Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is currently hiring for the following positions:

Grants Manager

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) is seeking a dynamic and innovative Grants Manager to manage local, national and select corporate grant proposals. CAL is a nonprofit arts education organization that ignites student learning, creativity, and success through the arts. For more than 65 years, CAL has provided multidisciplinary arts programming to area schools and community organizations. It also manages large-scale programs, such as ArtWorks, and a community center for the arts, Studio 105 at the Glenville Arts Campus. The Grants Manager works as part of a team to strengthen the organization’s position in the community through the application for and stewardship of all grants to realize annual and long-term goals of CAL. The Grants Manager reports to the Director of Development.

The Grants Manager is responsible for all aspects of raising support from foundations, corporations, and government sources requiring proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects. This position requires strategic thinking and the ability to manage and execute operational details. The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is an office culture of high standards, frequent innovation, and collaborative teamwork.


  • Work with Director of Development and Executive Director to produce a sufficient number and quality of prospects and proposals for corporate, foundation, and government grants to meet and/or exceed annual goals. The CAL annual budget is $1,900,000 with approximately 50% from grants.
  • Develop and prioritize projects and proposals with CAL staff for programs that need support.
  • Develop and foster relationships with institutional funders and identify connections with staff, board, volunteers, donors that will ensure the cultivation of institutional funders.
  • Arrange for site visits and appointments for Executive Director and CAL Board with potential funders.
  • Provide stewardship for existing donors; maintain institutional donor profiles.
  • Research and identify prospective funding opportunities (locally, regionally & nationally).
  • Coordinate corporate campaign with Director of Development
  • Write all proposals, reports, and other ancillary materials. Work with CAL staff on program budgets.
  • Manage existing grants by: tracking grants; developing internal reporting systems; writing reports; maintaining excellent historical records; working with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal goals and expectations.
  • Work with Director of Development to set, monitor and manage grants income goal.
  • Collaborate with Director of Finance to monitor grant spending.
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least 5 years of experience with grant writing and management including donor stewardship.
  • Proven track record.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Experience with budget development and monitoring.
  • Experience in program development.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines.
  • Experience with Salesforce or other CRMs a plus.


  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Excellent benefits – health, short-term disability, 403 (b)

To Apply

Send cover letter with expected salary range and resume to claschinger@arts-inspiredlearning.org or mail to:

Director of Development
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning
10917 Magnolia Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). All candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Community Outreach Manager

The Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL) provides multi-disciplinary arts education opportunities for youth throughout NE Ohio in schools and community venues. In 2017, CAL re-located to University Circle to expand outreach into the community in a more intentional way. The Community Outreach Manager is part of the Education Department and oversees two vital components of CAL’s portfolio: ArtWorks and community programming outside the University Circle adjacent neighborhoods. S/he reports to the Director of Programs.

ArtWorks is an arts-based youth development program for teens. It operates year-round in off-site locations and in three separate sessions: two after-school sessions for 12 weeks September – December and February – May, 4:30PM – 7:30PM; and a summer session in two sites downtown, for 5-6 weeks, June – July, Monday-Friday, 9:30AM – 4PM. Teens apply, interview, are hired, and are paid a stipend to work in small co-op groups led by teaching artists in diverse art forms. Co-ops collaborate internally and with external partners on a community service component of the program. ArtWorks integrates entrepreneurship, high school completion, college and career readiness with the arts instruction. Teens are supported through counseling, workshops, and events as they transition through high school to college and the workforce. ArtWorks helps them identify pathways to reach their goals successfully.

CAL is committed to connecting with community-based organizations to ensure that more young people have access to high quality arts education. The Community Outreach Manager oversees the planning and implementation of outreach strategies. S/he is primarily responsible for connecting with the broader community by creating and cultivating relationships with organizations, businesses, individuals, and other relevant community partners.

The Community Outreach Manager oversees the ArtWorks program and the strategic outreach into the broader community with guidance of the Director of Programs in determining specific opportunities. Both components require networking at community meetings, such as neighborhood meet-ups, and with community organizations, libraries, schools, etc. while designing and implementing CAL arts programming that engages youth and families.

Some Saturdays and evenings may be required.



  • Oversees the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring process for apprentices and teaching artists for each session to ensure broad access to the program.
  • Manages the daily operations and coordinates events within ArtWorks to ensure high quality artist teaching and youth outcomes. Communicates important updates and information among apprentices, artists, parents, the public, and CAL.
  • Adheres to the vision of ArtWorks as a youth development program. Monitors and supports program-wide adherence to ArtWorks policies and procedures.
  • Provides professional development for teaching artists on best practices in out-of-school time programming. Monitors and evaluates teaching artists to ensure program goals of quality artistry and college and career readiness.
  • Works closely with schools and districts to effectively track and report on youth outcomes as related to academics, college success, and opportunities for employment.
  • Advocates for ArtWorks in the community and develops new collaborations and partnerships to increase the quality of outcomes, stakeholder awareness, and brand visibility.
  • Supervises and documents the security and safety of the ArtWorks participants, site, and materials.
  • Works closely with development staff and executive director to maintain ongoing financial support.
  • Develops, distributes, and collects ArtWorks information for marketing and fundraising.
  • Participates in and directs ongoing program evaluation.


  • Identifies, nurtures, and sustains partnerships with diverse stakeholders, such a community-based organizations and CDCs, to increase CAL’s outreach and engagement with youth and families.
  • Develops a strategy and implementation plan for outreach activities that advance the mission and vision of CAL, including a calendar of outreach activities for community events, workshops, and other communication opportunities
  • Plans and schedules outreach activities in the community that engage youth and families and meet the goal of raising awareness. Schedules all programming through community partnership development in SalesForce.
  • Creates and implements a system for data collection as needed for reaching outcomes and goals and grants
  • Works with CAL Marketing Communications Director on outreach strategy.
  • Collaborates with School and Community Partnership Associates to create a system of community engagement that embraces the community’s input, perspectives, and resources.
  • Helps to identify community needs for arts programming and adapts priorities and goals to meet these needs


  • Support education department in scheduling and contracting programming through SalesForce
  • Performs all administrative tasks necessary for both ArtWorks and Community Outreach.
  • Assists and manages additional CAL programs and/or initiatives as necessary.
  • Contributes to CAL mission through organization-wide activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree, with minimum of 4 years’ experience in arts, education, and/or youth development.
  • Strong analytical, strategic thinking, and problem solving skills with the ability to plan, implement, and balance multiple projects and constituents.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and presentation abilities. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and community- driven
  • Understands and manages budgets
  • Excellent skills in written and oral communication
  • Creative problem solver with ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Able to effectively work under pressure and time constraints.
  • Experience in event coordination, complex schedule management, and leadership.
  • Proficient user of PC’s, including Microsoft Office, Publisher, Photoshop, and database management.


Salary will be commensurate with that of similar organizations and the ability and experience of candidate. CAL provides a benefit package for all full time employees.

To apply

Please submit your resume, a cover letter that outlines your suitability for the role, list of three references and salary expectations to marsha@arts-inspiredlearning.org, including the subject line “Community Outreach Manager”.

Center for Arts-Inspired Learning is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). All candidates for employment will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state or local law.