Historic New England

141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
February 24, 2020

Eastern Massachusetts



Senior Grants Manager


Be a key development team member who helps this thriving not-for-profit raise grant funds to support our mission. Use your writing and organizational skills to help the fundraising team continue its great success.

Join our dynamic fund raising team! Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation and we are looking fora creative and resourceful person to join our development team as ourSenior Institutional Giving Officer.

This person serves as lead administrator responsible for meeting Historic New England’s revenue goals for government, foundation, and corporate grants. You will manage the organization’s overall grant portfolio, coordinate our grant strategy, author and/or edit and review grant proposals and reports, oversee prospect research, and lead cultivation and stewardship efforts. You will work closely with the organization’s leadership team and staff managers, and will supervise the institutional giving officer.

This position manages a personal portfolio of foundations, government agencies, and corporations. Works closely with property care, collections services, visitor experience, preservation services, business services, and administration teams to develop, draft, edit, and submit letters of inquiry, proposals, acknowledgments, reports, and other funder communications. Organizes site visits to cultivate and steward institutional funders, maintains grant materials and communications files, maintains accurate records in our Tessitura database, and communicates with internal and external constituents. Manages Historic New England’s overall grant portfolio in partnership with the organization’s leadership team. Oversees new prospect research, coordinates funding strategy, maintains and strengthens existing relationships with institutional donors, generates reports for the leadership team, leads cultivation and stewardship efforts, maintains deadline-driven proposals and report calendar, maintains record-keeping systems, and ensures compliance with funding requirements. Develops annual grant revenue goals in collaboration with the vice president for advancement. Monitors and reconciles monthly institutional giving reports and tracks progress toward achieving annual revenue goals. Collaborates with the organization’s individual gift officers to communicate funding needs for approved projects and provides content about the projects to grow institutional support. Identifies, researches, evaluates, and reports on new sources of potential funding in line with the organization’s priorities and goals. Supervises the institutional giving officer who authorsgrant proposals, conducts prospect research, and manages small grant applications developed by staff not on the development team.

Location:Boston, Massachusetts


The ideal candidate will possess,superior analytical, research, writing, editing, verbal, interpersonal, and project management skills.Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum of five yearsof increasing responsibility in institutional giving.Ability tolearn appropriate levels of information about a broad range of activities and to synthesize complex ideas into compelling proposals that resonate with funders.Proven success collaborating with, supervising, and motivating staff. Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced team environment. Ability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks, pay attention to details, solve problems, and meet tight deadlines.Fully competentcomputer skills, including advanced working knowledge of MS Office Suite, internet research, funding databases, and e-mail management.

Other Preferred Qualifications:Understanding of and passion for Historic New England’s mission and program areas. Experience working with Tessitura. Experience working with national foundations and government agencies that fund preservation and cultural heritage organizations. Familiarity with regional and local foundations serving New England’s cultural and educational sectors. Supervisory experience is preferred.

How To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@historicnewengland.org.

Apply by:
March 28, 2020
About this Organization:

Why Historic New England? At Historic New England, we strive to cultivate a powerful, personal, and diverse team culture, much like that of The New England experience itself. As we work externally to make our sites destinations of choice for visitors through creative, innovative, and inclusive experiences, internally we place focus on cultivating a recentered employment experience using the same tenets of inclusion, sustainability, and innovation to guide our thinking. We recognize diversity as a key driver of innovation and value the different perspectives and ideas that give voice to our work. We are a team that prioritizes taking the time to celebrate our successes — both big and small — as we grow together and learn from one another.

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.


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