Associate Director For Foundation Relations

University Of Washington Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 2 months ago

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

To ensure first consideration, apply by October 25, 2018. As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.

University Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for an Associate Director for Foundation Relations.

Position Purpose

As a vital member of the Central Corporate & Foundation Relations team (Central CFR), the Associate Director for Foundation Relations is responsible for developing relationships, strategies and approaches that lead to support from local, national and international foundations, with an emphasis on fundraising for health-related endeavors. The Associate Director will shape and manage a portfolio of primarily health-focused foundations, developing expertise into their giving approaches and aligning funder interests with University strengths and opportunities.

The Associate Director will work closely with select UW Health Sciences schools (Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, Dentistry and Pharmacy) to identify funding opportunities, build foundation engagement strategies and develop proposals for those schools. The Associate Director will also act as a liaison to the School of Medicine for funders with interests there, as well as support interdisciplinary health endeavors and other priority initiatives spanning the University. The Associate Director's focus will be on organizations capable of making six-plus-figure gifts and grants in support of the University's education and research mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising and Relationship Management

The Associate Director will shape and manage a portfolio of foundations, with responsibility for:

Engaging foundation prospects in a range of health-related endeavors.

Working with faculty and Advancement colleagues in the schools of nursing, public health, social work, dentistry and pharmacy to identify and develop opportunities for foundation support and to articulate strategies for connecting foundations to the people and priorities within these schools.

Collaborating with Advancement colleagues and academic leadership to drive the development of institutional strategy for select foundation prospects. Convening and leading foundation strategy sessions.

Working with Advancement colleagues and academic leadership to develop proposal opportunities in support of institutional health initiatives.

Crafting, reviewing and refining proposals for foundation funding.

Shepherding proposals through the submission and review process.

Conceptualizing, organizing and hosting site visits from foundations.

Conceptualizing and organizing visits to foundations by academic leadership. Briefing leadership and, as appropriate, accompanying them on foundation visits.

Devising thoughtful stewardship as part of holistic strategy development for each foundation, including working with creative staff on the conceptualization of reports and other collateral.

Collaborating with Office of Research colleagues and the Senior Director for Foundation Relations in select limited-submission foundation opportunities.

To inform fundraising strategy, including to be able to spot fundraising targets and shape cross-cutting funding opportunities, the Associate Director will develop a depth of knowledge about the University's health and related disciplines, in part by:

Establishing key relationships within the schools of nursing, public health, social work, dentistry, pharmacy and medicine.

Establishing key relationships with leaders of institutional initiatives and priorities in health, such as the Population Health Initiative.

Key Competencies


Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.

Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.

Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.

Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.

Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW's commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.


Donor Focused: Establishes, cultivates and stewards strong relationships with donors and friends to build and maintain lifelong partnerships and trust with UW.

Results Oriented: Acts decisively to achieve results.

Planning & Implementing: Develops fundraising strategies and plans that integrate into the organization's mission, priorities and goals.

Conflict Resolution : Works to resolve conflicts and differences through dialog and open communication in a timely manner. Sees every difference as an opportunity for growth and change.


Visioning: Anticipates emerging trends and issues and develops a clear sense of purpose and goals that focus and drive the creative energy of the organization in alignment with the organization's mission, vision, and values.

Organizational Acumen: Analyzes a situation, balances reason and the interest of others, and acts in a decisive, timely and appropriate manner that is congruent with the organization's values, goals and mission to achieve success.

Selflessness: Demonstrates ambition first for the organization and concern for its success rather than for one's own personal gain.

Professional Will/Fearlessness: Displays an inner intensity and dedication to making everything the best that it can be. Shows resolve and determination to make the organization great.

Focused on Organizational Sustainability: Communicates uncompromising desire to make the organization even more successful in the next generation.


Bachelor's degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in development/advancement, with experience in foundation relations experience, preferably in a higher education or health domain. Equivalent combination of comparable knowledge and skills may substitute for education and/or experience.

Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for correspondence, special reports, spreadsheets, databases, forms, etc.

Proven record of fundraising effectiveness and success.

Demonstrated ability to lead and implement strategies for establishing, cultivating and stewarding sustained and fruitful relationships with foundations. Experience in collaborating to develop fundraising strategies.

Demonstrated skill in proposal writing; knowledge of foundation prospect research.

Ability to develop fundraising strategies and approaches that integrate into the organization's mission, priorities and goals.

Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently to problem solve, set priorities and manage workload. Readiness to take initiative and responsibility.

Demonstrated creativity. Persistent attention to detail.

Organizational acumen. Sensitivity to nuance. Ability to make decisions amid ambiguity and to exercise good judgment.

Demonstrated diplomacy and the ability to build and maintain positive relationships.

Ability to communicate clearly and compassionately, to contribute to a positive team spirit and to readily resolve conflict.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of the integrated advancement model. Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.

Knowledge of UW Advancement policies and procedures, including use of the development database software ADVANCE.

Conditions of Employment

Cubicle/Open workspace environment that may result in additional or higher levels of noise and visual distractions.

Ability to work evening and weekend hours, as necessary, on short or limited notice.

Must have regular and reliable transportation for local travel and willing to travel when necessary.

Frequent local travel expected.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.

Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

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