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Grants Manager

Grants Manager

Regular, Full-Time Position

The Grants Manager is responsible for three main strands of work: 1) researching, developing, writing, and editing competitive proposals to foundations and government agencies for the Exploratorium’s exhibits and programs; 2) working with senior program staff to clarify grant needs and opportunities within the museum; and 3) preparing and writing foundation grant reports. This individual will also be responsible for identifying new funding prospects. The position requires excellent writing skills; ability to present complex projects in science, art, education, and media clearly; proposal and grant budgeting expertise; the ability to work closely with a wide range of staff, and to work independently. The work is fast paced with frequent deadlines. She/he will be part of a four-person grants team responsible for enacting a multi-year grants fundraising strategy.

This position requires an experienced grant writer with proven success producing multi-million dollar government and private foundation grant proposals. A successful candidate must also possess sophisticated project management, organizational, and proposal budgeting skills. This position is expected to manage a grants portfolio of approximately 3-4 government prospects and 20-30 foundation prospects.

The position requires knowledge of large institutional funders, including government agencies, and deep knowledge of institutional philanthropy and grant-making trends. A background in science and/or education is preferred, as is experience with the National Science Foundation.  Demonstrated success in writing proposals to sophisticated funding organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, or their equivalents, is required.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with program staff and finance staff to develop projects, proposals, budgets, and reports, including project management of proposal development processes for large government grants that include multiple stakeholders
  • Write, rewrite, edit, format, and/or proofread proposals and reports
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of a broad range of programs throughout the museum
  • Maintain current knowledge of NSF policies and procedures
  • Participate in cultivation and stewardship activities
  • Clarify grant needs and opportunities within the museum
  • Undertake additional writing and budget duties as required

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years of experience as a lead grant writer or grants manager, preferably in a complex, multifaceted, nonprofit educational environment, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Demonstrated track record of handling a variety of constituencies, managing multiple tasks simultaneously, and thriving in a complex environment with multiple priorities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong proposal budgeting skills
  • Demonstrated success developing and writing grant proposals for government agencies and large national private foundations

How to Apply

This is a regular, full-time (37.5 hrs/wk), exempt management position that includes benefits. All candidates will be required to submit a list of successful grant-writing efforts and the agencies that made the awards, and two sample grant proposals. No phone calls, please.

Please refer to our Application Procedures for instructions when sending your resume and cover letter.

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