The Cummer Museum seeks a Corporate Sponsorships & Grants Officer who is responsible for implementing the Museum’s efforts to identify and develop exhibition, program, and operating sponsorships. Working with various Museum departments, use thorough knowledge of Museum needs and programs to build relationships with corporate, private, and government funders. Manage the grants and sponsorship program to secure and steward new and existing funds.
- Support the Cummer Museum’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect of individual, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership.
- Participate in all aspects of the gift cycle: initiate contact with current and prospective donors (corporate, private, and government), develop appropriate cultivation strategies, utilize colleagues and volunteers in the solicitation process, move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward gift solicitation and closure, and maintain responsive, positive, and sensitive stewardship of existing donors.
- Work to deepen relationships between funders and the Museum by working closely with key individuals at the funding organizations and by engaging key individuals from the Museum. Formatting on this bullet is off
- Track and report monthly on identified fundraising metrics to Director of Advancement.
- Serve as primary writer for the department, composing compelling, well-written grant requests, foundation letters, corporate donor solicitation and appreciation letters, project updates, final reports, and other important donor correspondence as needed.
- Work collaboratively with various departments to gather information necessary to report to corporate/private/government funders on current grant or sponsorship agreements and within the advancement department in fulfilling annual funding goals.
- Understand institutional history and programs through direct observation of mission based initiatives. Prepare sponsorship proposals with thorough understanding of programs.
- Provide inter- and intra-departmental support as necessary, particularly during institution-wide cultivation events and stewarding opportunities.
- Maintain current records in Altru database and in paper files, including sponsorship benefit packages, sponsor acknowledgements, and grant tracking and reporting documents.
- Manage benefits with corporate sponsors and grant funders. Manage communications including: project updates, event planning, meeting or program observation scheduling, sponsorship payments, logo and recognition commitments, (signage, website, e-newsletter and other applicable promotional material) and the creation and submission of final reports, ensuring that all benefits are fulfilled according to sponsorship or grant contracts.
- Attend and supervise Sponsor events.
- Participate in networking meetings.
- Other job duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- At least two years’ experience in corporate proposal or nonprofit grant writing, and editing with solid knowledge of grammar and the ability to employ elements of a brand style guide to all communications.
- Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
- Outstanding persuasive written communication skills, as well as interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Solid background in sales and/or corporate sponsorship initiatives.
- Ability to network effectively at the local, state and national level.
- Demonstrated track record of setting and achieving goals, such as income goals.
- Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
- Familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospecting and knowledge of fundraising sources.
- Strong contributor in team environments with ability to handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
- Experience working in deadline-driven environments while maintaining strong attention to detail.
- Proficient in Blackbaud Altru software a plus.
- Schedule will include nights and weekends due to events.
- Must have excellent work habits, including a willingness to work the hours necessary to get the job done especially when important deadlines cause greater than normal departmental pressures.
- Valid Florida driver license
Qualified applicants send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Attn: Human Resources Department, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.