Job Category:

Exempt Full-Time, Staff

Job Description:

The College of Wooster is seeking a Director of Sponsored Research and Foundation Relations.  Reporting directly to the Vice President for Advancement regularly meeting with the Provost, and collaborating with other key campus partners (President, Business Office, Faculty, etc.) to further the College’s foundation and sponsored research agenda.  This position is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations, corporations, and government agencies that can support faculty research and College-wide strategic initiatives.  The position provides the expertise to advance the College’s priorities by researching and identifying sources of support for faculty and for the College as a whole, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on mutual interests and by maintaining strong communication ties with prospective granting agencies.  The director interacts with the senior administrators of the College and faculty to develop funding strategies in support of faculty research and the College’s priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design, implement, and manage a comprehensive and proactive development plan focused on expanding and enhancing financial support from private foundations, federal and other granting agencies.
  • Partner with faculty and staff to meet grant funding goals of the institution by identifying appropriate project personnel, convening planning sessions, scheduling project development, coordinating and monitoring project progress, editing or writing proposal components, organizing project support documents, distributing draft proposals for review, securing work group approvals, submitting proposals and following up once submitted to funding organizations.
  • Ensure that internal policies and procedures are best practice in terms of compliance with policies of public and private funding sources and monitor information and resources from national professional organizations such as SCAFRO.
  • Research foundation, corporate, and government funding sources and prospects in response to current and future institutional priorities and needs.  Identify promising opportunities; write and submit proposals.
  • Work with business office and Primary Investigator(s) to ensure stewardship and timely reporting as required by funding sources.
  • Provide faculty and staff with information regarding grant resources and deadlines, promoting funding opportunities among faculty and educating broadly about those opportunities.  Serve as a clearinghouse, with Vice Presidential support, for all campus-wide requests to external funding entities.
  • Participate in committees, workgroups, and campus activities that increase personal knowledge of subjects/projects appropriate for foundation, corporate or government support.
  • Meet with the Provost and Vice President for Advancement regularly to determine project priorities and the need for support and allocation of other resources. Discuss institutional priorities and faculty interests with relevant staff and faculty to assist in the identification of possible grant proposals.
  • Provide thoughtful, consistent and appropriate stewardship. Provide assistance in the proper administration of successful grant awards. Generate reports to meet grant requirements.
  • Create and maintain information on foundation, corporate, and government funding sources within RENXT data base, tracking activity and recording strategies and outcomes.
  • Follow up on grant requests with appropriate telephone and electronic communication.  Act as a liaison between the College and funding agencies. Assist the P.I. with budget preparation for grant proposals.
  • Serve as one of the College’s Authorized Organizational Representatives for electronic grant submission (e.g., NSF Fastlane or NIH/NEH
  • Assist in the planning of visits to foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required.  Advanced degree preferred.  Minimum of three years experience in a similar position within higher education preferred.  Successful candidate will have thorough understanding of the value of a residential liberal arts and sciences education and be able to articulate that understanding.


  • Experience in foundation/corporate/government fundraising; knowledge of current trends in grants management and compliance such as negotiating indirect cost rates, handling subawards, oversight of ethics compliance, etc.
  • Knowledge of funding information sources
  • Ability to develop strategies to achieve fundraising goals, analyze results and adjust plans to reflect those results;
  • Possess strong intercultural communication skills and the ability to partner with staff and faculty with varying levels of knowledge and experience with grants

Application Instructions:

For highest consideration please submit a resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references which includes name, telephone number and email address.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The College of Wooster does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex/gender, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, political affiliation, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, disability, age, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or by state, local, or federal law. All offers of employment are subject to verification of the legal right to work in the United States as required by federal law. The College of Wooster is committed by policy and practice to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read our nondiscrimination policy.