As a key member of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Development Department, the Grants Manager is responsible for supporting the Museum’s mission and vision by securing grants from corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Reporting to the Senior Director of Advancement—and able to work in collaboration with all other Museum departments—this position writes proposals for unrestricted operating revenue as well as restricted projects. The Grants Manager is also responsible for submitting timely and accurate reports for all existing grant-funded projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to corporate, foundation, and government agency sources.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of Museum institutional history, goals, strategies, and programs in order to become a leading Museum advocate.
  • Research corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals to discover and evaluate donor prospects.
  • Create grant budgets and financial progress reports for prospective and current corporate, foundation, and government agency donors.
  • Comply with all other grant reporting as required by corporate, foundation, and government agency donors.
  • Provide stewardship to current corporate, foundation, government agency donors, and other collaborative partners including regular written updates (email, special notes, et cetera).
  • Work with the Senior Director of Advancement to establish relationships with corporate, foundation, and government agency donors and prospects, including onsite tours for foundation officers, foundation trustees, et cetera.
  • Maintain records in electronic and paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide the written materials necessary for ongoing donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, et cetera).
  • Work across all departments, as needed, to provide input for institutional materials (including the annual report, program brochures, et cetera).
  • Assist with other fundraising needs and projects as requested.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize projects effectively.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service and interact effectively with donor audiences Museum staff, and volunteers.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as with others, to achieve organizational goals.
  • Strong contributor in team environments


  • Minimum of three years’ experience writing grants.
  • Previous experience with nonprofits and nonprofit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.
  • Availability to work occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft products.
  • Finance experience a plus.

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Job Information
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48104, United States
  • 28748509
  • May 27, 2016
  • Grants Manager
  • Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Development/Membership
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 3-5 Years
  • 0-10%
  • $45,000.00 – $55,000.00 (Yearly Salary)