Assistant Director of Diversity and Corporate Relations

Title: Assistant Director of Diversity and Corporate Relations

Department: Office of Corporate Relations

Job ID: 5936


The Assistant Director of Diversity and Corporate Relations is responsible for the identification, cultivation and solicitation of a targeted group of alumni, community partners and local and national corporations for gifts, grants and contracts of $250,000+, with a particular focus on providing support for diversity initiatives. The assistant director will spend approximately 80% of their time on direct contact cultivation, solicitation and relationship management. The assistant director’s portfolio of alumni and companies will consist of the chief diversity officers from the university’s closest industry partners, the African-American Alumni Association, and the Friends of NYSP. The assistant director must have demonstrated ability to develop public/private partnerships on multidisciplinary projects closing gifts from their portfolio.

The assistant director is responsible as the campus expert on his/her portfolio of corporations and acts as a central point for requested access and matching of company capabilities and interests with the programs and priorities of the university. Ten to twenty percent effort by the assistant director will be to develop a system for identifying strong public/private opportunities related to diversity programming.

While there are many opportunities, it is important that this individual have a demonstrated ability to work independently and focus their targets on closing gifts to the institution. As a member of the central development team, the incumbent will be expected to work collegially, and in partnership, with colleagues across campus. The assistant director will work closely with faculty members as they pursue research support, in-kind services, and outright gifts from alumni, corporations and large government grants.


  1. Identify, cultivate, and develop gift solicitation strategies for a portfolio of 30 to 50. Annually close corporate gifts, grants and contracts in the $250,000+ range.  (40%)
  2. Identify, cultivate, and develop gift solicitation strategies for alumni and community partners interested in diversity. Annually close gifts and grants in the $250,000+ range. (40%)
  3. With the Assistant Vice President of Corporate Relations and Strategic Projects, identify large government grant opportunities. Develop strategic partnerships for these grants with faculty at the university. (10%)
  4. Develop strategies to build a strong relationship with alumni, corporate and government partners, which may include the president, the provost, the senior vice president of development and university relations, and the vice president for research. (5%)
  5. Develop a portfolio of alumni and corporate proposals. Collaborate with faculty and academic administrators in program development. (5%)


Perform duties as assigned.


Department: Contact with all levels of staff in the Office of Corporate Relations, other development officers within the development and university relations staff.

University: Interact extensively with members of the management centers including deans, faculty members, and school based development officers.

External: Interact and develop relationships with corporate managers, officers, and decision makers with key corporations.  Engage the individuals in the activities of the university to generate opportunities for future collaboration and/or financial support.

Student: Limited contact with students as needed to perform essential functions.


No staff supervisory responsibility.


Experience: 5 or more years of experience at a professional level with preference given to those with corporate experience.  Demonstrated ability to close gifts with corporate donors.  Demonstrated ability to focus and prioritize tasks.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required.


  1. Interpersonal skills a must.
  2. Strong writing skills required.
  3. Experience in proposal writing and knowledge of presentation software like PowerPoint a plus.
  4. Ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment and a multifaceted development program.
  5. Must be able to work independently and show accountability for fund-raising results.


General office working environment.  Travel required.


In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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