Development Department Grant Writer

The Development Associate and Grant Writer will be primarily responsible for assisting the Foundation team to secure financial support for the Museum and department operations; working with the Director of Development developing proposals, submitting grant requests, establish and maintain personal relationships with foundations and corporate contacts, and assist in prospect research. 

Required Attributes 
The desired candidate should possess experience writing compelling proposals to multiple audiences with demonstrated financial success; possess a college degree in related fields of arts management, history, museum studies, or related areas. 

The candidate should pay attention to details, be conversant in word processing and spreadsheet applications. Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher, and support the department in development communications, monthly e-mail newsletters, social media posts, reports, quarterly newsletters, acknowledgments for charitable gifts, appeal letters, etc. Experience in visual design principles, participate in creating marketing and collateral materials to use for Development Department is a plus. 

The desired candidate should possess strong office and data management skills with a proficiency in Altru/Blackbaud database; should be an individual who is comfortable working with confidential information; this individual should be articulate, at ease in various social and business settings, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment where multiple tasks are the norm rather than the exception. Must be highly organized and detail oriented, work independently. 


  • Responsible for preparing, submitting, and managing grant proposals, LOIs, preparing budgets and other supplementary materials to individual, foundation and corporate sources. 
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations as needed. 
  • Work with the finance department and other departments to gather information necessary to support the submission of grant applications.
  • Track and comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors. 
  • Provide regular written updates to corporate, foundation and major gift donors. Have a good understanding of institutional history and programs. 
  • Maintain current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.  
  • Effectively utilize organizational statistics when appropriate in written documents targeted for Corporations, Foundations and Individuals (i.e. visitor count and diversity, educational program attendance, etc.). 
  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested, event staffing that may include some evening and weekend hours. 
  • All other duties as assigned and needed. 

To apply for this full-time position, please submit both a resume and cover letter for consideration.  The American Civil War Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and encourages applications from diverse candidates.  

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