Discovery Museum

177 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720

Date Posted:
May 02, 2017

Central Massachusetts



Grants Manager

The Grants Manager will assume responsibility for independent management of all aspects of the grants process to achieve the museum’s stated fundraising goals. S/he will be a positive and professional representative of the Office and the Museums at all times, and be able to initiate and maintain productive and congenial relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and prospective funders.

Key responsibilities of the position include:

  • Conduct research to identify foundation and corporate funders demonstrating a good fit with the mission and specific funding needs of the museum, and those with connections in our community
  • Develop proposal strategy in concert with the Chief Development Officer, CEO, and education/program team,
  • Independently project-manage each proposal process, engagement with funders, the contributions of program-experts on- and off-site, preparation of budgets, and reporting/stewardship
  • Write each grant proposal and craft/compile required supporting documents
  • Keep the grants calendar and track outcomes
  • Collaborate with the senior Management Team to ensure that funding is sought within the context of the core mission and most pressing priorities of The Discovery Museums
  • Participate in Development office team meetings, support the overall goals of the department
  • Provide staffing support for Development events

The position collaborates closely with the CEO, Chief Development Officer, the museum’s senior Management Team, and consultants/external subject matter experts to ensure the development of compelling, factual, and engaging funding requests.

This position is full-time, but a flexible work schedule is possible for the right candidate.

Now in its 35th year, The Discovery Museums’ mission is to inspire enduring curiosity and love of learning through interactive discovery, hands-on inquiry, and scientific investigation. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent
  • 2-4 years of development or related experience or coursework
  • A demonstrated ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Excellent written, oral and computer communication skills
  • Demonstrated factual and grammatical accuracy in written work; a keen attention to detail
  • The desire to work as part of a goal-oriented team, in a congenial and collegial environment
  • The ability to prioritize workload (or seek help on same) and manage multiple deadlines
  • Knowledge of the New England educational, science, or cultural funding community is a plus

How To Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to Marie Beam, Chief Development Officer, The Discovery Museums, at  No phone calls, please.

The Discovery Museums are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Apply by:
May 31, 2017
About this Organization:

Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum that blends science, nature, and play, inspiring families to explore and learn together. The museum and its Discovery Woods accessible outdoor nature playscape and 550-square-foot treehouse blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus in Acton, MA, about 20 miles west of Boston. Originally founded in 1982, the museum was expanded and completely renovated in 2017. Hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, and imagination, providing a fun and engaging experience for children and adults to discover their world together. Serving families and schools from towns throughout the region, the museum is devoted to informal education that enhances classroom learning. Discovery Museum is committed to accessibility, and is a proud recipient of the 2017 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the only winner in the Access category. For more information please visit Discovery Museum is a community-supported non-profit organization.