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Manager, Foundation Relations and Grant Development

As the producer of Philanthropic Growth, the Manager of Foundation Relations and Grant Development leads a dynamic charge to identify, cultivate, solicit, and nurture connections with both corporate and private foundations. With a strategic vision, this role pioneers and directs fundraising initiatives, engaging in personal visits with key foundation contacts while standing side by side with influential figures like the Sr. Director of Development, the President, Deans, and faculty members during engagements. In the spirit of diversity, the manager crafts proposal and grant applications aligned with donor guidelines and specifications championing the university fundraising priorities, including those of the Presidential agenda and the College of Health and Education. Adding a layer of transparency, this role provides timely reports and financial tracking of grants from foundations, ensuring the University's ongoing success in receiving philanthropic gifts.

This key position reports directly to the Sr. Director of Development for Academic Affairs, contributing to the dynamic progress of the University's Advancement Office.



  • Assures long-term financial support for University priorities by identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate and private foundation donors.
  • Designs, implements, and manages a comprehensive and proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing corporate and foundation relationships to obtain monetary support.
  • Identifies emerging business leadership and industry trends with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchange corporate alliances, and solicits large philanthropic commitments to support the mission and goals of the University.
  • Develops and follows an annual work plan that encompasses major gift fund-raising, administrative responsibilities, and professional development.
  • Conducts and assesses various types of research to identify viable corporate or private foundation funding prospects.
  • Develops highly competitive proposals that leverage diverse corporate and foundation goals and preferences with related University goals and priorities.
  • Maintains and uses a current knowledge of the various foundation interests to actively seek to match them with University fundraising goals, needs, and priorities.
  • When appropriate, hosts campus visits by foundation representatives and participates in and/or arranges visits to foundations by members of the campus leadership team.
  • Establish and maintain professional competency and currency in the field of university development work through reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues.
  • Attending professional development courses, training and/or courses required by the Sr. Director of Development, and maintaining appropriate professional memberships in organizations like the CASE and the AFP.
  • Use the contact management tracking system (Raiser’s Edge NXT) in a timely manner in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Office of Development
  • Assures donor confidentiality and confidentiality regarding projects undertaken by conducting all personal contacts and communications in a professional manner.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.



  • The scope of the job may occasionally require travel as well as attendance at evening and/or weekend activities, meetings, events, seminars, and workshops.
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of successful professional experience.



  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with all age groups.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, establish and manage multiple priorities, and achieve fundraising goals.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills, particularly planning, setting deadlines, and evaluating progress.
  • Computer literacy, particularly in word processing, using internet resources, and using databases.
  • Excellent administrative, decision-making, and organizational skills, to include proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


  • Skilled in higher education fund-raising or in a related career with a comparable, demonstrated, successful track record.
  • Experience in grant administration and grant/proposal writing or other similar professional writing.
  • Experience in or familiarity with graphic design.
  • A self-starter committed to follow through.




  • None


Marymount University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Marymount University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status or any other protected bases under applicable federal and local laws and regulations in any of its programs or its activities, including employment and admission. The university also expressly prohibits any form of sex discrimination and sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and stalking in any of its programs or activities, including employment and admission. For more information, please visit:

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