Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Based on experience




557 McReynolds Rd
United States


The Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is seeking an enthusiastic and entrepreneurial team member to support the museum’s corporate, foundation and government fundraising. Current funding priorities include:

  • School field trip programs, especially scholarship support;
  • Try It Truck, a mobile engineering lab that delivers engineering education to children ages 5 to 10;
  • Access initiatives;
  • On-site STEM and arts programs;
  • And two annual fundraising events.

BADM’s mission is to transform research into early learning experiences that inspire creative problem solving. We do this 1) onsite through increased access and attendance by children, families, and teachers; 2) locally through our outreach and partnerships in low-income communities; and 3) nationally through our research center, the Center for Childhood Creativity. In the past 5 years, BADM’s annual operating budget has almost doubled, in large part due to fundraising successes. Additionally, BADM is in the early phases of a capital campaign to renovate our campus.

The Manager, Corporate and Foundations Relations will serve as a member of the development team and function cross departmentally with education, marketing, finance, and the CEO. This full-time exempt position reports to the VP, External Relations.


  • Manage and build a portfolio of foundation and corporate funders. Cultivate, solicit, and steward gifts in support of BADM’s mission and programs. Meet annual fundraising goals. 
  • Research, write, and submit compelling proposals and letters of inquiry. Work cross-departmentally and with museum leadership to develop strategies for competitive solicitations. 
  • Maintain consistent communication with funders about partnership fulfilment, recognition, and museum updates.
  • Write acknowledgments and fulfill reporting requirements by working with appropriate programmatic and marketing staff to collect and present information. 
  • Track donor communications in fundraising database. 
  • Engage donors and prospects through in-person meetings, site visits (museum tours), and phone calls.
  • Identify and research new sources of institutional support; maintain knowledge of local and national arts, education, and STEM funders. 
  • Establish and manage volunteer opportunities with corporate partners; collaborate with education, facilities, and events departments to develop volunteer opportunities on-site and off-site as needed. 
  • Establish and manage funding calendar, ensuring proposals and reports are completed and submitted in a timely manner. 


  • BA or BS, or equivalent professional experience, is required.
  • 1 – 3 years fundraising experience.  
  • Knowledge of fundraising principles and experience in successful relationship building with prospects, donors, volunteers, and board members.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum.
  • Outstanding time management and analytical skills and the ability to manage multiple activities at one time.
  • Highly motivated, flexible, resourceful, well-organized and detail-oriented.
  • Demonstrated record of setting and achieving goals and meeting deadlines.
  • Exemplary written and oral communication, interpersonal, and client relationship skills; comfort with networking and presenting.  
  • Skills in both creative idea generation and tactical execution.
  • Tolerance of ambiguity, change, risk, rapid iteration, and a fast-paced work environment; ability to manage pressure with sense of humor, perspective, strong prioritization, and positivity.   
  • General comfort with technology; proficiency with full Microsoft Suite; experience working within a development database (we currently use Altru) and the ability to learn new platforms quickly. 
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Commitment to providing excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Knowledge of the Bay Area philanthropic community.


The Bay Area Discovery Museum offers a high-energy, results-oriented, creative and fun environment where all staff members contribute to creating an innovative environment that helps us achieve our mission. BADM provides 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance to all full-time employees, as well as generous paid time off starting at 4 weeks per year. In addition, we offer the knowledge that your skills impact over 300,000 museum visitors each year onsite and many more in the community through BADM’s Center for Childhood Creativity. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should apply online at:

Please be prepared to provide both a resume and cover letter, which will be requested in two different steps of the application process.

Due to the sensitivity and requirements of our positions, you should expect to undergo and be cleared of an employment background/criminal check, if extended an offer for employment. You may also be asked to provide proof of educational degree(s), licenses or credentials pertinent to the position.