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Managing Senior Director, Foundation Relations

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
$140,000.00 - $150,000.00
Closing date
Feb 21, 2024

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Position Type
Fundraising, Corporate and Foundation Relations
Employment Type
Full Time

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 growth.

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 stewardship reporting.
  • 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.

Partnership Development

  • 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 partners.
  • 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 events.
  • Represents CU Boulder at targeted foundation/community events.

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, and PowerPoint. 
Please apply by February 11, 2024 for consideration.   Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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