Fontbonne University — Director of Grants

Position Description

The Director of Grants will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporations, corporate foundations, and private foundations. This position may also manage the pre-award process for federal grant submissions. The Director of Grants position requires a high degree of professionalism and an ability to interact with a variety of entities and individuals toward a goal of significantly increasing the visibility of the University. The incumbent must be capable of articulating visionary, strategic, and succinct messaging, while representing the University to the corporate and foundation community. This position has a significant effect on the University’s ability to engage current and future donors in a meaningful way and is responsible for enhancing the University’s ability to identify, establish, and maintain strong relationships with corporations and foundations. The incumbent in this position has no formal supervisory responsibility.

This position may require travel to cultivate corporate and foundation donors throughout the state, region, and/or nation; physical mobility is necessary. Work environment varies from office, to social events, to presentations, to large and small meetings and interactions with diverse groups of individuals. Evening/weekend work is, at times, required as part of the advancement team’s role in hosting special events. The ability to meet deadlines, to coordinate with faculty and University leadership, while simultaneously managing a variety of tasks in a positive and collaborative manner is required.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Identify, cultivate, solicit (write proposals) and steward (oversee reporting on funded proposals) corporations, corporate foundations, private foundations, and federal grantors.
  • Identify, research establish and/or strengthen long-term partnerships within the corporate and foundation sector, as well as other key communities, that will result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals of the University.
  • Proactively seek opportunities to generate new proposals by collaborating across the University in the pursuit of holistic institutional partnerships.
  • Maintain, develop and implement policies and procedures for best practices in grant management for the university.

How to Apply

Please navigate to the Employment page on the Fontbonne website (link below). Click on the job posting and then select one of the blue-highlighted “Apply” buttons at the bottom of the page to begin your application.

Interested applicants will be asked to submit a letter of application, resume’ and three references.

NOTE: Educational Transcripts and Certification Documentation may be requested during the interview process.

Excellent Benefit Package offered including Medical, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D and Disability insurance, and 403(b) Retirement Plan.

Director, Human Resources
Fontbonne University
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Fontbonne University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Fontbonne complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Our Mission & Vision

Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides transformative education committed to the common good, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically and act ethically to create a more just world.

About Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University is a vibrant and strong academic institution located in the Clayton suburb within the St. Louis metropolitan area. We were founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and established in the Catholic tradition, yet we serve and welcome a diverse group of students from all faiths, cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. With nearly 1,000 students enrolled, we offer Division III athletics, a large range of student organizations, and more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. Fontbonne University is uniquely situated to offer the best of city sights and scenes coupled with beautiful and historic homes and neighborhoods.

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Fontbonne University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers our diversity and inclusion efforts and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Open your mind. Follow your heart. Take the leap. Challenging, welcoming, affordable. Fontbonne will prepare you for an engaged and rewarding life, no matter how you’re called to serve.

Required Knowledge

  • Knowledge of cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies and techniques, particularly in the area of corporate and foundation fundraising techniques required.
  • Demonstrated ability in grant and proposal writing at appropriate levels for varied proposal development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about the giving programs of corporations and foundations.

Required Skills or Abilities

  • Self-motivation and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and networking skills with large groups as well as with individuals are essential.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.
  • Ability to initiate and build relationships with prospective corporate and foundation donors and interact via telephone and in person with institutional representatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to take primary responsibility for diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated record of success in generating significant commitments from corporations and foundations.

Formal Education

  • A bachelor’s degree and a minimum 2 years demonstrated successful federal, corporate and/or foundation fundraising experience preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization).
  • A master’s degree and experience in higher education fundraising are preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with government, corporate and/or foundation grant management experience.