1) Serve as the research expert in FCR, providing timely information on foundations and corporations to the FCR team and identifying relevant open Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to be disseminated to faculty and staff.
2) Assist faculty seeking foundation support for projects in the Booth School of Business, the Law School, and other professional schools as needed by identifying prospects and providing guidance on approaches to potential funders.
3) Maintain an extensive understanding of the foundation and corporate giving landscape to identify current and emerging funding opportunities and to provide insight for University partners.
4) Research foundation priorities, program areas and trends in their philanthropy.
5) Present updates on foundation news and notable changes to FCR team.
6) Organize information on foundations and corporations into strategies and briefings for use by the FCR team and University leadership.
7) Develop relationships with faculty, administration, and fundraisers in the professional schools for the purposes of increasing funding from foundations and corporations for individual/defined projects and funding needs.
8) Draft and/or edit proposal narratives, assemble proposal packets, and manage submissions for institutional funding.
9) Maintain accurate, up-to-date information on prospects and donors in ARDâ™s development system database.
10) Collaborate with ARD partners to upload data points into the database for prospect identification, rating, and tracking.
11) Provide guidance on prospect research tools such as Foundation Directory Online.
12) Advise on strategies and potential next steps to secure funding.
13) Maintain a broad understanding of current and emerging priorities and programs at the University in order to determine alignment with foundation and corporation funding interests.
14) On an ongoing basis, use multiple sources to identify relevant open RFPs from key funders, and collaborate with FCR team to direct them to targeted faculty/units.
15) Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.
1) Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills.
2) Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
3) Familiarity with a broad range of research techniques, internet research, searching of electronic databases, and the use of other appropriate sources and methods.
4) Experience with development systems, database management or data cleanup a plus.
5) Willing and able to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
6) Willing and able to work evenings and weekends.
1) Standard office environment
1) Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative.
2) Prioritize multiple projects and independently follow through with detail.
1) Experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience.
2) Cover Letter (optional)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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