Director of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs

Job description

Nebraska Wesleyan University is seeking a full-time, twelve-month Director of Foundation Relations and Sponsored Programs, responsible for leading institutional efforts in grant-seeking and grant administration for a teaching-intensive, primarily undergraduate, independent liberal arts institution.

The position reports to the Vice President for Advancement and interacts closely with academic affairs, other administrative divisions, and individual faculty.  The Director helps identify viable opportunities and ensures submission of proposals to private foundations and federal agencies in order to advance NWU’s mission and priorities.  As a result, the Director will acquire a working knowledge of NWU programs, facts and figures that will contribute to the work of other staff in the Advancement Office.  The Director works to encourage, assist, and review proposals initiated by faculty to increase expertise in their fields.  The Director serves as NWU liaison with funding sources from relationship building to final grant reporting, and advises senior staff regarding contractual matters and administrative requirements linked to federal funding.


Plans with others, writes, and submits proposals to obtain grants from public and private organizations, for projects which address identified institutional priorities Develops proposal budgets in compliance with institutional policies, funding agency requirements, and strategic use of existing NWU resources Ensures accuracy and technical quality of all components of the grant proposal package including federal forms and documentation Promotes and oversees individual faculty and staff efforts to develop proposals consistent with NWU policies, quality standards, and necessary administrative approval Serves as institutional liaison with private and public funding sources for all stages of grant application, extending to eventual contract review and acceptance of grant awards in consultation with senior administration. Serves as an informal resource to other members of the Advancement Office Identifies new funding opportunities, including through collaboration with external organizations Monitors progress of funded projects for appropriate and effective use of grant funds Ensures that all technical/program reports and deliverables are submitted on time according to grant agreements, in cooperation with the project director Collaborates with various personnel to ensure compliance with federal requirements Maintains institution’s official files on grant-funded projects at a level suitable for financial audit and review of federal compliance documentation


* Bachelor’s degree required

* Three to five years of experience in grant seeking, writing and successful implementation

* Demonstrated experience showing strong skills in business writing and project planning

* Adaptable, flexible and eager to work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve department goals and successful proposal submissions

* Able to work independently, prioritize multiple projects, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

* Evidence of excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

* Ability to interact effectively with a variety of stakeholders, both within the campus community and among friends and alumni of the institution.

* Must be computer proficient, with knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite Applications.

* Ability to maintain and be responsible for confidential information, accuracy and ongoing record-keeping  


Commitment to Diversity:

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission and we embrace it as a source of strength. Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.


How to Apply:

To apply, please provide a 1) Cover letter, 2) Resume, 3) Three professional references and, 4) Two or three samples of your work, with an explanation of why each one was selected.  Upload documents at the following URL: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


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Posted: 6/22/2018
Application Due: 8/21/2018
Work Type:
Salary: DOQ/E