New York, NY

Grants Manager, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
The Organization


The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation was founded in 1995 by Maria-Gaetana (Tana) von Spreti Matisse, wife of the late art dealer and collector, Pierre Matisse.  In accordance with the founder’s belief in the importance of the arts in each person’s life, the Foundation makes grants to organizations providing arts education to public, charter and parochial schools in New York City.  The Foundation awards three types of grants all designed to emphasize accessibility to art practices and arts institutions as a means to promote identity, creativity and cultural literacy. In 2018, the Foundation pledged more than $3.5 million in grants.

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is a small, collegial environment consisting of a dedicated team of three full-time and one part-time staff members, with the addition of consultants and interns as needed.  This particular office setting is well suited to a communicative, self-motivated individual with a sense of humor and an interest in the arts.

Position Overview


The Grants Manager will be responsible for all components of the grant process and lifecycle from letter of inquiry through closeout, while ensuring a high standard of accuracy and timeliness. This will include maintaining the grants management database as well as researching new applicants, reviewing proposals, and monitoring current grantees. Working in close collaboration with the Senior Arts Education Program Officer and the Executive Director, the Grants Manager will report to the Senior Program Officer.


The position requires that full grant lifecycles, workflows, and deadlines are managed in a manner that is responsible, professional and in accordance with the Foundation’s mission and procedures.

To this end, the Grants Manager will:

  • maintain the grants management database (Foundant Technologies) assuring data integrity
  • manage grant process workflows, create forms and reports, and troubleshoot errors with database vendor as needed
  • work with program staff to track and move incoming inquiries and proposals through review, recommendation, approval/denial, reporting, and transition processes
  • provide technical support to applicants and current grantees at all grant stages and offer guidance about requirements and other questions
  • ensure grantee compliance with Foundation-specific application requirements and monitor grantee reports and budgets
  • conduct research on new organizations and schedule meetings with prospective grantees
  • draft correspondence for inquiries, award notifications, letters of regret, etc.  
  • schedule grant payments and monitor grant balances (for multi-year awards)
  • generate program budgets and reports as needed
  • prepare docket materials for Board and committee meetings
  • schedule and participate in site visits supporting staff with detailed notes after each visit
  • provide Foundation’s IT agent with grants information to keep the Foundation’s website current
  • attend after-hours Foundation-related events as necessary
  • other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and the Senior Program Officer


  • a college bachelor-level degree and successful work experience (minimum three years) with grants  management-related responsibilities –  familiarity with the arts education field a plus
  • ability to work both independently and as a team player providing support to colleagues 
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • strong research and problem-solving skills
  • detail oriented with superior proofreading skills 
  • excellent analytical skills with sound judgment in programmatic and budgetary issues
  • strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • ability to gather information, draw conclusions, and make recommendations regarding complex problems and issues
  • excellent interpersonal skills and ability to perform effectively in a small work environment
  • high energy and a strong work ethic
  • technologically savvy, Microsoft Office proficient; familiarity with grants management software, Foundant in particular, a plus


Annual salary will be competitive with excellent benefits. 

The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

How To Apply


Send your letter of interest and resume to   No phone calls please.

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