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Grants Manager

The Wadsworth Athenuem Museum
Connecticut, United States
$70,000.00 - $75,000.00
Closing date
Mar 15, 2024


  • Ability to manage multiple grant-related activities simultaneously.
  • Collaborate with Development staff to establish funding priorities and work closely with various Museum departments to identify and engage potential funders.
  • Research and identify sources of support and proactively seek new opportunities to generate new proposals based on guidelines and interests.
  • Maintain and strengthen long-term partnerships, and existing relationships, and identify new contacts within all three sectors.
  • Develop grant proposals based on the museum’s operating and program funding needs and as aligned with the criteria of funding agencies.
  • Oversee the facilitation of grant proposals, including assembling research, data collection, writing, budget information and supporting materials.
  • Serve as lead writer for grants, letters of intent, concept papers, reports, follow-up letters, thank you letters, and other grant-related documents as needed.
  • Produce and coordinate grant tracking reports for strategic planning and budget management purposes.
  • Provide grant editorial assistance and application guidance to project managers.
  • Maintain accuracy of donor/prospect tracking systems and database for corporate, foundation, and other constituents, while maintaining confidentiality of donor information.
  • Assist the Director of Advancement with other projects as needed.




Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum five (5) years experience, preferably in an arts or cultural organization.


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated record of achievement, including exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability in writing proposals for varied audiences.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations.
  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them promptly with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Ability to multi-task and to work with staff at all levels. 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Tessitura preferred.



The work schedule generally is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, hours outside of this general work schedule may be necessary to meet the requirements of this position, which could encompass evening hours and weekend work for museum-related events that this position must attend. Remote work is possible for this position at the discretion of the Director of Advancement.

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