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Reporting to the senior director of Foundation Relations, the senior associate director is one of four frontline fundraisers in the department of Foundation Relations. The senior associate director is responsible for identifying, researching, interacting with and soliciting funding from local and national foundations to support university priorities, the six schools on the Danforth Campus, Interdisciplinary Programs, faculty, and special projects. The office raises funds for a diverse range of purposes including but not limited to research, facilities, programmatic, scholarship and endowment. In addition to supporting the overall mission of the office, the Senior Associate Director will serve as the primary liaison to one or two of the schools but is not limited to working with those schools. A high degree of independence and self-motivation are necessary, while also being collaborative with colleagues in the Foundation Relations department and with other A&D staff.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Coordinate the development of concept papers, letters of inquiry or proposals, either as the primary writer or assisting faculty with editing and document preparation, resulting in compelling submissions targeted to funders.
Grow the caseload by identifying new and lapsed prospects, as well as uncovering additional funding opportunities with existing donors; research the foundations and interpret their guidelines to evaluate the potential for the university’s work being of interest to the donor. Develop a strategy on how university work can best appeal to the foundation.
Meet and/or collaborate with faculty to inform them about funding opportunities; advise them on effective foundation relations processes; discuss strategies; and encourage them to pursue the appropriate opportunities. Coordinate with school and university administrative offices to ensure timely and accurate pre- and post-award processes are followed.
Acquire and maintain a strong knowledge of the university’s programs, research and priority needs of the faculty, schools, and university through reading and meeting with faculty.
Contact foundation program officers – through meetings, phone calls, or emails – to gain insights into the foundation’s giving interests, vet university projects for potential funding, and seek meetings or phone calls between them and faculty when beneficial.
Help to staff the chancellor, provost, deans, executive vice chancellor, or senior vice chancellor on foundation-related matters.
Other duties as assigned by the senior director of Foundation Relations.
Five years of fundraising or related experience with three years of experience in foundation or corporate relations, including prospect identification and research, and proposal writing.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Alumni and Development Programs. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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