The Institute for Humane Studies seeks a Director of Foundation Relations. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director is responsible for developing a foundation relations strategy, including identifying and cultivating new foundation prospects, and stewarding existing foundation relationships. The Director is responsible for establishing efficient team processes that support exemplary performance from the Foundation Relations team. The Director is also responsible for drafting and editing proposals and reports for high-value foundation grants, and supervising the proposal and reporting process for grant proposals developed by members of the team. The Director must be a strategic, innovative leader with superior communication skills and a demonstrated ability to proactively identify and seize opportunities for team improvement and organizational growth. This position works closely with senior management and executive leadership, playing an integral role in meeting the organization’s vision and strategic goals.
Founded in 1961, IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that works with college students and professors around the country to advance understanding of the principles of a free and open society. IHS offers educational programs, scholarships, mentoring, and faculty-development support that help college students and professors contribute to a freer, more prosperous, and more humane world.
Establish and execute a foundation relations strategy that coheres with the organization’s comprehensive development strategy, identifies and cultivates new foundation prospects, stewards existing foundation relationships, and sets priorities for the Foundation Relations team.
Work collaboratively with senior and executive leadership to set and achieve an ambitious program of fundraising success aimed at organizational growth and transformational impact.
Supervise and mentor Foundation Relations team members, assigning projects based on individual strengths and addressing gaps in the team’s capabilities with employee development.
Take the lead on drafting and editing high-value grant proposals and reports, ensuring they align with the organization’s vision and strategy.
Oversee the proposal development and reporting process executed by the Foundation Relations team.
Establish and deliver on measurable goals for the Foundation Relations team.
Develop and maintain efficient team processes that ensure a manageable and predictable work flow and optimal knowledge-sharing within the team and across the organization.
Ensure written materials developed by the team adhere to the organization’s brand narrative.
Administer departmental budget.
The ideal candidate will have:
A demonstrated track record of success in leading a fundraising team, or comparable experience
Strong proficiency in the grants-development process including prospect research, proposal and budget development, solicitation, and gift management
Exceptional writing and editing skills with the ability to write persuasively and quickly
Must be an innovative thinker with a focus on strategy and the ability to smoothly implement new initiatives
Strong organizational skills, with an ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
About the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University:The Institute for Humane Studies works with students and professors around the country to advance the principles of a free society in the academic arena. With dynamically evolving programs to inspire, educate, and develop academic talent, IHS has a vision and a strategy for transforming our colleges and universities in this decade. ...Each year IHS awards over $1 million in scholarships to students from universities around the world. IHS also sponsors the attendance of hundreds of students at its summer seminars and provides various forms of career assistance, including mentoring, a job board, and online career development seminars. Through its programs, the Institute promotes the study of liberty across a broad range of disciplines, encouraging understanding, open inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and creative problem-solving.We have a flexible, professional, open office environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship and provides substantial opportunity for professional growth. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience. In addition, the Institute for Humane Studies provides exceptional benefits to all individual employees, including health and dental insurance coverage (which includes paying 100% of the health insurance premium and tax-free reimbursement of all deductible expenses, and paying 100% of the dental insurance premium). We also provide all employees with flexible spending accounts, long-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement savings program, a parking permit, and one free course per semester at George Mason University (GMU).