Director, Foundation Relations

Full Time Part Time
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  • Job ID 125833

Job Description

Why Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is top-ranked in more specialties than any other care provider according to U.S. News & World Report. As we work together to put the needs of the patient first, we are also dedicated to our employees, investing in competitive compensation and comprehensive benefit plans – to take care of you and your family, now and in the future. And with continuing education and advancement opportunities at every turn, you can build a long, successful career with Mayo Clinic. You’ll thrive in an environment that supports innovation, is committed to ending racism and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, and provides the resources you need to succeed.


The Director of Foundation Relations gathers information about prospective foundation benefactors, qualifies, cultivates and develops relationships to pursue and procure gifts and grants that align with Mayo Clinic funding priorities. The Director of Foundation Relations manages a portfolio of prospects with a focus on identifying and prioritizing foundation prospects with the capacity to make, gifts and grants of $1,000,000 and above. The Director of Foundation Relations develops and cultivates relationships with internal personnel, such as clinicians and researchers, research administration, principal investigators, and clinical administration, as well as collaborates with CFR colleagues to share relevant information. The Director of Foundation Relations writes grants proposals  maintains accurate and current CRM information about potential benefactors, serves on workstreams, as needed, and performs other duties as assigned. Development professionals at Mayo Clinic must adhere to the “Donor Bill of Rights” and ethical standards set forth for the department and institution. 


Bachelor’s Degree Required. Master’s and/or fundraising certification is preferred. Requires 7 years of CFR and grant-writing experience with a demonstrated track record of securing foundation gifts and grants at $1,000,000+. Foundation relations in healthcare preferred. Incumbent must be a self-motivated, self-directed, and highly organized individual who will promote a productive and collegial workplace and be a professional ambassador for Mayo Clinic at the highest levels. Belief in the mission and strong, ethical conduct is essential. 

Requires extensive knowledge of principles and methods of foundation fundraising and grant writing. The incumbent must be able to work in a complex environment with multi-dimensional points of view and priorities, possessing organizational agility, political savviness and perseverance and be comfortable with ambiguity. The incumbent must be able to work effectively in a consensus-style operation that expects and promotes teamwork. He or she must have the ability to inspire trust and confidence and communicate effectively; must be able to network and build relationships and to lead the creation of compelling proposal for funding purposes. The incumbent must be able to work under the pressure of deadlines with minimal supervision; take the lead on projects and take initiative when needed, as well as be organized and able to balance multiple relationships and priorities. The incumbent must maintain a high degree of professionalism; confidentiality is essential. Finally, must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Suites, other information technology and management of database systems. 

Exemption Status


Compensation Detail

$138,237 – $200,408 / year

Benefits Eligible



Full Time

Hours/Pay Period


Schedule Details

M-F, business hours. This position may work remotely from any location within the U.S. Up to 20% national travel required.

Weekend Schedule

As needed

International Assignment


Site Description

Just as our reputation has spread beyond our Minnesota roots, so have our locations. Today, our employees are located at our three major campuses in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, Jacksonville, Florida, Rochester, Minnesota, and at Mayo Clinic Health System campuses throughout Midwestern communities, and at our international locations. Each Mayo Clinic location is a special place where our employees thrive in both their work and personal lives. Learn more about what each unique Mayo Clinic campus has to offer, and where your best fit is.

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer
As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer Mayo Clinic is committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the diversity of its employees and does not discriminate against any employee or candidate. Women, minorities, veterans, people from the LGBTQ communities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply to join our teams. Reasonable accommodations to access job openings or to apply for a job are available.


Jessica Gartner

  • Rochester, MN
  • Full Time
  • Development/Philanthropy

#Mayo Clinic
Location: US (Remote)

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