Foundations Relations Officer

Northeastern Illinois University


  • Initiate, implement, and manage a comprehensive, proactive approach to develop and enhance foundation relationships that lead to opportunities for financial support.
  • Develop and implement a personal portfolio for selected foundations within assigned priority areas to meet or exceed established fundraising goals.
  • Develop an annual grants calendar that creates a pathway for the pursuit of grant funding.
  • Draft, write, and/or edit concept papers, letters and proposals, in collaboration with IA staff or independently, that position the University as a successful recipient of private gift support.
  • Consult with Deans, Program Directors and key staff to develop and implement cultivation strategies to generate private support based on University priorities.
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings with the University President, Provost, Vice Presidents, and/or Deans for key foundation contacts to discuss strategies that lead to leadership gifts.
  • Coordinate on-campus visits and presentations with prospective donors or their representatives.
  • Coordinate prospect management responsibilities, especially cultivation and stewardship strategies, with IA staff and other University units.
  • Liaison with the Office of Sponsored Programs to leverage existing support from federal, state, and other public grantor agencies with private foundation outreach.
  • Liaison with the Center for College Access and Success on key fundraising/grant writing needs.
  • Provide general consultation for faculty, administrators, and staff seeking foundation support.
  • Identify emerging industry trends with an emphasis on developing high value- exchange alliances with foundations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Preference will be given to candidates who have fundraising experience or knowledge of fundraising in higher education.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who hold an advanced degree or fundraising certification.
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