The Orchestra of the Paramount Theatre
Grants Manager

Department: Development

Manager: Chief Development Officer

Location: Austin, Texas (hybrid 3/2 position)
Position: Full time/exempt position with benefits and paid time off

Schedule: Occasional evening or weekend work

Salary: $55,000 – $60,000 depending on years of relevant experience

Built in 1915, the Paramount Theatre (1300 seats and 180+ shows a year) has served Austin for more than a century. It stands next door to the State Theatre (300 seats and 120+ shows per year), constructed in 1935. Together, as the Austin Theatre Alliance, these spaces are acoustically more intimate, visually more appealing, and historically more significant than just about any other theatre in the region. Both are contributing structures to the Congress Avenue National Historic District, and the Paramount Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatres continue to serve as anchors in the downtown area for performing arts events. The Paramount and State are the annual home to SXSW Film Festival, ATX Television Festival, and Paramount Summer Classic Film Series (total of 300+ film screenings) and many outreach programs. Additionally, we own and produce the annual two-week Moontower JFL Austin Comedy Festival (11 days, 150+ comics, 170+ shows, 12 venues). Each year, more than 275,000 people pass through our doors to attend live performing arts events and films.

The Grants Manager oversees the process and production of all materials related to the grant application process from identifying and qualifying prospects, to writing proposals and reports, to collecting data, budgets, and relevant documents, to submission. This role is responsible for writing proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects and for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant funded projects. This position will create an annual schedule of funding cycles to optimize the organization’s ability to be considered and create quarterly communications updating all partners.


  • Through interviews, online research and other means, this position gathers information to fully understand and apply the concept of a project or program for which funding is sought.
  • Acquires and maintains sound knowledge and understanding of the organization and uses that knowledge and understanding to better comprehend all projects and programs for which grants will be sought and recommends the seeking of grants.
  • Compiles, writes, and edits grant applications exhibiting strong expository writing skills and a high-level command of grammar, spelling, and budget.
  • Works with Chief Development Officer and Senior Director of Development to create annual grants budget, tracks against monthly goals and reports information.
  • Research grant-making organizations and analyze them to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs. Grant writing will be primarily to private foundations; however, some government applications will be required.
  • Reviews and understands program budgets for which funding is sought and makes recommendations to track and follow for reports.
  • Works with finance and human resources to gather information necessary to report to corporate/foundation funders on current grant programs.
  • Develops individual grant proposals in accordance with each grant-making organization’s preferences and follows grant-making organization’s guidelines.
  • Maintains contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application to supply additional supportive material.
  • Manages the process of supplying progress reports when required by a grant-making organization that has funded a project or program.
  • Provides stewardship to current donors via regular written updates (digital updates) to corporate and foundation donors.
  • Takes a leadership role in cultivating and stewarding relationships.
  • Understands institutional history and programs.
  • Provides general support to the development department during peak periods and assists other staff as needed.
  • Assists in the preparation of materials for Board meetings.
  • Performs other duties as needed.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or 3-7 years of work experience with nonprofit administration, grant writing, or fundraising.)
  • 3+ years of experience in grant writing or grants management.
  • Demonstrated analytical and persuasive writing skills experience as well as superior editing skills, including ability to convey complex information in a clear manner to a diverse audience.
  • Strong administrative skills and self-motivation with the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks under minimal supervision in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Intermediate to expert skills in Microsoft Office (specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Experience with donor development/CRM software systems a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure and respond to deadlines.


Paramount Perks:

  • Health insurance benefits package (medical, dental, vision and Telemed).
  • Company paid short- and long-term disability.
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match.
  • Paid vacation, sick days and holidays.
  • Access to covered downtown garage parking.
  • Gold’s Gym membership discount.
  • Countless opportunities for once-in-a-lifetime experiences at shows, festivals, galas, and beyond…..and more!


To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@austintheatre.org with the subject line “Grants Manager.”

We have no other openings at this time.

If you would like to submit your resume to our general resume database, please send to jobs@austintheatre.org.

We’re here to inspire generations.

As a member of our team, you’ll work with passionate people dedicated to connecting and strengthening our community by showcasing unforgettable performances across genres, providing life-changing arts education programs, and dreaming up magical experiences in iconic venues that anchor and define downtown Austin.

You’ll work in an environment that’s open and transparent, a place where you are encouraged to communicate your thoughts and where the best ideas are quickly embraced and acted upon. It’s an attitude that’s informed by our core values. They help us make smart decisions, and guide our interactions with each other, our patrons, and the communities we serve.

  • We revel in creating our future with radical relevance.
  • We boldly take risks with decisive courage.
  • We create a welcoming environment with thoughtful inclusion.
  • We embrace change through constant innovation.
  • We celebrate pervasive passion.