Research Analyst & Grants Manager (Full-Time Exempt)


The Research Analyst & Grants Manager is a key fundraising position within the Development Department integral to the overall institutional advancement strategy.  This position is responsible for identifying and qualifying prospects and securing and keeping up to date on information about donors.  It also serves as the Museum’s primary grant writer and coordinator, working closely with the Museum’s program and senior staff to develop the organization’s case for funding, both in general and with regard to ongoing programs and specific projects.  It is responsible for developing proposals and reports to prospects and funders across donors sectors (individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies) working closely with the other department fundraisers to broaden the Museum’s donor base and funding reach. Reports to the Chief Development Officer.

Basic Functions and Responsibilities (including but not limited to):

  • Procure and analyze information about prospective and existing donors using various research tools, such as Internet research databases and print publications.

  • Proactively collect, interpret, and summarize descriptive, analytics, and evaluative data on prospective and existing donors.

  • Oversee the comprehensive grant proposal process which includes working closely with program staff throughout the museum to identify and present programs which will be competitive for funding, to writing and/or coordinating the writing efforts for the grant, through the stewardship and reporting phase of funded proposals

  • Work with Museum program staff throughout the life of the grant in order to ensure proper use of the grant and to provide timely and accurate any interim and final reports to donors illustrating successful program implementation.

  • Monitor news sources for information on prospective and existing donors as well as for information regarding trends in business, museums and cultural organizations, technology, and philanthropy.

  • Conduct research to determine donor giving capability, and assess donor interest in various programs and projects across the Museum.

  • Submit reports to development team members and Museum leadership with strategic recommendations regarding cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors.

  • Present information to department team, Executive staff and donors in a variety of written formats including reports, summaries, and abstracts.

  • Coordinate, write, and prepare briefing and bios materials for the President, Museum Advancement team, Senior Leadership team, and Museum Board of Directors.

  • Coordinate with the Development Manager on the preparation and distribution of reports and other donor-related materials to development officers and Museum leadership as well as donors.

  • Participating in donor presentations and solicitations as appropriate.

  • Work with Counsel and the Development Liaison to organize and manage cultivation and recognition/stewardship events to ensure grants donors included.

  • Help ensure donor acknowledgement, stewardship and public recognition, as appropriate; and

  • Other duties, as assigned.



  • Five years comprehensive research analysis and grant writing experience in the non-profit sector.

  • Demonstrated experience working across institutional functions to coordinate and manage program delivery parties.

  • Experience interacting with the philanthropic community and success in securing funding through grants.

  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge software.

  • Warm, outgoing interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with a range of staff, volunteers, prospective donors and the general public required.

  • Ability to handle the stress of managing multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment, during a time of significant organizational transition.

  • A positive, achievement-oriented attitude and proactive work ethic.

  • Proven ability to maintain the highest level of discretion and confidentiality with sensitive donor giving information.

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with the willingness and capability to personally manage administrative details as needed.








Fun Fact
The Museum's Noble Planetarium was the first planetarium to be named after a female astronomer, Charlie Mary Noble, a Fort Worth educator of math and astronomy.

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