Senior Director of Development, Foundation Relations

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Senior Director of Development, Foundation Relations! Reporting to the Managing Senior Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Colorado Boulder, this position is part of a robust team that serves as the front door for industry and foundation relations on campus. The Senior Director manages a portfolio of partners, including prospects that are capable of providing grants and making gifts in excess of $100,000, that help further the mission and goals of the university. This position is responsible for refining and implementing strategies to advance cultivation, engagement, and solicitation activities with foundation partners.

The Industry & Foundation Relations team is organized around campus strength areas, or themes. This senior position will lead foundation strategy and fundraising for a specific theme area for the CU Boulder campus. The Senior Director, Foundation Relations will provide leadership within the university community and act as a strategic partner who is responsible for developing, managing, and sustaining the university’s relationship with key external foundation partners in this theme. With an increased campus emphasis on foundation giving, it will be the Senior Director’s priority to identify the greatest areas of opportunity for funding to support the university’s mission.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the nation’s leading research universities, with world-class facilities, personnel, and capabilities. Our Industry & Foundation Relations (IFR) team is dedicated to building collaborative, mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners and foundations.

In January 2020, the Corporate and Foundation Relations team, the Office of Industry Collaboration and the industry and foundation-focused teams within the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business combined to form the IFR team, which reports jointly to Advancement ( and the Research & Innovation Office (

The streamlined IFR team is part of the university’s effort to deliver “a partner-centric strategy and an on-campus support team that aligns financial investment in the research, discovery, and creativity of Boulder’s faculty and students with satisfied corporate and foundation partners.”

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Individual Fundraising
  • Portfolio Management: Manage portfolio consisting of 30-50 foundation prospects. Develop strategies for each foundation in portfolio. Maintain an active portfolio, engaging in qualification and discovery work in partnership with the research team. Goals relating to personal contacts, number of proposed gifts, grants, and prospect identification will be set with and approved by the Managing Senior Director. Portfolio includes foundation prospects capable of providing funding in excess of $100,000.
  • Develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for all foundations in the portfolio. Proactively develop relationships with program officers through phone calls, travel to visit, and invitations to campus. Plan and execute funder site visits. As a representative of the university travel to meet prospects on one’s own for the purpose of effective cultivation, solicitation and stewardship; when needed, coordinate travel with colleagues, faculty, and university leadership.
  • Through external engagement, develop and maintain awareness of funding opportunities. Elevate high priority initiatives to the attention of appropriate administrators and other leaders to further campus goal of securing groundbreaking foundation partnerships which support our world-class research and impact.
  • Ensure prospect strategies and donor intent agreements are documented, contact reports are filed, and stewardship plans are carried out. Develop letters of intent, white papers, proposals, and other documents to grow relationships with prospects. Coordinate with appropriate university partners to ensure that documents align with policies and procedures set by the university. Work to ensure timely, accurate completion of proposals, pledges and fund agreements.

Theme Leadership & Strategy Development
  • Represent the Industry & Foundation Relations team to key internal leaders in assigned theme. Understand higher education environment, working at a sophisticated level to identify and partner with key internal partners, including faculty, unit leaders, and administration. Develop trust, operating as campus leader for developing and implementing campus foundation strategy in theme area. Develop internal collaborations which propel external engagement.
  • Develop strategy for the assigned theme area and collaborate with other foundation team members who have portfolios for which the theme strategy is relevant.
  • Partner with the Managing Senior Director, Foundation Relations, in developing, refining, and implementing the foundation relations team strategic plan that includes measurable targets for each fiscal year. Maintain current pipeline projections and track strategic activity across theme area.
  • Share knowledge and opportunities with colleagues on the Foundation Relations team. May provide mentoring and coaching to less experienced team members in designing outreach and engagement plans within the theme, in coordination with the Managing Senior Director.
  • Coordinate within the Industry & Foundation Relations team to ensure effective use of administrator and faculty time. In coordination with IFR team leadership, will collaborate closely to unit-level advancement leaders. Promote a congenial campus advancement culture, sharing assists, and making referrals as appropriate to colleagues within the team and across the CU system.

Other Duties
  • Represent the Advancement unit at campus and external events to support the university and cultivate/steward donors.

What You Should Know

The schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00 pm with occasional evenings or weekend hours. Travel is expected both in-state and out-of-state.

What We Can Offer

The salary range is $97,000 - $110,000. Relocation is 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 .

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What We Require

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 7 years of experience in foundation related fundraising within higher education and/or healthcare.

What You Will Need

  • Experienced knowledge of foundation fundraising techniques.
  • Solid understanding of foundation climate and issues, and giving climate for foundation partners.
  • Expert knowledge in grant writing.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and professional standards governing foundation grantmaking.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong ability to analyze information/situations and solve problems.
  • Solid ability to handle sensitive information discretely and maintain confidentiality.
  • Organize and lead multiple projects/tasks simultaneously (project management experience a plus - specifically in technical areas such as engineering or science); must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Solid knowledge of current issues facing public universities and interests/projects of assigned schools, students, faculty, and alumni.
  • Personal computer proficiency required especially as related to Microsoft Office Products (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), Ellucian Advance, Salesforce, infoEd, and other research databases.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated experience in securing foundation funding in both philanthropic gifts and sponsored research, and at minimum gift levels of $100,000 or greater.
  • Familiarity with donor tracking software such as Ellucian Advance.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. A current resume.
  2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by April 11, 2021 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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