Director of Foundation & Government Relations


Duration: Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Location: Mountain View, CA

Department: Development


The Director of Foundation & Government Relations is the chief foundation and government relations fundraiser for CHM and provides 360-degree management of all foundation and government relationships.

CHM is fortunate to have deep and long-term relationships with some of the most established and exciting foundations in Silicon Valley and beyond. You will steward and seek to expand these relationships and, simultaneously, build new relationships. As the Director of Foundation and Government Relations, you will therefore have the opportunity to meet and develop business relationships on behalf of the Museum with a hugely diverse and highly influential set of decision-makers.

The Director is an integral part of the CHM fundraising team. You will work within a skilled, action-oriented and experienced team. This is definitely a role for a self-starter who can think creatively, move quickly and stay connected within the entire Museum.


  • Serving as the Museum’s chief ambassador for all major foundation and governmental funding agencies, building relationships, both in fundraising and in strategic non-funding relationships, across all levels of a partner organization.
  • Aligning the goals and assets of CHM and the goals of foundation and government partners for mutual success.
  • Utilizing existing relationships across the Museum to establish funding strategies for all programs.
  • Serve as point of contact – liaison – for our Education & Learning area; partnering with the VP of Education and the Education & Learning Advisory Board to achieve fundraising goals.
  • Building and maintaining a large pipeline of prospects of foundations and government agencies.
  • Growing a deep, continuing set of mutually beneficial foundation and government relationships and building upon them over time.
  • Meeting measurable financial and action goals and reporting progress regularly.
  • Writing, presenting and following up on proposals and identifying the decision-makers and stakeholders necessary to a successful outcome.


Required Background, Experience, and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s preferred.
  • 3+ years of grant writing experience, including budget preparation.
  • A proven track record of fundraising success.

Preferred Qualifications, Attributes and Skills:

  • Outstanding presentation and communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make clear and effective proposals, and to follow up effectively.
  • Excellent communications skills, with an emphasis on writing well.
  • Demonstrated persistence, patience and creativity.
  • Flexibility to work nights and occasional weekends when Museum events require.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to: Be sure to include the position title on the subject line. For more information on the Computer History Museum, visit