Director of Grants
Deadline to apply: Aug 16, 2012
POSITION SUMMARY:Director of Grants will lead efforts to develop a strategic plan to secure funding from private and corporate foundations and government sources to support Japanese American National Museum revenue goals, working closely with program and fundraising staff.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Research and identify grant opportunities and analyze the fit for the National Museum and our collaborators/ partners. Prepare recommendations for consideration by management staff.
- Identify key foundation players and coordinate the development of larger-scale grant proposals around National Museum initiatives and programs.
- Coordinate and write grants and proposals that are needed on a regular basis.
- Cultivate and sustain positive productive relationships with new and existing corporate, private and government foundations on a local and national scale to broaden the base of grant support for the National Museum.
- Work closely with community and business leaders, investors, stakeholders, senior officers, employees and development staff to advance the mission of the organization.
- Research and analyze statistical, social, economic and demographic data and literature to support National Museum initiatives and programs in coordination with the President/CEO and Vice President of External Relations.
- Manage the reporting requirements associated with receiving grant funding or contracts in partnership with program and finance staff. This includes working with staff to evaluate and report on outcomes associates with disbursed funds.
- Work in collaboration with other functional areas, including finance, marketing & communications, education, program and exhibition director to integrate efforts and ensure the most efficient and effective outcomes.
- Maintain expert knowledge of current and evolving fund development, economic, political, legislative, technical, or general business trends that may affect the National Museum results to achieve organizational results.
- Track and report annual grant revenue and coordinate grant financial tracking systems with the finance department.
- Support and/or lead special projects as they may arise within the organization.
- Assist with other fundraising projects as requested including Annual Gala Dinner & Silent Auction solicitation.
- Staff members must be able to work with visitors of all ages to support the various events sponsored by the National Museum. Each staff member will be expected to work on a minimum of three museum-wide events per year: a) National Museum’s Annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction- (off-site) typically held in the Spring (April-May) b) National Museum’s Family Festival Day- Oshogatsu Family Day (January) or Summer Festival (August) c) Target Family Free Days – Free Admission Family Days sponsored by Target held on the 2nd Saturday of the month.
This list is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary. Incumbent will perform related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty 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 essential functions.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
Experience/Knowledge: A working knowledge of grantsmanship and grant management with at least 2 years of previous experience. Additional experience in individual giving fundraising or development operations is preferred. Previous experience working in a non-profit or museum beneficial. Superior organizational skills and attention to detail are critical; must have strong ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work well under pressure to meet multiple competing deadlines. Experience in professional or technical writing, especially in writing for fund raising. Strong proofreading skills. Professional phone manner is essential. Ability to work in a fast paced team-environment, be a self-starter. Demonstrate commitment and flexibility at all times in order to ensure high quality customer service to coworkers and external constituents; patience and ability to adjust and provide appropriate action when unanticipated need arises. Familiarity with regional, national and Japanese funders is desired. Knowledge of Japanese American history and culture helpful but not required; however, sensitivity to issues of diversity and ethnicity is essential.
Communication: Excellent communication and negotiation skills. Must be able to provide courteous and effective service to co-workers, volunteers and the general public. Ability to read and comprehend documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write concise, persuasive reports and correspondence; strong proofreading skills required. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group format.
Computer: Computer literate, fluency with MS Word, Excel. Experience in Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising software highly desired. Internet savvy and adept at Internet-based research; familiar with online foundation directories and using databases.
Math: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to develop and write project budgets. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning: Strong ability to analyze projects in terms of discrete steps and deadlines. Discretion in working with confidential information. Act on own initiative. Must be able to comply with institutional policies and procedures. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Perform successfully when juggling and re-prioritizing multiple assignments in a fast-paced, changing work environment. Reliable follow-through on assigned projects in a complete, well conceived and timely manner.
Physical: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Vice President of External Relations
Positions supervised: None
The Japanese American National Museum reserves the discretion to change this job description at any time.The Japanese American National Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, marital status, domestic partner status, or medical condition.