Careers   ·  August 18, 2020

Senior Manager of Development

Responsible for the overall day to day management of MOPA’s development team as well as oversight of all grant writing and budgeting.  Reports to Executive Director/Chief Curator who has final oversight over the Development Team.


  • Develop, write and oversee all grant proposals by persuasively communicating MOPA’s mission and programs to potential funders.
  • Oversee and supervise the assembly and submission of grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations.
  • Consult with other departments to determine fundability of current and/or new programs; help advise how the programs may attract funders; determine if funding for current programs is feasible then advise.
  • Host Grants meetings to introduce, plan, strategize and summarize next step(s) with the Directors Group; provide guidance to help make concise decisions about upcoming funding opportunities and programs.
  • Collaborate with Deputy Director and Development Team to identify projected annual income and expenses; including periodic updates and formal reports.
  • Oversee all aspects of the grant cycle from pre-award to post-award.
  • Manage grant portfolio to establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation representatives and program officers.
  • Maintaining eCalendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports (manage the grant’s eFolder for senior management access); including schedule deadlines on non-development staff person’s calendars, etc.
  • Oversee prospect research using online and other resources; including compilation and sharing of information with Directors Group and advise on best way to approach.
  • Prioritize projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, and manage supplemental material required for proposals for any staff members involved.
  • Manage periodic meetings with appropriate staff to obtain statistics, anecdotes, , program/exhibition information and other materials to create compelling packages for funder solicitations and grant reports.
  • Oversee prompt acknowledgement of foundation, government and corporate grants; Provide writing support for major donor and individual contribution letters and acknowledgements as needed.
  • Assist with donor cultivations events (i.e. exhibition openings, donor dinners, salons, patron tours, etc.)
  • Represent the Museum at grant sessions, community events and conferences as appropriate.
  • Oversee Development team members’ professional growth and opportunities, schedules, time clock approvals and time off requ


In-depth understanding of current philanthropic and public relations interests of government, corporations or foundations, acquired through regular contact with those organizations

  • Experience with development and maintenance of donor relations programs necessary to keep the institution name and achievements alive in the minds of donor/prospect leadership
  • Ability to analyze concepts, methods and costs of research, exhibition, education and other projects
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to organize fundraising activities effectively, prioritize prospects, and participate in high-level gift discussions
  • Goal orientation with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the mission and goals of the Institution
  • Ability to effectively plan, focus, and execute to bring improvement to current ways of doing business
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability and personality to work collaboratively, accept responsibility, and motivate colleagues, volunteers and donors
  • Strong leadership, delegation, and teaming skills
  • Sound judgment and integrity
  • Willingness to try new approaches and take appropriate risks
  • Personal energy and enthusiasm and the ability to energize and motivate others
  • Focus on teamwork and customer service

• BA degree; 6+ years non-profit experience
• Strong written and verbal communications skills
• Strong time management skills and ability to work under tight deadlines
• Intermediate + proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


Please send resume, cover letter and three references to esrig@mopa.org. Please, no phone calls.



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