Associate Director for Foundation Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.




United States


As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. 

University Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director for Foundation Relations.

Position Purpose

As a vital member of the Central Corporate & Foundation Relations team (Central CFR), the Associate Director for Foundation Relations is responsible for developing relationships, strategies and approaches that lead to support from local, national and international foundations, with an emphasis on fundraising for health-related endeavors. The Associate Director will shape and manage a portfolio of primarily health-focused foundations, developing expertise into their giving approaches and aligning funder interests with University strengths and opportunities. The Associate Director will work closely with select UW Health Sciences schools (Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Dentistry and Pharmacy) to identify funding opportunities, build foundation engagement strategies and develop proposals for those schools. The Associate Director will also act as a liaison to the School of Medicine for funders with interests there, as well as support interdisciplinary health endeavors and other priority initiatives spanning the University. The Associate Director’s focus will be on organizations capable of making six-plus-figure gifts and grants in support of the University’s education and research mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising and Relationship Management

The Associate Director will shape and manage a portfolio of foundations, with responsibility for:

Engaging foundation prospects in a range of health-related endeavors.

Working with faculty and Advancement colleagues in the schools of nursing, public health, social work, dentistry and pharmacy to identify and develop opportunities for foundation support and to articulate strategies for connecting foundations to the people and priorities within these schools.

Collaborating with Advancement colleagues and academic leadership to drive the development of institutional strategy for select foundation prospects. Convening and leading foundation strategy sessions.

Working with Advancement colleagues and academic leadership to develop proposal opportunities in support of institutional health initiatives.

Crafting, reviewing and refining proposals for foundation funding.

Shepherding proposals through the submission and review process.

Conceptualizing, organizing and hosting site visits from foundations.

Conceptualizing and organizing visits to foundations by academic leadership. Briefing leadership and, as appropriate, accompanying them on foundation visits.

Devising thoughtful stewardship as part of holistic strategy development for each foundation, including working with creative staff on the conceptualization of reports and other collateral.

Collaborating with Office of Research colleagues and the Senior Director for Foundation Relations in select limited-submission foundation opportunities.

To inform fundraising strategy, including to be able to spot fundraising targets and shape cross-cutting funding opportunities, the Associate Director will develop a depth of knowledge about the University’s health and related disciplines, in part by:

Establishing key relationships within the schools of nursing, public health, social work, dentistry, pharmacy and medicine.

Establishing key relationships with leaders of institutional initiatives and priorities in health, such as the Population Health Initiative.


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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