Development Officer, Foundation and Government Relations

Posted on 11/15/2017

Development Officer, Foundation and Government Relations
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Set within a twenty-five acre site three miles from downtown Tulsa, Philbrook's main campus is a unique combination of historic house, modern museum complex, and beautifully gardened property. In 2013, the Museum expanded with the opening of Philbrook Downtown - a 30,000 sq. ft. satellite facility located in the heart of Tulsa's vibrant Brady Arts District.

Distinguished by nationally recognized collections, facilities, and gardens, it is the premier cultural institution in the city of Tulsa and a statewide leader in the cultural life of Oklahoma.

Position Overview

Philbrook Museum of Art is seeking a Development Officer, Foundation and Government Relations. This position supports the Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Community Engagement and works closely with program staff to plan and implement strategies for the prospecting, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations, corporate foundations, and government agencies.


  • Strategy and Project Management:  In coordination with Director of Foundation, Corporate, & Community Engagement (DFCCE), develop and implement plan for annual operating and program support from foundations and government agencies; coordinate with grant project directors to ensure projects are completed within funder guidelines; track grants budget and grants calendar; track moves management in Tessitura software.
  • Relationship Management, Stewardship, and Communications: Manage portfolio of approximately 25-50 institutional funders, including private and family foundations, government agencies, and corporate foundations; implement donor-centered acknowledgements, meetings, site visits, and other activities to strengthen relationships with funders; monitor financial activity of funded projects; create thorough and timely reports to funders that explain the impact of contributions; serve as a liaison internally and externally to support DFCCE in community engagement efforts, including representing the Museum at community events as needed.
  • Proposal Development: Work across departments to author compelling requests for funding (i.e. original letters of inquiry, grant proposals, etc.) that meet operating needs and advance strategic goals; work with program and finance staff to develop project budgets.
  • Prospect Management and Research: In coordination with DFCCE, work with leadership and across departments to align institutional priorities with funding opportunities; research, evaluate, and identify foundation and governmental funding prospects; identify and prioritize potential community partnerships to advance and/or communicate impact initiatives.
  • Maintain prompt and reliable attendance in order to successfully perform the duties of the job.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to prepare and deliver structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals and reports
  • Goal-driven
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently and with poise
  • Strong editing skills
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Creative thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and desire to work as a team
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research
  • Intermediate personal computer skills including word processing, database and spreadsheet applications
  • Highly organized and able to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team. Enjoys working collaboratively.
  • Strong computer skills, with proficiency in databases (TMS), MS Office, and digital imaging software.


  • Bachelor’s degree, with at least three years of development/fundraising experience.
  • Proven experience in grant writing, including a track record of successful funded proposals strongly preferred; writing samples a plus.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected]