Franklin Institute

Director of Foundation and Government Relations, The Franklin Institute

Posted on August 14, 2017

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, seeks a senior level professional as its Director of Foundation and Government Relations. This position is responsible for leading all aspects of The Franklin Institute’s foundation and competitive government grants strategy for annual operations, restricted programs, strategic initiatives, and capital projects, as well as overall government relations strategy. The Director coordinates with leaders and staff in Science, Education, Digital, Exhibit and Program Development, and other units to acquire funding that advance strategic priorities. This individual also collaborates inside and outside The Franklin Institute to translate innovative ideas into competitive funding proposals by contributing to project visioning; identifying funding opportunities; developing grant proposals through tailored support, including coordinating preparation, authoring and coauthoring, and/or providing substantive feedback and editing. The Director of Foundation and Government Relations serves as the Institute’s main liaison for city, state and federal government officials. This position works closely with the Institute’s senior leadership and program staff across the organization to develop and execute a comprehensive overarching strategy to capitalize on private foundations, federal and other competitive grant opportunities. The Director of Foundation and Government Relations directs all aspects of the grant application and stewardship process.

Requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and at least 7 years of progressive fundraising and government related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in fundraising for cultural and educational institutions preferred. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and careful attention to details. Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing essential plus ability to craft messages and present information in a compelling and effective manner. Must be able to interface effectively with Trustees and other high-level external relationships. Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge, or similar fundraising program required along with strong computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

To Apply

Full-time, 37.5 hours per week. Monday-Friday, 8:45 am- 5:15 pm.

To apply: please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: The Franklin Institute, HR Dept. 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103; E-mail: employment@fi.edu. EOE.


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