Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Director of Foundation Relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Executive Director of Foundation Relations

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Resource Development/Fundraising

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Vice Pres for Resource Development

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Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FOUNDATION RELATIONS, Resource Development-Foundation Relations, to lead and manage a centralized operation responsible for proactively seeking new funding opportunities and building partnerships with foundations and funding arms of philanthropic donors resulting in grants to support a wide range of Institute-wide, initiative, school, department and program needs in research and education. Currently, annual receipts to MIT from foundations track close to $200M (of which the Foundation Relations team is involved with $60M-$80M), with opportunities for expansion. Will manage a staff of ten to twenty, including frontline professionals and administrative and support staff members and work regularly with senior leadership, administrators, and members of the faculty to obtain foundation funding for MIT priorities and objectives.

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: bachelor's degree; eight years’ direct experience in foundation relations and gift solicitation for a college, university, or large nonprofit; demonstrated strong management and leadership in complex organizations; ability to work closely with senior academics and administrators and to discuss complex institutional initiatives with prospective funders; excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills; well-proven human relations and communications skills; demonstrated capacity to deal effectively with potentially large benefactors of the Institute and work collaboratively with internal offices at MIT; proven track record of directly soliciting major gifts from individuals or via their foundations and of independently planning and efficiently utilizing time and personnel resources; and ability to successfully manage multifunctional or diverse program areas and staff. Must be well-informed of tax laws and practices affecting foundations and their associated funding vehicles. Advanced degree desirable. Job #16031-S

Must be willing to travel.

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