Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Please Touch Museum
Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations will take the lead in identifying, cultivating, securing
funding, and stewarding foundation, government and corporate partnerships and
grants regionally and nationally. This position will work collaboratively
across PTM departments: Development, Executive, Museum Learning, Exhibitions,
Finance, Operations, Admissions, Memberships, Marketing and Communications.
The Director works closely with Chief Operations Officer, Director of
Research and Evaluation to ensure satisfactory completion of granted and
sponsored projects and programs. The Director of Corporate and Foundation
Relations is the principal contact for all corporate and foundation funders
to ensure steady funding streams to meet the Museum’s needs and budgeted
Prepare, write, and submit all letters of inquiry and proposals, engaging
other staff and departments as necessary to ensure consistency of
information, alignment with best practices in early childhood learning and
development, and to provide data to support the rationale for the proposal or
the outcomes of a program or Museum experience.
Develop sponsorship and proposal materials in coordination with Marketing for
use in all solicitation opportunities.
Create and maintain a comprehensive calendar of corporate and foundation
funding opportunities and reporting deadlines.
Lead the organization’s annual corporate partnership program, including the
preparation of materials and fulfillment of benefits. Supports
cross-promotional partnerships, as required.
Direct the solicitation of support from federal, state, and, when
appropriate, city funding programs for capital and operating support.
Work with the database manager to ensure accurate, up-to-date records are
tracked in the database system and work with museum learning, marketing,
admissions, membership, finance, operations and executive office to assure
timely and accurate data collection as required for grant proposals and
Create prospect lists and cultivation plans to support leadership outreach.
Manages activation plans in coordination with Marketing of all committed
sponsors and ensures a team approach to fulfillment.
Initiate cash and in-kind sponsorship outreach for museum events.
Participates in planning efforts to develop and identify funding
opportunities and ensure revenue targets are achieved.
Oversee and executes completion of Annual Cultural Data Project in
coordination with development manager and other Museum departments.
Prepare research profiles on regional and national corporations and
foundations that align with PTM’s exhibits, programs, and strategic
objectives to identify new opportunities.
Prepares outreach plans for leadership to create relationships when
Research best practices and activities of peer organizations to maintain
Edit and proofread grant proposals and other communications.
Participate in receptions and special events as needed.
Bachelor’s degree required, Field of study: Communications, Museum
Communications, or related field.
A minimum of 5-8 years of a proven track record of success in corporate and
Preferably at least three of those years will include a proven track record
in working in corporate and foundation fundraising in an educational or
museum environment. Five years of non-profit experience in donor development,
grant writing and gift solicitation.
Exceptional writing skills with demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in
a team environment; able to organize, integrate and present complicated
information in an understandable and compelling manner; highly organized and
able to multi-task with ease; proven successful, excellent interpersonal
Experience managing and strategically growing a corporate and foundation
development portfolio. Local knowledge of the Philadelphia philanthropic and
business community is preferred.
Knowledgeable regarding trends in philanthropy, education, museums, and
awareness of corporate and foundation funding sources. Experience researching
and identifying funding sources. Knowledge of best practices in foundation
and corporate relations.
Able to analyze requests for proposals, guidelines and requests; able to
think and problem solve creatively; organize ideas appropriately. Able to
understand and structure budgets.
Strong project management skills and time management skills; highly organized
and detailed oriented. Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains
to seeking corporate and foundation funding. Experience working with donors
and corporate/foundation representatives.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; familiar with experience with Donor
Management software; Altru experience a plus.
Experience with technical report writing, able to present technical data.
Ability to write persuasive, convincing cases for funding. Excellent
Able to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally.
Demonstrated results in developing cultivation strategies, creating
successful sponsorship packages and funding proposals.
Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships
between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders.
Ability to travel locally and out of state as required. i.e. Cultivation
events and donor visits. May include evening/weekend work activity. Several
evening and weekend development and other special events each year.
Must have PA Criminal History, FBI fingerprints, and PA Child Abuse
Clearances. All background check clearances must be complete prior to hire.
COVID-19 vaccination and booster as well as an influenza vaccination are
required for hire.
The position’s essential functions listed above describe the general nature
and scope of work. Other responsibilities, duties and skills may be required
and assigned, as needed.
Please Touch Museum offers an excellent work environment, benefit, generous
time off package and competitive salary. To apply for this opportunity,
please fill out our online application. Should you have questions on the
application process or require assistance in completing our application,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org