The Director of Foundation Relations will be responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit and manage grant proposals to private grant makers, including corporations and private and community foundations. Responsibilities include grant writing, cultivating relationships with funding sources, reporting and database management.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Generate revenues for programs and services through timely submission of well-researched, well written and well-documented fund-raising proposals. 2. Cultivate relationships and maintain liaison with private grant making entities including foundations and corporations. 3. Work with faculty and staff to research, develop, write and submit letters of inquiry, concept papers and grant proposals. 4. Ensure that all letters of inquiry and proposals are 1) accurate, 2) consistent with all policies and 3) consistent with the requirements and guidelines of funding agencies. 5. Create expenditure and income budgets to accompany proposals and develop other enclosures required by funders for grant submissions. 6. Review grant reports and ensure they are submitted in a timely fashion. 7. Develop and maintain information regarding potential funders and donor organizations. 8. Maintain and update private, corporate, and foundation prospect records in both electronic form and hard copy. 9. Meet regularly with deans/faculty/staff/administrators in order to remain current with on-going and new academic interests. 10. Develop and/or edit draft applications (and other materials, as assigned) for accuracy, completeness and clarity. 11. Participate in University Advancement events and/or activities as needed. 12. Responsible for the development of a work plan and reaching determined goals. 13. Research and identify new private funding prospects. 14. Generates proposals and supporting documents. 15. Maintains current records in database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting. 16. Other duties may be assigned.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
Other Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Knowledge of grant budget development and management.
Proven ability of securing major grants.
Comprehensive knowledge of local, state, and national foundations that support higher education.
Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines for grant opportunities.
Candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be proficient in research, interpreting, and analyzing diverse data and possess the ability to work collaboratively and independently to achieve stated goals.
Ability to develop, write and implement strategic plans and ability to provide necessary documentation to support grant requirements.
Skill in use of personal computers and related software applications.
Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
Ability to plan, develop, and coordinate multiple projects.
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, student body and the community.
Strong organizational skills and detail oriented.
Excellent telephone courtesy.
Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.
Knowledge of general accounting principles.
Ability to develop and maintain record keeping systems and procedures.
Education and/or Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or three to four years successful grant writing experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.