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Grants Manager

Connecticut Science Center
Connecticut, United States
$55,200.00 - $85,600.00
Closing date
Dec 31, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Grant Seeking, Programs, Community Outreach, Grant Administration, Grant Making, Government Relations and Advocacy, Other Programs, Program Administration and Management, Administrative, Other Administrative
Community Development, Community Foundations, Education, Museum, Other Fields, Technology, Youth
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Title:                      Grants Manager

FLSA:                            Exempt, Full Time (40 hours a week)

Reports to:                   Vice President of Development

Wage Range:               $55,200 - $85,600


Serving more than 300,000 adults and children each year, the Connecticut Science Center is the state’s premier destination for informal science learning, a top tourist attraction, a hub for teacher training, and one of the state’s foremost resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The Advancement Department is responsible for the Science Center’s Development, Marketing and Membership functions

The Grants Manager is responsible for cultivating and stewarding vital, long-term relationships with foundations, government entities, and other constituents. Contributes to the success of the Connecticut Science Center’s ambitious goals for donated income through the use of thoughtful analytical skills, attention to detail, outstanding communications skills, and a hard work ethic with a variety of fundraising assignments from institutional funders. The Grants Manager also plays a pivotal role with internal constituents, particularly Programs, to develop funding requests and other materials, as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writes and prepares grant-related submissions including but not limited to letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports for foundations, corporations, and government entities. Works collaboratively to develop persuasive language and documentation that results in successful grant awards for a variety of identified Science Center initiatives with an overall fundraising goal in excess of $1M annually.
  • Serves as the primary relationship officer for key institutional relationships, including communication, reporting, and face-to-face contacts. Grows these relationships into strategic partnerships to meet department, organizational, and mission goals.
  • Plays a leadership role internally to identify, shepherd, and realize opportunities for mission-based work that can be appropriately funded.
  • Identifies new local and national partnerships that will realize funding or advocacy benefit for the Science Center and subsequently qualify and grow these relationships.
  • Serves as team member and collaborator on funded/to-be-funded pilot projects with Programs, Marketing, and other internal departments. Programs include but are not limited to educational initiatives, seasonal programs, and audience building.
  • Other duties as assigned

 Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a development office or highly relevant related experience
  • Superior writing capabilities suitable for grant proposals, executive level and public affairs communications, is required.
  • Successful experience in grants development and management, from conceptualization to submission, is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, persuasively and graciously with donors, including strong telephone, letter writing skills and face to face interpersonal skills
  • Highly detail oriented with strong background in task organization, management and completion.
  • Ability to create compelling, audience-appropriate proposals using Microsoft Office products and other software on a PC platform required
  • Ability to develop and manage project budgets, including extensive work in Excel
  • Ability to create and modify presentations in PowerPoint
  • Experience with Tessitura or comparable CRM database
  • Ability to work both independently and as a supportive, collaborative team member
  • Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and achieve a consistently high level of productivity
  • May require some evening, weekend, and holiday work in support of donor events, meetings, and cultivation initiatives.
  • A strong willingness to support diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion efforts for all communities to support equitable engagement and access to STEM learning opportunities
  • Must provide proof of COVID Vaccination or be approved for a medical or religious exemption.
  • Ability to work on-site

 Physical Requirements

  • Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.
  • Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching and sitting for periods of time.
  • Reaching with hands and arms.
  • Consistently operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Qualified applicants will go through an application process, interview process and must successfully complete a background check. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to by Friday, December 31, 2021.

 The Connecticut Science Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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