Director of Foundation Relations

Mar 11 2020
Bishop Museum |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description

The Director of Foundation Relations is a key member of the Museum’s Institutional Advancement team. This position is responsible for meeting the Museum’s annual and campaign goals for private foundations and government agencies through identifying and cultivating institutional funding sources; developing and carrying out strategies for funding; preparing proposals, reports, agreements, contracts, and correspondence; and acting as a steward for foundation contributions. This position reports to the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides successful leadership and development experience in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding gifts at all levels from private foundations and government agencies to support the operating needs and priorities of the Museum.
  • Serves as the external face of the Museum to the foundation community.
  • May also be assigned to major gift prospects
  • Develops and executes donor relation strategies for existing and new foundation partners, strategizes and plans all contact and communications, and manages/tracks all follow-up activities through to completion.
  • Prepares competitive grant requests, collateral materials, and reports related to foundation and government funding for the Museum.
  • Conducts prospect research and maintains current foundation records in the donor database.
  • Projects monthly and yearly revenue goals and tracks progress toward reaching those goals.
  • Maintains project calendars and timelines for cultivation/stewardship action steps to further foundation and government relationships.
  • Keeps donors and partners apprised of progress on projects and ensures completion of progress and final reports as required by foundation and government funders.
  • Works with staff across departments to identify funding priorities and match them with prospective funding opportunities, coordinates with other staff as needed for content related to proposals.
  • Performs additional responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President of Institutional Advancement.






  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Five years of fundraising experience required.
  • Proven experience and success in securing six-figure foundation and corporate gifts.
  • Prior work in a museum, cultural, educational, or science organization preferred.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekend as required.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Excellent administrative skills required.
  • Ability to fundraise within the Museum’s stated organizational priorities.

Other Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation.

Direct Reports

  • One part-time grants assistant/administrator