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Manager of Foundation Relations

National Building Museum
District of Columbia, United States
$63,000.00 - $65,000.00
Closing date
Feb 23, 2024

The National Building Museum inspires curiosity about the world we design and build.


We are a private non-profit institution that transforms understanding of the history and impact of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and design. The National Building Museum educates, entertains, and engages people about the built environment and challenges them to advocate for a sustainable and equitable future.

Position Description

We are in a tremendous period of growth and are seeking a Manager of Foundation Relations to significantly advance the impact of the Museum through strategic and effective grant writing and management. This position will be an important thought partner and develop and manage the execution of a comprehensive foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from institutions over the next several years.

The successful candidate will manage and actively grow the Museum’s portfolio of private, family, and corporate foundation donors and government agencies. They will work across the Museum to identify strategic grant opportunities, cultivate and build relationships with current and new funders, and spreadhead application preparation and post-award management with appropriate staff. The ideal candidate will have experience building strong and effective relationships internally with curatorial, education, collections, and finance colleagues and senior leadership and externally with foundation representatives. They will be a key member of a fast-paced team and organization, reporting to and working closely with the Director of Foundations & Strategic Initiatives, additionally they will work collaboratively with the Vice President of External Affairs & Development (EA&D) and other members of the EA&D team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage identification, strategy, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of current and new foundation and government funders.
  • Develop strategies to advance the Museum’s work by researching and identifying sources of support, generating new proposals, and maintaining effective communication ties with funder prospects.
  • Analyze application requirements and guidance from funders and work closely with colleagues in curatorial, education, collections, and finance, and senior leadership to develop project goals, objectives, performance measures, work plan, and project budget.
  • Prepare grant materials including but not limited to proposals, letters of inquiry, concept papers, reports, grant agreements, meeting presentations, and acknowledgement letters.
  • Manage and coordinate stewardship strategies to ensure effective execution of grant deliverables, including keeping program and finance staff on track managing expenses and project objectives, synthesizing project data, activity, and results, and developing compelling grant reports.
  • Manage and monitor financial reporting requirements, including expense requirements and submitting invoices and payment requests.
  • Identify and cultivate foundation donors through research and relationship-building, tailoring engagement strategies to their interests and actively growing the Museum’s foundation partners and donors.
  • Maintain foundation records and track development engagement activities in CRM database Altru, including grant deadlines and awards, relevant interactions, and follow-ups.
  • Attend relevant meetings/conferences for major government and foundation entities, representing the Museum and staying abreast of philanthropic trends and updates to procedures.
  • Serve as a member of the EA&D team, participating in department meetings and activities, and assisting with department priorities.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • At least three years of fundraising experience with an established track record writing proposals and managing grants, or applicable experience.
  • Superior organizational and project management skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, organize, prioritize, and simultaneously implement multiple projects requiring input from colleagues.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative problem solver and collaborative leader with strong interpersonal, mediation, and facilitation skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; experience with fundraising and/or CRM database, Altru preferred.
  • Some evening and weekend hours.

Our Commitment

At the Museum, we pursue diversity and endeavor to create an inclusive and accessible environment for our staff, visitors, stakeholders, and Board members. We value diverse perspectives and believe the power of diversity enriches us all. Creating an inclusive environment is critical to every individual's work. We are an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


What We Offer

Full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision
  • Employer paid Life insurance and disability
  • 403 (b) plan with match
  • Generous PTO policy
  • 11 paid company holidays
  • Museum Shop discounts
  • Free on-site parking

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