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Grants Manager

  • Exploratorium
  • 11/20/21
  • El Sobrante, CA
  • 94803
  • TBD / Yearly
  • Full-Time
The Exploratorium seeks an experienced grants professional to join its Institutional Advancement Department, a dynamic and fast-paced team of 20 staff who together are responsible for raising over $20 million each year. The Grants Manager is responsible for four main strands of work: 1) developing and implementing a fundraising strategy focused on private foundations; 2) researching, developing, writing, and editing competitive proposals to foundations and government agencies for Exploratorium programs; 3) working with senior program staff to clarify grant needs and opportunities within the museum; and 4) cultivating and stewarding relationships with institutional funders. This individual will also be responsible for identifying new funding prospects.
The work is fast paced with frequent deadlines, requires the ability to work closely with a wide range of staff, and to work independently. A successful candidate will have superior writing skills and proven success with raising funds from institutions. They must also possess sophisticated project management, organizational, and proposal budgeting skills. This position is expected to manage and grow a grants portfolio of approximately 40-60 foundation prospects and 2-3 government prospects. The successful candidate will be part of a four person grants team responsible for enacting a multi-year grants fundraising strategy.

Develop and implement a fundraising strategy and plan for private foundation funders
Work closely with program staff and finance staff to develop projects, proposals, budgets, and reports, including project management of proposal development processes for large government grants that include multiple stakeholders
Write, rewrite, edit, format, and/or proofread proposals and reports
Maintain detailed knowledge of a broad range of programs throughout the museum
Manage cultivation and stewardship activities
Clarify grant needs and opportunities within the museum
Undertake additional writing and budget duties as required

BA/BS degree and 5-7years of experience as a lead grant writer or grants manager, preferably in a complex, multifaceted, nonprofit educational environment, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
Demonstrated track record of handling a variety of constituencies, managing multiple tasks simultaneously, and thriving in a complex environment with multiple priorities
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong project management skills
Strong proposal budgeting skills
Demonstrated success developing and writing grant proposals for government agencies and large national private foundations

This position is open until filled

This is a regular, full-time (37.5 hours per week), exempt, union position that includes benefits. Please, no phone calls in regards to this job. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

The Exploratorium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and values diversity, inclusion and respect. We welcome and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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