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Senior Specialist, Foundation and Government Relations 


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures advances the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Foundation and Government Relations and working with a Manager, Foundation and Government Relations, you will help to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation and government donors and partners. You will work to help build a strong sustainable grants program for the Academy Museum, as well as the archival, preservation, impact, and inclusion initiatives of the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy Film Archive, Academy Gold, and other Academy Foundation programs.


This position is represented by a union.


You Will:

  • Work alongside the senior director and manager to help draft select proposal narratives, letters of inquiry, and visual work samples, as well as prepare grant applications for submission.
  • Collaborate with curatorial, program, conservation, operations, and archival staff, both as part of a team and independently, to help create compelling funding requests in support of exhibitions, programs, and archival projects.
  • Work simultaneously across multiple Academy departments.
  • Ensure compliance with grant agreements, including reporting, donor recognition, and correspondence.
  • Help sustain an active cultivation and stewardship program with prospective and current corporate foundations, private foundations, local government agencies, and local consulates.
  • Research and identify prospective funders.
  • Maintain a small portfolio of new and renewing annual requests.
  • Accurately track and reconcile project budgets.
  • Maintain the grants calendar, Data Arts profile, and database entries.
  • Schedule meetings across Academy departments.
  • Support special events as required.
Position Requirements

You Have:


  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or equivalent work experience.
  • 1+ years of grant writing experience for a non-profit organization or related experience, preferably with an arts or cultural organization.
  • A positive, collaborative, flexible, and strategic nature.
  • Experience communicating effectively and clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Detail-oriented focus with the ability to succeed in a high-profile, deadline-driven work environment with multiple priorities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce or similar database; moving image editing and graphic design experience helpful.
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours.


Other Requirements:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required, including any booster vaccinations as applicable.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision.
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)



The expected base hourly wage for this role is $27.88. The actual base pay offered will be determined by factors such as experience, skills, training, location, certifications, education, and other factors permitted by law. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.




Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Senior Specialist, Foundation and Government Relations  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 8/18/2023  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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