Director of Foundation Relations, and Grant Writing

Illinois, United States
Competitive Salary
Jul 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

POSITION TITLE: Director of Foundation Relations, and Grant Writing


REPORTS TO: Vice President for Institutional Advancement


POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of Foundation Relations, and Grant Writing will serve as a recognized campus expert in foundation fundraising and corporate philanthropy.  The Director will carry a portfolio of top foundation and corporate prospects that are critical to the College’s mission and fundraising goals.  The Director will provide a central suite of grant writing services available to Eureka College’s academic and campus community seeking support and expert guidance with their corporate and foundation fundraising strategies.  The Director’s own portfolio will include a select group of the most complex and important corporate and foundation donors to campus as well as liaison assignments to key academic and research areas. 

The Director, will work with the Advancement Team and other departments and will prepare multi-departmental proposals and reports. Additionally, this position will work with the Advancement Team to conduct industry and funding research to identify trends and determine new opportunities for Eureka College.



  • The Director will develop and maintain a prospect pool of foundation prospects and will create written strategies for each prospect and work with faculty and staff to implement the strategies; draft proposals; prepare requests and accompanying materials for final grant submissions; visit with prospects and donors; and keep accurate data and contact records.
  • Work with internal partners to effectively frame and write on fundable projects/narratives.
  • Consult with and update Eureka College leadership, and other stakeholders on funding opportunities.
  • Write and present persuasive proposals and accurate budgets with compelling benefit packages for new and renewed corporate and foundation support.
  • Conduct necessary research to develop compelling concept notes and funding proposals.
  • Ensure proper stewardship and acknowledgement of corporate and foundation gifts, including writing of progress reports on funded project/initiatives.
  • Assist Eureka College administrators and faculty members in establishing overall College grant funding priorities, as well as short- and long-term grant funding plans.
  • Research grant and resource opportunities to include foundations, businesses, and governmental agencies.
  • Write, revise, edit, standardize and submit grants to funding agencies at a quality level that supports the likelihood of award.
  • Ensure grant submission criteria are met in grant proposals prepared by other writers or College personnel.
  • Develop and maintain a master database for tracking and monitoring College grant applications, pending grants, and grants received.
  • Participate in technical training provided by funding agencies and stay informed of changing grant standards and guidelines.
  • Provide training for campus individuals applying for grants.



  • Analyze developments in specific grant areas and review previously submitted grants to determine need for revisions or changes in scope, format, and content for future submissions in previously published materials and development for use in new grant proposals.
  • Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material as required.
  • Assist in material design and layout for publication.
  • Arrange for typing, duplication, and distribution of grant proposals.
  • Maintain records and files of work and revisions.
  • Complete or assist in the completion of research and writing projects in support of the endeavors of the College. May include but not limited to promotional materials, reports, and publications.                                                                                                           





  • Essential Bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution;



  • Essential: Must have 5 years of experience and proven track record in grant writing, technical writing, prospect research or proposal development or a minimum of 5 years comparable and transferable skills acquired in a professional setting. Must have proven success in a fast-paced professional setting. LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS:

Valid driver’s license



  • Recognized expertise and accomplishment in foundation fundraising.
  • Technical understanding of and experience working with foundation fundraising methods.
  • Demonstrated experience building successful, productive relationships with College or university administrators and partners.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as analytical, research and management skills.
  • Familiarity with fundraising systems and strong command of MS Office Suite of products.

Maturity, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a deadline-oriented environment



Physical Environment:  The office is located on the second floor of a building that does not have an elevator.  The building does not have restroom facilities therefore the employee must transfer between buildings in outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level is typically quiet to moderate.

Physical Demand:  Requires climbing of stairs. 

Sensory Attention:   May experience eyestrain or occasional headaches from computer utilization.

Mental Demands:  May experience high pressure situations and stress over meeting deadlines.



Normal workday is Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM including one hour allocated for lunch.  Flexibility in work schedule is required to accommodate occasional evening and weekend hours and travel.

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