Associate Director, Foundation Relations | Houston, TX | MD Anderson

Associate Director, Foundation Relations

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 rankings. It is one of the nation's original three comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

The primary purpose of the Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations is to promote and support the mission of the Development Division through establishing and maintaining ongoing communication with professionally staffed national, local, and corporate foundations with a mid-level giving capacity, with the end objective of seeking additional grant dollars. The scope of the position includes working with faculty and other campus stakeholders on developing strategies for investigation, approach and solicitation for foundations; conducting research to identify alignment of a foundation's funding interest to that of MD Anderson's priorities and funding needs; working closely with faculty members to understand their work; contacting foundation staff to enhance knowledge exchange on both ends; informal reporting/updating foundations with news and project updates; and writing/editing LOIs and introductory documents to foundation staff. The Associate Director will focus on foundations with a grant-making capacity of $100,000+, both those with which MD Anderson has an existing relationship and new foundations from which we have not had prior contact or received funding.

  1. Portfolio Support and Expansion - 60% of FTE effort towards this key function.
    1. Support the coverage of the Foundation and Corporate Relations Program in the mid-level grants space by building relationships with faculty to learn more about their funding needs, particularly in the $100-250K giving range. Through phone calls, emails and meetings, engage with researchers and physicians, grant managers of departments, etc., and conduct formal presentations when necessary.
    2. Build and steward relationships with professionally staffed foundations with giving capacities of $100K-250K+. This includes contact via email, phone calls and, if needed, face-to-face visits to introduce and talk about MD Anderson, its research, our faculty and areas of need that would align with a foundation's field of interest. Informal updates/reporting to foundations that have supported our faculty would also be part of this function.
    3. Manage portfolio of assigned prospects and leads, including investigation/qualification of new leads, tracking of annual RFAs, deadlines and foundation fields of interest.

  1. Strategy Development - 30% of FTE effort towards this key function.
    1. Work with the Senior Associate Director (and Executive Director as appropriate) of Foundation and Corporate Relations to create investigation, approach and solicitation strategies for assigned targeted foundations. These may be leads arising from your own research, research conducted in the Development Office, suggestions/referrals by faculty, and/or Requests for Applications (RFAs)posted by foundations.
    2. Network with relevant stakeholders at MD Anderson to identify best possible candidates for open RFAs and keep faculty informed of upcoming opportunities (Office of Translational Research, Junior and Mid-Career Faculty groups, Research Town Hall, Faculty Communications-Look Ahead, department chairs and program managers, etc.).
    3. Take initiative to collaborate with faculty in the preparation of materials in response to RFAs to ensure that we are presenting the best possible projects to foundations, with an end goal of increasing the number of quality submissions and a corresponding increase in grant funding.

  1. Information Management - 10% of FTE effort towards this key function.
    1. Gather, manage and continually update relevant information about assigned foundations and institutional programs and services whose funding needs fall under your purview.
    2. Work with Program Manager to maintain up-to-date records on all assigned foundations and leads under investigation within CMS (Monroe).
    3. Partner with the Donor Relations team to ensure that your assigned foundations receive appropriate and timely progress reports for any grants that are processed as gifts.

  1. Other duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree.


Required: Five years of experience in private fund development, direct fundraising, English, Communications, and technical writing, to include one year of lead or supervisory experience. Successful completion of the LEADing Self Accelerate program may substitute for one year of required supervisory or management experience.

Preferred: Experience in foundation fundraising/grant-seeking for healthcare or other fields, such as academic and/or related organizations. Also, experience winning five-to-six-figure grants (preferably those related to scientific research) and developing and maintaining relationships with Grantmakers who are new to giving to an organization.


Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information
  • Requisition ID: 151687
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay
  • Work Week: Days
  • Fund Type: Hard
  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 88,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 110,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 132,000
  • Science Jobs: No