Senior Portfolio Manager/ Foundation and Corporate Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $75,000.00
Maximum: $85,000.00
Details: Commensurate with education, skills and experience, including a competitive benefits package.




47-01 111th Street
New York
United States


Organizational Background: NYSCI brings the excitement and understanding of science to children, families and teachers by galvanizing their curiosity and providing creative, participatory ways to learn. Located in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 500,000 visitors annually. Since our founding at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has earned an international reputation as a provider of teacher professional development, classroom resources and curricula, out-of-school time programming and other educational initiatives. Our exhibitions, programs, and products are informed by strategies of engagement called Design-Make-Play (DMP). The defining characteristics of DMP — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate STEM learners.

NYSCI has approximately 120 full-time and over 180 part-time staff-members.

Departmental Role: Institutional Advancement team at NYSCI secures funding for educational research and initiatives, exhibits, events and the overall operation of the organization; raising awareness around NYSCI’s work and programmatic objectives.  

Function: The Senior Portfolio Manager/Foundation and Corporate Relations (“Senior Portfolio Manager”) is key member of the Institutional Advancement team that is responsible for securing funding and partners for NYSCI’s educational and community programs, exhibit development, museum operations, and research on STEM learning. The Institutional Advancement team is comprised of 10 full-time staff members who raise a total of more than $12 million annually for the organization. The Senior Portfolio Manager will support our fundraising efforts with foundations and corporations to advance NYSCI’s portfolio of private funders and donors.

NYSCI is seeking an experienced, self-directed fundraising professional to conduct prospect research, write programmatic concepts, develop proposals and progress reports for major donors, foundations, corporations, and donor prospects. The Senior Portfolio Manager will report to Director of Philanthropy, and work closely with the VP for Institutional Advancement and President/CEO and in concert with program directors and other Institutional Advancement management to raise funds that support the work, mission, and institutional goals of NYSCI. 

The ideal candidate will have highly developed writing skills and experience crafting persuasive proposals/reports that convey strategic concepts and make compelling arguments, as well as experience in foundation and corporate relations.

Principal Responsibilities:

1.    Design, implement and manage a comprehensive and strategic fund development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation support for the institution.

2.    Manage a portfolio of corporate an foundation partnerships to solicit five- and six figure (and larger) philanthropic commitments that support NYSCI’s work at the museum, in the community, and around the world.

3.    Write compelling, original grant proposals that increase donor awareness of NYSCI’s mission & programs and encourages their engagement and financial support.

4.    Seek opportunities to enhance NYSCI’s mission and programs and help position the institution as a leader in the STEM education field.

5.    Support the department’s VP, Director of Philanthropy, and NYSCI leadership (Board, President and CEO and other cabinet members) to help advance the institution’s mission and vision.

6.    Work collaboratively with other departments to help shape programmatic goals, activities and budgets to ensure alignment with NYSCI’s mission and to facilitate positive long-term relationships with donors.

7.    Maintain a high quality stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and donors, working closely with program staff to schedule and lead meetings, events and site visits, and ensure the timely delivery of quality reports and evaluations.

8.    Help create and build upon a culture of giving at NYSCI.

Relevant Experience and Skills:

●     Commitment to the philosophy and mission of New York Hall of Science.

●     Superior writing skills and demonstrated ability to develop proposals, reports, and accompanying financial materials. Strong ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.

●     Experience in building a foundation and corporate relations program and proven ability to effectively inspire others.

●     Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, solicit and close grants from foundations and corporations.

●     Demonstrated donor research skills including familiarity and/or experience with RelPro, RelSci, iWave, Foundation Search, and/or other prospecting tools.

●     Sophisticated understanding of the record keeping and stewardship systems to support and grow a successful donor relations program (Raiser’s Edge, MS Excel, Word & PowerPoint, Google Docs & Sheets, etc.).

●     Experience working with teams (within department, cross departmental, and with external partners) with the ability to harness team creativity and translate into effective fundraising.

●     Experience fundraising for a science center/natural history museum/children’s museum or STEM education institution is preferred but not required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: NONE


Education: BA required, MA preferred

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of foundation/corporate fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing, and experience working within a complex organization.

The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer (EOE) and supports a drug-free workplace.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply: Qualified candidates should send their resume with cover letter to Please include job title “Senior Portfolio Manager and Corporate Foundation Relations” in subject line. No phone calls, please.