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Grants Associate

Grants Associate

Associate Director, Government and Foundation Relations

The Grants Associate will implement and manage the Museum’s foundation and government grants strategy for annual operations, educational programs, exhibitions, strategic initiatives, and capital projects; be responsible for raising significant contributed revenue through grant funding from private, government, community, and family foundations; track and manage a contributed revenue line that includes museum foundations, corporations, and individuals; and coordinate prospect research for potential museum donors.

The Grants Associate will work closely with senior leadership, curators, program and facilities staff as well as volunteers to advance the Museum’s fundraising priorities.


  1. Manage and steward the existing portfolio of foundation, corporate, and government grants
  2. Proactively research and secure new funding streams for Museum projects
  3. Prepare letters of inquiry, grant applications, reports and attachments, proposals, stewardship reports, and other related grant correspondence  
  4. Assist the Associate Director, Government and Foundation Relations with the overall management of the grants program to ensure timely submission of all grants and proposals; including deadline tracking, project management, and constituent follow-up 
  5. Work collaboratively with Museum colleagues to identify funding needs and assist in matching existing organizational priorities with potential grant opportunities
  6. Identify potential individual donors, conduct research, and develop cultivation plans in concert with Development colleagues
  7. Draft correspondence to individual donors for the Exhibitions Fund and other project-specific museum initiatives
  8. Assist the Associate Director of Development, Corporate Relations with identifying new corporate support
  9. Assist the Development team with other duties as needed or assigned


  1. Bachelor's degree with Arts, Art History, or English major preferred
  2. At least 2–4 years successful fundraising experience in an arts or education setting with grant writing and organizational giving experience strongly preferred
  3. Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies and of research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  4. Experience with grant and project budget development
  5. Exceptional writing ability and excellent communication and organizational skills
  6. Experience working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
  7. Flexibility in meeting shifting demands and priorities  
  8. Knowledge of the Museum foundation and government philanthropy landscape is strongly preferred
  9. Personally accountable for expectations, timelines, and outcomes
  10. A collaborative participant within a team environment
  11. Strong initiative and self-motivation
  12. Dedication to and enthusiasm for the mission of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art and ability to instill that passion in donors and prospects
  13. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required; familiarity with Raiser’s Edge, Altru, or some other constituent relationship database is preferred

Interested applicants must submit the following by April 20, 2020:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Three professional references
  • Three writing samples
  • Salary requirements

Please send your completed application to:​ 

The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.