The director of foundation relations identifies, researches, and cultivates funding opportunities and writes grants for consideration to private and corporate foundations to support the work of AGB. He/she is responsible for making initial contact, securing personal visits, submitting letters of intent, proposals, and on-line applications in a timely manner on behalf of AGB. He/she will act as steward to current grant funders and will work with AGB staff to provide the required reports. This position requires a poised individual who is able to communicate and work effectively with chief executive officers of potential donor organizations and members of AGB’s Board of Directors.
Work with AGB’s president, the director of corporate relations, and the association’s leadership team to establish key funding priorities for the association.
Identify and research grant and other foundation funding opportunities.
Establish and maintain appropriate files of biographical and financial information as well as funding priorities, application guidelines, and deadline dates.
Coordinate with the president and other appropriate staff, including the director of corporate relations, to make initial contact with potential funders and schedule personal visits.
Manage proposal writing process, including establishing schedules, gathering information, and coordinating with appropriate staff.
Draft grant proposals in collaboration with appropriate staff.
Monitor progress on grant – funded activity against schedule established in approved proposals and by funders.
Compile status reports to donors on grant programs.
Prepare correspondence, progress reports, and updates to donors.
Coordinate all requirements with donors, such as acknowledgements.
As appropriate, make presentations to the AGB Board of Directors and its Resources Committee.
A bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of five years of fundraising experience in a higher education environment.
Proven track record of success as a grant writer.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate effective relationships with representatives of donor organizations.
Ability to meet deadlines with competing priorities.
Excellent written and oral skills, and ability to develop clear and concise documents and presentations.
Excellent interpersonal skills, on the phone and in-person.
Proficient with Windows-based software including presentation and spreadsheet software; ability to learn database management packages.
Availability to travel as necessary.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and writing sample to email@example.com.
AGB is an equal opportunity employer and offers generous benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, participation in a 403(b) retirement plan, paid annual and sick leave.
To learn more about AGB please visit https://www.agb.org/
Thank you in advance for your submission. Due to the anticipated high volume of applicants, we are only able to respond to those who best meet our needs at this time. Applications are being accepted until July 15, 2017.
Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive. The incumbent in the position will be expected to perform other duties as required. Responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience.
About Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges
The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) is the only national association that serves the interests and needs of academic governing boards, boards of institutionally related foundations, and campus CEOs and other senior-level campus administrators on issues related to higher education governance and leadership. Its mission is to strengthen, protect, and advocate on behalf of citizen trusteeship that supports and advances higher education.