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General Employment

Aquinas College accepts resumes with cover letters as positions become available.
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Current Employment Opportunities at Aquinas College
Employment opportunities can be found below or on the following websites. If searching the sites listed below for open positions, use keyword: "Aquinas":
Part time or adjunct teaching assignments are filled by the individual academic department.
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Aquinas Benefits Fact Sheet (pdf)
Unless otherwise specified, please submit all letters of interest and resume to:
Aquinas College
Attn.: Human Resources
1607 Robinson Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Aquinas College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Posting: Director of Foundation Giving and Advancement Communications

This position is responsible for overseeing grant procurement for Aquinas College, including composing and submitting grant proposals as well as assisting other grant seekers at the College with identifying potential funding sources and preparing their own proposals. In addition, this position provides leadership and editing assistance to other members of the Advancement Department for communications materials directed at department constituents, both internal and external.


Responsibilities/Essential Functions include:

  • Composition of institutional grant proposals [capital, annual fund, non-program grants* (grants developed by academic units in conjunction with program development)]

  • Collaborate with Vice President for Advancement on capital campaigns and appeals

  • Provide communications leadership to the Institutional Advancement Department for all materials targeting prospective and existing donors, alumni and others

  • Provide editorial services for all Advancement team members including print publications, Web, email, and electronic newsletters

  • Composition of campaign collateral and communications, including brochures, appeal letters, proposals and campaign material packets, donor acknowledgements and thank you letters

  • Coordinate with Associate VP for Communications on preparation of Advancement-related media releases

  • Compose and produce “Report to Foundations,” a periodic stewardship publication for foundation donors

  • Compose and produce “Science Initiative Newsletter,” a periodic stewardship publication for Science Initiative campaign donors

  • Perform other duties as assigned


Knowledge and Education Requirements

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Master’s Degree in a related field preferred)

  • A minimum of three years of experience in marketing and communications preferred

  • A minimum of five years of experience in successful grants procurement, including researching opportunities and proposal development

  • Proficient and experienced in a higher education environment, communications, and implementing stewardship strategies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A high level of independence in performing the responsibilities of the position

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • An ability to interact comfortably, tactfully and effectively with diverse internal and external constituencies

  • Proficient computer skills, particularly with Microsoft platforms and database software (Raiser’s Edge or similar)

  • Ability to travel and work some evenings and weekends


Key Working Relationships

  • Internal: Advancement officers, Marketing and Communications, faculty and staff across the College, members of the Cabinet

  • External: Aquinas College donors, volunteers and board members


Personal Skills

  • Excellent organization skills, detail oriented

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Collegial, collaborative style

  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple requests

  • Visioning skills to help develop concepts into meaningful grants

  • Good decision-making skills, tactful, good listener, willingness to search out answers, ability to recognize when others need to be involved in activities or decisions

  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, high energy level, and an enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals

  • Knowledge of principles and techniques relevant to fundraising

  • Understanding of a donor-centered approach


Work Environment & Physical Demands

  • Office environment

  • Travel during regular work hours

  • Availability to work nights and weekends


If interested please submit resume and cover letter to Human Resources at Resumes and applications would be received and reviewed until position is filled.