Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Grants Manager/Development Manager for Grants and Stewardship plays an integral role in managing and growing the Museum’s diverse portfolio of federal, state, local, and private grants which has tripled in recent years.

This is an exciting time to join the Museum. We have a world-class collection, a robust and engaged board, and a dedicated, passionate staff. We are in a growth mode and have several local, regional, and national initiatives underway that will take someone with energy, passion, commitment, and drive to help secure and manage the grants funding these initiatives deserve. For example, we are preparing for the 200th Anniversary of American railroading in 2027 and are beginning to plan in earnest for statewide and national celebrations. Additionally, we are a designated National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site and Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. The Museum is also focused on community impact. We have recently launched an innovative workforce development initiative using our 40-acre campus and are actively expanding our educational programs, particularly those for children with special needs.

Job Responsibilities:

Working collaboratively with the Museum’s small but skilled team, the Grants Manager/Development Manager for Grants and Stewardship:

  • Works to ensure the achievement of grant funding goals, smooth grant operations, and exceptional relationships with grantmakers
  • Manages grants administration, compliance, tracking, research, reporting, and stewardship
  • Maintains a grant schedule for submission deadlines and timely, well-executed grant reporting to funding partners
  • Works with grant project directors to write proposals and develop grant budgets that match needs with appropriate funding sources, using the ability to collect information and data in an accurate and resourceful manner that supports proposal narratives
  • Coordinates content and deadlines across teams
  • Compiles grant components and submit grant proposals and reports
  • Researches and tracks grant opportunities
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with funding sources while stewarding them appropriately, including timely acknowledgement letters and expression of gratitude
  • Tracks communications and actions with grantmakers
  • Produces creative donor-centered communications and impact reports
  • Plays a lead role in financial reporting of grants to management and board as required
  • Attends Museum staff meetings and participates the Museum’s programming committee
  • Executes other duties as assigned.

Success in this role requires someone who is collaborative, attentive to detail, organized, and can prioritize and work on multiple deadlines.


  • Bachelor’s degree and/or graduate degree in communications, journalism, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years directly related experience, with a demonstrated track record of successful fundraising through grants; candidates with knowledge of federal and state grant making and reporting processes preferred.
  • Exceptional writing skills and computer skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, with knowledge of Adobe, Power Point, QuickBooks, and Kindful CRM helpful.
  • Basic understanding of program evaluation is preferred.

If you consider yourself a “self-starter”, are resourceful, and enjoy being creative and entrepreneurial, this may be the job for you!

The B&O Railroad Museum offers a competitive salary, full benefits, free onsite parking, and a hybrid work environment.

To Apply

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Preference given to applications received by May 15, 2023.

Knoxville, TN

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