Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., seeks a Senior Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations to join a dynamic fundraising team. The Folger is a world-class research and cultural center on Shakespeare and the early modern age. Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials, the Folger offers activities that range from scholarly seminars to theatrical performances, from K-12 outreach to exhibitions and lectures.
The Folger is seeking a creative, energetic, and experienced development professional with experience in foundation and government grants, and corporate sponsorship, to join this dynamic team as they enter an exciting campaign. The Senior Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations (SDO-CFR) will be the primary officer devoted to expanding upon a sizeable institutional relations portfolio, with particular attention to enhancing institutional mission and capacity through seven-figure research and project grants, and to building a robust foundation and corporate sponsorship program for a growing exhibitions program and annual operations. The SDO-CFR will develop plans and target benchmarks for improved corporate sponsorship opportunities; personally cultivate and provide stewardship for funders; position and support leadership in conversations with potential funders and partners; strategically secure funding for both projects and standard activities; and prepare, submit, and track funding. As a member of the senior advancement team, the SDO-CFR expected to become familiar with the institutional priorities and express them eloquently to internal and external contacts.
Our ideal candidate has significant expertise in foundation and government grant proposal writing and preparation, and corporate sponsorship. Candidates must be excellent communicators, strategically minded, detail oriented, creative and enthusiastic about funding strategies, and ready to embrace the Folger’s mission. Applicants must have demonstrated experience securing 4-, 5-, and 6- figure grant awards and/or corporate sponsorship. Needed: B.A. in an applicable field and at least five years of progressively responsible development experience, with an emphasis on grants and sponsorship, preferably in a cultural or academic institution. Supervisory experience is preferred. Must be skilled in face-to-face solicitation, writing persuasive appeals, effectively working with senior staff, researching corporate and foundation prospects and relationships, and developing strategies to increase funding. Must be comfortable coordinating with staff from across the institution, and within the development team, to create engaging proposals. Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required; experience with fundraising databases and email marketing programs also required; knowledge of Tessitura is a plus. A high level of discretion and attention to detail is required. Occasional evenings, weekends, and travel will be required for donor events.
This position is a terrific opportunity to work with a successful team of development professionals, and for an established yet growing institution. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. No phone calls, please. EOE.