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Museum Campus South Grant Writer and Administrator

About Museum Campus South

Museum Campus South is a consortium of seven museums located in the heart of Chicago’s mid-South Side including the DuSable Museum of African American History, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Oriental Institute Museum, the Renaissance Society, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. This renowned collection of organizations showcases contemporary and modern art, architecture, theater, performance, historic collections, archaeology, science and technology.

The campus is located on the Culture Coast, eight miles south of downtown Chicago. The museums surround the site of the historic 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition—between Jackson Park, the University of Chicago campus, the Midway Plaisance, and Washington Park. Over 2 million people visit the consortium of museums each year.

Museum Campus South is the manifestation of a long-standing vision that has recently gained momentum through the City of Chicago’s Cultural Plan to foster and promote vibrant cultural districts citywide. The development of a Museum Campus South represents an important first step in the interest of uniting the dynamic arts and cultural neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side with each other and downtown.

Job Summary

Responsible for researching, identifying, and applying for new government, corporate, foundation, and private funding opportunities. The Grant Writer/Administrator will generate proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations. Position will identify, define, and develop funding sources to support existing and planned program activities as well as manage and implement the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals to third-party entities.

Grant Writer and Administrator will also be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the performance of program activities that are funded by third-party public and private sources. Position will maintain a database of grant application and reporting deadlines and work with colleagues at Museum Campus South to ensure that all deadlines are met. Position will create and maintain a robust set of standard texts about Museum Campus South, its fundraising priorities, and its upcoming programs.

Work Location

● Remote

● Monthly meetings in person as needed at the DuSable Museum of African American History

Work Schedule

Part-Time: 20 hours/week

Benefits Eligible?




Skills & Qualifications:


Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.


Exceptional writing skills. Exceptional command of English language, grammar, and style. Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and efficiently.

Ability to understand and engage with current ideas in cultural scholarship and related museum fields.

Ability to present information in a relevant way.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to work in a team as well as independently, to prioritize among multiple concurrent projects.

Organizational and human relations skills with ability to collaborate well and supportively and cultivate good relationships with colleagues within Museum Campus South and its many collaborators.

The temperament to work with a diverse and demanding population is expected.

Must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to set goals and develop projects.

Clear, effective, and tactful oral and written communication skills; ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.

Ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks simultaneously with an ability to view a project in its entirety.

Proficiency with MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint preferred.

Ability to maintain confidentiality required.


A minimum of two years of professional writing experience required, preferably in a development, fundraising, higher education, or other non-profit position.

Proven success in writing effective grant applications strongly preferred.

Ability to write strategically, persuasively, and quickly required.

Ability to write in a variety of registers (scholarly, institutional, and personal) and to capture the idioms of several different signers required.

Ability to engage in a rigorous and questioning way with texts prepared by colleagues, and to edit and/or adapt their work to suit a variety of formats required.

Knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style preferred.

Ability to work independently, to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and to set priorities and meet deadlines required.

Familiarity with the mission of art museums and cultural institutions preferred.

A substantial commitment to collaboration of all types, with museum colleagues, students, faculty, and external partners required.

Exceptional organizational skills required. Must be able to oversee complex projects and schedules, maintain deadlines with the ability to set priorities and manage several projects simultaneously required. Ability to successfully manage a workload that balances long-range planning with the unanticipated daily demands of art museums required.

Excellent written and spoken communication skills with the ability to synthesize and accurately present relevant information required.

Application Instructions:

-Deadline to Apply: August 16th, 2017

-Email Applications To:

Required Documents


-Cover Letter

-Reference Contact Information

• Location: Chicago

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