Position Title: Manager of Foundations and Government Support
Department: Development
Reports to: Director of Development
Type of Position: Full-time, salaried/exempt

Scope of Position
In partnership with the Manager of Corporate and Institutional Support, the Manager of Foundations and Government Support will provide the leadership and strategy in all fundraising activities connected with institutional grants and will have primary responsibility for the development of foundation and government grants as well as administration of ongoing grants. The Manager of Foundations and Government Support is part of a 10-member development team supporting a ~$15 million operating budget. Working closely with the Corporate and Institutional Support Manager and Director of Development, the ideal candidate will be an excellent grant writer and have a minimum of five years of experience managing a robust and complex pipeline, preferably at a cultural institution.

Principal Responsibilities and Duties
• Develop a strategy and action plan for maintaining a pipeline of foundation and government support of ~$1 million in support of ongoing operations;
• Write targeted proposals for restricted and unrestricted gifts for operations, as well as endowment, capital and conservation projects;
• Maintain pipeline and tracking system of proposal and reporting deadlines, record-keeping, proposal filing system, and donor files;
• Collaborate with museum staff, including department heads and Chief Financial Officer, on pre-proposal strategy and budget development, and coordinate pre-and post-award updates to ensure timely submission of narrative and financial reports (progress reports, letters of inquiry and concept papers);
• Write acknowledgement letters;
• Help to cultivate and steward the museum’s most important institutional relationships.

• At least five years of grant writing experience; preferably in a cultural institution;
• Team player with strong interpersonal skills who can work effectively with artistic and business partners;
• Strong writing and organizational skills and proven ability to meet deadlines;
• Experience developing budgets and endowment reports;
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; proficiency with Raisers Edge or other fundraising software;
• Must be available for evening and weekend events.
How To Apply:

Join our dedicated, talented team of employees, interns and volunteers, who are passionate about the work they do to support the Museum’s mission. To apply for this position, please use the Museum’s online application system, this is our preferred application method: Both a cover letter and resume are required.

The Gardner Museum is committed to affording equal opportunities to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disabilities, marital status or sexual orientation. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. The Museum is proud to embrace the goals of Commonwealth Compact ( and pledges to measure its progress toward those goals over time, using the Commonwealth Compact benchmarks.

We receive many resumes and kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Apply by:
June 25, 2015
About this Organization:
The Museum was the creation of Isabella Stewart Gardner (1840-1924) ‘for the education and enjoyment of the public forever.’ Since opening to the public in 1903, the Gardner has served as a center for ideas and life-long learning in its community – a tradition that is kept alive today through an array of interpretive, creative, educational, horticultural, artistic and scholarly programs.