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Centennial Park Conservancy

Grants Manager

Centennial Park Conservancy


Job Summary

Help us preserve, enhance, and share Nashville’s iconic Parthenon and Centennial Park for future generations.

Centennial Park Conservancy is searching for a grant manager to help us with our growing portfolio of relationships with sponsoring organizations.


The Grant Manager is responsible for developing, securing, and retaining corporate partnerships to help underwrite Centennial Park Conservancy’s work in Centennial Park and the Parthenon, and support its programs including Musicians Corner, Kidsville, and Nashville Earth Day. The Grant Manager inspires the foundations to connect with Centennial Park Conservancy and develops and maintains deep, authentic relationships.

Working in collaboration with a team of passionate staff and board colleagues, the Grant Manager serves as an essential member of the fundraising team by aligning the grant program with the organization’s overarching fundraising plan. This individual creates strong concepts for the solicitation of new opportunities, manages grant writing projects, monitors progress, develops reports, and stewards relationships with grant funders. Key performance indicators include revenue growth through grant acquisition and grant renewals. We’re looking for someone who can develop professionally and grow with us over time. The position is full-time exempt and based in Nashville with a flexible work-life balance. However, we are open to hiring a contractor for this position.


  • We are open to hiring a full-time employee or contractor for this position.


The Parthenon and Centennial Park have been essential parts of Nashville’s fabric for more than a century. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit support organization working in partnership with Metro Parks, Centennial Park Conservancy is committed to our mission of preserving, enhancing, and sharing the Parthenon and Centennial Park so that future generations may benefit from these enriching cultural and educational landmarks. The organization is responsible for a variety of initiatives focused on caring for the Park and maintaining its vibrancy. Centennial Park Conservancy has several areas of focus, including: The Parthenon – a full scale replica of the Grecian monument, fine art gallery, and museum that curates exhibits and presents educational programs to over 300,000 visitors annually; Musicians Corner – an outdoor music series attended by 75,000 people annually that presents free, diverse, and accessible live music for people of all ages and socio-economic groups; Kidsville – an educational program that serves over 30,000 children (ages 2-12) annually and provides free activities in the Parthenon, and locations across the city; Nashville Earth Day – the city’s official event celebrating and protecting our environment; Centennial Park Revitalization – a public and private partnership with Metro Parks to revitalize Nashville’s central park to serve our residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities


  • Identify, research, and solicit funding from grant making organizations;
  • Write requests to grant makers through letters of intent, proposals and applications that leverage the value and community reach of the organization and its arts & educational programs;
  • Cultivate new and existing grant donor relationships;
  • Ensure an active pipeline of current and prospective grantors;
  • Identify and qualify new leads through research, demonstrated affinity, discussion with staff & Board, and other resources;
  • Assist program team in identifying funding needs and developing proposal and evaluation tools;
  • Achieve grant revenue goals
  • Significantly expand the organization’s network of corporate contacts through personal one-to-one outreach, professional networking events, and community engagements;
  • Establish an annual plan of revenues and expenditures for the program that links to overall fundraising goals;
  • Work collaboratively with the organization’s programming and marketing teams to to ensure proper fulfillment;
  • Maintain grant records, track due dates for applications and reports; serve as point person for grant compliance, assessing if programs are meeting expectations and timelines of grant awards
  • Provide prompt responses to internal and external information inquiries of the organization, via phone, email, or in person
  • Work with Business Manager to collect grant payments
  • Manage relationships with grantors, express gratitude for their support of the organization, and strive to maintain long-term partnerships



We’re searching for someone who is passionately committed to Centennial Park Conservancy’s mission. Goal-orientated, proactive, collaborative, respectful, and accountable are a few words to describe an ideal team member. We’re looking for someone who has high integrity, a strong work ethic, excellent community relations and listening skills, an ability to adjust to change, and an understanding of what it means to be equitable and inclusive.


  • Proven expertise in writing and securing grants for a nonprofit organization, for a minimum of 2 years, preferably with local Nashville experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and research skills.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; exceptional accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to direct own schedule, organize workload, address and prioritize multiple projects in a time-sensitive manner to ensure objectives are met on time yet still remaining flexible if circumstances change
  • Capable of taking initiative, exercising independent judgment, and being self-motivated
  • Team player who works collaboratively to achieve mutual goals;
  • Ability to organize workload, exercise independent judgment, and maintain self- motivated and self-directed schedule
  • Capable of addressing and prioritizing multiple projects in time-sensitive manner, taking initiative and remaining flexible to ensure objectives are met accurately and timely
  • Team player who works collaboratively to achieve mutual goals
  • Committed to maintaining the integrity of confidential communications and/or activities
  • Professional, courteous, cooperative, and positive in interactions with colleagues, partners, stakeholders, and others
  • Highly proficient using Apple Office programs, Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Google Workspace for Nonprofits, CRMs, and databases;
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends as needed for events;
  • Skilled at managing up and down in a fast-paced mission-driven environment.
  • Bachelors or Masters in English Composition is desirable

Additional Information



  • Compensation commensurate with experience
  • Health benefits, Retirement Plan with company match, Paid Holidays, and Time Off

How to Apply

Please apply here.


  • Resume
  • Writing sample(s) of a recent grant application you have written. Include any collateral or supplemental materials that demonstrate the excellence of your work.


  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered. Please, no phone calls. Only applicants selected for consideration will be contacted. Applications are accepted until the position is filled. All correspondence is confidential. Background check required. Thank you.


  • Date Posted: December 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 02/01/2022