Grants & Development Communications Manager

Reports to: Director of Development
Department: Development
Position Type: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary Range: $20 – $25/hour DOE
Benefits: Eligible

Summary of Position

The Grants & Development Communications Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of Tacoma Art Museum’s foundation, government, and corporate grants program as well as supporting the department’s overall fundraising communications plan and strategies, through consistent and effective storytelling, cultivation, acknowledgment, and stewardship pieces.

This individual identifies and cultivates funding sources; prepares proposals, reports, and correspondence; and acts as a steward for all grant contributions within the foundation, government, and corporate sectors (excluding event sponsorships). They work closely with the Director of Development in coordinating concepts and strategies for grant funding opportunities, manage the annual grants/reports calendar, and communicate information and results to the Development Department on a regular basis.

This position also works in conjunction with the Development Department to develop powerful, effective fundraising communications content. They will also work closely with TAM’s Marketing & Communications Team to coordinate donor and member communications strategies within organizational communications guidelines.


  • Coordinates efforts across departments to facilitate the writing and preparation of all grant proposals, budgets, and reports related to foundation, corporate foundation, and government funding solicitations.
  • Projects monthly and yearly revenue goals for these sectors and tracks progress toward reaching those goals.
  • Maintains grants/reports calendar and roster which includes timelines for cultivation/stewardship action steps and deadlines for proposals, reports, and invoice/fiscal year agreement issuances.
  • Regularly meets with and solicits both new and established donors in the corporate, foundation, and government grant sectors.
  • Develops and implements cultivation strategies and effective stewardship of these funding sectors.
  • Works closely with full Development team and assists in content creation to establish consistent voice across all fundraising communications strategies, including appeal and acknowledgement letters, member outreach and communications, monthly e-news, donor reports, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic understanding of nonprofit fundraising, grant writing, administrative processes and procedures, standard accounting practices, and database use
  • Excels at setting and managing realistic deadlines; strong time management skills.
  • Ability to multitask and juggle many projects at once.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Continuously exchange information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community.
  • Negligible local travel, less than 5% of work hours.
  • Some evening and weekend work as necessary per events schedule
  • Occasional need to stand, stop or walk for long periods of time

To Apply

  • Please email a completed job application, cover letter and resume to: Please send cover letter and resume as a single attachment.
  • Include “GDCM: First Name Last Name” in subject line.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date: June 12, 2019

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by  USA Today  as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown university and museum district.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.

Another significant gift announced on January 14, 2016 is the gift of the  Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. The Benaroyas carefully assembled over their 70 years of marriage a collection that  includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd  birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection.  The new wing has been designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig and opened in January 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.