Coordinator, Foundation Relations

The New York Botanical Garden Published: October 24, 2022
United States of America
Second Location
, 11221, United States of America
Skill Level
Entry Level
Job Type
Admin/ Gen Mgmt / Editorial / Writing / Fundraising / Membership

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The New York Botanical Garden is a living museum, an educational institution, and a plant research and conservation organization.

We're an advocate for the plant world. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

Position Overview

The Coordinator, Foundation Relations supports the operation and continued growth of the Foundation Relations Program, including securing foundation, corporate foundation, and government grants for all aspects of The New York Botanical Garden’s work, from the Annual Fund, exhibitions, and education, to science, horticulture, capital, and endowment.  This role will blend excellent writing and prospect research skills with the ability to build connections both internally at NYBG and with program officers at foundations and government agencies. 

Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organization culture throughout the institution.

The New York Botanical Garden is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible work environment, and further recognizes that diversity in our workforce fosters excellence in our mission of advocating for the plants of the world. Leveraging the strong foundation of existing policies and practices, NYBG will advance inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility through a number of institutional initiatives. Our aspiration is to continue to cultivate a workforce and institution that is as diverse as the communities we serve and the audiences we engage.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare written documents, including proposals, reports, letters, acknowledgements, and other materials as required.
  • Draft Garden-wide boilerplates.
  • Conduct prospect research and draft research profiles and biographies of key individuals at various funding organizations.
  • Oversee grant administration, including filing, maintaining records in Raiser’s Edge, tracking reporting schedules, and adhering to funder regulations, terms, and conditions.
  • Assist in staffing Garden fundraising events, as required.
  • Provide general administrative support for the Foundation Relations team.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in fundraising, preferably with a background in grant writing, and/or institutional relations.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Propriety, thoughtfulness, excellent judgement, and discretion in communicating with donors and colleagues at all levels, both verbally and in writing.
  • Exceptional time management and organizational skills, sharp attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance multiple projects in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings/weekends for events and donor visits.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Writing samples to be requested during the interview process.

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