Director of Grant Funding Support and Foundations Relations

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 02, 2020
Dec 31, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary


The Director of Grant Funding Support and Foundation Relations (Director) is responsible for contributing to the annual advancement fundraising goals by proactively and effectively pursuing foundation grant opportunities which support the university strategic plan.  The Director shall develop and steward beneficial foundation relationships and shall oversee all grant proposals submitted to foundations.   The Director shall also facilitate and support faculty and administration in their development of grant funding proposals from either government or foundation sources to further academic programming and research.  The Director shall maintain and distribute regular reports related to all university grant proposal progress including such metrics as grant proposals submitted, grants won, and grants lost.  The Director shall research, identify, catalogue, and regularly communicate grant funding opportunities sponsored by either government or foundations.  The Director shall also provide research for the advancement office to identify foundation and major corporate funding opportunities.  The Director serves as an integral part of the Advancement department and participates in advancement initiatives.       


All employees are called to exercise the gifts and the calling of God through their daily life and work. As ministers in daily life, FPU seeks to embody the ideals laid out in the FPU Idea. 


Essential Functions


  • Be Christ centered in all areas while working with other staff members, students, and all regional campuses.
  • Uphold the “Founded on Christ” Fresno Pacific University mission at all times.
  • Unfaltering commitment to the “The Fresno Pacific University Idea” and agreement to support its ideals and practices while employed by the University.
  • Model accepted standards and ethics of professional fundraising and standardized project management
  • Act promptly and decisively in conducting the full range of activities required to research various grant opportunities and prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals. (From “Service” section). 
  • Capacity to manage the simultaneous projects to meet firm deadlines. 


  • Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church, and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
  • Embrace the mission, vision, and values of Fresno Pacific University.
  • Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students, and guests.


  • Identifies foundations aligned with our mission and maintains mutually beneficial relationships with key foundation personnel
  • Identifies and proactively applies for foundation grant funding supporting the university strategic plan
  • Reviews and oversees all foundation grant proposals developed by others to properly steward foundation relationships 
  • Constantly researches new grant funding opportunities which may be of interest to others at the university
  • Disseminates sponsored funding opportunities and information throughout the university 
  • Regularly reports on university metrics relative to sponsored funding programs including new funding opportunities, application proposals in process, proposals awarded, and dollar amounts
  • Assists in reviewing sponsored funding guidelines for regulatory compliance and interprets sponsor guidelines and federal/state regulations
  • Assists with sponsored funding proposals and budget development
  • Assists with RFP’s and with sponsor application forms as requested
  • Assist with post-award non-fiscal issues, reporting, and project closeout 
    • Maintains accurate records for all Sponsored funders and keeps active notes on relationship activities in the department CRM 
    • Keeps detailed files on all projects related to Sponsored funding and keep sponsored funding boilerplate current
    • Conduct research and compile information and data as assigned to support advancement department corporate and major donor acquisition and development 
    • Assist the advancement team in the planning and staffing of events as requested
    • Other duties as assigned




  • Minimum of seven-plus years of demonstrated success researching and writing grant proposals, preferably in education
  • Commitment to the Christian mission of the university.
  • Bachelor’s degree—communication, English or a similar field preferred
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Organizational and time management skills to coordinate projects and people, prioritize and track multiple projects simultaneously, and meet critical deadlines. 
  • Experience with computer hardware and software for word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheet, web editing and presentation tasks/assignments. Working skills in computer applications such as Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook and computer skills in graphic imaging techniques.
  • Understanding of grant standards and regulations.
  •  Preferred

    • Advanced degree and/or CFRE.
    • Grant Professionals Certification, GPC.
    • Knowledge of and experience with grant proposal functions in Christian Higher Education
    • Experience in a multi-site, multi-program university.


    University Information


    Environmental Conditions

  • Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least eighty percent (80%) of the time.
  • Frequent computer use at workstation, up to eight hours per day.
  • Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
  • Proficient at multitasking.
  • Drive personal or university vehicle to appointments.
  • Public contact position requiring professional apparel and personal hygiene. 

    Physical Demands

  • Attendance and punctuality.
  • Indoor work environments.
  • Perform the following, with or without reasonable accommodation stand, sit, kneel, stoop, reach, lift, grasp, finger, see (near and far) for reading and data analysis on a computer screen, hear and talk for ordinary conversation and telephone calls.
  • Perform analytical and cognitive thinking and decision making.
  • Up to 90% of this position’s duties require use of a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Travel alone between campuses.
  • Based on the main campus of Fresno Pacific University.


    Pay is based upon qualifications and experience. 


    University Description:

    Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 35 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea at

    Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.