The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) serves as IU's central coordinating unit managing institutional relationships with private, professionally staffed foundations. We exist to support administrative and academic leaders as well as faculty and staff across the university in securing gifts, grants, and contracts to support research, scholarly activity, and work in the community. We work across all campuses, schools, and units of the university. Private foundations exist to bring attention and resources to problems and challenges locally, nationally, and internationally. As an international organization with influence across the state and around the world, Indiana University is positioned well to partner with private foundations to help address the grand challenges of our age.
Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of a portfolio of prospective private foundation funders focused on research and faculty support.
Cultivates and stewards relationships with contacts within these funding organizations or facilitate relationship-building for faculty and university leadership and gather advance information and monitor regular communications to understand and respond to funding opportunities in a timely manner.
With a focus on research fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, conducts discussions with department chairs and research deans to identify and cultivate promising researchers and research projects that are closely aligned with targeted prospects.
Consults with research faculty to develop a knowledge of investigator profiles aligned with external funding and increase strategic grant seeking practices among faculty.
Develops and facilitates training programs and resources for potential faculty investigators and cultivate research connections and partnerships across the university in response to funding opportunities and trends.
Works with and advises faculty and staff to develop foundation proposals and to steward foundation awards. This includes working alongside investigators on the following:
Initiates discussions and correspondence with private foundation representatives.
Develops and drafts letters of inquiry/interest.
Drafts and secures signed letters of endorsement or support from departmental, campus, and university leaders.
Reviews and adapts research proposals to respond to funder guidelines.
Develops research budgets aligned to funder requirements.
Identifies institutional and collaborative resources critical to success.
Develops and coordinates other activities to increase private foundation grant seeking and grant success across the university.
Participates as OFR representative in webinars and university programs and take on other duties as assigned.
Identifies new prospects, cultivates relationships, and manages a portfolio and/or region of donors building a pipeline for solicitation.
Executes plans and designs campaigns to sustain and increase donations.
Collaborates with development colleagues university-wide to align prospects/donors' interests with university funding needs and opportunities.
Maintains meaningful and consistent contact with potential donors to communicate university goals and solicit their support.
Introduces campus/school fundraisers to appropriate gift prospects for cultivation.
Documents communications, analyzes data, evaluates success and makes recommendations for change to campaign strategy.
Bachelor's degree in related field
Master's degree or higher in a science or engineering field OR a combination of a bachelor's degree in science or engineering and a Master's in philanthropic studies, nonprofit management, or related fields
2 years of experience in fundraising/development, sales, communications, public relations, a higher education foundation, or related field
Experience working with external research funding, ideally in a university or other research institution setting
Experience developing grant proposals and/or stewarding grant awards (including award management)
Combinations of related education and experience may be considered
Proficient communication skills
Maintains a high degree of professionalism
Demonstrates time management and priority setting skills
Demonstrates a high commitment to quality
Ability to build strong customer relationships
Possesses flexibility to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment
Seeks to acquire knowledge in area of specialty
Highly thorough and dependable
Demonstrates a high level of accuracy, even under pressure
Working Conditions / Demands
This role requires the ability to effectively communicate and to operate a computer and other standard office productivity equipment. The position involves sedentary work as well as periods of time moving around an office environment and the campus. The person in this role must be able to perform the essential functions with or without an accommodation.
This position is eligible for hybrid work or in-person work, subject to change in the future based on university policy and business needs.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be differences in the working conditions as advertised in our standard job postings (e.g., the ability to travel from one campus to another, etc.). If you are invited for an interview, please discuss your questions or concerns regarding the working conditions at that time.
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