The Everson Museum of Art is Central New York’s premiere arts and cultural destination. Located in downtown Syracuse, the Everson typically serves approximately 60,000 visitors annually through a robust and dynamic menu of modern and contemporary art programs, exhibitions, and activities—both online and in person. With an operating budget of approximately $2m, the Everson relies on a diverse mix of funding sources, with a significant portion derived from private and corporate foundations and government agencies. The Grants Writer, reporting to the Director of Development, is a key member of the Everson’s fundraising team and contributes to the sustainability of the Museum’s ongoing mission-driven operations and meeting its audience-centered goals. The Grants Writer focuses on securing philanthropic support through grant writing and management as well as identifying new funding opportunities.
- – Help develop and implement strategy to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation donors, with the goal of securing support for key exhibitions, programs, and initiatives.
- – Take lead on writing foundation, government, and corporate grant proposals in deadline-driven environment.
- – Works with colleagues across departments to collect program information in a timely manner.
- – Research and identify new grant opportunities to support operations, programs, and special projects.
- – Develop and maintain annual grant calendar including deadlines for inquiries, proposals, and reports.
- – Develop annual grant revenue goals. Monitor and report on progress regularly.
- – Oversee entire grant cycle for funded projects. Liaise with other departments to track progress and use of funds.
- – Ensure fulfillment of visibility credit, funder benefits, and reporting requirements.
- – Attend relevant internal and external meetings and trainings as required to support fundraising efforts.
- – Identify opportunities for partnership and participation by local, state, and national elected officials and community advocates.
- – Provide additional support to the fundraising team as required.
The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years’ grant writing experience within a nonprofit organization, with a successful record of securing grant funds. This position requires exceptional written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals. The successful candidate must possess excellent project management and organizational skills, and be adept at working under pressure to meet established deadlines. Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills are essential as well as an ability to work with diverse internal and external constituents. The position entails a high level of detail, professionalism, and confidentiality. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel. Familiarity with donor databases and museum environment a plus. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required.
The Grants Writer is a full-time staff position. Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $42,000 to $55,000 along with a full benefits package. The Everson Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer.
The Everson respects the dignity of all people and values what each member of our team brings to the organization. Accordingly, the Everson is committed to building an inclusive environment that welcomes and values diversity. The Everson strives for a culturally diverse group of directors, employees, volunteers, visitors, contractors, vendors, and artists. Diversity refers to race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, learning styles, and even thoughts and ideas. The museum intends for its human and material resources to reflect the diversity of its communities.
As an organization we recognize the importance of attracting and retaining talented people of different backgrounds. We understand that the organization benefits from a diversity of voices, viewpoints, and skill sets by enabling us to draw upon a richness of resources. The Everson will thus be able to tap into a greater wealth of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences to develop and deliver programs and services to an increasingly diverse audience.
Please send resume, letter of interest, current writing sample, and list of three professional references to . Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
The Everson Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. The Everson Museum of Art offers excellent benefits with health, dental, life and 403(b)
Everson internships have an experiential learning focus by design. Students work closely with museum staff and volunteers. Internships are project-based and support current museum initiatives. Matching student interests with museum initiatives helps ensure the internship will be a skill building opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students.
*Please check back at a later date for details regarding summer 2021 internships.
Audience Development Intern
Audience Development Interns will acquire skills that help arts organizations connect with audiences in diverse ways, build new audiences, and communicate with audiences effectively. Duties may include research for social media marketing, posting on community calendars, running customer satisfaction surveys, working at special events and building distribution lists for digital marketing. Experience in Excel, customer service, and social media platforms desirable.
Assist with the research, management, and interpretation of the museum’s collection. Work closely with the museum’s curatorial team to gain professional experience in a museum setting through hands-on training with a wide range of curatorial duties. Projects include, but are not limited to, researching for upcoming exhibitions, researching works in the permanent collection, assisting with the development of exhibition concepts, and working directly with the museum’s collection through photographing works, conducting inventories, and preparing works for exhibition.
Gain a broad understanding of the business operations of a museum and fundraising.
Focus is on revenue generation including marketing, special events, grant writing and database management.
Research exhibitions, develop family guides and educator resources. Oversee family programming for the Art Zone; create educational and promotional literature and participate in general educational programming and departmental operations.
Marketing and Public Relations Intern
Develop promotional campaigns in support of Everson exhibitions, programs and special events. Hands on opportunity to create PR and marketing plans, develop press releases, write articles and website copy, pitch coverage opportunities, coordinate coverage with the media and design support pieces.
Applying for Internships
To apply for an internship, send your resume and cover letter toand indicate which internship(s) you wish to be considered for. If an interview needs to be arranged, you will be contacted directly.
Members' Council is an energetic group of volunteers who are active ambassadors of the Everson. Planning special events and volunteering in the Museum Shop are just a few of the ways volunteers work behind the scenes to advance the work of the museum. To join Members' Council, simply add $15 to your annual membership dues.
Everson Trip Committee
The Everson Museum of Art Trip Committee is made up of volunteers who enjoy art oriented travel and who would like to share this interest with other Museum members. The Committee is a subcommittee of the Everson Museum of Art Members’ Council.
Thousands of people participate in informative and educational tours through the Everson Museum's galleries each year thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers called docents. Docents appreciate art, learning and teaching, and are energized by the enthusiasm of students and adults responding to works of art in the museum. Everson Museum docents conduct museum tours for school groups, clubs and organizations, and present outreach programs. Docent-led tours and programs can be customized for a particular curricular focus or age group and are also available in French.
For a rewarding volunteer experience in a beautiful setting, become a volunteer at the Everson Museum of Art, one of Central New York's most treasured cultural organizations.
Volunteer opportunities abound at the Everson. Positions include staffing the Museum Shop; greeting visitors at the Visitor Services Desk; working in the administrative office answering phones and assisting with mailings and other projects; and serving on special event committees organized by the Members' Council, such as the Trip Committee and Festival of Trees Committee.