Job Description

General Summary:

The Alzheimer's Association is looking for a dynamic, experienced professional to design and implement a high-level foundation giving program on a national scale.

The Director will report to the Senior Director of Major & Strategic Gifts, and will work with nationwide colleagues and leadership to engage and solicit prominent foundations across the country. She/he will develop strategies to engage and proposals to secure grants from private foundations. The Director will also serve as a home office resource to our chapter staff who work to engage local private foundations.


This is an outstanding opportunity to build a strong foundation revenue program with an organization that is a global leader in Alzheimer's disease. The preferred location of position is Chicago, IL - but other metropolitan cities would also be considered.

                      Essential Job Functions:
  • Develop a strategic foundation fundraising plan with both short and long-term objectives designed to meet the organization's comprehensive fundraising goals
  • Prepare, submit and manage all proposals and reports for foundations
  • Proactively manage a portfolio foundation donors and prospects
  • Build a pipeline of support  from foundations and be responsible for a personal revenue goal
  • Provide expert counsel in foundation  engagement strategy to colleagues across the country
  • Work closely with the Senior  Director, Major & Strategic Gifts to set goals and strategies to  meet nationwide revenue and activity metrics
  • Work collaboratively with program, advocacy and scientific staff across the institution to identify specific and appropriate opportunities to engage donors and fund core programs
  • Ensure that prospect and donor information is recorded accurately in the donor database and collaborate with the strategic initiatives on systems, reports and other infrastructure needs 
  • Contribute to the nationwide Relationship Development team and serve on the Relationship Development Directors Team
  • Embrace and live out professionalism and fundraising best practices
                 Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required. CFRE or advanced degree a plus 
  • Ten or more years of progressively responsible  experience and demonstrated success in developing a foundation giving  program, preferably in an academic medical center or related to medical  research
  • Superior writing, verbal communications and  public speaking skills
  • Experience in working with  high net worth leaders and demonstrated success in personal cultivation,  solicitation, stewardship, and closing of foundation gifts at the six and  seven figure levels
  • Highly creative/innovative  with abilities to persuade and motivate others
  • Strong analytical skills to  drive strategic development of region
  • Ability to add strategic  value to various donor situations
  • Able to overcome barriers  and challenges with positive, can-do attitude
  • Superior interpersonal  skills including ability to listen, observe and interact well with diverse  individuals and groups
  • Tactful, diplomatic, and  appropriately assertive
  • Results oriented with  ability to focus on and meet deadlines and goals
  • Exceptional organizational  skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks
  • Team leader and team player  with ability to work collaboratively with Association colleagues,  and leadership locally and nationally
  • High integrity and  professionalism, respecting the confidential nature of donor information  and the Alzheimer's Association's business practices
  • Ability and willingness to  travel when needed, including overnight travel

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