Ashley Rountree
  • 01-Mar-2023 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Louisville, KY, USA
  • 45000-55000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

At the Speed Art Museum, we invite everyone to celebrate art forever. Whether you're an art aficionado or don't know a Dali from a Degas, you can find fresh inspiration and meaning at the Speed Art Museum. With modern architecture, expanded programming, interactive exhibits and inviting outdoor spaces, the Speed offers countless opportunities for everyone to create their own connections and experience art at their own speed.

Founded in 1925 by Hattie Bishop Speed as the J.B. Speed Memorial Museum with an encyclopedic collection, the museum has grown to an impressive collection of American, European, Old Masters, Decorative, Modern, and Contemporary art. From 2012 - 2016, the Museum was closed for a $60 million renovation and expansion project led by international architect, Kulapat Yantrasast. The new Speed now boasts improved gallery and exhibition space, a state-of-the-art cinema and a park-like environment that integrates with the University of Louisville.

In August 2021, Raphaela Platow became the seventh Director of the 97-year-old organization. With two decades of museum leadership, Platow brings a deep passion for and knowledge of art and culture in the region, and a proven commitment to accessibility and inclusion.

The Speed Art Museum is seeking a Grants and Foundations Manager to play a critical role on the Advancement team. The Grants and Foundations Manager is responsible for researching, soliciting, and securing grants from philanthropic organizations that support the mission and work of the Speed Art Museum. They must manage the entire grant process from research to reporting to assure funder guidelines and criteria are met. This person will serve as the primary grant writer. The position reports directly to the Director of Advancement, Corporate and Foundation Relations.


  • Proactively research and identify local, regional, and national grant opportunities that align with the mission and work of the Speed Art Museum including the execution and completion of grant applications to secure major gifts from foundations and philanthropic organizations.
  • Work with multiple departments to identify funding priorities, including but not limited to, education and outreach programs, special exhibitions, operating support, conservation, acquisitions, staff diversity, programming, cinema, and special projects.
  • Manage proactive cross-departmental communication and regular follow-up to solicit information needed for funding proposals and reports.
  • Manage the writing of high-quality grant proposal narratives, applications, and supporting documents.
  • Oversee acknowledgement of all grants, including grant agreement compliance, progress and final reports, and other necessary correspondence.
  • Build on the recent growth in national grant funding for the Speed Art Museum to attract other regional and national funding opportunities.
  • Work with project leads to oversee program budgets, timelines and objectives for all grant funded programs. in collaboration.
  • Identify and present new funding opportunities to Director of Advancement, Corporate and Foundation Relations for consideration and approval.
  • Draft sponsorship proposals for individual and corporate asks when required.
  • Maintain university partnership proposals and reports.
  • Work with Finance and appropriate project lead on budget and financial plans for grant applications.
  • Assist with collection, input, and maintenance of donor information into database, including ensuring records are current and accurate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience required
Minimum 3 years prior experience in Grant Writing, Development, or related
Experience in or knowledge of the local, state, and national arts communities preferred
Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
Ability to conduct research to gather information regarding grants and foundations
Ability to plan and organize
Ability to work accurately and efficiently and keep track of numerous projects simultaneously
Proficient in Microsoft Office software
Ability to use judgment and discretion; to keep confidentiality; to exercise tact and

The Speed is prepared to offer a salary in the range of $45,000 - $55,000,
commensurate with experience. Benefits include: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental
Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability,
Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement.

Ashley Rountree
  • Apply Now

  • * Fields Are Required

    What is your full name?

    How can we contact you?

  • Sign Up For Job Alerts!

  • Share This Page
logo For Job Seekers Join The List What We Do Who We Serve About Us Resources Contact Us