Mass Poetry

Contract Grant Writer

Mass Poetry, a nonprofit poetry organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, seeks an experienced, contract grant writer with a passion for poetry. This part-time, contract role will require approximately 5–7 hours per week.

Mass Poetry envisions a world where poetry catalyzes connection and understanding. We harness the power of words to engage and empower diverse communities across our commonwealth. Our innovative programs spark dialogue, connection, and self-expression. We aim to build a vibrant, inclusive community that lifts all voices.

From hosting the Massachusetts Poetry Festival to delivering poets into schools for residencies and workshops across the commonwealth, Mass Poetry reaches thousands of people, young and old, with our innovative poetry programs. In 2021, Mass Poetry will become an arts-partner-in-residence at the new Narrative Arts Center, founded by GrubStreet at 50 Liberty in Boston's Seaport District. This pioneering initiative will transform 13,000-square feet of retail space into a bookstore, literary stage, workshop space, podcasting studio, and a literary hub for all voices.

Mass Poetry is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

General Expectations:

The grant writer will report to Mass Poetry's executive director and work from home. Periodic meetings will be required in order to discuss ongoing projects, priorities, and funding opportunities. Availability to work and meet during business hours is important.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee grant writing and reporting for the nonprofit
  • Manage the writing of proposals, supporting documents, and other correspondence
  • Reach or exceed Mass Poetry's annual grant funding revenue target
  • Track grant requests made and budgets of pending requests
  • Generate monthly grants report for the executive director
  • Prospect for new grant funders using tools like Foundation Center, Philanthropy Massachusetts, and others
  • Seek out additional funding opportunities and make recommendations to executive director
  • Support the executive director in seeking and cultivating new foundation prospects
  • Share completed requests with development support staff to be logged in Mass Poetry's database
  • Plans and implements all phases of grant applications
  • Generates project budgets, if applicable
  • Provides other services as reasonably requested by the executive director

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • Minimum 5 years experience including grant writing, prospecting, reporting, and budgeting
  • Excellenet writing and communication skills and the ability to tell a story that moves readers to action
  • Strong editing and proofreading skills
  • Familiarity with the arts and education philanthropic landscape in Greater Boston and Massachusetts
  • Familiarity with contemporary poetry and the role it plays in today's society
  • Minimum 2 years general project management experience
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience creating project budgets and adapting organizational budgets to different formats, as needed
  • Ability to work effectively with computers using Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and other software appropriate to position
  • Ability to communicate information and organizational needs effectively with Mass Poetry staff and board
  • Enthusiastic belief in Mass Poetry's mission and programs

Interested parties can upload a resume, cover letter, and professional writing sample in the form of a grant proposal at The application deadline is August 30, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Contact Information

Sam Kiss, Development Assistant
Mass Poetry
15 Channel Center St.
Suite 105