The Franklin Institute

Manager of Development Communications and Foundation Giving

The Manager of Development Communications and Foundation Giving reports to the Assistant Director of Corporate Communications and Foundation Relations. A unique, multidisciplinary opportunity that comprises communications and fundraising responsibilities, this new role in the Institute’s External Affairs Department calls for a strategic thinker and a creative self-starter with an extraordinary ability to communicate in person and on the page.

The position serves as a primary resource for writing and editing, supporting the Assistant Director in the creation of donor communication processes, tools, and content. A versatile communicator, the Manager will manage and drive content creation, guiding editorial decision-making as necessary for Institute viewbooks, proposals, stewardship reports, the annual report, and donor newsletters. The position will also manage the annual communications calendar, working closely with the donor relations team and the Design Department to coordinate copywriting timelines with production, print, and mailing schedules. The Manager supports the Assistant Director in the preparation of general executive-level communications and remarks for recurring donor events. A key player across the organization, the role will work regularly with the Museum Programs and Outreach Initiatives and the Research and Evaluation Departments to stay informed on the latest news in terms of programs, services, and accomplishments.

As a fundraiser, the Manager is responsible for leading The Franklin Institute’s foundation gifts to annual operating and education programs under $10,000 in addition to managing the Institute’s grant submission calendar and tracking in Raiser’s Edge. To support the growth of foundation giving at the Institute, the Manager will work independently and with the development operations team to identify new foundation prospects and cultivate gifts toward annual operations and education programs. The position will also manage grants to restricted programs, strategic initiatives, capital projects, and campaign expenditures as assigned. 

To be successful, the Manager of Development Communications and Foundation Giving must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and at least 3 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in fundraising is preferred, but non-traditional candidates with strong communication skills and a desire to build a career in development are encouraged to apply. Writing samples and/or tests may be required of applicants.

Abilities and Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication and editing skills with careful attention to detail
  • Ability to craft messages and present information in a compelling and effective manner
  • Self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize projects effectively
  • Ability to be effective working independently and as part of a team
  • Resourceful, independent problem-solver
  • Ability to interact effectively with donor audiences, TFI volunteer leadership, and senior staff
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, as necessary
  • Superb computer skills, with mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and PowerPoint
  • Design background or experience with Publisher/Photoshop highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge preferred, but willing to train the right candidate

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Contact Information

Christopher Kramaric, Assistant Director of Corporate Communications and Foundation Relations
External Affairs
222 N. 20th Street
Contact Phone: 
(215) 448-1092
Contact e-mail: