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Director, Foundation Relations

Colorado School of Mines Foundation
Colorado, United States
$80,400.00 - $98,000.00
Closing date
Nov 18, 2021

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Position Type
Fundraising, Fundraising Administration, Administrative, Other Administrative
Salary Band
$70,000 - $89,999
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Purpose: Front line fundraiser managing foundation and organization donors to assist in making connections across the Mines campus.  This position plays an integral role working with Assistant Vice President, Corporate & Foundation Relations (CFR), to conceive, plan, and implement the University's strategies for foundation prospects, including solicitations by faculty and senior administration.  Reports to the Assistant Vice President, CFR.

About Us: Come and join an engaging and highly collaborative team at the Colorado School of Mines Foundation! We are looking for an organized and driven individual to use their skills to help us fulfill our mission of financially supporting the Colorado School of Mines and engaging Mines students and alumni.

Compensation: The base compensation target for this position is $80,400 to $98,000 (or more) annualized. This target is based on available budget and the level and scope of the role. Actual salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience, education, and qualifications as they pertain to the duties of this position.

Benefits: This role qualifies for participation in the Foundation’s benefits plans. Medical, Dental, and Vision plans are offered and covered 70% by the Foundation. These plans may also cover dependents. Also partially covered by the Foundation are Short Term Disability (STD), Long Term Disability (LTD), Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), and supplemental Life Insurance. Additionally available are a 403(b) with contribution from the employer and the ability to participate in a flexible spending account (FSA). Employees may participate in any number of these plans not being required to participate in all of them to participate in any of them.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

Externally Facing Advancement (Philanthropy, Fundraising, Pipeline Development)

  • Build and manage a portfolio of foundation prospects.
  • In concert with development staff, key university advancement members and campus partners, initiate, develop, propose and implement strategies for solicitation of major gifts, typically $100k - $1M, including: prospect identification, evaluation, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship
  • Research assigned prospects and new potential prospects to evaluate funding feasibility
  • Develop positive, long-term relationships with key foundation executives, funding officers, and other staff of current and potential foundation donors
  • Travel to meet private foundation prospects and give detailed presentations about investment opportunities and the positive impacts of contributions
  • Through external engagement, develop and maintain awareness of funding opportunities. Elevate high priority initiatives to the attention of faculty, appropriate administrators, and/or other leaders
  • Write, edit, and submit proposals, pledge agreements, and fund agreements in collaboration with other CSMF departments in order to provide required materials to secure contributions
  • Provide donors with a detailed stewardship report of how their contribution positively impacted the efforts of CSMF and met the donor’s philanthropic goals
  • Utilize tools in the Advance CRM database to create strategies for prospects, schedule task reminders, and record important meetings and communications with prospects through the writing of contact reports
  • Work with senior development and staff members to coordinate tactics and achieve fundraising goals
  • Contribute to team efforts by accomplishing related tasks and special projects as requested


Internally Facing Campus Community (Relationship Development, Collaboration)

  • Identify campus programs with possible private foundation investment interest
  • Build relationships with necessary academic partners to achieve goals
  • Develop educational plans for faculty who are seeking funding from private foundations and outline how CSMF can provide support.
  • Collaborates with personnel from campus Offices of Research and Technology Transfer and Research Administration as needed to fulfill requirements for proposals and post-grant requirements
  • Develop relationships with internal contacts critical to the solicitation process including the President, CSM Foundation Board of Governors, senior administrators, faculty, and volunteers



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategy and tactics gained through a minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years direct experience
  • Experience in fundraising large value gifts ($100k - $1M+) and relationship building with foundations, preferably in a university setting. Prior experience in identifying and cultivating donors to create a prospect pipeline.
  • Motivated to take fundraising from private foundations to a new level as the first full-time private foundation fundraising position
  • Solid knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing foundation grant making.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and ability to navigate through computer database systems and software
  • Experience in building relationships internally and externally with donors and strategic partners.
  • Excellent customer service skills: ability to anticipate customers’ needs and respond with creative solutions.  Ability to utilize these skills with internal stakeholders as well.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; able to communicate effectively and convincingly. Preferred expert knowledge in grant writing.
  • High organization skills with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to evaluate complex problems and complicated challenges to provide solutions that will achieve broad objectives. Experience in taking initiative to solve issues
  • Ability to plan, design, carry out projects/tasks meeting objectives and deadlines.
  • Proven experience in providing new ideas or approaches
  • Occasional travel and work outside normal business hours
  • Embody the values of CSMF: mutual support, integrity, respect, service

Colorado School of Mines Foundation, Inc. is committed to operating fair and unbiased recruitment procedures allowing all applicants an equal opportunity for employment, free from discrimination on the basis of religion, race, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, color, ethnic or national origin or any other classification as may be protected by applicable law. We aim to recruit the right people for the jobs we have to offer, and to assess applications on the basis of relevant skills, education and experience.

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