Bard Graduate Center, a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a full-time Manager of Grants & Development. This is an ideal position for an experienced, strategic writer with a passion for design, history, and higher education, as well as an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and a willingness to collaborate.
Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is located on West 86th Street in New York City.
Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, The Manager of Grants & Development is Bard Graduate Center's lead development writer, creating primary institutional fundraising documents including proposals, case statements, and appeals. The Manager is responsible for maintaining a strong base of institutional support by securing grants and sponsorships from foundations, government agencies, and corporations for a range of priorities including financial aid, curricular initiatives, research, exhibitions, publications, and general operations. The Manager partners with faculty and curatorial staff to identify funding opportunities from government and institutional prospects; develop proposals; and facilitate contracts should projects be funded. When needed, Manager will work closely with contracted grant writers.
Grant Writing and Management:
- Write grant proposals, letters of interest, and reports to foundations and government agencies.
- Manage the logistics of proposal submission.
- Maintain database and archives of grants submitted and received as well as all interim and final reports.
- Establish current and mid-range priorities for grants targeted to institutional needs, priorities, and special projects and those providing support for faculty research and exhibitions.
- Work with development staff to research and identify potential funding sources for faculty research, academic initiatives, exhibitions, and operations.
- Build a rapport with important institutional funders to strengthen connections over time.
- Facilitate discussions concerning research opportunities, and collaborate with faculty and staff to develop areas for potential funding.
- Create resources to support faculty and staff with individual research grant submissions.
- Work with BGC staff and faculty to gather required support materials including budgets, biographies, statistics, press, and publications among other materials.
- Liaise with finance department to develop project budgets.
- Accompany BGC representatives on solicitation and stewardship meetings. Prepare and conduct appropriate briefings prior to prospect/institutional interaction.
- Support the work of the Chief Advancement Officer and other development staff as assigned.
Development Writing and Support:
- Working closely with Chief Advancement Officer to draft case statements, proposals, appeals, acknowledgement letters and other written communications that help BGC meet its strategic fundraising goals.
- Write annual scholarship reports and other stewardship communications.
Prepare an annual plan that delineates financial as well as strategic goals and appropriate metrics; complete an annual program review of results, determine strengths and challenges of the program, and modify plans accordingly. Prepare quarterly progress reports.
Other responsibilities and tasks as needed.
- Excellent writing skills
- Master's degree in a related discipline
- 3 years of experience in a position that includes writing and fundraising with a successful record of securing grants from NEA, NEH and other government sources as well as major national and international foundations.
- Knowledge of sponsorship policies and procedures as well as business principles governing grants
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Entrepreneurial, strategic, and results oriented
- Collaborative team player
- Working knowledge of[[http:grants.gov|grants.gov]] and other web-based granting agency technologies, word processing, database (Raisers Edge), spreadsheet, and search engines
A PhD in an art related field as well as proposal writing experience at a research university is preferred.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three references email@example.com. No telephone calls please. Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE
18 West 86th Street
New York, NY, US 10024
Employment type:Full Time