Manager of Development Communications and Foundation Giving

Employment Status: 
Full-Time, 37.5 hours per week; 8:45am-5:15pm. Evening and weekends as needed

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and at least 3 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. Experience in fundraising is preferred, but non-traditional candidates with strong communication skills and a desire to build a career in development are encouraged to apply. Writing samples and/or tests may be required of applicants. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Manager of Development Communications and Foundation Giving will serve as a primary writing and editing resource for the development team and, as needed, members of senior leadership. Communicate effectively the need for and impact of philanthropic funding to a variety of audiences, including individuals, corporations, and foundations. Oversee the creation and ongoing management of donor-facing communications, including viewbooks, proposals, templates, stewardship reports, and other projects as assigned. Liaison with colleagues from the Museum Programs and Outreach Initiatives Department and the Research and Evaluation Department to generate ideas and write copy for the Annual Report and Illuminations.  Update executive-level communication for non-leadership events and other donor-facing executive correspondence as needed. Develop and manage a comprehensive calendar of annual donor-facing communication in conjunction with the donor relations team and Design department. Lead fundraising from foundations up to $10,000 to annual operating and education programs.  Identify and pursuing opportunities for growing foundation support <$10,000 from local and national foundations and corporations. Managing the Institute’s grant submission calendar and relevant tracking in Raiser’s Edge. Representing The Franklin Institute to funding agencies where appropriate.


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