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Company Name : The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Company Location : Indianapolis, IN 46208
Job Position : Grant Writer & Foundation Relations Officer
Job Category : Jobs in Indiana
Job Description :
In concert with the Director of Foundation and Government Relations, the Grant Writer & Foundation Relations Officer is responsible for securing grant income from private and corporate foundations for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The incumbent utilizes creative and technical writing skills, engages in extensive research, and collaborates with colleagues to develop timely, professional, compelling proposals and funding documents. The officer is responsible for assisting with administrative functions of the office, including proposal and report preparation as well as grant management.
The Children’s Museum is fiercely devoted to our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) efforts. Together we are building and sustaining an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates differences.
REPORTS TO: Director of Grants, Foundation and Government Relations
- Develops strategies that achieve annual financial goals from foundations for annual operating, capital projects, and special event proceeds. Implements and executes those strategies to achieve or exceed annual contributed revenue goals.
- Works closely with corporate development colleagues to identify, research, cultivate, solicit and secure funding from corporate foundations, thoroughly documenting outcomes in the Constituent Relationship Management system, or CRM.
- Maintains an extensive prospect list of potential funding opportunities from traditional and corporate foundations, including a continuously updated schedule of upcoming deadlines for letters of intent, proposals, and reports.
- Contributes to the achievement of Grant Team revenue goals as well as their own individual Key Performance Indicators related to prospect cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
- Utilizes creative and technical writing skills to develop compelling proposals, letters of intent, donor reports, and other funding documents in collaboration with the Museum’s exhibits and program staff. Supports the development of technical supporting documents for Federal grantors.
- Analyzes specific targets for foundation contributions by matching Museum projects and/or content to prospective foundations both within Indiana and across the U.S., using sound research to understand prospective foundations’ giving priorities. Creates a cultivation strategy for each identified prospect, including clear cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship plans.
- In coordination with department collagues, performs various research tasks such as prospect and topical research. Prospect research includes using online databases to identify foundations, corporations and government agencies to support the museum’s general operating fund, capital and special projects. Topical research includes researching and reviewing scholarly journals and “best practice” models to apply to Museum programs and use for proposal development. In addition, analyzes other cultural institutions’ foundation donors to generate prospects.
- Represents the Museum in meetings with prospective and active donors as well as community and/or program partners.
- Coordinates with the Stewardship Manager and colleagues in the Marketing and External Relations division to ensure grantor organizations receive appropriate recognition on print and media materials.
- Provides excellent customer service and maintains a positive relationship with all donors and internal museum staff.
- Bachelor’s degree (preferably in English, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Research, or a related field) plus at least one year of proven experience in professional writing or grant writing.
- Must possess a baseline level of understanding of fundraising through grants and foundations.
- Excellent writing skills, including a solid understanding of proper grammar as well as knowledge in grant proposal and report writing.
- Highly organized, self-motivated, and timeline driven, with the ability to juggle multiple tasks and deadlines at the same time. Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
- Must be able to work within a fast-paced and diverse environment with a variety of staff and funders.
- Knowledge and proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, particularly including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
- Experience with a CRM system such as Salesforce, Tessitura, or similar is strongly preferred.
- Strong communication skills including but not limited to oral/interpersonal communications and professional writing with demonstrated ability in each area.
- Proficiency and ability to learn and utilize various types of computer-based software or platforms (i.e. web-based donor portals, foundation research software, etc.)
- Ability to read reports, assess and direct visual presentations, and view computer monitor.
- Ability to communicate by telephone, computer, and face-to-face with staff, donors, prospects and visitors.
- Must be able to engage in heavy keyboarding for document creation, data entry, and email correspondence.
- Ability to negotiate Museum spaces and other corporate or foundation locations/offices, travel locally and nationally, and to sit or stand for extended periods.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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