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Senior Manager, Foundation and Government Giving

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Employment Type
Full Time
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General Description:

The Senior Manager, Foundation and Government Giving, plays an important role in expanding the museum’s mission to celebrate the role of Maine in American art by building ever-increasing resources for exhibitions, programming, audience development, and general support. This person identifies opportunities that align with foundation and government goals to build lasting relationships that sustain the museum’s fiscal needs.


Maine’s natural beauty is a beacon for artists with many major figures in American art living and working in Maine. At the center of this creative community is the Farnsworth Art Museum, home to one of the great American painting collections in the country. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional to make a significant impact. The Farnsworth has undergone rapid change and is ready to take its place as a national destination.




Grants & Foundation Relationships:

  • Collaborate with the Chief Advancement Officer to set the fundraising strategy for appeals that attract institutional support as well as individual donor contributions. The Museum is in year one of a three-year strategic plan that will serve as a guide.
  • Build strong collegial relationships with the Executive Director and senior leaders to help identify funding opportunities for annual and longer-term projects.
  • Work with colleagues to draft or edit formal proposals for a variety of projects to various funders.
  • Match priorities with appropriate funders based on meaningful and mutually beneficial goals.
  • Guide the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship process, engaging others as appropriate, to ensure successful partnerships.
  • Maintain a rigorous research process to identify new funders for the institutional funding pipeline.
  • Develop timetable and proposal process for each grantmaker and manage the annual grants calendar of deadlines and opportunities.
  • Facilitate the tracking of metrics and data, working with other museum teams, to ensure the case for support is strong and to provide accurate and timely grant compliance and reporting for all active grants. Work with the Finance department to prepare budgets and reports as needed.
  • This position supervises a part-time, contract writer to assist with grant preparation.
  • With the Database Manager, ensure the grants calendar and donor records are accurately and comprehensively recorded in Altru.



Leadership Role:

  • As a senior leader of the Advancement team and the senior writer of the Museum, contribute to the communications program in strategic and specific ways. This may include assisting the Advancement team copyedit or draft persuasive fundraising materials, including proposals, case statements, impact letters from the Director, endowment reports and stewardship communications. It may also include proofreading marketing materials such as the weekly enewsletter and press releases. This person will copyedit and proofread materials in alignment with Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Drive innovation, effective professional practices and camaraderie within the Advancement team and throughout the museum.
  • Stay current with emerging trends in the institutional funding field and strategies in successful grantsmanship. Attend professional development opportunities.
  • Attend museum and advancement events and participate in regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Handle all materials professionally and confidentially.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in the humanities preferred.
  • 5 years proven record in developing relationships and securing grants from foundation, corporate and government sources.
  • Exceptional skills in writing, editing, interpersonal communications, and project management.
  • Team-oriented, highly motivated individual with strong attention to detail and high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, planning and goal-setting skills.
  • A curious mind and aptitude for research is essential.
  • An ability to thrive in a rapidly changing environment with multiple projects and competing priorities.
  • Highly motivated and demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet research. Experience working with databases, preferably Blackbaud products.

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