JOB POSTING: GRANT WRITER & FUNDRAISER (PART-TIME), Philosophical Research Society FLSA Status: Non-Exempt Location: Los Angeles, CA Closing Date: Open until filled; Looking to fill this position ASAP Revised: 05/14/23
ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit cultural organization that promotes research into mythology, the humanities and metaphysics, and maintains a collection of over 30,000 rare volumes housed in a stunning two-story library. It presents a wide range of cultural programming and events including lectures, film screenings, concerts, gallery exhibits and online classes. Its historic 1930s-era Mayan Revival buildings in the heart of the Los Feliz neighborhood are among L.A.'s most recognizable architectural landmarks, with ample on-site parking available. Over the years PRS has hosted thousands of events with artists, authors and thinkers including poet Charles Bukowski, architect Richard Neutra, author Marianne Williamson, writer Alan Watts, PRS founder Manly P. Hall and many others. Its lecture room, library and auditorium are decorated with beautiful antiquarian art and sculptures from around the world.
POSITION SUMMARY The GRANT WRITER & FUNDRAISER (PART-TIME) will research relevant grant opportunities, write compelling grant proposals, and work with our team to understand PRS' financial needs and which grants/fundraising initiatives would best support its mission ensuring PRS reaches its annual fundraising goals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
Works with the Executive Director and development team on grant and fundraising initiatives
Identifies relevant grant funding opportunities
Communicates with grant administrators to determine which grants are best suited to PRS and its mission
Writes, collects supporting documents, submits, and manages grant proposals
Provides regular updates on grant application status and fundraising projects to development team
Creates and updates the grants development calendar
Writes and edits executive summaries, conclusions, and organizational and program descriptions
Prepares presentations by assembling and overseeing the printing and digital presentation of proposals, including text and graphics
Attends grant seminar meetings
Ensures that the department meets proposal deadlines by determining priorities and target dates for information gathering, drafting, editing, revising, and submitting proposals
Reports any issues to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director
Exceptional organizational and writing skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Project management and vendor relations skills
Presentation and public speaking experience a plus
Understanding of basic design concepts
Ability to manage multiple simultaneous deadlines
Problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Strategic planning and organizational skills
Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, business communications, creative writing or related field a plus
Previous experience in fundraising or as a grant writer a plus
BENEFITS & WAGES Hourly up to 20/hrs. a week, $18-20/hr.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Requires a full range of body motion including handling and lifting, manual finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
EOE STATEMENT PRS is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. PRS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
HOW TO APPLY Submit cover letter, writing sample, and resume or C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Philosophical Research Society 3910 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.663.2167 info [at] prs.org
THE PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY IS A LOS ANGELES-BASED, NONPROFIT CULTURAL INSTITUTION FOUNDED IN 1934 AS A REPOSITORY OF MULTICULTURAL WISDOM SOURCES AND A CENTER OF LEARNING WITH A UNIQUE LIBRARY CONTAINING OVER 30,000 RARE VOLUMES. ITS HISTORIC LANDMARK BUILDINGS ARE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND PRESENT SEMINARS, CLASSES AND CONCERTS ON MYTHOLOGY, THE HUMANITIES AND METAPHYSICS.