Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mt. Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Date Posted:
January 17, 2023

Eastern Massachusetts



Grants and Communications Manager


Role and Responsibilities:

Grants and Communications Manager supports the Department of Institutional Advancement (IA) as the lead content creator for grants, fundraising proposals, donor stewardship, and general donor and constituent communications. Manages all grant activities including writing, research, reporting, and stewardship. Serves as the lead author, graphic designer, and editor for IA communications, both electronic and print.


  • Manage all grant activities, including research, writing, and interim and final reports
  • Serve as liaison with Cemetery leadership to maintain knowledge of their program goals and objectives, and coordinate work with them on grant proposals
  • Serve as point of contact for outside departments to submit new fundraising priorities for approval by Vice President of Institutional Advancement and President & CEO in conjunction with grant application opportunities
  • Work with outside departments in development of grant budgets that reflect the needs of programs
  • Maintain and organize grant files with support from Advancement Associate
  • Research potential new grant funders with support from Advancement Associate


  • Propose and execute donor communications and stewardship, including updates via Sweet Auburn and e-news articles on specific initiatives, as well as print and electronic communications for members and donors
  • Collaborate with outside departments to acquire information needed for specific topics
  • Create and manage fundraising e-communications in conjunction with appeal timelines
  • Work with Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Cemetery leadership on the articulation of institutional priorities, both for grant proposals and presenting to individual donors
  • Draft major gift proposals
  • Lead editor for all written materials produced by the Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Draft stewardship reports – both personalized ones for individual major donors, and general stewardship report mailings on multi-year projects
  • Graphic designer for fundraising materials to accompany proposals and appeals

Qualifications and physical demands include but are not limited to:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. A minimum of 3-4 years’ experience in a development office and an understanding of grants and individual giving.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, in writing, in person, via telephone or other computer or other electronic media.
  • Dependable, punctual, and articulate.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and creative as work demands change.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional demeanor
  • Demonstrated ability to participate creatively and cooperatively as a team member in the decision-making process required
  • Demonstrated experience with and acceptance of change
  • Intellectual ability to understand and articulate the Cemetery’s role in history and its relevance to contemporary life
  • Ability to be flexible and creative as work demands change
  • Aptitude for detail and accuracy
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and sensitive information
  • Support the mission and strategic direction of the Cemetery
  • Research and analytical skills to determine needs and present data to key decision-makers
  • Must be able to work evenings and/or weekends for fundraising events as needed.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to access all areas of the Cemetery, including the Chapels, Greenhouse, Administration Building, and the cemetery grounds including traversing stairs, inclines, declines, and uneven terrain in all weather conditions
  • Must be able to lift to 20 pounds
  • Must be able to operate standard office equipment such as computers and mouse, telephones, photocopiers, fax machines, scannersMust be able to access file cabinets and interior vaults.
  • Must be able, using equipment as necessary, to reach low and high shelves containing files and supplies at any location. Must be able to operate photocopying equipment, including lifting, loading, and carrying stacks of paper.
  • Must be able to move within a normal office environment, accessing all records and equipment with ease
  • Must be able to operate company vehicles (cars, vans, trucks, and all-terrain work

Hours of Work:

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Friday. Occasionally may be required to work weekends and evenings as needed.

How To Apply:

Please send a cover letter stating your career goals and objectives with a current resume, as Microsoft Word documents, and include “Grants and Communications Manager” in the subject area, to:

Or by mail to: 

Human Resources

Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply by:
March 09, 2023
$59,000 - $66,000 /
About this Organization:

Mount Auburn Cemetery comprises 175 acres and is situated in Watertown and Cambridge near Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1831, and now visited by over 200,000 people each year, Mount Auburn is a National Historic Landmark, recognized as the first “rural cemetery” and the inspiration for the American Parks Movement during the 19th century. As an active cemetery, Mount Auburn inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty. As an accredited arboretum, Mount Auburn features 5,000 trees and more than 20,000 plants overall.