Non-Clinical Careers at Lifespan

Manager - Corporate Foundation Relations Job

Job Number: LCS17321

Job Title: Manager Corp Foundation Relations

Department: Development Office - 0014850

Facility: Corporate Headquarters

Location: Providence, RI

Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in health care administration, communications or a related field. Strong computer and information management skills preferred. Basic budget preparation and time management skills, as well as excellent project management and relationship management skills required.


Seven to ten years of professional experience in the development field including grant writing and/or major gift cultivation and solicitation. Experience in health-care preferred. Exemplary oral and written communication skills are required.


Responsible for managing a team of grant writers/grant development officers in grant opportunity identification, rating, cultivation, proposal development, solicitation, recognition and reporting, and stewardship. Works closely with the Rhode Island Hospital CEO, clinical staff, senior management, trustees, and volunteers to secure annual and multi-year grants, ensure exemplary stewardship, and establish long-term relationships with granting organizations.

The Manager, Corporate & Foundations Relations is expected to embrace Lifespan’s mission of “Delivering health with care” and successfully role model Lifespan’s values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence as these guide our everyday actions with patients, customers and one another.


Manages a portfolio of active foundation donors and prospects, creating cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies for each.

Leads the construction of the Foundation Relations annual business plan and multi-year strategic objectives for foundation fundraising, incorporating elements of prospect identification, rating, research, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship, and recognition.

Develops foundation proposals on behalf of Rhode Island Hospital (RIH) and Hasbro Children’s Hospital (HCH), including program narratives, budgets, and letters of support, in accordance with the requirements of each foundation.

Provides grant development and foundation identification support to hospital staff, promoting awareness of the need to collaborate with the Lifespan Development office on all foundation proposal submissions.

Creates annual stewardship plans for each foundation grant received, ensuring and strengthening relationships with granting organizations. Works with the development department staff to ensure that grants are recorded, acknowledged and recognized appropriately.

Participates in an aggressive “moves management” program, documenting the rating, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of grants.

Leads the foundation relation efforts of the Lifespan Corporate and Foundation Relations team, leading weekly meetings and strategizing prospect cultivation, management, and collaborative efforts.

Determines potential funding sources through research and personal contacts, working independently and with the RIH/HCH Development Department team, its CDO, hospital leadership and medical staff.

Develops proposals that include budgets, letters of support and collaboration, according to specific requirements of individual foundations.

Ensures CFR team members appropriately steward all grants, working with the finance department to transfer and report on funds as necessary.

Works closely with RIH/HCH staff to ensure that grant development strategies are aligned with their institutional missions.

Works with the hospital CEO, senior management, physician leadership and clinical staff, discerning organizational goals and priorities to be reflected in foundation fundraising strategies.

Collaborates with trustees, volunteers, and/or development committee, serving as the lead staff in the solicitation of foundation grants.

Maintains high visibility and participates in the appropriate committees/work groups within the department.

Performs other duties as required.

Engages in professional development activities, as appropriate.

Maintains quality assurance, safety, environmental, and infection control in accordance with established hospital policies, procedures, and objectives.