As part of the team, the Grants Manager oversees, implements, and provides support for various efforts as they pertain to institutional fundraising. These activities include, but are not limited to, sourcing new funding prospects and opportunities, grant writing for government corporate and private foundation grants, reports and acknowledgements, and planning assistance of fundraising events. Works directly with the Director of Advancement and Senior Development Officer to implement the Museum’s development strategy and tactics to attain financial goals set by the Museum’s Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Grants:Develops, seeks out additional funding opportunities, and submits applications, working with Museum programming staff to secure operating and special project grants from:Private Foundations, both local and national.
Corporate Foundations, both local and national; including underwriting for exhibitions, educational and event programs, and openings.
Government agencies, including, but not limited to: federal sources (Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Endowment for the Arts), state agencies (Ohio Arts Council), and local governments (City of Akron; Summit County, and other area jurisdictions).
General Departmental Coordination:Conducts institutional donor and prospect research.
Coordinate with all departments to gather and review grant application and reporting information.
Assist with other fundraising initiatives, including but not limited to annual appeal campaigns, fundraising events, donor stewardship events, etc.
Ensures the strategic alignment of granting requests with museum needs and plans.
Assists Director of Advancement with fundraising initiatives as needed.
Work with the Director of Advancement in establishing the annual operating budget and income forecast.
Provide regular funding updates to the leadership team as needed.
Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field and/or a minimum of 3+ years professional development experience with increasing areas of responsibility in a non-profit environment preferred. A proven track record of developing grant opportunities, grant writing success and grant calendar management. Excellent and persuasive verbal and written communications skills, including strong grammar and proofreading. Flexible and easily adaptable to quickly changing situations. Ability to thrive in a small staff environment and take on whatever tasks necessary as the situation requires. Ability to work well independently and on a team. Ability to diplomatically delegate and prioritize to meet internal and external deadlines. Must work extremely well with the different constituencies of the Museum. Hardworking, punctual, organized, and discreet. Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail. Effective time management and project management skills. Experience with donor management software, such as Raiser’s Edge, e-tapestry, or similar platforms. Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word and Excel. Strategic thinking skills are a plus. Interest in the visual arts. Ability to develop effective relationships with key donors.
JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Understands job procedures and methods; demonstrates ability to acquire necessary skills; understands how job relates to others; makes effective use of resources; demonstrates skill in performing assigned tasks.
Quality of Work – Produces work that is accurate and thorough, demonstrates commitment to excellence and continuous improvement, ability to monitor quality of own work, applies feedback to improve performance, takes initiative to find ways to improve and promote quality work.
Planning/Organizational Skills– Independently plans/prioritizes work, sets goals and objectives, displays appropriate sense of urgency toward top priorities, manages time efficiently, plans for additional resources, integrates changes smoothly.
Dependability – Meets attendance and punctuality requirements, keeps commitments, accepts responsibility for own actions, follows instructions and responds to management direction, responds to requests for service and assistance, commits to doing the best job possible.
Hospitality/Interpersonal Skills – Maintains a feeling of hospitality with visitors all times, displays tact and consideration, works actively to resolve conflicts, displays positive outlook/pleasant demeanor, conducts self in a professional manner at all times, assists and supports co-workers and customers.
Communication – Expresses ideas coherently, demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed, selects appropriate communication tools.
Initiative – Volunteers readily, undertakes self-development activities, seeks increased responsibility, takes advantage of opportunities, seeks creative ways to improve skills, asks for help when needed.
Problem Solving – Identifies problems in timely manner, gathers/analyzes information skillfully, resolves problems in early stages, looks for alternative solutions, works cooperatively in group problem solving situations.
Use of Technology – Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technology, uses technology to increase quality and productivity of work, accepts training opportunities to improve technical skills.
Personal Appearance – Always dresses appropriately for work, demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance, and smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
Examples of duties include:
Physical Demands: sitting, carrying, manual dexterity for keyboard entries, and handling of papers, talking, and hearing, eye/hand coordination, repetitive motions.
Visual Demands: near acuity, depth perception, able to clearly see computer monitor.
Mental Demands: oral comprehension, written comprehension.
Working Conditions: subject to many interruptions, pressure due to multiple calls, inquiries, and deadlines.
Stooping/Kneeling – The ability to stoop and kneel is necessary for accessing files, and stocking food, beverages, and supplies.
Reaching/Handling – Good manual dexterity is necessary for retrieving and working with appropriate paperwork, equipment, and supplies.
This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position and is not intended to be all-inclusive.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. High noise level at times due to operation of machines and vehicles. May be subject to changing work conditions, active, noisy, and variable temperatures. May be unable to maintain proper social distancing at times due to guest needs or unforeseen circumstances that may arise occasionally.