Salk Institute for Biological Studies - La Jolla, CA

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Reporting to the VP, External Relations, the Executive Director, Foundation Relations (EDFR) is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Foundation Relations program at the Salk Institute. The EDFR proactively represents the Salk’s scientific initiatives before foundations of high interest to Salk, and is well-versed in understanding and communicating the strongest scientific initiatives by faculty before a range of foundations. The EDFR is responsible for coordinating and vetting proposals advanced by Salk faculty and will work with faculty and senior administrators to respond to emerging institutional priorities, matching initiatives with appropriate foundations. The EDFR provides expert advice and guidance and, when required, proposal writing skills and proposal budget management. In the absence of the VPER, serves as the point person for the department.

Education: A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is required.

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in increasingly responsible foundation relations positions with three (3) years of management responsibility.
  • Proven, extensive experience in the development of major gifts from foundations, possessing a thorough understanding of gift policies, solicitations, stewardship, donor recognition and administration.
  • Proven success as a direct line fundraiser in a highly sophisticated donor-centered fundraising environment.
  • Demonstrated success at raising funds through development and implementation of strategic solicitation plans that incorporate a concise definition of goals, targeted audiences, and strategies in line with institutional goals.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations to provide direction to special programs for outreach to prospective and existing donors.
  • Demonstrated expertise utilizing online databases and other software to create, retrieve and compile up-to-the-minute documents and historical information for reports and for donor research.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing operational budgets.
  • Proven record of writing successful foundation proposals for significant projects/gifts ($100,000+).

Special Requirements:
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Must sign an employee confidentiality agreement.
  • Satisfactory completion of the Institute’s background investigation.

Physical Requirements: Position requires constant seeing, keying, talking, hearing, reading, reasoning, analyzing, and communicating.

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