Strategic Advancement Manager

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As a member of the Development team, the Strategic Advancement Manager will play a vital role in amplifying the Putnam’s mission while achieving strategic plan goals and objectives. Under the direction of our VP of Strategic Advancement, you will aid in grant writing and grants management; assist in continuous improvement efforts and evaluation processes across the organization; as well as supporting additional development functions.

The responsibilities for the Strategic Advancement Manager include but are not limited to:

Grants Development and Management

  • Write a variety of smaller/local grant applications and manage reports related to each grant
  • Assist and support VP of Strategic Advancement with large grant applications and reports
  • Assist CEO with sponsorships opportunities by identifying  prospects, writing content for applications and providing materials when needed
  • Work closely with VPSA to gather and/or tabulate data/information for grant applications and large reports including pivot tables, images, and stories from other Putnam employees
  • Work closely with VPSA on grants administration, including expense tracking, support for implementation, and ensuring deliverables are being addressed

Evaluation Facilitation

  • Coordinate cross-departmental “Voice of Audience” process to provide regular insights (qualitative and quantitative) into visitor satisfaction and areas needing improvement
  • Assist in continuous improvement efforts and evaluation processes across the organization (e.g. administering student surveys, etc.)
  • Coordinate data systems for tracking annual organizational outcomes in conjunction with other departments

Cultivation of Donors/Prospects/Supporters

  • Plan, coordinate and manage power giving events, loyalty luncheons, and events for government officials
  • Ongoing proactive communication with donors, including annual appeal letters, thank you notes, and more – including  understanding and applying  various IRS rules for donation receipts
  • Identify new individuals to approach for Access Fund donations
  • Manage Annual Campaign, Birdies for Charity, and the Access Fund – including ensuring accurate and current prospect/donor lists


  • Assist with  accessibility /DEAI work (finding data, identifying options)

As the successful candidate, you bring experience in grant writing/grants management. You have excellent skills in written and verbal communication, continuous improvement, and evaluation processes.  Additionally, attention to detail is a priority for you as well as creativity, enthusiasm, and energy as it relates to interacting with grantors, investors, visitors, and co-workers. You round-out your core competencies with excellent organizational skills while managing multiple priorities, adhering to schedules, and working productively under deadline.

Position Requirements:

A minimum of five years related work experience required. Bachelor’s degree in a related field is desired. We value experience. If you do not meet 100% of the requirements above but feel you have much to offer the position, please apply.

This is a full-time exempt position with a starting annual salary range of $40,000 – $45,000 along with a competitive benefits package.


Application deadline is April 8, 2022

Putnam Museum and Science Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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