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 Associate Director Corporate and Foundation Relations

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As a senior frontline fundraiser in the University Development Office, the Associate Director solicits corporate and foundation support with a particular focus on fundraising for priorities in the sciences.

Reporting to the Director of University Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Associate Director will design and implement fundraising plans to generate support for university-wide priorities as well as assist the fundraising efforts of schools.

The Associate Director will regularly meet with faculty, deans, senior administrators and development colleagues to understand major priorities and goals and to provide timely information on funding opportunities.

S/he will maintain an aggressive schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, keep detailed records of solicitation activities, and interpret corporate and foundation interests to university constituencies.

The Associate Director will interact with offices throughout the university to leverage diverse corporate and foundation connections into coordinated university-wide strategies.

S/he will monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals and manage proposal submissions.

As needed, the Associate Director will provide briefings for senior university administrators and support their corporate and foundation outreach activities.

The Associate Director will ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful corporate and foundation partnerships, and s/he will also be expected to develop new relationships with institutional prospects with a special emphasis on developing high value-exchange corporate alliances.

The Associate Director will also take ownership for special projects as needed to advance the mission and effectiveness of the
Corporate and Foundation Relations effort.

  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desired, particularly in areas of business, science or technology.
  • Minimum of 5 years' related experience at a corporation, foundation, major research university, hospital or related organization required.
  • Disciplined self-starter who regularly sets and achieves work goals.
  • Scientific literacy is highly desired as is experience in high-end corporate fundraising.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, as are excellent interpersonal skills.  Ability to work well in a small
    team environment is essential.
  • Knowledge of the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry and the philanthropic interests of major foundations are a plus, as is experience in proposal writing and development research.
  • Must be willing to travel and work irregular hours as needed.
  • Computer literacy and database familiarity required.
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