Reporting to the Executive Director of Foundation Relations, the Associate Director of Foundation Relations will play a key role in helping to grow the foundation and corporate prospect pool, focusing on high level funding opportunities, particularly those that align with the Columbia University Irving Medical Center's (CUIMC) mission and priorities. In addition, the Associate Director will staff the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research (CRR) - a foremost leader in radiological science research and its applications in clinical medicine, public health, and national defense - working closely with the Executive Director to raise funds from institutions and individuals.
The incumbent will provide support to senior development staff who have a portfolio of major gift donors and prospects, consisting largely of foundations and corporations, with a primary focus on activities that will cultivate relationships with major gift prospects to support research, education and patient care, spanning multiple disciplines at CUIMC as well as for the CRR.
Assist with all aspects of institutional and individual fundraising for the CRR: - 50%
Define priority fundraising needs in consultation with the CRR Director
Identify and assess prospects, including corporations, foundations and individuals, to determine funding capacity; develop strategies to expand the CRR donor prospect pool
Draft cultivation, solicitation and stewardship materials
Actively engage the CRR Advisory Council (AC) in supporting the CRR's fundraising efforts
Coordinate CRR AC meetings and events, and expand membership
Contribute to the preparation of the CRR fundraising work plan covering the objectives (eg, planned cultivation, solicitation and stewardship activities) for the fiscal year
Manage specific projects and related activities as assigned
Over time, the Associate Director will be expected to work more independently and take on 60-70% of CRR fundraising
Conduct foundation and corporate prospect research: - 15%
Effectively utilize tools to identify new corporate and foundation prospects whose giving interests align with the CUIMC's priority funding needs
Actively mine for recent postings of request for applications/proposals at the major and principal award level
Assist with qualifying newly identified prospects to determine viability for solicitation
Prepare foundation and corporate profiles:- 15%
Draft foundation and corporate profiles, as well as strategy briefings, noting funding interests, application guidelines or engagement strategy and other pertinent information
Develop cultivation, solicitation and stewardship communications, and supporting materials: - 15%
Draft acknowledgment letters, stewardship reports and select solicitation materials
Complete grant applications
Assist with developing accompanying budgets and other supportive material
Assist with special CFR projects, as assigned. - 5%
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.
Demonstrated ability to develop productive relationships with internal and external constituents such as donors, prospects, volunteers, medical leaders, and scientific faculty
Excellent ability to set priorities and perform in a fast-paced environment
Highly motivated self-starter, demonstrates excellent judgment and discretion, resilience, and with a high level of independent decision making
Excellent written and oral communication skills, plus interpersonal, organizational and analytical skills required
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
This position requires work beyond regular hours, including evenings and weekends, as projects and events require
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 514183
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