Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) has an immediate opening for an energetic self-starter to join BHS’s development team. This position is responsible for strategically managing BHS’s corporate, foundation and government fundraising activities to maximize support for general operating, special projects and capital priorities.
Reporting to the vice president for advancement, the institutional giving officer oversees a portfolio of foundation donors, corporate sponsors, and government agencies to establish and sustain ongoing relations and cultivate new prospects. Additionally, this person will collaborate with staff throughout the organization to develop project ideas, create compelling language for proposals and reports, and ensure that grant objectives are met, including all reporting and communications with institutional funders.
Essential duties include:
· With vice president for advancement, prepare and monitor a clear institutional giving plan that ensures annual goals are met;
· Partner with the vice president for advancement and President & CEO to maintain good relationships with foundation/corporate officers and government agency staff;
· Research, write, assemble, review and submit all LOIs, grant applications, government and foundation reports, and government grant contracts within deadlines;
· Ensure that grant objectives are accomplished within parameters outlined by the grant, which includes integrating grant objectives, tracking progress toward objectives within the organization and producing reports required by the funder;
· Conduct meetings to identify and prioritize project needs and coordinate grant preparation assignments with program and finance staff, including the development of project budgets and financial reports;
· Attend funder meetings and liaise with program officers from foundations and government agencies;
· Participate in other special projects, tasks and initiatives as needed.
The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the desire to work as part of a team. He/She/They will be able to coordinate projects and meet and manage multiple deadlines. Meticulous attention to detail and compelling writing skills are required.
· 5+ years of demonstrated success in development with foundation, corporate and government grants;
· Outstanding writing and editing skills; solid verbal communication and presentation skills;
· Demonstrated ability to work with senior management and program staff on funding requests and grant management;
· Initiative and independence combined with the ability to work as part of a team;
· Knowledge of Brooklyn and New York City funders;
· Familiarity with government grants protocols (city, state, and federal), proposal and budget guidelines, and compliance;
· Bachelor’s Degree is preferred;
· Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred; and
· Experience working with a museum or library preferred.
About Brooklyn Historical Society
Founded in 1863, Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally-recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary and complex history. BHS is a vibrant museum, a world-renowned research library, a cutting-edge education center, and a hub for community dialogue. Located in a landmark 1881 building designed by architect George Browne Post, BHS welcomes both residents and visitors from around the world to learn about Brooklyn’s past, present, and future.
Commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position with health benefits and paid vacation.
This position is available immediately. Those with an interest in the position and having the required qualifications should send a cover letter and resume, to: [email protected] The subject line of the email should read: [last name] Institutional Giving Officer. No phone calls, please.
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
The Brooklyn Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and equity are core values of the institution. Our work is strengthened by the wide range of perspectives, positionalities, skills, and experiences of our present staff. We are dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
Posted: January 2020