Director, Foundation Relations

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 03, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The RAND Corporation is seeking a Director of Foundation Relations to help implement institution-wide strategies for major and principal gifts from private foundations. She/he reports to the Executive Director, Foundation Relations and serves as a member of the Development  team.


Primary responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Develops and implements cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for private foundations with the capacity to significant commitments to RAND, including the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

  • Works closely with the Executive Director, Foundation Relations, research management, and RAND leadership to facilitate their relationships with private foundations.

  • Identifies high-end potential foundation prospects and coordinates with research and graduate school leadership to match prospects to RAND priorities.

  • Collaborates with researchers to coordinate strategies and activities with multi-interest foundations.

  • Personally manages a portfolio of foundations with multiple RAND interests.

  • Serves as a resource and adviser for researchers in developing strategies for their work with foundations.  

  • Contributes to annual operating plan for foundation fundraising, and foundation relations capacity building and tracks progress against measurable targets.




  • Extraordinary oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience in managing complex relationships with organizational donors.

  • Familiarity with grant writing and management.

  • Effectiveness in collaborating and building partnership with academic colleagues.

  • Experience in complex organizations with high performance standards and high expectations of development.

  • Ability implement creative donor strategies

  • Demonstrated effective working partnerships with academics.

  • Proven track record of success in securing 6+ figure commitments from private foundations or similar (family foundations, philanthropists, etc.)



Education Requirements

BA/BS required; MA/MS preferred.




Minimum of 3 years of experience.




Santa Monica




Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity

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