The Director of Foundation Relations is responsible for fundraising efforts around foundations that align with Vanderbilt's mission. This position has a primary focus on creating, expanding and directing early relationships with family foundations that have the capacity to give/award support.
The Department of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) assists Vanderbilt University in securing the resources, both human and financial, that are required to achieve its mission and goals. The Department is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individuals and organizations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of Vanderbilt University's teaching and research programs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Design, implement and coordinate fundraising strategies/solicitations for family foundations that have the capacity to offer support and have a stated funding program or mission that matches Vanderbilt's priorities.
Develop a working knowledge of the university's existing relationships with family foundations in order to utilize, leverage and expand those relationships as well as identify opportunities to establish ties with new prospects.
Identify new foundation prospects to be added to Vanderbilt's overall portfolio and submit occasional Request for Proposals (RFP) in partnership with the Office of Vice Provost of Research.
Work with DAR and Vice Provost of Research colleagues, and other internal constituencies, to move foundations through identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship by crafting and implementing specific solicitation strategies, assuring timely and well-crafted proposals to foundation prospects.
Work as a program manager to bring together strategic teams of DAR and Vice Provost of Research colleagues, faculty and academic leadership that cross departmental and disciplinary lines to create and pursue opportunities where foundational support is available.
Advise internal clients (faculty and staff) of funding and partnership opportunities, provide consulting services on development issues, and remain abreast of university-wide priorities and interdisciplinary programs that may be of largest interest to foundations.
Work collaboratively with DAR and Vice Provost of Research colleagues on the development of proposals to family foundations providing technical expertise, mentorship and informal leadership to those seeking support.
Track short- and long- term opportunities with family foundations and strategies for interactions.
Provide qualitative and quantitative reports of progress.
Undertake other projects and duties as assigned
Bachelor's degree, or the equivalent, is necessary.
Advance/graduate degree is preferred
Three years of relevant development experience, or the equivalent, is necessary.
At least two years of experience working on writing RFP preferred.
Exceptional persuasive writing and verbal communication skills are required, as is superior ability to creatively articulate the needs, interests and accomplishments of Vanderbilt University to a wide range of audiences.
Ability to quickly grasp and foster synergies between Vanderbilt and its complex environment and the philanthropic goals of major national and regional foundations.
Demonstrate a high level of professionalism, diplomacy and tact in all work efforts.
Be comfortable working in an environment that emphasizes quantitative performance goals and metrics, as well as requires adaptability to changing circumstances and unique opportunities as they occur.
Possess creative skills that facilitate success in an environment where critical thinking and teamwork are required.
Experience in collaborative project management, independently setting and reaching goals, gathering and organizing information and an ability to balance multiple priorities are required.
Project a high degree of energy and imagination and have an outstanding work ethic and personal enthusiasm for the mission of Vanderbilt University, as well as a genuine commitment to the advancement of science and education
Values the importance of equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
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Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000512
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