Manager of Grants and Strategic Funding



The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a proactive self-starter with fundraising, development, and grant management experience to assume the position of Manager of Grants and Strategic Funding. 

Working closely with the Executive Director to implement growth strategies for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s fundraising efforts, this position will grow the roster of corporate and foundation funders while also ensuring the integrity and professional management of existing grants, sponsorships, and funding partner integrating. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellent written communications and concise, convincing messaging that thoughtfully articulates the funding need, mission fulfillment, and strategic funding partner alignment and will oversee multiple facets of the grant and sponsorship process, including developing and managing The Museum’s proposal and grant reporting schedule; renewing existing grants and sponsorships; researching and identifying new and viable corporate and foundation prospects; ensuring fulfillment and compliance requirements; and meeting all required submission and report deadlines.

This person will play a lead role in managing all aspects of grant writing, including applications, reports, and discovery of new foundations. Additionally, the position will manage the donor database, set monthly, quarterly, and annual development goals. In partnership with the Executive Committee, will help conceive of annual give campaigns, led membership drives, and when needed will meet with current, past, and prospective donors.

Manager of Grants and Strategic Funding reports to the Executive Director and trains and mentors the (part-time) Development Coordinator.

Financial Accountability

  • Supports and assists Executive Director in fundraising efforts towards $1+ million annual operating budget through a variety of efforts including foundations, government gifts, corporate sponsorships, memberships, and individual giving.
  • Leads the organization in grant writing efforts, raising $550,000+ in contributed gifts through grant applications each year, with a goal of a 10% YOY increase.
  • Serves as the key development staff on our gala committee, leading efforts to help raise $200,000 at our annual event.

General Duties

  • Manages a robust proposal and reporting schedule to ensure all required deadlines are met. 
  • Participates in raising annual revenues, generated through grants and sponsorships given for general operations, exhibitions, programs, and/or special projects.
  • Supports the Executive Director with special project fundraising, including but not limited to crafting proposals and communication materials for new strategic initiatives.



  • Writes authentic, engaging, donor-centric proposals, letters, communications, and our quarterly donor newsletter that strategically align the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art projects with the goals of the funder.
  • Create content for membership collateral and with connection with the Development Coordinator, sends renewal letters and membership emails.
  • Helps plan and execute all development aspects, in connection with the gala committee, the development goals for the annual gala.
  • In connection with education and visitor services departments, collects program data, outcomes, and success stories that can be shared with funders and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Oversees successful funding partner integration, ensuring the fulfillment of stated benefits and recognition plans as outlined in sponsor agreements.
  • Creates engaging reports that highlight program outcomes and successes as part of ongoing donor stewardship and grant reporting.
  • Communicates regularly with Museum team members and others as needed to ensure a transparent process throughout the life cycle of the grant or sponsorship, from submission to close.
  • Other scoped projects as assigned.



  • A visionary, emotionally intelligent team-player, who thinks outside the box, is collaborative, highly organized, flexible, results-oriented, and able to multi-task.
  • A highly motivated self-starter with three to five years of non-profit development work in fundraising, grant writing, and/or donor management.
  • Database management experience, preferably with Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge certified.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience in related field.
  • A background in, and/or love and passion for contemporary art
  • Exceptional verbal communication, attention to detail, and professional business writing experience needed.


About the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Our Mission: The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art believes in the power of the art of our time. Through programming, advocacy, and collaboration, we work with artists and communities to build a better world.

 Our History: UMOCA was founded in 1931 by the fiercely forward-thinking Alta Jensen who said, “Art in Utah will never be real or great until it can be what it wants to be.” That commitment to independent thinking and a deep trust of artists is what has made us Contemporary Since 1931.


Our FY21-26 Strategic Plan:

Our 7 Workplace Culture Statements:

  • We believe in UMOCA’s mission statement and our role in achieving it.
  • We have a deep personal desire to invest in, and build, the contemporary art scene in Utah.
  • We value collaboration with colleagues and creatives.
  • We are loyal to one another and the organization. We communicate transparently and empathetically. We make smart sacrifices for the organization while prioritizing work-life balance. 
  • While we are agile, flexible, scrappy, and innovative, we have a clear vision, in all we do, of where we want to go.
  • In our dialogues and in all the work we do, we seek to call in, rather than call out, acknowledge our limitations, and seek to involve our diverse community in the realization of our mission. We stand for social justice and civility.
  • We support both artists’ intent and viewers’ interpretation, inviting everyone to engage with contemporary art in accessible and meaningful ways.





Specific details

Organization Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Contact Person Laura Hurtado
Phone 8013284201
Closing Date 2022-02-03
Salary Range $41,000 - $63,000