MacDowell staff summer of 2015. (Joanna Eldredge Morrissey photo)
MacDowell staff summer of 2015. (Joanna Eldredge Morrissey photo)

The Grant Writer (GW) works under the direction of the Director of Development to secure foundation, corporate, and government funding and to support Development efforts to raise more than $2 million annually for The MacDowell Colony. The GW is responsible for initiating new contacts, maintaining long-term partnerships, and strengthening existing relationships that result in funding for both immediate and long-term goals. Duties include generating grant proposals, inquiries, and reports, researching and pursuing institutional prospects. Requirements include excellent writing and communication skills, minimum of 3 years of experience in Development. Work in the arts and familiarity with development database and research are preferred.

Manage, cultivate, and steward institutional funding relationships (70%)

  • Manage ongoing calendar of grant proposals, inquiries, and reports to foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Maintain regular contact with current grant relationships.
  • Take an entrepreneurial approach to identifying and pursuing institutional prospects. Engage board, artists, and other contacts on potential funding ideas. Submit inquiries to foundations whose interests are aligned with MacDowell’s.
  • Support Director of Development in developing strategic programs aligning MacDowell’s mission with institutional funding interests.
  • Generate prospect and donor profiles on a rolling basis as assigned.
  • Serve as Development liaison to the Grants and Fellowships Committee. Coordinate with New Hampshire staff to match Fellowship recipients to donor interests and generate notification letters in a timely manner.
  • Initiate and attend offsite meetings and events.
  • Stewardship of foundation contacts with regular communications and invitations to attend MacDowell events.

Integrate Development and Communications activities (30%)

  • Work with Communications Manager to make sure Development priorities are communicated clearly and consistently in all external relations.
  • Create and assemble materials for donor solicitations, correspondence, grant proposals, reports, and text for MacDowell publications and printed fundraising materials.
  • Write and edit select Development-related materials for newsletters, website, press releases, and brochures.


  • Proven track record in securing grants.
  • Professional experience on a Development team over a period of 3-5 years.
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to interact well with board members, donors, artists, foundation and corporate contacts. Computer skills essential; Raiser’s Edge desirable.
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities with changing priorities, and accomplish objectives in a fast-paced environment. Strong organizational skills, detail-oriented.
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude and the ability to work both independently and in a team setting.
  • Passion for arts and creative thinking.
  • Extremely tactful and diplomatic in dealing with people and issues of confidentiality.
  • Some evening hours and occasional overnight travel required.


To apply, please send e-mails only. No calls or drop-ins. Please include the job title and your name in the subject line of your e-mail. Please send a brief cover letter of no more than 250 words in the body of your email and as an attachment with your résumé to: Stacey Bosworth, Director of Development, The MacDowell Colony.



The MacDowell Colony, America’s first multidisciplinary artist residency program, seeks a full-time Office Assistant at its New York location. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the Office Assistant handles diverse duties including reception, supply/office maintenance, technology, bookkeeping, and administrative support. The position will be best filled by an enthusiastic, self-directed, and outgoing individual eager to help make the Colony’s new office space in Chelsea a welcoming environment for a staff team of 10, MacDowell’s board, supporters, artists, and the general public. A love of art and an interest in non-profit desired.

MacDowell awards fellowships to more than 300 talented artists from across the county and abroad each year for residencies at the Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, providing composers, writers, visual artists, theatre artists, architects, interdisciplinary artists, and filmmakers with uninterrupted time and private space for creative work. The Colony is a 501c3 non-profit and raises funds from individuals, foundations and corporations to support its mission.


  • Minimum of 2-3 years administrative experience, including reception and scheduling.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Helpful, friendly, self-starter who enjoys working in an office team environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal, skills.
  • Detail-oriented and organized; ability to prioritize, solve problems, and multi-task.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Word, Outlook, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Comfortable troubleshooting computer network with computer consultants.
  • Comfortable with office upkeep, deliveries, and set up for meetings and events; some lifting involved.


$35,000-40,000 annual salary, depending on experience, at 40 hours per week with benefits.


To apply, please send e-mails only. No calls or drop-ins. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Amy McLaughlin, Assistant Director with Office Assistant noted in the subject line.

We apply the same egalitarian standards for all those who serve MacDowell whether in a staff, volunteer, or representative capacity.