The University of Colorado Boulder’s Office of
Industry Collaboration (OIC),
in partnership with the
Advancement Team at CU Boulder, encourages applications for
a Senior Director of Development, Foundations
! This position is part of a high achieving team
that serves as the front door for industry and foundation relations
on campus. The Senior Director, Foundation Relations manages a
portfolio of partners, including prospects that are capable of
providing grants and making gifts in excess of $100,000, that help
further the mission and goals of the university. This position is
responsible for refining and implementing strategies to advance
cultivation, engagement, and solicitation activities with
foundation partners while reporting to the Managing Sr. Director of
Foundation Relations for the University of Colorado Boulder.
The Industry & Foundation Relations team is organized around
campus strength areas, or themes. This senior position will lead
foundation strategy and fundraising for a specific theme area for
the CU Boulder campus. The Senior Director, Foundation Relations
will provide leadership within the university community and act as
the strategic partner who is responsible for developing, managing,
and sustaining the university’s relationship with key external
foundation partners in this theme. With an increased campus
emphasis on foundation giving, it will be the Senior Director’s
priority to identify the greatest areas of opportunity for funding
to support the university’s mission.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a
culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students
dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We
are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and
individuals with disabilities. Who We Are The University of
Colorado Boulder is one of the nation’s leading research
universities, with world-class facilities, personnel and
capabilities. CU Boulder’s Office of Industry Collaboration (OIC)
is intended to be the identifiable entry point into CU Boulder and
is a part of the Research & Innovation Office. OIC was formed
in July 2013 to improve the connection between CU Boulder and
local, national and international companies to the people,
services, projects and resources they need to support business
growth and development. What Your Key Responsibilities Will
Be Individual Fundraising
Theme Leadership & Strategy Development
- Portfolio Management: Manage portfolio consisting of 30-50
foundation prospects. Develop strategies for each foundation in
portfolio. Maintain an active portfolio, engaging in qualification
and discovery work in partnership with research team. Goals
relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants,
and prospect identification to be set with and approved by manager.
Portfolio includes foundation prospects capable of providing
funding in excess of $100,000.
- Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for all
foundations in portfolio. Proactively develop relationships with
program officers through phone calls, travel to visit, and
invitations to campus. Plan and execute funder site visits. As a
representative of the university, travel to meet prospects on one’s
own for the purpose of effective cultivation, solicitation and
stewardship; when needed, coordinate travel with colleagues,
faculty, and university leadership.
- Through external engagement, develop and maintain awareness of
funding opportunities. Elevate high priority initiatives to the
attention of appropriate administrators and other leaders to
further campus goal of securing groundbreaking foundation
partnerships which support our world-class research and
- Ensure prospect strategies and donor intent agreements are
detailed, contact reports are filed, and stewardship plans are
carried out. Develop letters of intent, white papers, proposals,
and other documents to grow relationships with prospects.
Coordinate with appropriate university partners to ensure that
documents align with policies and procedures set by the university.
Work to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges
and fund agreements.
- Represent the Industry & Foundation Relations team to key
internal leaders in assigned theme. Understand higher education
environment, working at a sophisticated level to identify and
partner with key internal partners, including faculty, unit
leaders, and administration. Develop trust, operating as campus
leader for developing and implementing campus foundation strategy
in theme area. Develop internal collaborations which propel
- Develop strategy for the assigned theme area and collaborate
with other foundation team members who have portfolios for which
the theme strategy is relevant.
- Partner with the Managing Sr. Director, Foundation Relations,
in developing, refining, and implementing the foundation relations
team strategic plan that includes measurable targets for each
fiscal year. Maintain current pipeline projections and tracks
strategic activity across theme area.
- Share knowledge and opportunities with colleagues on the
Foundation Relations team. May provide mentoring and coaching to
less experienced team members in designing outreach and engagement
plans within the theme, in coordination with the Managing Sr.
- Coordinate within the Industry & Foundation Relations team
to ensure effective use of administrator and faculty time. In
coordination with IFR team leadership, will collaborate closely to
unit-level advancement leaders. Promote a congenial campus
advancement culture, sharing assets and making referrals as
appropriate to colleagues within the team and across the CU
- Represent the Advancement unit at campus and external events,
in order to support the University and cultivate/steward
What You Should Know Schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm with
occasional evenings or weekend hours. Travel is expected both
in-state and out-of-state. This is not a remote position. What We
Can Offer The salary range is $93,000- $110,000 annually.
Relocation assistance is available for qualified applicants.
Benefits The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in
Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
What We Require
- Bachelor’s Degree required.
- Minimum of 6 years of experience in higher education corporate
and foundation fundraising or non-profit management.
- Proven success in an area related to foundation and corporate
What You Will Need
- Expert knowledge of foundation focused fundraising
- Solid knowledge of fundraising climate and issues, and giving
climate for foundation partners.
- Expert knowledge in grant writing.
- Solid knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and
professional standards governing foundation grant
- Expert ability to communicate verbally and in
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong ability to analyze information/situations and solve
- Solid ability to handle sensitive information discretely and
- Solid ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks
simultaneously (project management experience a plus - specifically
in technical arenas such as engineering or science).
- Solid ability to work independently and collaboratively and
adapt to changing priorities.
- Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities
and interests/projects of assigned school, students, faculty, and
- Personal computer proficiency required especially as it relates
to Microsoft Office Products (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint,
and Outlook), Ellucian Advance, Salesforce, infoEd and other
What We Would Like You To Have
- Advanced degree.
- Demonstrated experience in securing philanthropic gifts and
sponsored research at a minimum gift level of $100,000 or
Please apply by September 16, 2021 for