Date of Posting: 10/10/2019
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Organization: Rochester Institute of Technology
Position: Director Of Foundation Relations
Salary Range (low): TBD or Other
Salary Range (high): TBD or Other
Salary Range Other: DOE
Equal Opportunity Employer: Organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Director of Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
Fulltime Staff
Wage Band: 120A

Position Summary: The Director of Foundation Relations works closely with the university senior administrators, department leadership and faculty to raise the necessary support for identified priorities. He/she manages a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects, creates proposal submission strategies for all prospects, develops relationships with private and family Foundations, solicits major grants above the $100,000 level, and coordinates effective donor stewardship. Reporting to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, this individual focuses on face-to-face cultivation of major private foundations. The Director of Foundation Relations works collaboratively with the Institute-wide development team on behalf of RIT, and continuously seeks ways to increase effectiveness and efficiency.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of approximately 100 prospects.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships with private and family Foundations.
  • Work strategically with university senior leaders, faculty and staff to develop proposal submission strategies for those prospects.
  • Solicit grants in the $100,000 -plus range and coordinate effective stewardship plans and grant reporting requirements.
  • Represent Foundation Relations at various training opportunities, workshops, and events on- and off-campus.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of successful major gift fundraising or customer-centered constituent engagement or marketing/sales experience
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Sophisticated interpersonal and project management skills
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Willingness to travel

PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear (please refer to page 4)

Required Application Documents: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume

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Additional Details: The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to [email protected].