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Institutional Giving Manager


OVERVIEW:          Manages government and foundation grants by developing and preparing proposals and reports to foundations and government agencies, researching new foundation and government prospects, and managing grant tracking and administration. Position may also assist with corporate grant proposals and reporting.                        

Seattle Art Museum is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are especially encouraged to apply.

FLSA STATUS:      Exempt         

REPORTS TO:       Director of Institutional Giving

COMPENSATION: Salary range begins at $50,000, DOE


  1. Writes, edits, and proofreads proposals and reports to foundation and government funders. Coordinates preparation, assembly, and delivery of proposal documents.
  2. Collaborates and builds relationships with funding organizations to determine goals and objectives, scope, feasibility, and evaluate funding alignment.
  3. Identifies and researches foundation and government sources of funding. Researches grant proposal requirements and submittal deadlines.
  4. Gathers and maintains deadline calendar and files for institutional programs and projects.
  5. Tracks status of proposals and follows up to provide additional information as required by funding sources.
  6. Works with finance and program staff to track expenses on awarded grants in keeping with government regulations and foundation reporting requirements.
  7. Work closely with the museum’s Director of Institutional Giving and leadership staff across divisions to develop proposals for projects.
  8. May also assist with corporate and corporate foundation grant proposals and reporting in partnership with colleagues on the Institutional Giving team.
  9. Assist Development department with events, stewardship, and other areas, as needed. Perform other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, English, humanities, arts administration, or equivalent experience.
  2. 4-6 years’ experience in grant writing or development with demonstrated success.  
  3. Excellent written communication skills, with strong editing and proofreading ability. If your application is selected for further review, we will request multiple writing samples.
  4. Ability to effectively understand financial reports and create grant budgets.
  5. Strong oral and written communications skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when working with internal and external constituents.
  6. Strong organizational and management skills; ability to work effectively with personnel from many disciplines; experience handling multiple competing priorities and timely, effective decision-making.
  7. Demonstrated expertise and proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and donor CRMs (e.g. Raiser’s Edge, Tessitura, Salesforce).  
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  9. Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail.
  10. Ability to adhere to museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.


The Seattle Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties.    Please contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.

TO APPLY:   Please visit  to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: October 21, 2019

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