Grant Writer

Position Overview
The Grant Writer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) will support the Deputy Director for Advancement in the research, positioning and drafting of key proposals and reports related to annual corporate, foundation and government gifts as well as the Theater’s capital and endowment campaign. This position is a key partner to the Advancement Department, and requires an intimate knowledge of Chicago Shakespeare’s programs as well as exceptional writing and editing skills. This is a full-time, salaried position (40 hours per week).

Reports To
Deputy Director, Advancement      

No direct reports



  • Write well-researched and compelling grant proposals and reports demonstrating the impact of the education, production, and current operating programs of Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

  • Maintain and implement funding calendar activities, including deadlines and cultivation activities.

  • Research CST productions and programs and help shape performance metrics and supporting materials to represent the scope and impact of each.

  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meet deadlines and manage supplemental material required for proposals and reports.

  • Research and identify new corporate, foundation and government funding opportunities.

  • Serve as a visible, articulate spokesperson for CST at relevant meetings and events.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in English, Communications, Nonprofit Management or related coursework.
  • Minimum one year of professional writing experience.


  • Excellent writing, research and analytical skills are essential.

  • Highly literate in Microsoft Office Suite, including letter formats, document layout, mail merges, tables and spreadsheets.

  • Highly organized and capable of managing multiple projects to meet stringent deadlines.

  • Exceptional attention to detail.

  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently to best serve the needs of a project.

  • Knowledge of standard office practices, procedures and equipment.

  • Availability to work some nights and weekends.

  • Familiarity with Tessitura or other fundraising databases a plus.

  • Interest in arts and culture a plus

Salary is competitive within the non-profit performing arts industry and commensurate with qualification and experience. Benefits package includes health, dental, vision, 403b, paid time off, life insurance, and commuter spending plan.

To Apply

Chicago Shakespeare Theater is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment.  We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

Please email a PDF of your cover letter, resume and salary requirement to:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Situated in downtown Chicago on Navy Pier, Chicago Shakespeare Theater has risen since its founding in 1986 to become a leading international theater company and recipient of both the Regional Theatre Tony Award and three Laurence Olivier Awards. Guided by the partnership between founder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, the Theater is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions of Shakespeare and other classics, new works, musicals and family programming; to unlocking Shakespeare’s work for educators and students; and to serving as Chicago’s cultural ambassador through its World’s Stage Series. Through a year-round season encompassing more than 650 performances, Chicago Shakespeare attracts 225,000 audience members annually. During 2016, the Theater spearheaded Shakespeare 400 Chicago, one of the world’s largest cultural festivals inspired by Shakespeare’s legacy. In 2017, the Theater opens its innovative new performance venue, The Yard.

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