Foundation Relations Officer

Position Title: 
Foundation Relations Officer
Organization Name: 
Riley Children's Foundation




Employees of Riley Children’s Foundation are expected to take ownership of their job responsibilities, to demonstrate job proficiency, to exhibit professionalism at all times, to continually seek out ways to improve performance, to challenge established processes to achieve the best results, to sustain high standards of productivity and efficiency without sacrificing work quality, to assist and cooperate with coworkers, and to consistently demonstrate commitment to the job and the organization.

Note: This description is intended to illustrate the general content of and requirements for this position.

            It should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.


Working as part of the fundraising team and reporting to the Director, Foundation Relations, the Foundation Relations Officer identifies, cultivates and solicits corporate foundations and private foundations for grants in the $25,000 to $250,000 range.  In this position, the individual will additionally renew current grants in the $25,000 to $100,000 range while also stewarding all donors within their portfolio.

Foundation and individual staff goals are set annually and are expected to grow, accomplish and enhance the Foundation’s strategic plan and annual business plan.

Direct Reports: NA


1.  Fundraising

  • Solicit gifts at the $25,000 to $250,000 range through grant writing, in fulfillment of annual fundraising goals.
  • Maintain portfolio of foundations to renew their support annually.
  • In partnership with the staff at Riley Children’s Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine, develop proposals that align with funding priorities to new foundations and longtime foundation partners.
  • Liaise between hospital, research partners and external foundation program staff for pre and post award requirements.  Ensure reports are completed, deadlines are met and files are maintained with accuracy.
  • Engage with external foundation program staff through meetings, phone calls and emails, tracking meaningful contacts in Riley Children’s Foundation’s CRM.
  • Engage in discovery by conducting prospect research using online foundation research tools.

2.  Administrative

  • Administrative:  Maintain accountability to administrative systems and procedures including submitting expense reimbursements, credit card reconciliations, invoices, reports, RCF calendar additions, etc., by the deadlines assigned.
  • Meetings:  Prepare for and actively participate in all Riley Children’s Foundation meetings as appropriate.  Ensure expectations and tools for meeting agendas and follow-up are implemented.
  • Technology:  Understand and effectively use the technology available at the Riley Children’s Foundation.  
  • Compliance:  Ensure strict compliance with all Foundation policies, as well as local, state and federal laws that govern business practices.

3.  Riley Children’s Foundation Representative

  • Presentations:  Represent Riley Children’s Foundation through delivering speeches about the organization and its mission to the external public and funder representatives. 
  • Tours:  Give tours of the hospital, and provide information on Riley Hospital, Riley Children’s Foundation, JWR Museum Home, Camp Riley and the Child Health Research Institute as appropriate.

4.  Other Duties as Assigned

  • Riley Children’s Foundation events:  Participate in Riley Children’s Foundation Events as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the following education and/or experience.

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.   
  • Experience:  2-3 years fundraising experience, including grant proposal writing and reporting. High level of knowledge of an overall donor or customer experience model. 
  • Skills:  Solid relationship building and collaborative mindset.  Understanding of external foundation program officer needs and perceptions.  Comfort level in speaking in public.  Professional communicator.  Sensitivity to needs of donors.  Problem-solving, research and analytical skills.  Attention to detail and organization.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office products with a key focus on Word, Excel and Outlook.  Proficiency in use of databases.  Familiarity with government grants considered a plus.
  • Qualities:  Personal belief in Riley Children’s Foundation vision, mission, core values and strategic direction.  Results oriented.  Ability to work under pressure and effectively prioritize a varied and diverse workload.  Creative and resourceful.  Inquisitive and sharp minded coupled with demonstrated aptitude for strategic donor or customer experience strategy.  Self-motivating and self-starting.  Ability to take quiet pride in one’s work.  Perseverance.  Optimistic and positive.  Team player.  Must adhere to the highest ethical standards.  Professional demeanor. 



The work requirements described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. 

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to stand and sit for periods of time and to move intermittently throughout the workday.
  • Strong sensory skills, such as good eyesight, hearing and dexterity.
  • Ability to operate office equipment, including computers, copiers, fax machines and phones.


  • Normal business travel excludes daily commute.  Position also requires out-of-office travel and occasional overnight travel.
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, June 18, 2023