The position

Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Inc. (SJF) is seeking to fill the position of Grant Writer on an hourly or contract basis.

Reporting to the Executive Director this position will identify and facilitate appropriate funding opportunities for the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and any related programming. With a focus on the festival’s financial security, this position aims to maintain current grants while obtaining and facilitating new grant funding.

Hours of work for this position are flexible and will vary throughout the year in accordance with SJF’s needs.

The work location is flexible and can occur on or offsite of the SJF office.

The organization:

SJF presents Saskatchewan’s premier music event, the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.  This international jazz festival fosters, promotes, and presents an artistically significant festival of jazz and related music annually. The festival provides opportunities to showcase Saskatchewan musicians and educational experiences for the people of Saskatchewan.

The first festival took place in Saskatoon during the summer of 1987. Today it has become the second largest festival of its kind in Western Canada and each summer the SSJF plays host to hundreds of world class artists in Saskatoon. Thousands of music fans attend to devour the sounds of jazz, blues, funk, pop, and world music, with a program that spans as many genres as it does continents.

The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Inc. prioritizes respect as a key tenant of our staff culture and strives to create a work environment in which all employees are respected, encouraged, and valued for their individual contributions.

The candidate:

SJF is looking for an individual who can help the festival and organization grow in a manner that ensures inclusivity, financial sustainability, high-quality performances, and fosters community ownership and impact.

SJF is looking for an experienced grant writer who can write with a formal tone, but also be able to vary it with persuasive data and emotional storytelling when necessary.

The Grant Writer will possess a specialized set of skills essential to SJF’s ability to fulfill its mission (e.g., writing ability, researching, and attention to detail).

The SJF is a not-for-profit organization and the Grant Writer must work successfully with a wide variety of people and organizations in various capacities.

The incumbent is expected to achieve their required outcomes while keeping the best interests of the festival, festival staff, volunteers, board, partners, and the community at the core of their decision making.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent certification in English/Language Arts, Communications, Arts Administration or related field. Equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Advanced knowledge of CADAC
  • Advanced knowledge of Canadian arts agencies and funders at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels.
  • Superior spelling and grammar.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the demonstrated ability to meet deadlines
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Experience with not-for-profit organizations and an interest in the music industry are assets.


  • Salary range $20 – $30/hour (Full time equivalent range of 41,600K – $62,400K)

Position Requirements

  • Must be bondable and obtain a criminal record check prior to commencing work.
  • Employees of the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival Inc. may not perform as an artist, technician, manager, or agent during the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival or any additional programming presented by the SJF. With approval of the Executive Director employees may participate in these activities at other festivals or venues, provided their participation does not conflict with the required outcomes of their employment.
  • As this is a part-time hourly paid position it is understood that the Grant Writer may seek work of a similar nature from other organizations. The Grant Writer is expected to promptly report to the Executive Director any real or perceived conflict of interest arising from this outside work.
  • Successful candidates must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their date of hire. Proof of vaccination is required.


Email your application to the SJF Search Committee at

For more information, please visit our website at or contact us by email at

Apply early, interviews will begin in April. We thank all who apply for the position which will close March 30, 2022

We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage applications from members of racialized groups/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.  Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities.