Foundations Relations Officer
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
At the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, we believe in kid-powered learning. We work hard every day to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood. To accomplish this mission, we bring together a dynamic team of talented individuals whose passions range from exhibit design to the culinary arts, from developing engaging educational programs to offering only the best in customer service. If you like to work hard and play hard, we want to hear from you! We offer a comprehensive benefits package, competitive wages and a supportive, rewarding and FUN work environment.
The Children’s Museum is seeking a Foundation Relations Officer. This position leads the Museum’s grants program and is responsible for cultivating, developing and overseeing relationships with existing foundation and government grant partners and new prospects. Duties will include working with multiple Museum departments to identify opportunities, prepare budgets, interpret program guidelines, create and submit proposals, communicate with donors, tracking expenditures, invoice, and generate narrative and financial reports. The right person for this position is detail-oriented, has excellent communication skills and has proven experience in fundraising and grant management. The Museum’s next Foundation Relations Officer should be excited and motivated to work for a vibrant non-profit organization and be passionate about serving families in the Denver metro community.
Position Specifications: Full-time, 40 hours a week. Hours are typically Monday – Friday, with weekends and evenings as needed.
Supervisor: Vice President of Development and Communications
Rate: $53,000 – $55,000/year
Benefits: A comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage. Paid time-off for vacation, sick days and four holidays. 401(k) Retirement Plan with eligibility to contribute after a 3-month waiting period (must be 21 years of age). Employee Assistance Program, flexible spending account and short-term disability. Free parking, free family membership to the Museum, and discounts in the Museum Gift Shop and Café.
Job Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Please note: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the responsibilities.
- Work with the Development Team, Museum Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to identify, cultivate and solicit charitable foundations and other grant-making entities for general operations, programming, exhibits, special events, special projects and capital project support.
- Identify and cultivate new prospective foundation and government donors, conducting research on funding focus areas and grant opportunities. Consult with donors to inform the proposal development process.
- Prepare, write and submit all letters of inquiry, proposals and reports to foundation and government funders, ensuring accurate and timely completion and submission.
- Serve as a steward of the Museum’s foundation and government donor relationships, regularly communicating with donors and keeping them up-to-date on the work they are supporting.
- Work collaboratively across Museum departments to develop projects and programs that advance the Museum’s strategic goals, respond to community needs and align with the interests of philanthropic partners.
- Formulate budgets for specific projects, programs and initiatives, working collaboratively across Museum departments.
- Establish and use grant tracking systems to monitor spending and gather data on expenses for grant reporting purposes, working with colleagues in the Development, Education, Exhibits and Finance teams.
- Work with VP of Development and Communications and other members of the Development Team to develop revenue goals, focusing on those associated with foundation and government giving.
- Maintain foundation/grant management systems in the Altru database such as prospect and donor tracking, grant application calendar, grant reporting and fulfillment tracking and other relevant data and documentation.
- Work with the Marketing and Development teams to ensure prompt donor acknowledgement and accurate donor recognition.
- Play a key role in coordinating the Museum’s access programs for families with low incomes, monitoring program progress and numbers served in relation to available funding and ensuring timely communication of essential information to key parties.
- Participate in Museum public and private events and represent the organization at external events.
- Other duties, as assigned.
Qualifications include, but not limited to:
- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience required
- 3+ years experience in a fundraising environment, with proven experience in grant writing and grant administration preferred
- Excellent written and verbal communication/presentation skills required
- Ability to work collaboratively across departments required
- Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products and fundraising databases preferred
- Experience developing budgets and working with financial data required
- Detail oriented with strong project management skills required
- Excellent administrative skills, high motivation and a proven ability to produce results in a deadline-oriented environment required
- Ability to maintain a direct relationship with donors and passionately translate the Museum’s mission and case for support required
- Ability to work with a diverse constituency required
Busy, bustling team-oriented environment with shared office space
Typical for a busy office environment
The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus is an equal opportunity employer. The Museum is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to serving the needs of all our visitors and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds.