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Frist Art Museum

Grants and Sponsorships Manager

Frist Art Museum


Job Summary

Job Summary:  The Grants and Sponsorships Manager serves as the lead on grant and sponsorship cycles, including preliminary research, writing, and proposal submission. The Grants and Sponsorships Manager collaborates with the director and assistant director of development to build relationships with foundations and corporations to meet the overall goals supported by the strategic plan of the Frist Art Museum. Must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written.



Job Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.   Other duties may be required and assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

In collaboration with director and assistant director of development, strategize on the creation and implementation of strategies for the cultivation and solicitation of funding from foundations;

  • Conduct ongoing prospect research to identify potential grant funding sources;
  • Leads development of and writes sponsorship proposals, grant narratives, and letters of interest to corporations, foundations, and other related organizations;
  • Manage all aspects of grant and sponsorship cycles, including application deadlines, progress reports, and annual schedule;
  • Build effective schedule of ongoing stewardship and year-round communication with existing and potential funders as part of the cultivation cycle;
  • Write acknowledgement letters to donors including composing letters for the Executive Director and other staff;
  • Utilize Altru database to identify and manage prospects, enter research data, and track progress;
  • Develop and manage grant budgets;
  • Submit progress reports and updates as needed, including working with various Frist departments to collect program outcomes for summaries of execution;
  • Work closely with members of the development team, education, and curatorial staff to understand funding needs and strategic direction;
  • Coordinate with the Director of Development to manage sponsorship planning;
  • Communicate and coordinate pertinent grant requirements, such as need for logo inclusion on specific publications, to related Frist parties;
  • Some evenings and weekends required;
  • Work with volunteers in a positive and constructive manner;
  • Perform other duties as assigned or requested by the Assistant Director or Director of Development.


Education:  B.A./B.S. degree or higher, or equivalent professional/leadership training in the field; 3-5 years previous experience with non-profit fundraising. 


Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to contribute creatively in a team-oriented workplace;
  • Ability to develop relationships with diverse groups of individuals and companies;
  • Ability to represent the Frist Art Museum in a professional way to donors, potential donors, and the general public locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • Ability to strategize and problem solve;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to be a self-starter
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Some evenings and weekends required.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Demands may include:

  •             Lifting materials up to 25 pounds
  •             Stooping, bending, kneeling
  •             Standing for long periods of time
  •             Working at computer for long periods of time

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Frist Art Museum will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Additional Information


Medical, dental vision,  life, accidental life, short and long-term disability, 401(k) plan with guaranteed match, paid time off, federal holidays, free on-site parking.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume, references, and salary expectations to:

Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway

Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3822

Email: or Fax: (615) 744-3339

Attention: Sheri Horn, Human Resources Director

The Frist Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


  • Date Posted: May 18, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000
  • Working Hours: 40, M-F some evenings & weekends