Harvey Mudd College (HMC) seeks a strategic, collaborative and accomplished development professional to serve as its next Director of Foundation Relations (DFR). The position becomes available at an important time in the College’s history as HMC prepares to embark on the College’s next comprehensive campaign.
Reporting to the Vice President for Advancement, the DFR is responsible for assessing, enhancing and directing HMC’s campus-wide foundation relations program by strengthening existing relationships and developing new opportunities for sustained long-term partnerships. The DFR is also responsible for articulating the needs of HMC with the goal of significantly increasing investments in support of the College’s academic and strategic priorities. As a key advisor to the College community on best practices and new strategies for foundation relations, the DFR will pursue productive, lasting and impactful engagement with top public and private non-profit charitable entities, nationally and internationally.
The ideal candidate will have at least five (5) years of professional experience in major gift solicitations with strong emphasis on corporate and/or foundation relations work.
About Harvey Mudd College:
Located in the heart of Claremont, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles, Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college offering degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HMC enrolls about 800 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges, which comprises five undergraduate colleges and two graduate institutions. According to students, professors, and alumni, what makes Harvey Mudd distinctive is its collaborative, cross-disciplinary nature. The working environment is built on collaborative relationships between and among all members of the campus community and a deep commitment to the College’s mission to educate students “so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society.”
SUMMARY OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop and implement a strategic work plan for the identification, solicitation, and stewardship of current and prospective foundation partners.
Develop proactive relationships with development officers, academic leadership, Cabinet members and President to align College priorities and faculty projects with the interests of corporations and/or foundations.
Create and maintain a strategic plan for the Foundation Relations Office that supports the College’s fundraising initiatives.
Collaborate with faculty and staff across a broad range of academic disciplines to translate and shape complex research projects and priorities into compelling fundraising proposals.
Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects and stewardship of gifts and grants, while maintaining an active calendar of foundation visits and outreach activities.
Secure targeted levels of private support as a major gift fundraiser for the Foundation Relations Office.
Steward annual and endowed awards/grants through individualized recognition activities, including acknowledgement letters, written reports, college publications, special events, and other means in partnership with the Director of Stewardship and Events.
Update the VP for Advancement and VP/Dean of Faculty on fundraising status, new initiatives and project proposals for Foundation Relations on a quarterly basis.
Support and assist in the production of effective marketing materials to enhance development goals and visibility for the College.
Serves on college committees and performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Must have experience with developing and writing funding proposals for foundations. Knowledge of development and fundraising principles, strategies, theories, technique and systems. Possess the ability to plan and implement fundraising programs and marketing strategies.
Must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the essential functions of the position or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Strong interpersonal and writing skills.
Ability to analyze information and think strategically, critically, and creatively.
Results oriented and able to present scientific and technical terms in lay language.
Ability to prepare budgets, meet deadlines, and work in an academic environment.
Experienced in evaluation and foundation search methods.
Ability to gather information from and coordinate activities with various campus groups and individuals.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Education: Bachelor’s degree required
Experience: Minimum of five (5) years professional experience in nonprofit and/or higher education fundraising.
Licenses/Certifications: Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and driving record acceptable to the College’s automobile insurance carrier.
Physical Requirements: Normal physical job functions performed within a standard office environment and include reaching, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. May occasionally lift/push/pull items up to 15 lbs.
Master’s or PhD. Degree
Eight (8) years of progressive experience in higher education fundraising
Knowledge of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gift regulations
Understanding of accounting and budgeting principles and practices
Supervisory experience in managing a team of three (3) or more direct reports
Advancement experience at R1 University
Hours: The regular office hours of this position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. including a one-hour meal period, Monday-Friday. Hours may vary due to the needs of the College or department. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.
Classification & Status: This is a full-time, regular, 12-months per year, benefits-eligible, exempt position.
Reporting: This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement.
Employment Category: Regular, full-time
Please visit www.hmc.edu/employment to view a complete job description for this position and obtain information about how to submit an application. Information about HMC’s competitive benefits package is available at www.hmc.edu/hrbenefits.
Deadline to apply:
Position will remain open until filled.
All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed at HMC and for whom the COVID-19 vaccine is approved/authorized by the FDA, must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.
Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Employment is at-will and employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.
This job description defines the essential job duties of the position. Harvey Mudd College expects that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of the job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.