The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a
Managing Senior Director, Foundation Relations. Reporting to the
Assistant Vice Chancellor, this position will join the Industry and
Foundation Relations (IFR) leadership team that serves as the front
door for foundation relations on campus.
The Managing Senior Director manages the foundation relations
team that will consist of 3-4 staff and a portfolio of partners,
including prospects that are capable of providing investments at
major and principal gift levels that help further the mission and
goals of the university. The foundation relations team is organized
around campus research theme areas. Some of these themes include
Technology, Business & Health, Energy, Environment, &
Sustainability, and Aerospace & Defense.
The Managing Senior Director will provide leadership within the
university community and act as a strategic partner who is
responsible for developing, managing, and sustaining the
university’s comprehensive relationship with key external
foundation partners. This position will focus on an integrated,
partner-centric model to drive impactful revenue to the university
with strategic foundation partners. The Managing Senior Director
will work closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor to build a
forward-looking strategy to successfully communicate with existing
and new foundation partners.
The Managing Senior Director will facilitate collaboration with
both the Office of Advancement and the Research & Innovation
Office and will work strategically across campus on foundation
relations activities. Core internal partners include: The
University of Colorado Foundation, the Office of Contracts &
Grants, Venture Partners, the Office of Government & Community
Engagement, Research Development, etc.
Who We Are
CU Boulder Advancement is committed to a culture of joy,
motivated by collaboration, passionate about excellence and driven
by impact. These four values define our culture and drive our
engagement and fundraising success.
At CU Boulder Advancement, we allocate time and resources to
diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Our efforts contribute
directly to our division’s core values and to advancing CU
Boulder’s mission through impactful fundraising and engagement
results. As a team and as individuals, we commit to learning about
and challenging systems, policies, and practices that enable
oppressive ideologies to recur in our community. (Oppressive
ideologies include racism, sexism, ableism, heterosexism, and other
“isms” that cause harm. This list is not exhaustive and may evolve
in our pursuit of collective liberation.) Embracing our
responsibility to lead and model helps promote the culture we
desire while supporting our internal and external constituents.
Accountability for our commitment to DEI is established through
specific individual and team goals that evaluate our progress and
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Leadership and Supervision
- Leads the foundation relations team in identifying and
prioritizing the top strategic foundation partners that align with
campus and pan-university strengths and research themes.
- Ensures the development and implementation of foundation team’s
fundraising/engagement strategies including identification and
evaluation of new funding partners.
- Ensures the foundation team’s timely, accurate completion of
contact reports, proposals, gift and grant agreements, program and
- Establishes team standard processes in cultivating major
foundation partner prospects.
- Manages three (+) direct reports including hiring, training,
motivating, and coaching as they provide efficient service to
internal and external customers, assessing employee performance,
and providing thought leadership and training opportunities.
- Participates as a member of the Advancement Management Team and
attends numerous cross-campus monthly meetings.
- Manages a portfolio of approximately 25-30 foundation partners.
Acts as the lead with foundation partners – identifies, engages and
solicits these partners for investment.
- Annual performance goals will be established in consultation
with, and approved by, the Assistant Vice Chancellor.
Strategic Planning and Collaboration
- Works closely with the Assistant Vice Chancellor and campus
leadership to negotiate and prioritize competing priorities and
initiatives across campus in the solicitation of foundation
- Develops strong relationships and knowledge of the research
areas at CU and the foundations funding those sectors.
- Coordinates sponsored research activities in close
collaboration with the Office of Contracts and Grants.
- Represents the Foundation Relations team at key university
- Represents CU Boulder at targeted foundation/community
What You Should Know
We anticipate this position will support a hybrid format (remote
and in-person work). This position will require some evening and
weekend work for events and will be required to travel locally,
regionally and nationally.
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this position is $140,000-$155,000
annually. Relocation assistance and/or a signing bonus may be
available within department guidelines.
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 or equivalent combination of education and
experience may substitute.
- Experience: 5+ years of job-related experience.
- Dynamic experience in business development and/or fundraising
roles with quantifiable outcomes partnering with foundations.
- Software Used: Microsoft Office products: Outlook, Word, Excel,
Please apply by February 11, 2024
consideration. Note: Application materials will not be
accepted via email. For consideration, please apply
through CU Boulder