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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Manager of Advancement, Government Relations (Grant Writer)

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


Job Summary

FLSA Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum Department of Development

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt Manager of Advancement, Government Relations in the Development Department.

Company Overview: Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum documents and interprets the history of country music—a musical genre and culture central to the identity of the city, the state, and the nation. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum proudly combines subject expertise, ambitious research, and preservation of an unparalleled collection with expressions of creativity in music, art, and history. The museum collects artifacts that illustrate the evolving history and traditions of country music and provides diverse learning opportunities through educational programs, publications, and exhibitions. The core exhibit follows the story of country music from its folk beginnings through its evolution as a commercial art form. Rotating exhibits examine a broad range of topics, from country classics to contemporary and emerging artists in American Currents. The museum owns Hatch Show Print, a letterpress print shop opened in 1879, and it operates Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and many others recorded.

What We Offer for Full Time Staff:

  • FREE 24/7 Downtown Parking
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance Options
  • 401(K) with Employer Match
  • Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Legal Services)
  • Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness
  • FSA and Dependent Care Options
  • Generous Vacation and Sick Paid Time Off
  • Complimentary Admission to the museum for yourself, family, and friends
  • Free or Discounted Entry to Local Venues including The Nashville Zoo, Dollywood Theme & Water Parks, National Museum of African American Music, The Opry, The Ryman Auditorium, and more!

Division Overview: The Development department oversees all philanthropy on behalf of the museum, which includes museum membership; annual, major, and planned giving; special events, which range from exhibition opening receptions to fundraisers; as well as foundation, corporate, sponsorship and government giving programs. We also steward relationships with Country Music Hall of Fame members; the broader music community; elected officials; local, state, and national arts organizations; and museum donors. We are constant advocates for the arts on local and national levels, and we publish strategic communications on the museum’s behalf, such as the annual report. Our goal is to provide excellent stewardship to all who make gifts of time, talent, and treasure in support of our mission-focused work.

Job Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks an experienced grant writer to lead and grow the museum’s development efforts with local, regional, state, and federal government sources. The Manager of Advancement, Government Relations will be responsible for attaining an aggressive resource generation goal that includes diverse government and private foundation grant gifts to support the museum’s collections, exhibitions, exhibit-related programming, and general operations.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Research government and foundation grant opportunities in support of museum programs and services related to collections and exhibitions, in addition to seeking support for general operations.
  • Manage grant calendar for sources and track application steps (due dates, notifications, payments, reports, etc.) in Tessitura, the museum’s online database.
  • Write and produce all proposals, budgets, reports, and other ancillary materials for grant submissions on the museum’s behalf, collaborating with content experts—from curators and artists to librarians and educators—as necessary.
  • Work closely with the Museum Services department to identify potential grant-funded projects and then vet prospective government funding sources (National Endowment for the Humanities, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Institute of Museum and Library Services, etc.).
  • Implement Logic Model program planning and evaluation and collaborates with program teams to identify outcomes—measurable changes in participants’ knowledge, skills, behavior, beliefs, or life condition as a result of their interactions with the museum.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Advancement, Education and Community Engagement, on state and metro general operating grants and other applications, as needed.
  • Serve as the lead administrator for relevant museum grant awards from government and foundation sources, collaborating with museum content experts to ensure accurate representation of programs and activities.
  • Oversee the post-award compliance of government and foundation grant contracts, meeting applicable funder deadlines and museum stewardship expectations.
  • Manage existing government and foundation grant portfolio—from report writing to record maintenance—ensuring proposal conditions and expectations are met.
  • Work with appropriate departments to nominate museum programs and exhibitions for award competitions, including the Alliance of American Museums’ annual awards.
  • Collaborate with the museum’s finance department to create grant budgets and manage grant income and expense, as well as provide information for the museum’s annual financial audit.
  • Oversee the museum’s online presence in funder portals, such as Giving Matters, GuideStar, System of Award Management (SAM), and
  • Renew the museum’s TN charitable solicitation permit—and permits for other states, if needed—while ensuring broad government compliance.
  • General Development Department Functions
  • Act as an advocate in the public community and within the museum to promote the mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Attend weekly Development Department meetings.
  • Attend and provide support for some after-hours events.

Job Responsibilities

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in grant writing and/or institutional giving.
  • Experience generating and qualifying institutional prospects.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of 50-plus major donors.
  • Passion for the arts, museums, and country music.
  • Knowledge of current educational practices and program design.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with and interact with a broad spectrum of personalities and diverse populations.
  • Must have the ability to resolve conflicts and respond to inquiries in an appropriate and efficient manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Museum experience.
  • Experience with Tessitura database.

Notes to Applicants:

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate the varied attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person unique, and we believe that fostering a culture of inclusion is essential to institutional excellence. The museum promotes an environment of respect, communication, and understanding, while actively seeking opportunities to learn about and establish practices that further facilitate equity. The museum does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

We are a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all qualified candidates to apply for open positions. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its staff and visitors. All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and employment verification, including federally mandated E-verify processes, as required for position.

All applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and three professional references with their online application to be considered for the role.

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  • Date Posted: June 2, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Fundraising / Revenue Development
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture