both on the phone and in-person with donors and patrons.
  • Strong computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and donor databases.
  • Familiarity with budgets.

Working Conditions

  • Pleasant, collegial office environment.
  • Time split between individual and collaborative work.
  • Some travel to off-site program locations and night and/or weekends required.

Compensation and Benefits

The Louisville Orchestra offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience and in line with similar positions of this scope with similar-sized orchestras in the country and Louisville cultural institutions. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, vacation and sick time, parking stipend, 403b plan, and a diverse offering of voluntary benefits.

About the Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra has long had a strong reputation for innovation, creativity, and excellence with a season that includes classical, popular, and educational main stage concerts, a diverse array of programming throughout the community, and performances with the Kentucky Opera and Louisville Ballet.

The Orchestra was the first to record under its own label and became internationally recognized in the 1950s for producing 150 LPs consisting of more than 450 new works. Under the leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra has revived its commitment to championing the creation of new works.

Located in culturally rich Louisville, the organization is at the forefront of redefining what a 21st-century orchestra can be and is well on its way to achieving its goal of becoming known as “the most interesting orchestra on the planet.”

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three professional references to Candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted with further instructions. References will not be contacted until the final round of interviews. No phone calls, please.