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Maryland Humanities seeks a Grants Specialist

Job Description

The Grants Specialist is primarily responsible for all elements of the grant-seeking process: researching and cultivating funding prospects and opportunities, preparing LOIs and proposals, and accurately tracking and reporting on grant-supported activities to funders. Annual and long-term fundraising goals will be set in consultation with the Director of Advancement. Specific responsibilities are outlined below. The Grants Specialist works collaboratively with the other members of the Advancement team as well as Program staff members in furthering the financial resources of the organization in order to maximize the potential for growth and impact of Maryland Humanities’ dozen programs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the pursuit of long-term institutional development goals in alignment with the strategic plan as well as annual fundraising plans
  • Research, cultivate, solicit, and steward institutional funders—primarily corporations and foundations but also government agencies—through pursuit and management of competitive grant opportunities and sponsorships, including letters of inquiries, proposals, and reports
  • Collect and maintain supplemental documentation (budgets, timelines, images, evidence of recognition) as needed to support grant proposals, reports, and other donor requests in collaboration with Communications Specialist, Program staff, and Fiscal Officer
  • Manage board engagement with grant-seeking opportunities
  • Track annual institutional fundraising goals in conjunction with Director of Advancement


  • 2+ years demonstrated experience in fundraising, preferably in the fields of humanities, arts, literacy, or education
  • Experience writing successful grants and reports
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite, esp. Word and Excel
  • Ability to cultivate credibility and mutual respect with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically and to manage multiple deadlines
  • Strong collaborative and teamwork skills as well as the ability to work independently
  • Commitment to our mission, vision, and values (see

Education Required

  • BA degree

Travel Required

This position requires occasional participation in evening and weekend events as well as occasional travel within the state of Maryland.

Job Location

Maryland Humanities, 108 West Centre Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


Position is full-time at 35 hours per week with a competitive salary commensurate with experience and credentials (range: $42,000–$46,000).


Generous benefits package including more than four weeks annual paid vacation, sick time, holidays, health and life/long-term disability insurance, free parking, professional development funds, and 401(k) retirement account with employer contribution.

Employer Name:
Maryland Humanities
Job Title:
Grant Specialist
Employer Website:
Job Submission Requirements:
To apply, please prepare the following materials: cover letter, résumé, three professional writing samples (preferably incl. at least one grant application narrative and one grant report), and contact information for three references. Submit requested items in a single PDF file via email to [email protected] with the subject line as “Grants Specialist”; no phone calls please. Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2017. Interviews with qualified candidates will be conducted promptly, with an anticipated start date on or about January 2, 2018. Maryland Humanities is an equal opportunity employer.

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