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Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Pepperdine University
California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 16, 2020

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Position Type
Fundraising, Grant Seeking, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Academic Centers
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Director, Foundation Relations


Job no: 499773

Work type: Regular

Location: Malibu Campus

Categories: Advancement


Support efforts to increase private grant funding from foundations for Pepperdine University, Seaver College, and all graduate and professional schools.



  • Consult with and advise faculty on funding opportunities, applications, and writing grant proposals. Craft, edit and review grant proposals to foundations.
  • Identify and document institutional needs and matches. Use electronic databases and other resources to research potential funding sources.
  • Review grant guidelines and ascertain all are compatible.
  • Track stewardship requirements and prepare and/or obtain reports for timely submission.
  • Work with Grants Coordinator to maintain tracking of all pending, submitted, or awarded grants. Coordinate with other departments to ensure compliance with University and funding agency regulations.
  • Cultivate both internal and external relationships for fundraising. Prepare briefing materials for Executive Director of CFR and represent Executive Director.
  • Provide general support to the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University Christian mission through work performed.


The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree; 2-4 years professional grant writing/editing experience. Outstanding oral and written communication skills; critical thinking, time management, and problem-solving skills; ability to meet deadlines under pressure; flexibility to work independently or collaboratively; superior attention to detail; negotiation abilities. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; must be Internet savvy.


Preferred: Advanced degree and/or Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) training; prior employment as grant writer and/or fundraising in a higher education environment; research experience. Raiser's Edge and database development experience.


Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.


Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.


This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.


Salary: Commensurate with experience.


Pepperdine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate in employment practices on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, or prior military service. Federal guidelines recognize the right of church-related institutions to seek personnel who will support the goals of the institution, including the right to select members of the church to which the institution is related. 


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