Director of Foundation Relations

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Position # 000314

Position Summary

Responsible for all aspects of raising support from foundations, corporations, individuals, and government sources requiring proposals for both unrestricted operating revenue and restricted projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Sets annual personal goals, including:  personal visits, solicitations, dollars raised, types and amounts of gifts sought; self improvement goals; adding foundation prospects to database; planned activities with constituents.

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.

  • Research potential funding sources through a variety of printed and electronic sources to match funding focus with University projects.

  • Write grant proposals and reports to foundations and corporations as determined by the grants calendar and grant reporting requirements.

  • Understanding of institutional history and programs and ability to summarize into well written proposals.

  • Develop and prioritize projects and proposals: meet and work with staff to elicit projects and programs that need support

  • Research and compile pertinent institutional information for projects requiring funding. This includes meeting with or contacting various departments within the university to garner information to be incorporated into case statements, letters of intent, proposals and reports. Also includes assisting faculty in the development and editing of grant proposals.

  • Develop and foster relationships with institutional funders: find personal connections with staff, board, trustees, volunteers, donors that will ensure the attention of institutional funders.

  • Develop and steward relationships with our current and prospective Grantors to meet our mutually beneficial needs.

  • Arrange for tours on campus with prospective funders; include President, VP of External Relations, AVP for External Relations and others as appropriate.

  • Write monthly proposals, budgets, reports, and other ancillary materials.

  • Work with accounting and other departments to gather information necessary to report to foundation donors on current grant programs.

  • Assist with other fundraising projects as requested.

  • Draft correspondence and other written communications to funders, including acknowledgments and, as needed, letters of inquiry, grant proposals and grant reports

  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.


General Skills and Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of the vision and mission of Concordia Texas.

  • Working knowledge of MS Office products, including Word, Excel PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.

  • Demonstrated customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in business or technical writing.

  • Ability to interact with all levels within the organization.

  • Ability to work independently or as a member of the team.

  • Ability to communicate orally.

  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to be detailed-oriented.

  • Ability to articulate and support CTXs values and Code of Conduct.

  • Ability to interpret and abide by CTXs policies and procedures.

Minimum Required Experience:

  • 3-5 years experience and provable track record in successful grant research and writing.

  • 2-4 years experience in higher education


Minimum Required Education:

  • Bachelors degree.

  • Prefer CFRE certification.


Work Environment, Physical Demands, and Other Information

  • Must be able to stand in front of audiences for extended periods of time.

  • Must be able to lift boxes or equipment with a minimum of 30 lbs.

  • 15-20% travel required for overnight and weekend stays

  • Prefer:  LCMS membership



Concordia University Texas fully supplements the Employee-Only share of all healthcare packages for eligible employees which includes medical, dental and vision.   In addition, we offer an attractive Disability & Survivor plan as well as several retirement packages for eligible employees.  We are a private, co-educational institution with a focus on “Developing Christian Leaders” and are under the auspices of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
11400 Concordia University Drive
Austin, Texas 78726

Phone: 512.313.JOBS (5627)
Fax: 512.313.4499

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