Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Job Posting - Manager, Foundations & Government Relations

Please Touch Museum®   
Position Description
Manager, Foundations & Government Relations

Reports To:
VP, Development


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Effective Date:

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Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia (PTM) was founded in 1976 and was the first children’s museum to focus exclusively on young children ages birth to seven. PTM is multidisciplinary, providing exhibits and programs in the visual and performing arts, including theater, music and dance, literacy, humanities, math and science.  PTM’s exhibits are themed environments that are hands-on and interactive helping children to learn, develop and practice the skills and social skills they need to be ready for and successful in school and in future careers. The mission of Please Touch Museum is to enrich the lives of children by providing learning experiences through play.  In 2008 PTM moved to Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, a National Historic Landmark Building built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.

Position Summary:

The Manager, Foundation and Government Relations identifies grant opportunities, prepares applications and coordinates the reporting process for all prospective and existing grantors of foundation and government giving.  The Manager tracks programmatic development and matches appropriate funding sources to those initiatives.  The Manager prepares timely research and writing for the production and submission of successful proposals.  Additionally, the Manager is primarily responsible for stewardship of all foundation relationships and the production and timely submission of all required reporting on grants received by the Museum. 

Essential Functions:

  • Working in collaboration with the VP, Development and staff from other departments of the Museum as necessary, acts a principal writer for all grant proposals to foundation and government entities and drafting letters of inquiry.
  • Creates a comprehensive calendar of funding applications and reporting that ensures steady funding streams from private and corporate foundations and government agencies that addresses all areas in need of support.
  • Creates production timeline for each proposal that includes appropriate time for inter-departmental participation, review, and approval process.
  • Maintains and grows current funding and membership based relationships; through “moves management” looks for opportunities to increase funding from current sources;
  • Compile narrative and financial reports on foundation and government grants as necessary.
  •  Uses Raisers Edge efficiently and in compliance with established procedures.
  • Manage tickler system for requests and reports to funders; coordinate monthly cross department meetings that include Marketing/External Relations and Visitor Engagement to ensure coordination of funding requests and appropriate planning for new opportunities.
  • Serve a primary researcher for the department compiling profiles on individuals, foundations, corporations and government funding sources. Prepares bi-monthly reports on research findings for new areas of funding support.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Competencies Needed for Position:

  • Goal Directedness
  • Accuracy
  • Detail writing
  • Critical Evaluation

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree with emphasis on Communications, Museum Communications or related fields.
  • Five plus years in a Fundraising environment with focus on grant writing.
  • Exceptional writing skills with experience in Development writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Able to organize, integrate and present complicated information in an understandable and compelling manner.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task with ease.
  • Excellent grant writing experience.
  • Demonstrates excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation and commitment to the mission of the museum.
  • Proven ability to plan, develop and coordinate multiple projects to meet business goals and
  • Must demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment and be capable of communicating with a diverse range of individuals.

Please Touch Museum offers an excellent working environment; a comprehensive benefit package and competitive salary.  To apply for this opportunity, please mail your cover letter , resume and salary requirements to: Director of Human Resources, Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131: Email: employment@pleasetouchmuseum.org fax: 215-581-3182 Office telephone:  215-581-3189     EOE

Posted on: Monday, October 13, 2014

Internal Deadline: Friday, October 17, 2014

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