Associate Director Corporate Foundation Government Grants

Associate Director Corporate Foundation Government Grants

Associate Director Corporate Foundation Government Grants

Directly reports to the Chief Development Officer with a dotted line to the Conservancy Directors

Draft funding proposals in support of Brandywine Conservancy programs and initiatives. Additionally, this position will assist the Conservancy in building a more engaged network of donors and in increasing the overall grants portfolio.     

The Associate Director, Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants will work closely with the Chairman of the Board, Executive Director, Conservancy Directors, and Chief Development Officer; as well as members of the Development and Conservancy staff and other staff members throughout the organization.


  1. Raise significant funds on an annual basis by securing grants from individuals, institutional and private foundations, and government entities.
  2. Serve as initial author and project manager for all Letters of Inquiry, grant proposals, and project reports, including tracking deadlines, budget creation and information gathering.
  3. In collaboration with the Chief Development Officer and Conservancy staff ensure that the organization meets all grant deliverables and budgeted matching requirements.
  4. Conduct prospect research on foundations and government entities to evaluate prospective grants and initiate personal contact with potential funders, including proactive cultivation of new grant prospects and stewardship of existing donors.
  5. Using Altru, maintain up-to-date records of organizational information by funder, including funding history, grant requirements, key contacts, and recent activity. 
  6. In concert with the Chief Development Officer and Directors of the Conservancy, prepare an annual fundraising plan, funding forecast and monthly reports of gift and grant activity. Ensure grant revenue tracks positively against the operating budget and program goals.
  7. Assist the Chief Development Officer and Conservancy Directors with special events, strategic planning, and other responsibilities as needed/assigned.
  8. Develop, build, and sustain working relationships with local, regional, and national funders and key conservation partner organizations to advance the Conservancy’s fundraising priorities.


  1. Bachelor’s degree required, with two to four years’ experience in researching, creating, developing and writing fundraising proposals for foundations and government entities.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to write, proofread and edit persuasive proposals, as well as reports and related correspondence. 
  3. Understanding of Conservancy programs and initiatives, including ability to translate technical information into effective grant proposals.
  4. Strong project management and organizational skills with a keen attention to detail
  5. Strong time management skills and ability to work on several deadline-driven projects at once
  6. Demonstrated ability to track, analyze and synthesize data and complex information from a wide variety of sources, and present the resulting information in a clear summary
  7. Ability to influence and motivate others working both independently and as part of a project team
  8. Strong knowledge of environmental issues and current/potential funders with a proven track record of securing financial support at significant levels
  9. Comfort with developing budgets, financial statements, and statistical reports
  10. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  11. Reliable transportation to and from the workplace
  12. Ability to work some evenings and weekends as needed.

SALARY RANGE: $55,000–60,000

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Connie Scholz at [email protected]

We are an equal opportunity employer and consider all qualified applicants equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff.