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Government and Foundation Giving Coordinator

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: The Government and Foundation Giving Coordinator provides administrative and development support to the Government and Foundation Giving team. This role supports a broad variety of fundraising, prospecting, and government-related tasks with a high-level of professionalism and flexibility and maintains a balance among multiple projects and priorities. The person in this position must be results-driven, a competent writer, and have a passion for learning and supporting all aspects of fundraising. This position will focus on cultivating and soliciting new donor prospects but has the potential to grow into a role where they will steward a portfolio of foundation donors. 


Fundraising Support

  • Prepares outgoing mail and correspondence, including hard-copy and web-based; email, letters, event mailings, stewardship, acknowledgments. Supports Government and Foundation Giving Director in composing and editing correspondence, proposals, reports, and other documents.
  • Provides logistical support in submission of all grant proposals and reports.
  • Provides prospect research support to identify new donors (eCivis, Foundation Directory, etc.).
  • Work with data team on special requests (board connections).
  • Prepares donor briefings, PowerPoint presentations and other items as needed.
  • Arrange and coordinate donor site-visits and meetings.
  • Manage and maintain Raiser’s Edge records for Foundation and Government donors and prospects, including entering donor activity actions and maintaining proposal pipeline.
  • Utilizes Raiser’s Edge database to pull reports on Foundation and Government donor activities.
  • Maintains calendar of key donor-related dates and events.
  • Coordinates gift processing for Foundation and Government Giving.
  • Supports the Director of Government and Foundation Giving in efforts to makes possible government-related partnerships to support MSI’s strategic goals, for both advocacy and fundraising priorities. 
  • Works closely across departments to keep updated on current programs and funding priorities for proposal and reporting purposes.

Administrative Coordination

  • Manage logistical elements of any department-related events and site visits, including acting as point person across departments.
  • Work with finance department to request and prepare budgets and financial documents for proposals, applications and reports.
  • Reads and routes incoming mail.
  • Orders and maintains department supplies.
  • Coordinates purchase order process, prepares and processes invoices and expense reports.
  • Acts as a liaison with other MSI divisions and outside vendors as necessary.
  • Handles other administrative duties and special projects as assigned.
  • Supports other areas of External Affairs as necessary (events, mailings, etc.).


  • Bachelor's degree and three (3) to five (5) years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Attention to detail and ability to maintain highly confidential information
  • Strong communication skills required, especially professional written communication, including ability to edit documents effectively for errors and fluency
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism
  • Passion for science education and MSI’s mission

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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