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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Senior Manager of Institutional Giving (Grant Writer)

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum


Job Summary

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior Manager of Institutional Giving to lead and expand the museum’s development efforts. This individual will spearhead resource generation from local, regional, state, and federal government sources as well as private foundations. The primary goal of this role is to secure diverse grants to support the museum’s collections, exhibitions, education and exhibit-related programming, and general operations.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Grant Research and Management:

    • Conduct in-depth research to identify government and foundation grant opportunities that align with museum programs and services.
    • Develop and maintain a comprehensive grant calendar within the museum’s online database (Tessitura), ensuring all application steps are tracked effectively.
    • Collaborate with content experts, including curators, artists, librarians, and educators, to produce compelling proposals, budgets, reports, and supplementary materials for grant submissions.
  2. Grant Prospect Vetting:

    • Collaborate closely with the Museum Services department to identify potential grant-funded projects and evaluate prospective government funding sources such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    • Work in conjunction with the Education department and the Manager of Advancement, Education, and Community Outreach to identify grant opportunities and assess funding sources like the National Endowment for the Arts and major private foundations.
  3. Program Planning and Evaluation:

    • Implement Logic Model program planning and evaluation methodologies, working alongside program teams to define measurable outcomes resulting from participants’ interactions with the museum.
    • Collaborate with the Manager of Advancement, Education, and Community Engagement on state and metro general operating grants and other relevant applications.
  4. Grant Administration and Compliance:

    • Act as the lead administrator for relevant museum grant awards from government and foundation sources, ensuring accurate representation of programs and activities.
    • Oversee post-award compliance with government and foundation grant contracts, meeting funder deadlines, and maintaining strong stewardship practices.
    • Manage the existing government and foundation grant portfolio, including report writing and record maintenance, to ensure adherence to proposal conditions and expectations.
    • Nominate museum programs and exhibitions for award competitions, such as the Alliance of American Museums’ annual awards, in collaboration with the appropriate departments.
  5. Financial Management and Online Certifications:

    • Collaborate with the museum’s finance department to develop grant budgets and manage grant income and expenses. Provide necessary information for the annual financial audit.
    • Oversee the museum’s online presence in funder portals, including Giving Matters, GuideStar, System of Award Management (SAM), and grants.gov.
    • Renew the museum’s TN charitable solicitation permit, and permits for other states if required, while ensuring compliance with government regulations

General Development Department Functions:

  • Act as a passionate advocate for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission within the public community and internally.
  • Attend weekly Development Department meetings.
  • Provide support for select after-hours events.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of five years of grant writing and/or institutional giving experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision.
  • Track record of securing and administering major federal grants.
  • Proven ability to generate and qualify institutional prospects.
  • Experience managing a portfolio of 50-plus major donors.
  • Passion for the arts, museums, and country music.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively and tactfully with diverse populations.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to respond to inquiries efficiently.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience working in a museum environment.
  • Proficiency in using the Tessitura database or similar CRM systems.

Additional Information


What We Offer for Full-Time Staff:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance Options
  • Competitive Pay
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • Paid Holidays (13) and Floating Holidays (2)
  • 401(K) with Up to 3% Employer Match
  • Employee Assistance Program (Free Counseling and Legal Services)
  • Eligibility for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness 
  • FREE 24/7 Downtown Parking and Transit Benefits
  • Continuing Professional Offerings
  • Complimentary Museum Admission (For Yourself, Family, and Friends)
  • Reciprocal Partnerships with Local Venues (The Nashville Zoo, Dollywood Theme & Water Parks, National Museum of African American Music, tours at The Opry and The Ryman Auditorium, and more)
  • Up to 25% Discount in Retail Stores and Onsite Restaurant Venues
  • Opportunities to Attend Exhibit Openings, Concerts, and Special Events
  • Employee Engagement Activities and Opportunities
  • FSA and Dependent Care Options
  • Dog-Friendly Work Environment
  • Volunteering and Community Engagement Opportunities

How to Apply

Please upload a resume and cover letter when applying for the position.

Applications are only accepted online on our career page: https://www.countrymusichalloffame.org/careers


  • Date Posted: September 28, 2023
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other