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Director of Foundation and Government Grants

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Marist College

Poughkeepsie, NY

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Director of Foundation and Government Grants

Job Description:

The Opportunity

The Director of Foundation and Government Grants is a key member of the Office of College Advancement team. Primary responsibilities include the development and implementation of strategies to secure leadership support from foundations and government agencies (state and federal) for top institutional fundraising priorities.

The Director will work in close collaboration with academic and administrative leaders to research, develop, submit and shepherd foundation and government funding proposals; proactively build and maintain strong relationships with foundation grant officers as well as legislators and their representatives. The person in this role will also closely track and monitor developments in federal and state funding streams to identify potential opportunities that align with institutional priorities; and provide accurate, timely reporting and exceptional stewardship for foundation and government funders. The ability to partner with major gift, gift planning and annual fund staff to appropriately leverage relationships with Marist alumni, parents and friends to support funding proposals and grant applications, is essential. The Director is also expected to participate as an active member of the Advancement team, representing the office at special events and activities throughout the year.


The ideal candidate will have at least seven years of progressively responsible experience in the development field, exceptional interpersonal skills and a proven track record of securing six and seven figure grants from foundations and government agencies. This position requires outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to manage multiple priorities; creativity; an entrepreneurial spirit; and strong analytical and organizational skills. A Bachelor''s degree is required and a master''s degree is preferred.

About Marist College Advancement

As Marist has grown, so have its development efforts. The College successfully completed its first comprehensive campaign in 2012, raising nearly $160 million on an ambitious goal of $150 million. 14,388 donors contributed to the

Campaign for Marist

, including 21 gifts of $1 million or more. Significant support was secured for major capital initiatives, the faculty, and the establishment of more than 40 new endowed scholarships.

In 2009, Marist received an extraordinary $75 million bequest from industrialist Raymond A. Rich, the largest gift in the history of the College and a cornerstone of the campaign. The bequest consisted of a 60-acre riverfront estate that contains The Payne Mansion, one of the most historically and architecturally significant homes in the Hudson River Valley and a $10 million endowment to support the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development, housed at the estate.

The College''s alumni, now more than 39,000 strong, are highly engaged. Alumni are increasingly successful in their careers and supporting Marist in growing numbers. Additionally, Marist has an impressive record of development success with prominent philanthropists in the surrounding region. The institution also benefits greatly from an expanding cadre of highly supportive parents.

The Advancement team consists of 23 individuals working in four departments including development, alumni relations, advancement services, and public affairs.

The Campus

Marist College is a comprehensive, independent, liberal arts institution located in the historic Hudson River Valley of New York State, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. Situated on a 210-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River, it enrolls 4,787 traditional undergraduate, 799 graduate, and 543 continuing education students. Marist also has a branch campus in Florence, Italy, and extension sites throughout New York. Marist has been recognized for excellence by

U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine, The Princeton Review''s The Best 379 Colleges,


Barron''s Best Buys in College Education

, and is noted for being a pioneer in the area of online degree programs.

More than $200 million in capital construction and improve­ments have been completed on the Marist College campus over the past decade. The Hancock Center, a technology building designed by Robert A. M. Stern, was completed in spring 2011. August 2011, the College opened a new pedestrian underpass that provides a safe, direct link for those wishing to cross Route 9. The McCann Recreation Center recently received a $7.5 million makeover. The spring 2014 semester saw the completion of the new Multipurpose Academic Building and renovated Student Center projects. The buildings are not being fully utilized by students, faculty, and staff. Currently, a new science and allied health building, which will house the College''s new Physician Assistant Program, is nearing completion and is due to open early next year. Finally, work has begun on the North Campus Housing project, a major new initiative to meet strong student demand for on-campus housing.


To learn more or to apply, please visit

. Only online applications are accepted.

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from other under-represented groups.



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