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Assistant Director of Foundation Relations

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: Indianapolis
Categories: Academic & Student Services

Position Overview

The Assistant Director of Foundation Relations provides support for all Office of Foundation Relations activities, including grant prospecting, proposal submissions, grant stewardship, and reporting. Emphasis is on grant activities generated from the Office of the President and grant opportunities supporting University strategic priorities of $1 million or more. This role will be responsible for the generation of a consistent number of proposal submissions and awards in support of Advancement fundraising targets as well as for effective project management for high-quality, on-time grant proposal and report submissions.


  • Foster positive relationships with University leadership, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, and actively and positively contribute to a trusting and collaborative culture.
  • Support University fundraising initiatives through the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of local and national foundations.
  • Support and develop grant proposals and other appropriate correspondence necessary to document new gifts and commitments from existing and new foundation partners.
  • Provide ongoing support to grant-funded project teams to ensure effective tracking and reporting of metrics and grant expenditures.
  • Manage calendar of deadlines, submissions, reports, and other relevant communications between University and foundation partners.
  • Perform other related duties as required and deemed appropriate to effectively accomplish responsibilities of position.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One-to-three years of experience in higher education fundraising and/or grant writing for signature initiatives (or equivalent combination of related foundation, nonprofit or consulting experience).
  • Highly organized, strong attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects to deadline.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Desire to develop and/or strengthen expertise in grant writing and grant stewardship in a high-profile, complex setting in support of University strategic priorities and signature initiatives.

BU Benefits and Perks

Please check out Butler’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our benefit offerings, which include:

  • Paid Time Off and Holidays:
    • 18 days of paid time off (vacation and PTO days)
    • 8 Paid Holidays
    • Paid Winter Break between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day
    • Paid Parental Leave (after 1 year of full-time employment)
  • Health:
    • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans including disability and life insurance programs
  • Retirement:
    • 10% employer contribution after 1 year of full-time employment
  • Tuition Assistance:
    • Remission of tuition for classes taken at Butler for employees, spouses, and dependent children.
      • Eligibility after 9 months of full-time employment
      • Employees & spouses- undergraduate/graduate degrees
      • Dependents (under age 26)- undergraduate degree
      • Covers tuition only
    • Tuition Exchange Program for Dependents
  • Butler Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks:
    • Access to Butler’s on-site fitness facility and libraries for full-time staff and faculty
    • LinkedIn Learning Courses
    • Free premium subscription to the Calm App
    • Free subscription to the WSJ and NYT
    • Discount at the College Bookstore
    • Discount on select Athletic and Arts/Events Center Performances

About Butler

Butler University is a private, nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate and doctoral students are enrolled at Butler, representing 46 states and 24 countries.

Join us at the crossroads of tradition & transformation. A career at Butler University means so much more than a job. Join the dedicated, innovative, and supportive community of faculty and staff that is moving Butler Beyond.

Butler University is an equal-opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees.  We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sex, race, religion, color, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

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