Fundraising Proposal Writer, Philanthropic Partnerships
Suffolk University is pleased to announce a career opportunity for a part time Fundraising Proposal Writer, Philanthropic Partnerships! Suffolk University is one of the area’s leading universities and the only one situated in the center of Boston. Founded in 1906, the University is comprised of three esteemed schools—the College of Arts and Sciences, Suffolk University Law School, and the Sawyer Business School. Suffolk’s 86,000 alumni are professionally successful and civically engaged, and they reside in Massachusetts, across the United States, and in over 150 countries. Suffolk is beginning an exciting new era and building a comprehensive Advancement program to support the University and its plans for the future under the direction of the Senior Vice President, Advancement.
Suffolk seeks a Fundraising Proposal Writer to work as an important member of the Philanthropic Partnerships program in support of the Office of Advancement’s fundraising goals and the University’s mission. This position will identify and secure philanthropic support for the University from corporations, foundations and individuals by writing detailed, comprehensive and persuasive proposals. For the successful candidate, the opportunity exists to develop, write, and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies for donor engagement, acquisition, stewardship, retention and the upgrading of donations. The Fundraising Proposal Writer will work in concert with the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, Advancement and University colleagues, faculty, and other stakeholders to increase financial support to Suffolk University from grant-making institutions and individual principal and major gift prospects. The position is part-time with the possibility of being expanded to full-time.
- Write a minimum of new and renewing grant proposals each year for principal gifts in the seven to eight figure range and major gifts in a range of $50,000-$999,999.
- Work with Advancement colleagues, faculty, volunteers, deans, administrators and other key stakeholders to identify new corporate and foundation fundraising opportunities and new funding sources to increase corporate, foundation and individual support in the following areas: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Financial Aid; Career Services; Faculty Development/ Recruitment/Endowed Experiential Learning;Athletics; Disability Services; Dual Enrollment/Steps to Success; Suffolk CARES and Student Emergency Assistance; other initiatives in support of the Suffolk Strategic Plan 2025; and emerging needs.
- Working closely with the Senior Vice President, Advancement, Senior Director, Philanthropic Partnerships, Senior Leadership, and other colleagues, develop transformational, principal gift-level cases for support.
- Assist fundraising colleagues with creating and finalizing individual principal and major gift proposals.
- Maintain a high level of attention to detail as it relates to managing philanthropic grants and proposals. Activities include managing deadlines and timelines as well as the collection of supporting materials and information with volunteers including written solicitation strategies, accomplishing projects and tasks in the prescribed timeframe, and keeping colleagues informed as needed concerning program strategies and progress.
- Assist with program and donor stewardship, planning and coordination of site visits, and the production and delivery of progress reports.
- Serve as an engaged and active member of the Advancement team, attending academic presentations and student life activities, and participating in University events and special programs.
- Master’s degree or equivalent preferred.
- Demonstrated experience writing successful fundraising proposals required, as well as excellent written and oral communications skills.
- Significant experience of at least five years working in Advancement or an academic division
- Knowledge of corporate and foundation fundraising resources preferred.
- Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and a strong commitment to help developing and implementing the University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policies and goals
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and advise staff and work independently and as part of a team to reach Advancement fundraising goals.
- Willingness and ability to work independently with a variety of prospects, donors, the University’s senior leadership, faculty and program managers.
- Superior detail-oriented
- Ability to work weekends and evenings, as assigned.
- Proficiency in MicrosoftOffice.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.