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Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Advancement

The Assistant Director, Foundations, is a university-wide, advancement professional. The position will manage mutually beneficial foundation relationships for advancing the mission and priorities of the University. He/she will identify, research, analyze prospective foundation partners, and develop relationships to execute cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies. The Assistant Director, Foundations, assists and strategizes with faculty, staff, and administration across all five schools and departments in developing and writing letters of intent, proposals, and stewardship reports. 


  • Consult with and advise faculty on funding opportunities, applications, and writing grant proposals. Craft, edit and review grant proposals to foundations.
  • Identify and document institutional needs and matches. Use electronic databases and other resources to research potential funding sources. 
  • Review grant guidelines and ascertain all are compatible.
  • Track stewardship requirements and prepare and/or obtain reports for timely submission.
  • Work with Grants Coordinator to maintain tracking of all pending, submitted, or awarded grants. Coordinate with other departments to ensure compliance with University and funding agency regulations. 
  • Cultivate both internal and external relationships for fundraising. Prepare briefing materials for Executive Director of CFR and represent Executive Director. 
  • Provide general support to the Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Uphold University Christian mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor's degree; 2-4 years professional grant writing/editing experience. Outstanding oral and written communication skills; critical thinking, time management, and problem-solving skills; ability to meet deadlines under pressure; flexibility to work independently or collaboratively; superior attention to detail; negotiation abilities. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; must be Internet savvy.

Preferred: Advanced degree and/or Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) training; prior employment as grant writer and/or fundraising in a higher education environment; research experience. Raiser's Edge and database development experience.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

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