The primary role of the Director of Foundation Relations is to work
closely with the Director of The Justice Center, the Director of
the Government Law Center, the faculty, and other campus colleagues
and partners to develop and implement strategies for external
foundation support, consistent with the priorities and the
strategic plan of Albany Law School.
Essential Job Functions
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Serves as lead development officer for a portfolio of
foundation prospects, managing all phases of the development
process, including identification, qualification, cultivation,
solicitation, and stewardship.
- Proactively identifies faculty and center projects and law
school programs and priorities that align well with foundation
- Supports and guides short- and long-term strategic planning for
The Justice Center and its clinics and programs, the Government Law
Center, and other law school initiatives and programs, in
coordination with the Vice President for Institutional Advancement
& Chief of Staff, President and Dean and relevant faculty
- Incorporates funding strategies into the planning process for
all centers, programs, and initiatives.
- Coordinates planning and fundraising activities with
Institutional Advancement, the Business Office, and the Deans.
- Makes personal visits with program officers and other
foundation staff. Arranges visits of foundation representatives to
the law school, coordinates site visits involving lead
administrators, faculty and students. Staffs these
- Performs other related duties and participates in special
projects as assigned.
- Excellent written and persuasive oral communications skills,
with an ability to interact effectively with faculty, staff, donors
- Analytic capability to translate general concepts into clear,
articulate and compelling presentations.
- Ability to be highly organized with attention to detail, but
always cognizant of larger goals and priorities.
- Working knowledge of government grants, programs, and
procedures for securing funding.
- Comfort with preparation of grant budget requests and fiscal
reports to funding sources.
- An understanding of the relationship between the varied
programs that are managed within a comprehensive advancement office
and the ability to work collaboratively with a team to ensure
optimal program performance and capital campaign success.
- Ability to work independently with little supervision.
- Ability to travel, and work nights and weekends when
- Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
- Ability to work well under pressure in meeting deadlines and
- Demonstrated ability using Microsoft Office Suite products and
performing internet-based research.
- Bachelor’s degree required. A graduate degree is
- Five or more years of direct experience with foundations
- Considerable experience as a member of a high performing
nonprofit organization preferred. Specific experience within an
institution of higher education is preferred.