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Director of Foundations Relations

Company name
About Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Gardena, CA
5 hit(s)  



Gardena, California




Full Time - Experienced


Financial Management, Foundation, Grants

Required Education:

4 Year Degree

Who We Are/What We Do

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible. HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation, mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded over $500 million in scholarships and provides a range of impactful programs for students, HSF Scholars, Alumni, and parents. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit

Department Description

The Development Department is HSF’s fundraising unit. As such, it oversees all aspects attracting, maintaining, and growing HSF’s financial support by all classes of donors, nationwide, in support of the organization’s mission and vision.

Role Description

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Director of Foundation Relations identifies, researches, and cultivates funding opportunities and writes grants for consideration to family and private foundations to support the work of HSF. This role works closely with HSF’s Marketing Department staff leading the advisory council and alumni relationships strategies to leverage local and regional relationships to secure local, regional and national foundation support for HSF’s scholarships, scholarship support and conference programs. He/she is responsible for making initial contact, securing personal visits, and submitting letters of intent, proposals, and on-line applications in a timely manner on behalf of HSF. He/she will act as a steward to current grant funders and will work with HSF staff to provide the required reports. This position requires a poised individual who is able to communicate and work effectively with chief executive officers of potential donor organizations and members of HSF’s executive team.

Job Requirements

Values & Principles:

Committed to learning and understanding the vision and goals of the organization in order to become its advocate, ambassador and asker

Committed to learning all services, work plans, and metrics of the of the department and organization

Uphold the highest standards of donor/customer service for all constituents, in terms of speed of response, accuracy, record-keeping, and completeness


Works with leadership to develop and implement the organization’s mission, policies, strategies and operations

Leads efforts to engage other departments in collaborative opportunities to advance the goals and initiatives of the organization


Work with HSF’s Chief Development Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and the HSF’s executive leadership team to establish key funding priorities for the organization

Identify and research grant and other foundation funding opportunities

Manage HSF’s foundation pipeline

Establish and maintain appropriate files of biographical and financial information as well as funding priorities, application guidelines, and deadline dates

Coordinate with appropriate staff to make initial contact with potential funders and schedule personal visits

Manage proposal writing process, including establishing schedules, gathering information, and coordinating with appropriate staff

Draft and write grant proposals in collaboration with appropriate staff

Monitor with compliance officer progress on grant-funded activity against schedule established in approved proposals and by funders

In coordination with the compliance officer, compiles status reports to donors on grant programs

Prepare correspondence, progress reports, and updates to donors

Coordinate all requirements with donors, such as acknowledgements, the annual report, and other correspondence

Perform additional responsibilities as assigned



Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

5 years of fundraising experience in a higher education environment (preferred)

Critical Professional Skills

Proven track record of success as a grant writer

Demonstrated ability to cultivate effective relationships with representatives of donor organizations

Ability to meet deadlines with competing priorities

Excellent written and oral skills, and ability to develop clear and concise documents and presentations

Excellent interpersonal skills, on the phone and in-person

Technical Skills

Proficient with Windows-based software including presentation and spreadsheet software; ability to learn database management packages.

Knowledge of Salesforce preferred

Additional Requirements

Flexible to work weekends and/or extended work days, as required

Availability to travel as necessary. This position may require up to 20% travel during various intervals of the year

Other Criteria

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position requires:

Constant sitting or standing,

Some walking around, and

Occasionally lifting no more than 10 lbs.

To Apply: Email resume, portfolio/work samples, references & cover letter to


Additional Salary Information: Salary determined depending on experience

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About Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s (HSF) mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. The organization delivers a range of programs to Hispanic families and students through community outreach and education, affordability via scholarships, college retention and career opportunities. HSF supports a successful path for Latinos to attain a college degree - creating an increasingly valuable asset for a stronger more competitive America in the 21st century. Celebrating its 35th year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300M resulting in close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need. For more information, go to:

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