Whittier College is an independent, four-year Liberal Arts College distinguished by its small size (1600 undergraduates) and a nationally-recognized liberal arts program.Whittier College has a history of strong and innovative interdisciplinary programs and a diverse student body.The College is ideally situated in the scenic hills eighteen miles east of downtown Los Angeles.
Associate Director of Foundation Relations The office of Advancement at Whittier College seeks an Associate Director of Foundation Relations. Under the direction of the Director of Foundation Relations, the Associate Director will focus on the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations. Priorities in working with the Director include identifying funding needs and opportunities; contributing to the development of proposals and cases for support; and providing stewardship reports to foundation donors. The Associate Director will collaborate with faculty, administrative leadership, and the rest of the Development team to help develop proposals; conduct research on foundation prospects; prepare briefings and background materials; write grant proposals, stewardship reports and letters; and assist in cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundation donors, as well as in creating and overseeing systems and procedures for advancing the continued growth of Whittier's Development Team.
Hours: Monday - Friday, 40 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Full Time/Part Time status: Full Time Salary Range: $76,725.00-$78,259.50; Salary will commensurate with experience, skills, and knowledge.
Reports to: Director of Foundation Relations
Location/Department: Whittier College (Main Campus)/Advancement
Responsibilities: 1. Generate revenue -- actively participate in developing and writing proposals on a complex set of fundraising projects across all disciplines found in a liberal arts college. Major responsibilities in this area include:
Work with Director of Foundation Relations and faculty/staff to conceptualize and prepare proposals matching college funding priorities with foundation guidelines, synthesize gathered information and concepts, and clearly convey value to funders in proposals, letters, and reports
Gather and disseminate information on funding opportunities to faculty and administrators and collaborate with them on proposal development
Prepare briefing and background materials for the college's leadership and to facilitate contacts with prospects and donors
Collaborate and partner with other members of Whittier's development team to advance fundraising priorities and achieve goals
Coordinate and lead campus site visits from foundations
2. Drive the pipeline -- manage a portfolio of family and corporate foundation prospects. The Associate Director will build direct relationships to motivate giving from family and corporate foundations and be responsible for relationship management through all stages of a fundraising cycle (qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship).
He/she will drive the pipeline for family and corporate foundations, identifying prospects primarily from the pool of alumni and parents, strategically sourcing and responding to new leads
He/she will effectively articulate the case for support so that these prospects 'buy in' to the mission and goals of the College in support of student success
This portfolio work will include occasional travel and personal visits, both on- and off-campus. 3. Initiate and oversee strategic stewardship efforts of foundation donors
Work independently with faculty, staff, and college leadership to prepare stewardship reports for foundations; track foundation grant reporting deadlines
Assist with the maintenance of constituent database, including gift/grant stewardship records
Leads the planning and execution of foundation stewardship events as needed
Partner with dynamic, dedicated, and goal-oriented colleagues in Advancement Services, Prospect Research & Management, Development, and Marketing and Communications on advancing team goals
Oversee the creation and maintenance of foundation donor files in orderly and timely fashion; create and monitor confidential records, including budget and expenditures
Assist as needed in selection and supervision of student employees
Handle unforeseen, but important tasks as necessary, as well as other duties as assigned.
4. Additional duties as assigned
Non-essential Functions of the Job: 1. None identified at this time.
Position Specifications and Requirements: Minimum Qualifications: A bachelor's degree is required, advanced degree helpful. 2-5 years of prior experience in fundraising is required. Transferable experience will also be considered. Prior experience in academic development, NGOs, nonprofit organizations, science, federal government, external relations is helpful.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Enthusiasm for and the desire to work within a goal-oriented fundraising organization. Requires an understanding of philanthropic principles, values and practices with general knowledge of terms and resources specific to foundation fundraising, and the legal and financial obligations of grant stewardship. Requires exceptional professional writing and editing skills. Must have strong verbal skills. Ability to handle confidential information with complete discretion. Requires strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work professionally and effectively with departmental colleagues, senior leadership, members of the academic community, and development constituents. A coachable life-long learner and a natural team player who has the initiative to independently collaborate with colleagues. Requires good humor, resiliency in the face of changing priorities, self-motivation, and hands-on approach to work. Requires excellent planning and organizational skills and an ability to work independently with minimal direction, with a focus on detail, strict deadlines, and fiscal oversight. Technical knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite and a willingness to acquire knowledge of Whittier's database system. Existing knowledge of Banner and Argos will be a plus. Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country and work selected nights and weekends as necessary.
Application Deadline: Until Filled
The position is based in Whittier, California. To be considered for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to: email@example.com or mail to Whittier College, Attn: Human Resources Manager, 13406 E Philadelphia Street Whittier, CA 90608. AA/AOE.
Whittier College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants because of race, religion creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, or sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.