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Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager

National Museum of Mexican Art
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Aug 27, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Grant Seeking, Major Gifts, Programs, Grant Administration, Grant Making
Arts, Education, Museum, Research, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title:  Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager (Full Time)


Date Prepared:  July  2021

Title of Supervisor: Chief Development Officer


Accountable to:  Chief Development Officer


Position Summary:  The Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager for the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) is part of a dynamic development team committed to increasing knowledge, appreciation and integration of Mexican art and culture. The primary focus of this position is grants management including identification, solicitation, cultivation and compliance and the retention of corporate and foundation relationships and gifts.

This position is responsible for advancing strategies to generate significant contributions to the NMMA from corporate and foundation communities through growing a portfolio of new and existing prospects. Primary responsibilities include management of strategies to secure funding on an annual basis from corporations and foundations, preparations of grant proposal/applications and development and implementation of stewardship strategies for the retention of corporate and foundation support. 


Essential Functions include, but are not limited to the following:

    Coordinates the identification, cultivation and solicitation of corporate and foundation support for NMMA programs and projects. In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, plans and manages solicitation strategies for corporate and foundation support.
    Acts as grant writer for the NMMA, generating well researched, well written and well documented grant and fundraising proposals and supporting documents in response to solicitations (including government grants). Act as a liaison with program staff – working directly with program managers in the development of grant proposals. Maintains and implements grant cultivation activities including calendars, records, files, progress reports and financial reporting. Retains business relationships with corporate and foundation giving officers. Ensure fulfillment of recognition, acknowledgements, and management of reports and solicitations for corporate/foundation/government donors and contacts, externally and internally. Research prospective foundations and corporations to increase the NMMA’s funding. As a member of the development team, contribute to the achievement of the NMMA’s strategic and annual operating plans. Maintain and regularly communicate with a small portfolio of foundation and corporate donors; maintain records and files and manage the timely submission of progress and grant reports.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Exceptional oral and written communications skills required for the effective delivery of the Museum’s vision, mission and brand. Superior organizational skills and attention to detail. One to four years of experience and successful results in securing corporate (sponsorships and gifts) and/or foundation (grants) funding. Expert knowledge of fundraising software. NMMA uses Bloomerang for donor tracking. Knowledge of art history and/or arts education is preferred.


Minimum Qualifications:

    Bachelor’s degree preferred; one to four years of job related experience is required. Have an understanding, passion and commitment to develop the relationships and resources necessary to carry out the National Museum of Mexican Art’s mission and goals. Personal presence and the ability to communicate and interact effectively with multiple constituencies both within and outside the organization. Proficiency in setting priorities and using time effectively to meet organizational goals and objectives. Ability to build productive working relationships with donors and National Museum of Mexican Art staff and leadership.


Environmental Demands:

    Must be able to plan, prioritize, organize and execute multiple initiatives simultaneously and independently. Must be able to sit and stand for extended periods of time; carry, lift, push or pull up to 35 pounds. Requires the ability to manually operate business machinery. Travel within the U.S. with advance notice may be required. There is minimal environmental exposure. 


FLSA Status: Non Exempt



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