Managing Director of Foundation Relations

Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 28, 2021
May 27, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Managing Director of Foundation Relations

What we are looking for:

Baylor University (BU) seeks an experienced leader for its fundraising partnerships with the regional and national foundation community recognizing the importance of collaboration with the university's research enterprise, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs. The Managing Director will develop and direct a comprehensive program to secure and sustain funding from public and private foundations in support of the priorities of the university.  As the leader of the Foundation Relations team and while coordinating closely with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Managing Director will be responsible for cultivating relationship with key major foundations and oversee the process to develop, submit, and solicit grant proposals to a wide range of national, regional, and local funding agencies and organizations, including both public and private external entities.  This position will also coordinate the proposal team formation of principal investigators (PI’s) and collaborators.

Reporting Relationships:

The Managing Director of Foundation Relations will report to the Associate Vice President of Development.

Principal Opportunities:

The Managing Director of Foundation Relations will join a strong and collegial team of university fundraising professionals at BU who are committed to advancing the research and teaching mission of Christian private higher education.

This position will draw on a strong background in university fundraising to create a program that connects the university’s strengths to the needs and visions of private regional and national foundations.  They will work closely with faculty and advancement colleagues in many disciplines, and lead a team dedicated to succeeding at this work.  This will be a highly visible role at the university and in the region, providing an opportunity to represent the university in its foundation fundraising in diverse contexts.

As a leader of an important segment of the University Advancement program, the Managing Director will have a chance to create an innovative program to link foundation thought leaders with BU faculty and researchers.

What you will do:

The Managing Director of Foundation Relations will

  • Lead a team of grant writers and foundation relations professional and serve as the lead fundraiser responsible for cultivating relationships with major foundations around the country.
  • Oversee the preparation, assembly, and submission of grant requests; including letters of inquiry, proposals, budgets, and presentations, collaborating with and sometimes deferring to appropriate campus departments as required.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive foundation plan to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward foundations and other funders, persuasively communicating in grant proposals, letters of inquiry Baylor’s mission and programs.
  • Establish/maintain personal contact and relationships with foundation contacts, and prospects, and arrange for campus tours/visits for foundations officers and trustees in collaboration with  AVPs for development.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations, utilizing specialized databases and related information, to identify foundation philanthropic funders for in support of university priorities.
  • Maintain and track records in database and paper files, track statistics relevant to development and provide department with materials for donor stewardship while prioritizing projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner to meet deadlines.
  • Work closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs, Principal Investigators, research staff, faculty of the academy and unit based development officers to prioritize/produce interdisciplinary grant proposals and reports.
  • Manage supplemental materials required for proposals; translate technical writings into a common vocabulary necessary for interdisciplinary research projects, maintain a continuity of writing style among different writers and throughout the materials.
  • Maintain calendar to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal deadlines, and reports; Create templates and “boilerplate” documents to support the proposal development.

Preferred Qualifications:

Baylor University seeks a Managing Director of Foundation Relations with:

  • The demonstrated ability to relate well to, and understand the needs and interests of foundations to strengthen their engagement with the university;
  • A strong track record in designing, implementing, and executing foundation fundraising strategies that have resulted in significant increases in financial support and engagement;
  • A proven commitment to diversity and inclusion in developing staff and in the implementation of university programs and services;
  • Success in managing collaborative relationships with colleagues inside and outside the university, and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies;
  • Skilled in utilizing data and technology to build, implement and evaluate strategic plans and new initiatives;
  • An interest in all aspects of education and a dedication to promoting the university’s priorities through developing excellent working relationships with faculty, senior academic leaders, trustees, company executives, and alumni;
  • Personal belief in the mission, goals, and objectives of the university;
  • The ability to initiate, follow through, analyze, monitor, and evaluate programming;
  • Excellent written communication and oral presentation skills; and
  • Experience supervising professional and support staff and leading a team toward a common goal, emphasizing collaboration, respect, and high performance.

A bachelor’s degree is required for this position, as is at least five years of experience in foundation of institutional fundraising, preferably within a higher education fundraising setting.  A master’s degree is preferred.  The Managing Director of Foundation Relations may travel to remote locations and must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.

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The Baylor Experience

Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job!  As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions*, they also get to experience Baylor.


  • Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (
  • Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for staff and qualified dependents*
  • Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
  • Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
  • Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount


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About Baylor
Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting staff who support our mission as we pursue our bold vision, Illuminate.


Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion among its selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.