Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s mission is to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lieves, enrich communities and strengthen commitment to the natural world. Our core values are Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability, Inclusivity, Joy and Excellence. Our vision builds on Tower Hill Botanic Garden’s unique vantage point atop Tower Hill in Central New England. We will grow our gardens and programs to connect with new audiences and deepen our relationship with those who know us. Our gardens will become a must-see destination drawing visitors from near and far. We will strive to become a collection of people and plants that can make a difference beyond our boundaries.
The Grants Manager is responsible for managing the grant-making operations of Tower Hill and for producing grant proposals and reports. The Grants Manager works in concert with the Director of Institutional Advancement, members of the Advancement staff, and other key stakeholders to communicate the mission and strengthen the financial foundation of the Worcester County Horticultural Society.
- Manage the development of proposals for grant funders (public, private, state, and corporate), including writing and reviewing proposal content and compiling and developing supporting materials.
- Manage the grant schedule, coordinate input from key stakeholders, and ensure adherence to deadlines for submissions and reports. Manage inputs and deliverables from all team members to ensure high quality materials are developed.
- Communicate and collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders to match programs and initiatives with potential funding opportunities.
- Communicate with grant making entities, donors, and prospects to pursue leads, gather feedback, respond to queries, and report on progress.
- Identify and research new grant opportunities
- Create and manage standardized templates related to proposal development, information gathering/synthesis, donor reporting, and other purposes (e.g., narrative, financial, graphic, presentation, etc.)
- Work with internal stakeholders (ie. Communications, Education, Horticulture, etc) to enhance and communicate Tower Hill’s core messaging and to generate background information and illustrative impacts for prospective/existing donors related to programs.
- Support other Advancement department initiatives, such as business partnership outreach, as appropriate.
- Participate in the development and oversight of departmental budgets and workplans.
Other projects or tasks, as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred or equivalent experience.
- Professional grant writing experience in the non-profit sector of the equivalent.
- Familiarity with major grant funders in Massachusetts, New England, and beyond, especially those with a history of supporting the arts & culture, horticulture, etc. Experience with Massachusetts Cultural Council and the IMLS a plus
- Excellent communication, persuasive writing, editing, and presentation skills.
- Strong project management and organizational skills, and excellent attention to detail.
- Demonstrated ability to excel in a team-based environment
- Knowledge of best practices and trends in non-profit fundraising, most particularly in the area of grant-making
Proficiency with standard productivity software, such as Excel and PowerPoint. Experience in using and managing data in Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM preferred.