Development Officer/Grants Manager: UMFA, University of Utah

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the campus of the University of Utah and offers visitors the opportunity to explore over 5,000 years of human creativity with a collection of over 20,000 objects and art works from classic Greek and Roman antiquities to cutting-edge contemporary art. Founded in 1914, the UMFA is the state of Utah’s art museum, creating exhibitions and programs that serve a wide array of audiences. The UMFA is housed in the award-winning Marcia and John Price Museum Building.


The UMFA Development Officer/Grants Manager is responsible for strategic leadership and management of development activities designed to cultivate, grow, and diversify the UMFA’s foundation, corporate, and government funding, and achieve fundraising objectives. Assists with capital campaign efforts, as needed.


All responsibilities are initiated under the direction of the UMFA’s Director of Development.
Manage development activities designed to cultivate, grow, and diversify the UMFA’s foundation, corporate, and government funding.
• Manage and implement grant and proposal writing process for local, regional, and national foundation and corporate prospects and government agencies, including conducting research, planning solicitation, organize budget information, and write and submit proposals.
• Research prospective funders and present summaries and recommendations to relevant staff.
• Conduct stewardship activities for foundation, corporate, and government funders, including facilitating contacts and engagement, preparing correspondence and reports, and ensuring appropriate and timely acknowledgement and recognition.
• Collaboratively supports UMFA department of Development, Programming and Curatorial activities to ensure that all fundraising and stewardship objectives are achieved.
• Establish and Maintain effective relationships with donors and funding agencies.

Represent UMFA department of Development and External Relations internally and UMFA externally.
• Participates on internal UMFA planning committees in support of exhibitions, programming, and events.
• Coordinates with the University’s Central Development Office to ensure procedural compliance and cross-departmental communication.
• Represents UMFA at appropriate University of Utah activities and committees, as well as at community events.
• Assists with department-related donor stewardship and fundraising events.
• Assists with individual giving functions.

Perform records and data management.
• Maintains thorough records for all foundation, corporate, and government funders, as well as solicitation records for prospective funders.
• Contributes to the creation and maintenance of donor records in the UMFA’s Raiser’s Edge database and the University of Utah’s Advance database.

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business, related field, or equivalency; three years of fund-raising experience which includes direct solicitation of contributions, volunteer leadership support, written and verbal presentations, and strategy and market development are required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing and a background working with local print and electronic media is preferred. Demonstrated negotiating skills are also preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Three or more years in grant writing and development.
    • Knowledge of grant research and application processes.
    • Familiarity with and knowledge of government and non-government funding programs.
    • Excellent writing, communication and organizational skills.
    • Ability to perform and function under pressure to meet deadlines.
    • Ability and desire to take initiative, work independently, and use innovative techniques and ingenuity in preparing grant proposals.
    • Mature, team-oriented approach and attitude and a commitment to creating a culture of collaboration and accountability.
    • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines
    • Strong experience with grant writing
    • Master’s Degree.
    • Familiarity and experience with museums and art.
    • Experience with Raiser’s Edge and Advance, databases.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.
To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), email:

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.



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