Manage a portfolio of foundation, corporate foundation, and government donors, building relationships to maximize potential giving year-round.
Carefully manage deadlines for foundation and government grants, submitting all required materials in a timely fashion for grant applications and reports. Request information and materials from team members and other Museum staff within appropriate timeframe.
Solicit foundation and government grants to meet individual and team fundraising goals, producing letters of inquiry, writing grant proposals, building budgets, and conducting meetings with prospective and existing donors, while seeking fresh and creative ways of telling the Museum’s stories.
Conduct prospect research and qualify prospective foundation donors from a variety of sources. Seek new sources of foundation and government funding at a regular and sustained pace throughout the year.
Work closely, build relationships, and demonstrate leadership with all Museum departments, including education, exhibitions, and finance, to facilitate the grant writing process.
Donor Relations and Stewardship
Write acknowledgement letters, interim and final narrative and financial reports, and other relevant correspondence with support from the development coordinator.
Develop and manage stewardship plans for foundation and government donors and prospects, using Museum events and communications to maintain meaningful contact with supporters.
Documenting donor/prospect contacts in electronic files and in the database pursuant to department procedures.
Support the integrity of the donor database through accurate and timely input and becoming a proficient user.
Utilize the donor database to produce campaign and prospect tracking reports to measure progress on fundraising goals and cultivation strategies.
Ensure compliance with grant requirements, working closely with the department operations team and the finance department.
Maintain and uphold internal general operating procedures that govern the foundation and government grants function.
Follow all institutional finance and personnel procedures and support the annual audit.
Serve as a member of the development team, participating in department meetings, the planning and activities of the department, and assisting with other department priorities.
Support the overall objectives of the National Building Museum and act as an ambassador for the institution, especially to the foundations community.
Other duties as assigned, including representing the department at Museum events such as the Honor Award, Turner Prize, exhibition opening receptions, etc.
Bachelor’s degree and three years of fundraising experience or similar. Successful candidate will have demonstrated success in identifying, cultivating, and soliciting foundation and government donors; writing and speaking persuasively; working well in a collegial setting; managing multiple responsibilities; and meeting deadlines and income goals. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and fundraising and/or CRM database experience. Interest in architecture, urban planning, and other fields related to the building arts preferred. Some evening and weekend hours. Nontraditional candidates seeking flexible work hours and/or reentering the workplace are encouraged to apply.
About National Building Museum
The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to the history and impact of the built environment. We do this by telling the stories of architecture, engineering, and design. As one of the most family-friendly, awe-inspiring spots in Washington, D.C., we welcome visitors from around the world to our exhibitions, public programs, and festivals. Located just four blocks from the National Mall, the Museum occupies a magnificent building with a soaring Great Hall, colossal 75-foot-tall Corinthian columns, and a 1,200-foot terra cotta frieze.