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Foundation Relations Officer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Job Title: Foundation Relations Officer
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February 15th, 2019
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Job Summary

Reporting to a Senior Director, this position is in the Office of Foundation Relations (OFR), a unit within the central Resource Development organization.  The position entails both internal work across campus with faculty and administrative staff and external work with philanthropic organizations across the US, and occasionally internationally, with the aim of ultimately helping OFR raise significant funds for MIT.

The Foundation Relations Officer maintains primary responsibility for all interactions, strategy development, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship with a designated portfolio of foundations, and supports the work of her/his Senior Director in key activities. Under the direction of the Senior Director, the Foundation Relations Officer will work across campus and with staff in Resource Development to coordinate and execute fundraising plans for specific foundations, including establishing and cultivating relationships with foundation staff.  S/he will also work to develop and implement targeted strategies for selected projects in need of support from private foundations.  S/he will be responsible for liaising with specific MIT initiatives, schools, and programs as assigned and will facilitate their connection to appropriate foundation partners.


Characteristic Duties

  • Partner with the Senior Director to collaborate on prospects as assigned and under the direction of the Senior Director, independently manage a portfolio of philanthropic organizations that currently or have the potential to offer significant support to MIT. Create and execute strategies for engagement, serving as a liaison with funding entities. Coordinate funder visits to campus, and visits to funders, as appropriate.
  • Conduct outreach to selected departments and programs deemed to be high priorities for funding. Develop and maintain relationships with departments and programs to determine ongoing need for grants. Work closely with colleagues across campus and Resource Development, to assess funding opportunities.
  • Project management - Plan and execute full range of cultivation/solicitation/donor relations/stewardship activities, in partnership with a wide range of development colleagues. Oversee creation, review, approval, and submission of proposals; and process, record, and track successful gifts and grants.
  • Communications and briefing materials - Produce various polished internal and external materials, including communications to be sent by faculty and senior officers, and other materials related to donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Research - Proactively identify and research foundations to bring school-based and faculty projects and relevant foundations together for possible submission of a fundraising proposal. Develop functional knowledge of pertinent areas of research and other work within MIT and stay abreast of the philanthropic landscape. 
  • Other projects, as assigned


Bachelor’s degree required.  Minimum of two years experience in the development or advancement field is required.  Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required. Excellent project management skills, including high degree of organization and attention to details; demonstrated ability to initiate and manage projects and keep multiple projects on track simultaneously and within deadlines; demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team required.

Some travel may be required.

Advanced degree in is preferred, with training in social sciences or humanities fields highly desirable. Experience in an academic setting, with experience with private foundations / philanthropic organizations, and/or federal sources of support and familiarity with prospect research methods and tools is preferred.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

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