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Director of Foundation Relations
University of Oregon
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July 13, 2013
Eugene, Oregon
Full-time - Experienced
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon, founded in 1876, is the state?s flagship institution. Located in Eugene, an energetic college town, the university offers academic excellence and hands-on learning opportunities in a welcoming atmosphere. Towering trees shade the 295-acre campus, where students, faculty members, and employees from a wide variety of backgrounds share a commitment to preserving the environm...ent and pursuing innovation in more than 260 academic programs that range from Eugene to Portland and from the coast to the mountains. For more information visit

Director of Foundation Relations
University Development

Posting: 13157
Location: Eugene
Closes: Open Until Filled

Revised: Application Procedures


Title: Director of Foundation Relations

Department: University Development

Reports To: Associate Vice President, Development

Term: 1.0 FTE for 12 months (renewable annually)

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Review Date: Search will remain open until filled. Search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately

Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Profile:

The University of Oregon (UO), founded in 1876, is the states flagship institution. With a student body of almost 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 260 academic programs, the university offers an energetic and robust academic environment in the welcoming college town of Eugene, Oregon. The UO is a world-class teaching and research institution, and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). The AAU is an organization made up of the 61 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada, and the UO is one of only two members in the Pacific Northwest.

The University of Oregons commitment to academic excellence draws well-rounded students and faculty members to the university. The university is a comprehensive research institution that serves its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions. As a leader in sustainability, with a commitment to preserving the environment and pursuing innovation, the university is where tradition meets technology in a classic college campus setting. With no shortage of academic and other opportunities, distinguished UO alumni include two Nobel Prize winners, 10 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 Rhodes Scholars, four Marshall Scholars, seven Oregon governors, eight United States senators, and 18 United States representatives.

University Development is a comprehensive fund raising department with an overall mission to sustain and enhance excellence at the University of Oregon through securing and stewarding philanthropic gifts; to raise funds from private sources to fund priorities outlined by the universitys faculty and administrative leadership.

The Office of Foundation Relations is responsible for increasing major gift and grant fundraising from foundations through regular and strategic contacts. In addition, Foundation Relations manages the campus-wide coordination of foundation solicitations by working closely with other units on campus that interact with foundations to secure funding for UO priorities.

General Responsibilities:

The University of Oregon seeks applications for the Director of Foundation Relations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Schools and Colleges in University Development, the director will be responsible for identifying strategic methods to align the priorities and goals of private foundations with funding opportunities for key university initiatives. In addition, the director will be the primary resource for academic leadership in the development of effective funding proposals and will have a significant role in securing private resources in support of university priorities. This position will be charged with proactively directing activities that will increase the visibility of University of Oregon faculty, specific areas of research, academic excellence, and priority programs with specific private foundations. The director will be responsible for meeting fundraising goals and expectations as they relate to the strategic needs of the university and performance will be measured against these goals annually.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include: Bachelors degree and a minimum of five years of experience in development, with significant experience working with private foundations in higher education. Other required qualifications include: a demonstrated ability to manage people and/or programs and develop strategies to achieve operating goals; the ability to make a persuasive verbal and written case for supporting key programs and projects, effectively matching the interests of prospective donors to specific university needs; the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and others; the ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong sense of professionalism, collaboration and discretion; the ability to work with university leaders, high level donors and volunteers; and strong organizational and self-motivation skills. The successful candidate will be able to quickly learn the university history, mission, demographics, faculty, and current programs in order to persuasively articulate how the University of Oregon distinguishes itself from peer institutions. The ability to travel is also required.

Preference will be given to candidates who have seven or more years in development, the majority working with private foundations in higher education and have a strong understanding of a research university. Prior to hire, the finalist in this position is subject to a criminal background check.

The salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent package of employee benefits. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and providing a fair and equitable work environment. We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to diversity and who will promote and value our culture and exercise teamwork and collaboration when working with diverse groups, donors, volunteers, and coworkers.

The search will remain open until filled. For more information or to apply for this position, please contact Lisa Abair Vuona,, at Lois Lindauer Searches.

The University of Oregon is an AA/EO institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity 677 East 12th Ave., Suite 452 5221 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5221
Office (541) 346-3123, Fax (541) 346-4168, Jobline (541) 346-2957 This announcement is available in alternate formats upon request.
If you are a qualified applicant with a disability and need accommodation with the application process, please contact us for assistance.

Internal Number: 13157
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