Job Opportunities

Grant Writer, part-time

POSTED: February 5, 2021, open until filled.

New Orleans Opera Association seeks a part-time contract Grant Writer to join our team of arts professionals. Working closely with the General Director and Director of Development, the Grant Writer manages a portfolio of funders encompassing foundations, corporations, and government support.

New Orleans Opera Association is celebrating its 78th season in 2020-2021 and is proud to continue the legacy of producing opera in America’s First City of Opera, a tradition which began when Andre Getry’s Sylvain premiered in New Orleans on April 22, 1796. Each year, NOOA presents operatic productions that feature both classical and contemporary works. Beyond the stage, the key component of NOOA’s mission is its commitment to outreach and education programs in the Greater New Orleans area.

If you are a skilled and persuasive writer who knows how to make the case for arts support to funders, understands that every application needs its own specific narrative, and has an understanding of both project budgets and organizational financials, we want to hear from you.

Core duties include:

  • Write grant proposals and final reports, under the supervision of the Director of Development
  • Liaise with foundation/government staff as needed for information gathering and proposal/report compilation and submission.
  • Maintain calendar of submission deadlines and decision dates for grants.
  • Provide foundation/government prospect research and seek out new funding opportunities.


  • Excellent persuasive writing skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across departments to support the preparation and implementation of grant proposals.
  • Able to meet multiple deadlines with accuracy.
  • Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage complex processes.
  • Able to represent the New Orleans Opera in a professional manner both on the phone and in-person with donors and patrons.
  • Strong computer literacy with working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and donor databases.
  • Familiarity with budgets.

Additional qualifications (encouraged but not required)

  • Undergraduate degree plus at least two years experience managing institutional relationships
  • Previous experience at a performing arts organization
  • Previous grant writing experience
  • Background in classical music or other performing arts discipline
  • Familiarity with the New Orleans philanthropic community


  • Competitive rate for this part-time contract work
  • Option to work remotely – do not have to live in New Orleans
  • Flexible schedule and hours

To Apply:



The mission of the New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) is to enrich the lives of all people by producing opera of the highest artistic quality and providing educational opportunities through traditional and innovative approaches.


At New Orleans Opera, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we are an equal opportunity employer. NOOA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. We are committed to eliminating barriers to access and equity and see a diverse workforce as a key step toward this goal. We encourage candidates who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, otherwise-abled, and other underrepresented identities to apply. All applications will receive consideration for employment.