The Associate Director of Foundation Relations will create strategic action plans to solicit local, regional, and national foundations that are aligned with key programming and initiatives for the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. Partnering with the Provost office, deans, faculty, administration and development professionals, the Associate Director of Foundation Relations will develop proposals from identification, planning, drafting, approval and reporting to advance giving and achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals of the Foundation. The Associate Director of Foundation Relations initiates contact with donors regarding grant opportunities, helps maintain donor relationships, and participates fully in achieving the fundraising goals of the Foundation.
The position is responsible for ensuring that all submitted materials are of the highest quality, fully support the Foundation’s mission, goals, and key messages, and are consistent with and complementary to the University’s objectives and mission.
- Establish working relationship with the Provost office, deans, faculty, administration, and development professionals to understand funding priorities. Research, identify and submit major and principal level proposals/LOIs to new and existing major foundation sources to support these funding priorities and new initiatives.
- Continuously acquire and maintain knowledge of the overall University and apply the information to assist in the determination of likely funding sources and the prospects for success of specific grant and proposal applications.
- Collaborate with other development officers to publicize grant opportunities that are aligned throughout the University and their academic units.
- Compile, write, and edit all proposals and grant documents according to accepted format and organizational templates. Edit draft applications for accuracy, completeness, and clarity. Submit all applications in accordance with grant/funding requirements.
- Manage a growing portfolio of foundations that support fundraising strategies and support the donor cycle of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding. Stewardship includes coordinating and supplying progress and final reports when required by a grant-making organization as well as other engagement opportunities to further relationships.
- Manage internal in-house grant management database which tracks budgets and progress/final reports to foundation donors.
- Maintain and update the internal database (Blackbaud/FELIX) with supporting documents needed for foundation submissions and for reference by development staff.
- Provide policy recommendations based on analysis of grant relationships and opportunities, in order to determine trends that may aid in the development of future successful proposals and grant applications.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Proactively and strategically design and activate plans for identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Build relationships and track progress with local, regional, and national foundations.
- Expertise in working with standard concepts, practices, and procedures in the proposal and grant application process.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; including superior writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
- An understanding and appreciation of the role of fundraising at a public research university and interest and ability in researching potential prospects for a wide variety of University Institutes, Centers, and programs.
- Well-organized self-starter who can manage time effectively.
- Ability to perform multiple tasks, to track details, and to set priorities in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to engender trust and confidence of donors and prospective donors and to maintain confidentiality of donor information; ability to represent the UConn Foundation to prospects, donors, faculty, administrators, and others.
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and Blackbaud (or equivalent CRM).
- Ability to work to the demands of the position, which may exceed a 40-hour workweek.
- Must be willing to travel occasionally throughout the state of Connecticut and occasionally outside of the of the state. Reliable personal transportation is necessary for this position.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license issued from state in which employee resides. Employee must maintain at their expense, automobile liability insurance coverage in the minimum amount of $500,000 or a combination of umbrella and automobile liability insurance coverage of $500,000. A certificate of automobile insurance evidencing the limit, must be provided to the Foundation at hire and annually thereafter.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 4+ years of experience in higher education, foundation development, grant management, nonprofit administration, or equivalent experience.
- A successful record of securing major grants from foundation donors.
The University of Connecticut Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering diversity in its workforce.