Tuesday, May 8, 2012

JOB POSTING: Associate Director of Foundation Relations, Carnegie Mellon University

Job Description 

Associate Director of Foundation Relations-9131

Job Function


Primary Location

 United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh

FT/PT Status

 Regular Full Time



Minimum Education Level

 Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Preferred Education Level

 Master's Degree or equivalent




 Plans, organizes and manages the development of support from foundations. Develops, implements and evaluates strategies and programs to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward university-wide foundation prospects. Manages ongoing relationships and serves as a primary liaison with external organizations and deans, faculty and other key stakeholders. Reviews, develops and delivers proposals with the goals to increase gifts; collaborates with divisions and schools. May mentor or provide direction to lower level officers.


  • Education: Bachelor's degree.
  • Licenses: Valid State Driver's license. Must successfully complete a driver's license verification on an annual basis and successfully compete the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Training program once every three years.
  • Experience: 5-7 years of related experience.
  • Skills: Demonstrated ability to understand both the interests and demands of the university as well as those of senior program officers in foundations; excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills (writing test will be administered); ability to develop effective working relationships; ability to develop and manage relationships with senior academic leaders, faculty and other key stakeholders of Carnegie Mellon.
  • Physical Mobility: Must be able to travel around the region and to other areas of the country.
  • Environmental Conditions: Work usually performed in a typical office setting; travel to various locations required.
  • Mental: Must be able to work under pressure; meet inflexible deadlines, set priorities and deal diplomatically with difficult individuals.
  • Other: Weekend and evening work will be required.
  • Education: Master's degree.
  • Experience: Previous experience in either corporate or foundations relations in a fundraising role, preferably in higher education. Science or engineering background preferred. Professional writing experience preferred.

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