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Job Opening


Deadline Until Filled
Sponsor Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Location Tampa , FL


Position Summary:  The Director of Grants and Government Relations is responsible for securing public and private grants to meet the Straz Center’s needs for annual operations, capital renewal projects and the Master Plan.  Responsibilities include all aspects of grant research and development from identification, cultivation, and solicitation to tracking, stewardship, project evaluations, and reporting for private and public grants. The Director creates and maintains productive relationships with governmental constituents and public officials and oversees all aspects of government relations and advocacy efforts.  In addition to public funding, priority is placed on securing grants from private foundations, and supports fundraising requests to other private sector sources requiring grant-type applications.  

The position will represent all Straz Center programs. 

Essential Functions:

Revenue Generating

  • Develops and implements a comprehensive strategy for identifying, pursuing, and securing grant funding from government agencies and private foundations to support annual operations, the Master Plan and capital renewal projects. Manages all related fundraising efforts, working with the Chief Development Officer, volunteer leadership, and the Development staff. 
    • Develops strategy for renewing current grants in alignment with recurring, expanding, or new programs.
  • Tracks and oversees deadlines for all grant applications and reports to achieve compliance requirements and maximize fundraising opportunities.
  • Researches, writes, and submits high-quality proposals in a timely manner, in accordance with guidelines set by the funder.
    1. Prepares and monitors all budgets for grant proposals and awarded programs, working in conjunction with program staff and Chief Financial Officer to ensure accurate grant program budgets and that grant expenditures are properly tracked and reported.
  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with key stakeholders, including funders, partners and others involved in the grant process.
  • Monitors grant requirements and compliance with terms of grant agreements. Oversees system for grant compliance to achieve optimum grant recognition and coordinates with appropriate staff members to ensure terms of grant agreements are met.
  • Oversees grant program, project evaluations, and documentation, as needed, for grant reporting and proposals.
  • Maintains grant and grant prospect files according to established Development Department system.



  • Coordinates with appropriate staff to identify programs and projects that might be eligible for foundation and/or public funding. Keeps staff informed of ongoing grant programs, special project grants, and funding timelines of all current funders and prospects.
    1. Plans and conducts inter-departmental meetings to determine current, short- and long-range grant priorities based on the Straz Center’s performance, programming, and facility priorities.
  • Coordinates with Marketing/PR and managers of funded projects and programs on documentation to ensure that usable, reproducible records are achieved. Coordinates with managers of grant supported programs and finance staff to ensure accurate grant accounting.
  • Manages public funding and policy advocacy efforts. Attends meetings as necessary to represent the Straz Center when grant interests are involved (e.g., Tourist Development Council, City Council, Board of County Commissioners, Chamber of Commerce, State of Florida, Federal). Advocates for funding approval and increased public funding on all levels: local, regional, and national.
  1. Participate in strategic planning efforts related to the public funding needs of The Straz.
  2. Coordinate public advocacy and lobbying efforts on behalf of The Straz.
  3. Engage designated elected public officials on board of trustees in public funding advocacy and other government matters important to the Center.
  4. Establish and implement effective communication plan to keep public officials informed of Straz Center programs and capital needs and to contribute to the government policy dialogue.
  5. Coordinate Government Relations committee of the board to support overall public funding and advocacy goals.
  6. Educate and engage committee members and Center executive staff in public advocacy efforts.
  7. Achieve success in identifying, evaluating, and monitoring how government policy and legislative trends and issues impact the Straz Center and its business activities.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position supervises the Grant Writer to include training, coaching, and evaluating performance.


  • Represents Development Department and Chief Development Officer as requested.
    1. Participates on Center committees/task forces as needed and serves as resources in areas of expertise.
    2. Assists executive staff with institutional projects as requested.
  • Remains current with trends and issues pertaining to the performing arts in general and the Straz Center in particular – its goals, programs, mission, and vision.
  • Contributes to overall team effort in planning and development and shares in the decision-making process, implementing, and promoting all decisions in a spirit of cooperation.
  • Assists in departmental functions and special events and performs other duties when necessary to ensure the overall smooth operation of the department.
  • The job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this position. This is not an exhaustive list of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Straz Center management reserves the right to amend or change duties, responsibilities, or activities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary at any time, with or without notice.


Core Competencies:  Standardized job requirements for an individual to properly perform this job.

Integrity – Demonstrates honesty and ethical practices in all work-related activities according to policies and procedures with or without supervision.
Accountability – Takes ownership for deliverables and actions and contributes value to the organization.

Communication Effectiveness – Conveys thoughts and ideas effectively through written and verbal communication, listens for understanding, and can give and receive constructive feedback.
Collaboration and Support of Diversity – works effectively with others to achieve a shared goal and puts the interest of the organization above one’s own. 
Customer Service Orientation – Makes the internal/external customer central to all thinking and consistently creates value for the internal/external customer.

Results Driven and Solution Oriented – Consistently delivers results that meet or exceed expectations and identifies problems early while taking appropriate action to minimize work disruptions.
Organizational Knowledge – Expands knowledge of the organization beyond one’s immediate unit/department to support the mission and core values of the Center.
Self Awareness and Personal Development – Understands the impact of one’s own actions on the organization and others and demonstrates desire, drive, and responsibility to acquire knowledge and skills necessary to perform job more effectively.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities): 

  • Excellent budget management skills and project management skills.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Superior organization skills; demonstrated success at managing multiple projects at once.
  • Effective leadership skills that support collaboration and team-oriented efforts to achieve goals.
  • Experience in researching prospective grant sources, including familiarity with grant-related Internet resources.
  • Self-starter with ability to problem-solve and negotiate with tact and diplomacy.
  • Supervisory experience, along with strong computer and database management skills required.
  • Strong arts and arts education background preferred.

Education and Work Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (Arts Administration, Communications, English, etc.).
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • Seven plus years professional with progressively responsible leadership roles in the grants field
  • Demonstrated success in soliciting and securing grant funding from public and private sources.


Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to remain in a stationary position and use the telephone.
  • The employee is frequently required to traverse the facility, reach, and communicate effectively.
  • The nature of this job requires the employee to work on-site as a regular work routine.
  • COVID vaccination preferred.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Travel:  This position requires minimal local and occasional state travel.

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This opportunity has been submitted by Straz Center. The listing of the opportunity does not imply endorsement by the Division of Cultural Affairs or the Department of State. Contact Straz Center for the Performing Arts with questions or for more information.