Assistant Vice President, Corporate & Foundation Relations and Government Grants – Utah

Assistant Vice President, Corporate & Foundation Relations and Government Grants

University of Utah



Job description

Requisition Number:PRN33993B

FLSA Code:Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code?:No

Standard Hours per Week:40

Full Time or Part Time?:Full Time


Work Schedule Summary:M-F, 9-5

VP Area:President

Department:02254 – Huntsman Mental Health Foundation


City:Salt Lake City, UT

Pay Rate Range:$225,000 – $250,000

Open Until Filled:No

Job Summary


The Huntsman Mental Health Foundation (HMHF) seeks a qualified candidate to be the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Corporate & Foundation Relations and Government Grants.

The AVP will partner with the CEO on working collaboratively with the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and the University of Utah’s Advancement Team; work positively and collegially with board members, volunteers, donors, and the community.

This position initiates and has input in subordinate staff’s hiring, firing, and salary decisions. Incumbents in this position may be required to represent the CEO at meetings and interact with individuals at the highest levels in public and private organizations on a local and national basis

About the Role

Reporting directly to the CEO, the AVP will initiate, foster, and manage philanthropic efforts with corporate and foundation donors having multiple giving/partnership interests or requiring strategic, high-level coordination with HMHI while seeking public entities’ support.

The AVP is responsible for planning and leading the grants team and program toward strengthening existing relationships and establishing long-term partnerships with corporations, foundations, and public entities to fund the immediate and long-term goals and priorities of HMHI and our partner organizations.

About the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)

Made possible by a generous $150 million donation from the Huntsman family, HMHI was established in 2021 to free the world from mental health stigma, end suffering, and integrate mind and body to improve life for every person.

As part of a world-renowned academic health system, HMHI provides comprehensive mental health services and psychiatric care. HMHI’s hospital facility (previously the University Neuropsychiatric Institute) offers a safe, healing environment and exceptional patient care throughout the Salt Lake Valley.

About the Huntsman Mental Health Foundation (HMHF)

HMHF is a separate 501©(3) organization founded to support the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and its work to advance mental health care through community, research, clinical, and education initiatives.

About the University of Utah and its Benefits

The University of Utah is located in Salt Lake City at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. One-of-a-kind Salt Lake City is a fast-growing city in the Mountain West that blends the amenities of a large metropolitan area with the personality of a small town, along with easy access to nature.

Thanks to an arrangement with the University of Utah, as an employee of HMHF, you will be eligible for the rich benefits package provided by the University of Utah, including affordable health insurance on the first day, generous retirement contributions, 13 paid holidays per year plus vacation accruals each month, tuition reduction for employees and families, paid parental leave and more.

Please visit the Benefits website for more information:


  • Provides the expertise to HMHF and HMHI leadership to advance the Institute’s priorities by identifying sources of support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate and foundation guidelines and interests, and maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects.
  • Creates and executes annual and long-term fundraising plans and directs/assists CFR staff in accomplishing assigned goals.
  • Serves HMHF leadership, board members, and HMHI units with their fundraising planning and priorities.
  • Partners regularly with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and other University offices that play critical roles in grants accounting.
  • Directs and leads team; recruits and develops staff; oversees performance reviews for staff annually.
  • Works proactively with faculty & staff and, when appropriate, the corresponding development officer to identify new proposal opportunities and RFPs; assists faculty with proposal research, writing, and submissions as needed.


Incumbents will use independent judgment to resolve problems involving staff, board members, volunteers, the general public, and our partners. Incumbents in this position must use judgment and discretion when advising others of the executive’s vision on policies and other issues.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree + seven years of fundraising experience in corporate and foundation relations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of methods and best practices related to grant fundraising
  • Demonstrated experience with government grants at all levels
  • Experience building strong relationships with c-suite leaders and executives in corporations and foundations
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage complex environments, people, and situations
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a donor/prospect portfolio with multiple interests requiring advanced collaboration with campus and national partners.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in developing and executing donor strategy that is donor-centered and leads to major gifts.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate various highly technical, research-intensive topics effectively.
  • Experience developing annual or long-term strategic initiatives to advance CFR efforts and align with national best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the creation of fundraising strategies for unit priorities and collaborate with development officers and faculty on proposals.
  • Knowledge of MS Suite, Foundation Directory Online, and donor/prospect management databases (CRM).


  • Masters degree preferred
  • Experience effectively managing/coaching individual staff or teams preferred
  • Experience with Mental Health fundraising/advocacy is preferred

Type:Benefited Staff

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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How to apply

To inquire about this posting, email: [email protected] call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South.

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