Director of Foundation Relations

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036950 Department Code 50411-7127 Department Advancement and External Affairs Job Title Director of Foundation Relations Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Director of Foundation Relations works closely with the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations ( CFR ), CFR team, and campus colleagues to develop and implement strategies for external foundation support vis-a-vis Syracuse’s strengths, priorities and the Academic Strategic Plan/ Academic Initiatives. S/he identifies and solicits a portfolio of foundation prospects for research, philanthropic and other support and provides quality stewardship to promote long-term relationships with the University. The Director reports to the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations ( CFR ).


A four-year degree, and ideally an advanced degree, is required. Preferred candidates for this role will have at least five years of experience as a professional development officer with working knowledge of the principles and practices of foundation fundraising at a major research university. They will have a track record in setting priorities, managing workflow and meeting or exceeding goals in a high-paced work environment. A proven ability to establish and manage a variety of relationships with complex organizations and the ability to understand and communicate the value of faculty research/ higher education initiatives to funders are key components of this position.

A valid Driver’s License is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

This role requires detailed knowledge of grant and proposal writing including translating research and academic priorities into the language and mission of foundation funders and grant applications. In addition, knowledge of foundation funders and priorities and their role in partnering with and advancing higher education including faculty research, student programs and other institutional initiatives. Leadership and inter-personal acumen are required to not only build external and internal relationship but the ability to create consensus, design and implement a vision with regards to strategic priorities and big ideas and lead important college and multi-disciplinary initiatives across the university is a must.


Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a caseload of 50 foundation prospects and donors. Secure new levels of institutional support and deeper engagement from foundations through grants, sponsored research, in-kind support and direct philanthropy.

Create and implement effective collaborative relationships with faculty, deans and other internal constituents in the University’s academic and auxiliary units to support foundation strategies, project development, proposal submission, and stewardship methods. The Director works closely with school and college chief development officers to build relationships and facilitate communication that fosters effective collaborative results.

Gain on-going knowledge of university priorities and foundation interests to identify potential prospects for funding. Collaborate internally to convene partners/stakeholders and coalesce concepts for cross-institutional initiatives.

Manage communications with central development, regional sites and college-based units to advance the University’s multi-faceted relationships with foundation donors. Prepare foundation briefings for university leadership and maintain relationship records on database.

Coordinate and ensure the accuracy of data entry and maintenance of external foundations related development records, interactions, and donor/prospect files via CITRUS in collaboration with AEA central units.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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