Director of Foundation Relations

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The Director initiates, cultivates, and maintains foundation relationships to leverage support for college initiatives and faculty research. Researches, identifies, and manages private and public grant prospects for projects aligned with university priorities. Collaborates with senior leadership, faculty, and other administrators to identify and prepare grant projects and budgets. Coordinates required stewardship reporting to fulfill post-award expectations. Facilitates meetings and site visits between program officers at foundations and government agencies, college faculty, and the Office of the Provost.

Basic Function

  • Plans and implements solicitation strategies for foundation and government prospects including writing and submitting grant proposals, developing grant budgets, and maintaining relationships with foundation program officers and the appropriate government offices.
  • Manages stewardship activities for foundation donors including report writing, collaborating with other departments to monitor the progress of projects and gather information for reporting, tracking grant expenses and preparing financial reports, and advising on major grant projects. Serve as an advisor on program teams for major grant projects.
  • Assists faculty in identifying funding sources for research and provides support throughout the grant application and reporting process.

Essential Job Functions

  • Maintain and grow a portfolio of qualified institutional grant prospects and other key individuals/organizations, including elected public officials, with a focus on building relationships with foundations and other grantmaking organizations.
  • Assists faculty to develop and monitor subaward grant agreements. Liaises with other departments to administer the grant’s financial requirements. Processes award pledge with gift accounting.
  • Collaborates with other Institutional Advancement staff (such as major gift officers) on foundation activities that intersect with individual prospect work, including proposal writing and budgeting.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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