Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
University of La Verne
Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne is a 126-year old, private independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with a strong emphasis on values, teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. The University offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels comprised of 10 campuses with the main campus located in the City of La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Regional campuses range from Vandenberg in the North, to Irvine in the South, and from Oxnard in the West to Victorville in the East.
Reporting to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the primary function of the Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will be to support the Director in the identification, cultivation, and as appropriate, solicitation of philanthropic support from corporations and private foundations for the University of La Verne. The incumbent will be integral in researching new partnerships with corporations and foundations, and stewarding existing relationships with partners/donors. The Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will be a mission-driven individual, eager to work with individual donors, corporations, and foundations to advance University priorities. He/she will take initiative and have the ability to work independently and collaboratively on tasks.
The Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations will support the Director in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship responsibilities; identify, engage, and cultivate existing donors, corporations, and foundations. This includes maintaining updated donor contact information as well as solicitation and stewardship plans using University software platforms such as Reeher and Banner .
The incumbent will support the Director in managing the grant application process for assigned corporate and private foundations. While the Director will serve as the primary writer, the Assistant Director will support in writing/editing grants as needed. He/she will be responsible for maintaining the schedule of grant opportunities, including deadlines for submission, and reporting deadlines for grants awarded. This process includes preparing and collecting all required documentation for submission and reporting. The incumbent will research grant opportunities by utilizing on-line and software resources, publications, and grant-seeking user groups.
Manage the annual solicitation and tracking for support of new and existing partners for campus events, programs, and fundraisers including the annual scholarship gala, golf tournament, CEO Summit, REACH Summer Business Camp, and others as needed. This requires collaboration with annual giving, major gifts, special events, facilities, finance, and other departments across the University.
Collaborating with the Director of Donor Relations, the incumbent will manage a stewardship program for corporate and private foundations that will include deadlines for reports, thank-you letters, and other correspondence. He/she will support the Director in arranging and managing campus visits and stewardship events for corporate and foundation representatives.
Collaborate with the Office of Strategic Communications to develop materials for corporate and foundation outreach, and for PR and media purposes, to highlight recent news and successes with corporate partnerships and foundation grants.
Along with the Director, the Assistant Director will provide support for grant seeking faculty, as needed. This includes meeting with faculty on the internal application process, matching their projects with potential grant opportunities, and occasionally helping edit faculty grant proposals for submission.
The incumbent must maintain a flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend meetings, and local, regional, and national travel to engage with individual, corporate, and foundation donors as needed.
The Assistant Director will acquire and maintain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the University’s mission, goals, and current academic and other programs.
Administrative tasks as assigned and other assignments as directed by University Advancement.
Bachelor’s required; 3-5 years of fundraising experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
He/she should have experience working with corporations and foundations in a development capacity.
He/she should have experience with grant writing and the proposal process for private foundations.
He/she should have experience with the online submission process for private foundation and corporate grant submissions.
He/she should be able to demonstrate successful experience and effectiveness in prospect identification, relationship building, solicitation, and stewardship.
The successful candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal and organizational skills; have strong attention to detail; be goal and results-oriented; self-motivated; and possess the ability to make independent decisions. He/she must be a collaborative and team-oriented individual; demonstrate sound judgment when dealing with a wide range of relationships and situations; possess the ability to maintain enthusiasm for hard work, changing priorities, and multiple deadlines; and have the ability to interact well with a diverse community of faculty, students, and constituents.
The successful candidate should demonstrate commitment to the University’s core values of Ethical Reasoning, Service to Community, Lifelong Learning, and Diversity and Inclusivity.
Competency with Banner and Reeher desired.
Master’s degree preferred.
Location: La Verne Central Campus
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: http://laverne.edu
The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation