The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

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Director of Development - Director of Foundation Relations, College of Natural Sciences

Hiring department University Development
Monthly salary OPEN
Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM
Posting number 17-12-01-02-0437
Job Status Closed
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin, TX (off-campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes

The College of Natural Sciences is composed of 12 departments and the School of Human Ecology. U.S. News and World Report ranks 12 of the College's programs among the top 10 in the country. With an endowment of 389 million dollars, CNS has 60 endowed chairs, 72 endowed professorships, and a number of excellence funds to support designated faculty research programs.

Required Application Materials

  • A Resume is required in order to apply
  • A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
  • A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.

Additional Information


To serve as a director on the Foundation Relations team to develop strategies and proposals in partnership with university leaders, faculty, and staff to secure significant foundation gifts for the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences.

Essential Functions

Build and maintain a portfolio of 25-50 foundations with a goal of securing 2-3 million dollars annually within 36 months of start date. Engage in qualification, strategy, relationship building, and closing of foundation gifts of six figures and above. Will be part of an expansion of the Foundation Relations team to provide more dedicated support to colleges/schools/units. Serve as university lead for high-level foundation relationships, while also identifying and cultivating new foundation prospects. Develop a broad and deep understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus, as outlined by President, Provost, Vice President of Research, and Academic and Research Deans. Work with faculty and fundraising colleagues across campus to develop effective fundraising strategies that translate into successful foundation proposals. Write, edit, and submit letters of intent and full proposals, as the primary author, or in a team environment. Work with a variety of UT offices to ensure proper handling of proposals, grants, and reports. Identify and secure meetings for university leadership and faculty with foundation executives. Provide analysis and make recommendations to solicit foundation gifts, which will often mean leading and or participating in university-wide strategy sessions. Monitor proposal deadlines and manage proposal submissions, including multi-school/cross-disciplinary proposals. Maintain a high-quality stewardship process for foundations. Document results of all substantive contacts with foundations.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree. Minimum of five to seven years experience in positions that involve foundation, corporate and/or major gift fundraising work and/or relevant work in sales, marketing or communication. Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to convey an idea or message clearly, whether orally or in writing, and inspire belief in or commitment to an idea or project. Proven and measurable record of successful solicitation, negotiation, and closure of six-figure and possibly seven-figure gifts. Strong organizational capabilities. Demonstrated ability to work well with a team, under pressure, and to meet deadlines; experience managing details of several concurrent projects. Ability to drive decision-making and complete projects on tight deadlines. Available for occasional travel. Ability to synthesize complex concepts and identify opportunities for synergies with foundations. Experience working with confidential information. Excellent relationship building skills. Demonstrated attention to detail. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with foundation leaders and philanthropists. Experience working in higher education and/or in complex organizations. Preference for candidates with a master's degree. Background in science.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Must be able to travel and work evenings and weekends occasionally.

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