Assistant Director, Foundation Relations

Reports To: Assistant Chief Development Officer
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date: August 2019        


National Brain Tumor Society is the largest non-profit organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to the global brain tumor community. We are fiercely committed to our mission of finding better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for brain tumors. We’ve seen unprecedented progress and momentum to find better treatments. This is an exciting and deeply satisfying time to be part of our agenda for change and a strong, caring community.For over twenty-five years, dating back to the origins of our organization, we have been a strategic funder, advocate, and catalyst for advancing research, improving public policies, and helping all those diagnosed today and anyone who is diagnosed in the future. Some of the most important discoveries in brain tumor research have been attributable at least in part to NBTS, and over the past six years NBTS has achieved a number of victories on the public-policy front that in turn improved the landscape for research to advance. Going forward, NBTS aims to achieve even greater impact toward the goal of delivering medicines to patients who deserve far greater survival and quality of life than they are currently experiencing from time of diagnosis. Organizationally, we have a highly collaborative workplace and believe that teamwork and a great culture are essential to success. 

Summary: The Assistant Director, Foundation Relationswill be based in the NBTS main offices in Newton, MA and will report directly to the Assistant Chief Development Officer (ACDO). This individual will be responsible for developing and securing financial resources from private, community, corporate and family foundations. The Assistant Director will work to ensure a high level of research, cultivation and organizational strategy, in communication with internal and external stakeholders. Must be able to work effectively and coordinate moves management across the organization, with experience identifying, cultivating and soliciting foundation gifts in a non-profit setting.

The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment and professionalism in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication and the ability to balance multiple priorities. This individual must be capable of working independently on projects, from conception to completion, and work under pressure to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. The ideal candidate will also bring experience in grant writing and working with foundations in a development setting.

Supervision Exercised:  No supervisory duties required.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Education & Experience: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all that may be found in positions of this class.)

Bachelor’s degree required.

2-3 years Foundation Relations and/or Development experience preferred. Candidates with strong non-profit and grant writing experience may also be considered.

Required Skills, Knowledge, & Abilities:

Strong written and interpersonal communication skills. Proven ability to work independently and manage multiple projects and activities simultaneously. Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information, diplomacy, tact, and professionalism in actions and appearance. Strong attention to detail, with a commitment to high quality work. Strong experience Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), Google Apps Suite (Gmail, Google Docs, etc.), Salesforce and databases. Highly detail-oriented, ability to multi-task and manage time well. Strong written and interpersonal communication skills. Team player who focuses on high productivity and results. Professional, friendly, and enthusiastic personality. Self-starter with a proactive attitude who can anticipate needs.

Work Environment: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)