Job Information

University of Utah Sr. Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/19/2022

Requisition Number PRN31968B

Job Title Development Director

Working Title Sr. Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Job Grade G

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00289 - Development

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $80,000 - $90,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations ( CFR ) builds collaborations between national organizations and the University of Utah, including its hospitals, clinics, and colleges. We are committed to advancing the U’s teaching, research, patient care, and community outreach––all in conjunction with our corporate and foundation partners.

The Senior Associate Director will lead continued funding growth for a wide range of research and program initiatives by working collaboratively with faculty and staff to monitor, strategize about, apply for, and report on grants and gifts. Housed within Advancement (with headquarters on lower campus), you will join a team of three CFR staff and a larger office of fundraising professionals. You will also work closely with leaders from across the university and U Health.

The work requires a deft approach, informed by an understanding of academia, foundation policies and practices, research regulations, philanthropic trends, and budgeting. The ideal candidate will also write well, get along with academics, value EDI , and show interest in the goals of our internal and external partners.

One day you may meet with a dean to plan a new initiative, and the next you may edit proposals and send emails about upcoming RFPs. In all cases, you will play a critical role in building the U’s research capabilities. Our office is data driven and passionate about the university’s impact on students, science, and society at large.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC , women, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.


  • Academic environment that reflects the highest standards of scholarship and professional practice
  • Comprehensive benefits ( , including tuition reduction, health care, and a 14.2% contribution to your retirement plan
  • Professional development opportunities to expand your skills and grow your career
  • World class healthcare facilities, including University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Institute, Brain Institute, John A. Moran Eye Center and Community Clinics
  • Top ranked teaching and research institution
  • Wellness program to promote health and quality of life
  • Beautiful location on the foothills of the Wasatch mountain range minutes from many of the world’s best ski resorts and outdoor recreation facilities and locations
  • Variety of cultural events
  • Family friendly work-life balance
  • Broad variety of exceptional athletic programs, which have earned numerous national championships and conference team championships
  • One of the largest employers in the State of Utah and routinely ranked among its best
  • Free UTA TRAX / Bus pass for all employees
  • Reward and Recognition program
  • Convenient location close to downtown Salt Lake City
  • Quality environment committed to treating all members of the university community in an equitable and fair manner


  • Assist faculty, colleagues, and university grant-seekers in identifying corporate and foundation funding sources and provide assistance through the proposal process
  • Support co-identified thematic areas that will generate foundation support across academic disciplines
  • Serve as university lead for high-level foundation relationships, while also identifying and cultivating new foundation prospects
  • Maintain a portfolio of foundations and campus / U Health areas; develop expertise to facilitate communications between them
  • Develop a broad and deep understanding of current fundraising priorities across campus, as outlined by the President, CEO of U Health, Vice President for Research, and Academic and Research Deans
  • Assist with limited submission opportunities (where the university is only allowed to submit a single proposal and must select from among qualified researchers)
  • Work with faculty and fundraising colleagues across campus to develop effective fundraising strategies that translate into successful foundation proposals
  • Write, edit and submit letters of intent and full proposals, as the primary author and in a team environment
  • Work with a variety of U offices to ensure proper handling of proposals, grants and reports
  • Identify and secure meetings for university leadership and faculty with foundation executives
  • Document results of all substantive contacts with foundations
  • Monitor RFPs, grand challenges, corporate giving, and other philanthropic trends to identify new funding sources; communicate them to the relevant faculty and staff

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Communication, Public Relations, English, or a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Five years experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, business, public relations, annual, corporate or foundation giving which includes two years of budgeting and supervisory experience. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required. Experience in grant or proposal writing, public speaking, a background working with print and/or electronic media, an understanding of university fundraising practices and personnel management is preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Experience in fundraising, research development, and/or university management
  • Master’s degree strongly preferred––PhD and scientific literacy valued
  • Candidates who have the communication skills and cross-cultural abilities to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of campus and external colleagues

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.