Manager, Corporate + Foundation Relations

Manager, Corporate + Foundation Relations

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Museum of Popular Culture

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Salary Range: 
Job Category: 
Finance | Accounting
Job Category - Other: 
Grant Administration
Organizational Overview: 


We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP! We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a range of people, no matter our differences in race, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, education, socio-economic status, ethnicity, country of origin, or any other characteristic that makes us who we are. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact.

MoPOP provides both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from any background to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!

MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility 

Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is actively committed to ongoing learning in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In partnership with our community, we hope to also develop safe spaces for their application. This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.

We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and encourage BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals to apply. We acknowledge that our work to build safe spaces and better systems for traditionally marginalized groups is ongoing and will require constant vigilance and expect all MoPOP employees to be part of our DEIA journey.

Role Responsibilities: 

Position Summary

The Manager, Corporate + Foundation Relations is responsible for leading all aspects of the organization’s grant funding portfolio, from new funder prospect research to final reporting and grantor stewardship as well as the overarching strategy for all grant funding activities. They will establish and implement the strategy for grant and corporate funding for the organization, including identifying opportunities and working with various department leadership to seek funding for both general operating support and museum programming, education, and related initiatives. This position leads the post-award process, collaborating across departments to ensure grantor requirement fulfillment.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, at least 3-days onsite. This role requires some evening and weekend hours and travel in the Seattle Metro Area.

Essential Job Duties (other duties as assigned)

  • Contribute to and lead the grant strategy and writing process for all foundation, government, and corporate grant applications and letters of inquiry.
  • Track and fulfill grantor post-award requirements including acknowledgement letters, reporting, grantor communication, and grantor stewardship.
  • Review all components of each grant submission, ensuring that the proposal is formatted, packaged, and submitted in accordance with granting agency requirements.
  • Research, identify/prospect, and develop strategies for new grant funding opportunities and maintain internal moves management process for all grantors and grant prospects. 
  • Develop relationships and act as a MoPOP liaison with all current and prospective funding entities and serve as the point person for these relationships on behalf of the institution. Attend meetings and conduct museum tours with representatives from grant funding organizations as appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with all Museum departments to ensure comprehensive and accurate representation of programs, services, accomplishments, participation, etc., both in crafting proposals and in submitting any required reporting on grant-funded activities.
  • Work across departments to solicit, collect, and maintain internal qualitative and quantitative data, including stories of impact, testimonials, and impact data; serve as a resource to others by presenting this information as needed.
  • Maintain and conduct periodic updates on a library of reference documentation, including such information as grantor requirements and forms, MoPOP team profiles and resumes, records of organization’s outstanding achievements, awards, and contributions, reference literature, collateral and other pertinent material.
  • Lead post-award grant administration to ensure that budgeting and administrative policies, procedures, activity tracking, reporting and any other grantor requirements are followed.
  • Maintain and apply working knowledge of funding trends, best practices in grant writing and grants management, and changes in the funding landscape that affect MoPOP.
  • Assist in Advancement and cross-department efforts such as the annual gala, member nights, and exhibition openings.

MoPOP Community:

  • Support our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
  • Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments.
  • Work to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.
  • Commitment to participating in anti-racism work, learning about the ways institutional racism impacts the workplace, and supporting teammates in operationalizing DEIA strategies in the department.
Candidate Qualifications: 

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • At least six (6) years of experience in managing or administering a grant program.
  • Demonstrated success writing and managing grants of $10,000 to $1,000,000 from foundation, corporate, and government grant funding sources at local, regional, and national levels.
  • Thorough knowledge of grant application policies, procedures and processes, including: working knowledge of best practices, grant funding research tools and ability to create grant budgets.
  • Keen experiences working with or supporting government officials and offices, with demonstrated success in advocacy and policy preferred.
  • Experience with arts, education, and federal grants.
  • Demonstrated skill in successfully generating significant grant and corporate funding resources and maintaining adequate program and financial oversight with a keen eye to the details.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and independently across departments in developing, organizing, and managing grant proposals and awards.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to adapt writing for various audiences, from institutional funders to members and individual donors, and manage effective fundraising communications across multiple channels.
  • Strong grammar and spelling skills with the ability to independently compose and/or edit materials; experience proofing and editing under tight deadlines.
  • Strong time management skills with high level, global thinking in organizing resources, establishing priorities, and meeting deadlines.
  • Proficient w/ MS office tools, database tools, and internet research.
  • Prior experience entering and managing donor/grantor data in a CRM system.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret financial data and prepare financial reports, grant project budgets, statements and/or projections, knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management principles and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience securing renewable, multi-year, multi-figure gifts from funders, grantors, and corporate partners along with in-kind donations for major events.
  • Grant Professionals Credential (GPC) preferred.


This regular full-time position includes Medical/Vision insurance, Dental insurance, Life/AD&D/LTD insurance, 3.08 hours of accrued Vacation per bi-weekly pay period, Seattle Sick/Safe, 2-7 Floating Holidays dependent on hire date, 8 Company Holidays paid throughout the year, EAP, 401k plan with vested match schedule once eligible, and subsidized transportation benefits for Orca Pass or parking.

How to Apply

Application Contact:
Application Deadline: 
August 2024