Exempt, Full Time (40 hours a week)
Vice President of Development
$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.
- 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
- Plays a leadership role internally to identify, shepherd, and
realize opportunities for mission-based work that can be
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or
- 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
- 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
Friday, December 31, 2021.
The Connecticut Science Center is an Equal Opportunity