Senior Director of Foundation Relations
Baylor College of Medicine is focused on advancing human health while honoring the tradition of visionary philanthropy that brought Baylor to Houston in 1943 to establish the Texas Medical Center. Our more than a century-old legacy of community support has inspired generations of physicians, scientists and trainees to stand as leaders in discovery, pursuing excellence in every endeavor. The relationships we build with donors, faculty and colleagues define Baylor's future and are celebrated in our culture.
The Senior Director of Foundation Relations reports directly to the Assistant Vice President for Development and is responsible for developing, evaluating, and implementing a comprehensive fundraising plan for cultivation, solicitation, and identification of regional, national, and international foundations. This is a key leadership position within the growing Development team that involves taking the helm of our strongest fundraising program. You will help plan and implement strategies for foundation relations including solicitations, prospect research, and prospect management, as well as foundation relations team development and management. The Senior Director will work closely with the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean of Research leadership on ensuring synergy in a variety of subject areas and creating targeted appeals to foundations based on the priorities of the institution. Will also serve as a liaison between the two departments with guidance from leadership in each area and will oversee the critical relationships between philanthropic vs. grants and contracts activity.
- Support the Assistant Vice President of Development in the oversight and activation of a foundation-giving program, including but not limited to prospect cultivation and engagement, portfolio management, collateral development, and strategy design and execution. This also includes the recruitment, management and retention of qualified foundation relations team.
- Manage additional foundation relations staff.
- Support the Assistant Vice President of Development in the production and timeliness of major foundation proposal content.
- Serve as a liaison between Institutional Advancement and the Office of Research with guidance from leadership in each area and will oversee the critical relationships between philanthropic vs. grants and contracts activity.
- Perform detailed foundation prospect research on a variety of industry topics, as directed by Assistant Vice President of Development and Principal, Business Strategy and Development through the Office of the Senior Vice President and Dean of Research.
- Participate in off-site/in-person external foundation conversations as appropriate.
- Document all donor related activities using Raiser’s Edge donor system.
- Review Foundation materials for adherence to organizational voice and standards; ensure polish and professional products. Work with writing team to ensure items are proofed and designed as needed.
- Work with Assistant Vice President of Development and Principal, Business Strategy and Development to ensure compliance with grant submissions, restrictions, and reporting requirements.
- Meet with appropriate faculty as identified by leadership.
- Further, collaboration with prospect research, data management, as well as communications team members will be required to ensure optimum program productivity.
- Detailed action plan for each prospect.
- Bachelor's degree.
- Five years of relevant experience.
- Master's degree.
- Five years of experience in foundation relations or similar experience, with proven results in securing grants.
- Healthcare fundraising experience.
- Ability to work with highly confidential materials and have familiarity with financial information, including ability to understand and review complex grant budgets.
- Demonstrated personal initiative and team player with a positive attitude and professional demeanor.
- Prior management experience a plus.
- Ability to work with multiple deadlines.
- Skill in composing letters, memos, articles, proposals, and other written communications
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience communicating with community stakeholders.
- Technical proficiency and knowledge (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Raiser’s Edge, InDesign, Photoshop).
- Must reflect the values of Baylor College of Medicine at all times, with particular emphasis on teamwork, collaboration, integrity, and honesty.
Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.
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