The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking an experienced Grant Writer. The position reports to the Associate Director, Institutional Giving and would entail developing, preparing, and submitting fundraising letters of inquiry, proposals, and progress and final reports to foundations, corporate philanthropies, and government agencies. This position would seek essential support for exhibitions, conservation, archives, educational initiatives, public programs, special initiatives, and general operations at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.
Develop, prepare and submit fundraising proposals and reports for foundations and government agencies.
Research current and potential new grant funding sources from foundations, corporations, and government agencies, identifying opportunities that are aligned with and support the Guggenheim’s mission and various initiatives.
Facilitate the development of grant proposals and project budgets in collaboration with the Associate Director, Institutional Giving and other senior staff members.
Maintain grant reporting and ongoing donor stewardship, including preparation of reports, budgets, progress reports, regular correspondence, and final reports.
Initiate relationships with new prospective funders, in collaboration with the Associate Director, by writing letters of inquiry and solicitation letters.
Maintain a central grants calendar and continuously update donor files.
Through data management, maintain day-to-day operations related to foundation, government, and corporate philanthropy supporters.
Gather and organize ongoing documentation for applications and reports.
Monitor acknowledgments in credit lines.
The Grant Writer is a full-time position located in the administrative offices of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Evening events and meetings and weekend commitments are an infrequent requirement of the position. Work is typically performed in an office environment; prolonged periods of sitting, use of computers and standard office equipment required to accomplish work duties.
The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Qualifications and Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required. Degrees in arts administration, museum studies, arts education, or art history preferred. English, journalism, or other disciplines with a heavy focus on writing also given very strong consideration.
At least 3–5 years of museum and/or cultural institution fundraising experience, with an emphasis on grant writing.
Demonstrated success in writing, submitting, and securing grants.
Familiarity with local, regional, and national foundation and government funding sources.
Must possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to write persuasively, communicate clearly and effectively, and prepare in a timely manner comprehensive grant proposals.
Must be proactive, excel at time management, consistently meet deadlines, and have excellent follow-through, particularly in maintaining correspondence with current and prospective donors.
Proven ability to think strategically and work collaboratively as a key member of the Institutional Development team (Associate Director, Associate Manager, and Associate) and interdepartmentally, working particularly closely with the Conservation, Curatorial, Education, Library and Archives Departments, as well as Legal, Finance, and Publications.
Attention to detail and a careful, confident, precise working style are essential.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
Working knowledge of fundraising databases; Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
About Guggenheim Museum
The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture; to collect, preserve, and research art objects; and to make them accessible to scholars and an increasingly diverse audience through its network of museums, programs, educational initiatives, and publications.