Manager of Foundation & Government Relations

Whitney Museum of American Art

Remote, OR, USA Remote / Work-at-Home /WFH

Full time

Mar 27

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The Whitney Museum of American Art is seeking a Manager of Foundation and Government Relations to thrive at the defining Museum of twentieth-century and contemporary American art. The Manager will be responsible for assisting the Director of Foundation and Government Relations in developing and implementing the annual and long-term strategy to raise funds from foundation and government sources for projects across the Whitney’s areas of operations, as well as supporting its strategic plan. Working on all phases of fundraising, the Manager’s job will include prospect research, donor cultivation, and grant applications, stewardship, and reporting. The Manager will also work closely with the Senior Coordinator of Foundation and Government Relations on the execution of this strategy and with a wide range of departments within the Whitney to gather relevant information for these projects.


  • Research and identify prospective foundation and government supporters for restricted and unrestricted gifts
  • Write proposals and reports and cultivate relationships with donors for restricted and unrestricted grants across exhibitions, education programs, library and archive activities, conservation efforts, GOS support, and more
  • Assist in developing the case for support for the institution, identifying and connecting its needs and goals with the priorities and interests of donors
  • Manage department systems, including tracking progress to department goals, updating and maintaining government and foundation Raiser’s Edge donor records, prospect review process, invitation lists, and the Whitney’s government and foundation profiles


  • 5-7 years of experience in museum fundraising or a related field
  •  Proven success fundraising from New York-based and national foundation and government funders, both among pre-existing relationships and identifying and forming new ones
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Adept at working with budgets and financial documents
  • Experience in a large organization and thrives in a fast-moving environment
  • Strong interest in museums and philanthropy
  • BA degree (in Art History or related field preferred) required, MA preferred in Arts Administration, Art History, or a related field

Technology Skills

  • Microsoft Office programs, excellent abilities across Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience with FoundationSearch, GuideStar, FoundationCenter, or other grants databases
  • Familiarity with TMS


This is a regular full-time exempt position. The Whitney offers a full benefits package including medical, dental, and vision care. Other benefits include a 403B with employer contribution, transportation benefits and free admission to most Museums nationally.

About the Whitney

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.

EEO Statement

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.                                                              




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Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art seeks to be the defining museum of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American art.