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Associate Director of Museum Grants and Foundation Relations

Associate Director of Museum Grants and Foundation Relations


Director of Development


The  Associate Director of Grants and Foundation Relations manages the Museum’s foundation and government grants strategy for annual operations, educational programs, exhibitions, strategic initiatives, and capital projects; and is responsible for raising significant contributed revenue through grant funding from private, government, community, and family foundations; tracking and managing a contributed revenue line that includes museum foundations, corporations, and individuals; and coordinating prospect research for potential museum donors.

This position is a key member of the development and museum teams, working closely with senior leaders, curators, education staff and trustees to meet fundraising goals. The successful candidate will have experience designing and implementing non-profit advancement plans, meeting annual fundraising goals, stewarding and retaining donors, and maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues and support staff.


This position is a key member of the development and museum teams, working closely with senior leaders, curators, education staff and trustees to meet fundraising goals.


  1. Create and execute a multi-year development plan to meet the museum’s short- and long-term financial goals through both existing and new grant opportunities.
  2. Cultivate strong relationships with potential sponsors and major donors. Solicit and secure support from major donors for museum programs.
  3. Oversee a schedule of donor and member cultivation and stewardship activities, including exhibition openings, donor receptions and dinners, member events, and trips.
  4. Actively identify and cultivate new donors and develop strategies for their engagement.
  5. Work collaboratively with Museum colleagues to identify funding needs and assist in matching existing organizational priorities with potential grant opportunities.
  6. Prepare letters of inquiry, grant applications, reports and attachments, proposals, stewardship reports, and other related grant correspondence.
  7. Manage the overall grants pipeline ensuring timely submission of all grants and proposals, including deadline tracking, project management, and constituent follow-up.
  8. Prepare and present monthly fundraising updates to the Director of Development, Museum Director and Executive Director/CEO.
  9. Assist the Development and Museum teams with other duties as needed or assigned.


  1. Bachelor's degree with Arts, Art History, or English major preferred
  2. At least 5 - 7 years successful fundraising experience in an arts or education setting with grant writing and organizational giving experience strongly preferred.
  3. Superior communication and presentation skills.
  4. Superior writing skills.
  5. Instinctive “donor service” outlook.
  6. Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies and of research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  7. Experience with grant and project budget development.
  8. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
  9. Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities.
  10. Knowledge of the Museum foundation and government philanthropy landscape is strongly preferred.
  11. Ability to collaborative within a team environment.
  12. Strong initiative and self-motivated.
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Altru, or other constituent relationship database is preferred.

To apply, please send your resume to Julianne Ruocco at

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.