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Foundation Gifts Officer

Salve Regina University
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 7, 2024

Job Details

***This position is eligible for up to one day remote work per week.

It is an exciting time in Salve Regina University's distinguished history with a 75th anniversary recently celebrated, and a comprehensive fundraising campaign launched. This campaign, Our Mission.Our Moment., will have a transformational impact by enhancing the student experience and uniquely preparing Salve students to make a positive difference in the world. The University Advancement team is seeking a Foundations Gifts Officer with a growth mindset and multi-faceted skillset, who can work with an array of stakeholders and foundation funders to propel our mission forward through philanthropy.


The Foundation Gifts Officer (FGO) plans, organizes and manages foundation fundraising and stewardship and expands the philanthropic foundation grant pipeline, creating a sustainable revenue stream for the University. The FGO will create compelling proposals for varied programmatic and capital funding needs, creatively match funding opportunities with both new and existing foundation funders. The FGO will be expected to be entrepreneurial in identifying new foundation funders, who have an interest in investing in the University through their philanthropy and meaningful engagement.

  • Foster a collaborative and empowering work environment rooted in Salve Regina University's Mercy mission: demonstrate empathic leadership through the positive engagement of Advancement team members and volunteers.
  • Secure an annual agreed upon amount toward the University Advancement's overall annual goal in significant foundation grants.
  • Manage a pool of current foundation prospects and proactively build a new pipeline of foundation donors to ensure a sustainable investment stream in future years. Support the VP of University Advancement in the development of relationships with key foundation administrators and executives.
  • Establish relationships with foundation staff through personal visits, correspondence, and attendance at cultivation events, often serving as a primary point of contact and relationship manager.
  • Independently and in conjunction with campus partners, the FGO will develop and write proposals for a wide array of strategic funding needs, creatively matching funding opportunities with new and existing foundation funders, and ensuring that foundation approaches, from identification to cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship, are highly strategic and coordinated across internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prepare stewardship reports on foundation grants.
  • Plan and execute strategic activities that increase major foundation support through gifts, grants, and contracts.
  • Document all foundation interactions, including outreach to existing and new funders, for accurate current and future reporting.
  • Maintain knowledge of industry dynamics, personnel changes, stock market performance, foundation funding, and all related activities and changes that may affect foundation funding.

As assigned by the Vice President for University Advancement.


Valid driver's license is required.


The incumbent is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


Required :
  • A Bachelor's degree and three years previous grant writing or similar experience in a university or other comparable organization.
  • Strong work ethic and desire to work in an organization that emphasizes measurable objectives, including mutually agreed-upon individual goals, and team-wide goals.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to be effective at engaging with all levels of the University, and all external constituents.
  • Ability to work with ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse students, staff, faculty, and other constituencies.
  • Must have adept technology skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).
  • Salve Regina University alumni and/or applicants who possess transferable skills are encouraged to apply.
  • Salve Regina values diversity, equity, and inclusion; applicants of diverse backgrounds and/or who similarly value an inclusive workplace in line with the Mercy mission are encouraged to apply.
  • A Bachelor's degree and five plus years previous grant writing or similar experience in a university or other comparable organization.
  • Experience with Blackbaud Raiser's Edge NXT or comparable CRM.

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including (waiting periods apply):
  • health, dental and vision coverage available on the first of the month following date of hire
  • 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA with employee and employer contributions as well as access to advising services
  • long-term disability coverage
  • employer-paid life and AD&D insurance
  • up to 100% free tuition at Salve for eligible employees and qualified dependents
  • robust wellness program and free access to the on-campus Fitness Center
Other available benefits include:
  • supplemental life insurance for employees and dependents
  • supplemental insurance coverage through Aflac
  • Tuition Exchange scholarship program. Application available for qualified dependents of eligible employees working full-time
  • discounted pet insurance through ASPCA
  • student loan forgiveness assistance program (SAVI)
  • employee Assistance Program through Coastline EAP
  • flexible spending health and dependent care accounts
  • health savings accounts
  • 529 collegebound saver program
For more detailed information on Salve's benefits, visit .

Salve Regina University strives to cultivate belonging values through diversity, equity inclusion in order to foster a welcoming culture for our staff, faculty and students, as well as the wider community. Salve Regina University embraces all people with grace. No matter the path traveled to get here, the University acknowledges that many identities will intersect. Salve Regina belongs to all in its community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify . ( Spanish )



Salve Regina University

From our cornerstone mercy mission to the classic ideals of our liberal arts approach, tradition matters at Salve Regina. It’s woven throughout our 80-acre campus, embedded in our historic buildings and infused in the culture of Newport, Rhode Island.

Tradition at Salve Regina means we remember where we began. Since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1934, we have grown to a community of more than 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students who proudly carry forward our mission in their personal and professional lives. Fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, we are committed to fueling the imagination and encouraging the academic ambitions of our bright and curious students.

At Salve Regina, tradition blends seamlessly with progress. We empower students to explore their talents through diverse academic offerings, student organizations, service initiatives and athletic teams. Our collaborative learning environment and vibrant campus community inspire the pursuit of excellence and breach the limits of personal potential.

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