Director of Foundation Relations for Johns Hopkins Medicine

Classified Title: Foundation Relations Manager

Requisition #: 315043

Range: PF

Level: 4

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Status: Full Time

School: University Administration

Location: Homewood Campus

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Development

Contact: DAR HR

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General Description

Johns Hopkins University seeks to fill a new position, Director of Foundation Relations for Johns Hopkins Medicine. The director will report to the Senior Director of Foundation Relations for the Johns Hopkins Institutions, and will work in collaboration with Medicine’s Development and academic leaders. Johns Hopkins Medicine is internationally renowned for excellence in education, research, and clinical care, and the director will build on a legacy of strong private support.

The Director of Foundation Relations will develop and execute a highly strategic approach to securing major foundation support, especially for investigators and clinician scientists engaged in research with a nationally and internationally competitive edge. Other major responsibilities include:

Work in partnership with the Senior Director of Foundation Relations, the Vice President of the Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine, institutional and divisional academic leadership, and Development colleagues to maximize foundation support for Medicine.

Lead the development of a high-level strategic and creative approach that responds to relevant Medicine priorities and also identifies and pursues foundation resources that can advance other areas of competitive strength, especially in research.

With the Senior Director of Foundation Relations and divisional Development colleagues, develop and pursue opportunities for major foundation support of Medicine projects that involve collaboration with the Schools of Public Health and Nursing, with a focus on grants of at least six figures.

Work closely with academic leaders, faculty, and Development colleagues to identify prospects, cultivate their interest, build productive relationships, negotiate proposal content, and submit high-quality solicitations – including planning and staffing visits and site visits.

Work closely and effectively with faculty to develop and prepare concepts, letters of inquiry, proposals, and when appropriate, grant reports.

Manage a portfolio of key foundation prospects for Medicine.

Supervise the Associate Director of Foundation Relations who would manage a complementary portfolio of prospects relevant for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Public Health and Nursing.

Ensure effective stewardship of major Medicine foundation funders.

Help develop and deliver presentations for faculty and Development colleagues to increase knowledge about independent foundation funding, build capabilities for foundation grant-seeking among faculty, and foster new sources of support.


Bachelor’s degree required; strong preference for an advanced degree in science or a background in science writing. Minimum of 7 years of experience in foundation fund-raising, preferably in an academic setting, and a record of success in securing high six-figure and seven-figure grants.

Excellent judgment, diplomacy, team-working ability, critical thinking, creativity, and exceptional writing and speaking skills (including conveying research projects to an intelligent lay audience.)

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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