Job Description

The Director, Foundation Relations will lead targeted initiatives that will impact increased foundation revenue and better position the association nationwide for enhanced revenue growth.  Desired outcomes include:

  • Identify, engage and partner with strategically targeted national foundations that align with the Associations Strategic Pillars to secure 6, 7 and 8 figure gifts
  • Partner with Sr. Director, Major & Strategic Gifts and Director, Major Gifts to streamline the foundation lead delivery for the Major Gifts Team
  • Increase foundation engagement and revenue growth year over year
  • Effectively increase foundation outreach, qualification and engagement with the Donor Advisor team
  • Work closely with the chapter executives and field staff to encourage engagement between Director, Foundations; Donor Advisors; Program Officers; and other Strategic Pillars
  • Develop, compose, and execute foundation proposals in partnership with Donor Communications colleagues

Essential Job Functions:


  • Develop Comprehensive Association Wide Foundation Implementation Plan
    • Develop strategies to grow foundation revenue nationwide
    • Provide a holistic, nationwide perspective on the Association’s foundation fundraising efforts
    • Identify and engage key large foundations as partners in our work
    • Articulate the Association’s strategic funding priorities
    • Help access our senior leadership on large foundation relationships
  • Develop and manage a Portfolio of Key Foundation Relationships
    • Manage portfolio of 50-100 with foundations with assets of $25,000,000+
    • Provide leadership or strategic input on large foundation relationships
    • Acquire foundation relationships that involve multiple chapters or nationwide opportunities
    • Facilitate the participation of Senior Leadership in key foundation relationships where appropriate

Consultation/Collaborative Chapter Engagement

  • Share best practices and develop resources to assist chapters in their foundation fundraising efforts
  • Facilitate collaboration between chapters on foundation relationships that could benefit multiple chapters or have nationwide impact
  • Develop resources that can help chapters with their foundation work

Donor Advisor Partnership/Engagement

  • Develop guidelines for evaluating new foundation prospects and assigning to the Donor Advisor team
  • Assist with facilitating engagement of Programs, MedSci and Senior Leadership in key foundation relationships
  • Provide strategic guidance and input on key foundation relationships
  • Lead in providing coordination with the Donor Stewardship team, to continue enhancing annual reports, grant agreements and payments, storage of key foundation documents, tracking grant report deadlines and providing stewardship for existing foundation relationships

Foundation Process and Accountability

  • Develop a framework for engaging Programs, MedSci and senior leadership in key foundation relationships
  • Networking: Participate in key grantmaker associations and conferences (Grantmakers In Aging, etc.)
  • Create reports that enable us to track foundation relationships
  • Develop a process to track grant application and reporting deadlines
  • Develop and compose foundation proposals, impact reports, and stewardship for personal portfolio
  • Consistently track portfolio moves, qualifications, solicitations, and grants in CRM

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Grant writing experience required
  • Experience in successfully identifying foundation prospects and effectively engaging prospects to make solicitations and long-term relationships
  • Ability to take a hands-on approach to leading an organizational foundation strategy
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly creative/innovative with abilities to persuade and motivate others.
  • Strong analytical skills to drive fundraising growth and the ability to add strategic value to various donor situations
  • Results oriented with ability to focus on and meet deadlines and goals
  • Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks


  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • CFRE an/or advanced degree preferred.
  • 5 -7 years minimum experience of frontline development experience with specific experience with foundation engagement.
  • Successful experience closing of foundation major gifts at the six figure levels preferred.
  • Direct experience with nationwide voluntary health, and/or advocacy organizations preferred.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Able to create and manage project timelines
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time

Position Title: Director, Foundation Relations

Position Location: Chicago, IL - Hybrid/Remote Role

Full time based on 37.5 hours per week minimum

Position Grade: 512 Exempt, estimated salary $150,000-$175,000

Reports To: Senior Director, Major and Strategic Gifts

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia- by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,900 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life-changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may develop the disease in the future. Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to explore who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work for the last twelve years in a row.

At the Alzheimer's Association®, we believe that diverse perspectives are critical to achieving health equity - meaning that all communities have a fair and just opportunity for early diagnosis and access to risk reduction and quality care. The Association is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved communities and responding with resources and education to address the disproportionate impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.

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