Manager of Foundation Relations + Grant Management

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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The Grant Writer position is the perfect opportunity for a professional with stellar communication skills, grant-writing experience and a keen interest in arts administration. They will research, write, and build out the structure of all grants, progress reports and proposals seeking individual, corporate, and foundation giving in support of exhibitions, education programs, and general operations. They will maintain a spreadsheet of foundation deadlines and award amounts. They also maintain contacts in DonorPerfect, completes fulfillment for individual giving, and prepares and oversees the Annual Campaign.



  • Research possible funding opportunities from state and federal agencies, public corporations, private foundations, and individuals

  • Develop and write grant proposals to foundations and other grant-making organizations, persuasively communicating the MOCAD’s mission and programs to potential funders;

  • Assemble and submit grant requests, including letters, proposals, budgets, and presentations;

  • Establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts;

  • Maintain a spreadsheet with timeline of grant deadlines and award amounts;

  • Track grant expenditures with the Finance Department;

  • Participates in Department Head meetings and strategic planning;

  • Lead the production of special letters, gift acknowledgements, and other communications with donors;

  • Assist with design and development of donor acknowledgement on MOCAD website, social media, press releases, and marketing materials;

  • Coordinates program evaluation as needed for grant reporting.



  • Interest in contemporary art and culture

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, professional writing or a similar major preferred

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • 1-3 years of successful grant writing experience

  • Superior organizational abilities as well as time management skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team

  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain confidentiality

  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Word and Excel); familiarity with DonorPerfect and Google Calendar a plus

How to Apply

To apply submit your cover letter, resume and sample portfolio to Human Resources at No phone calls please.

Posted on July 30