Paralegal - Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations Development

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Paralegal - Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations Development

Stanford University

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Assistant Director of Corporate, Foundation, & Association Relations
(Corporate, Foundation, and Association Development Officer 1) Medical Center Development
Job Code: 4284 Grade: I Exemption: 100% FTE; Exempt

This position will be moving to the new Stanford Redwood City campus in mid-2019.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

Stanford Medical Center Development supports Stanford Medicine, which includes the School of Medicine, a premier research-intensive medical school, and Stanford Health Care, an adult hospital that is nationally recognized for quality patient care and leading-edge technology. We also work in collaboration and coordination with development at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford.

We seek experienced candidates, with strong preference for those with paralegal skills and backgrounds, for an Assistant Director on the Corporate, Foundation, and Association Relations (CFAR) team. CFAR works closely with faculty and administrators to facilitate and manage philanthropic engagement with corporate, foundation, and association constituents. Our work spans the medical enterprise and requires active and collaborative work with many allied campus offices, including the central development office, sponsored research and tech licensing/industrial contracts. If you enjoy building and maintaining relationships, have exceptional attention to detail, are intellectually curious, and enjoy working with faculty and staff across a University, this may be the right opportunity for you.
Collaborate with faculty, donors, volunteers, and university staff to raise financial support from corporations, foundations, and associations for assigned accounts. Operate independently in assigned areas with responsibility for a small portfolio of corporate and foundation funders, including prospect identification, cultivation and solicitations, proposal development coordination of internal support activities.

Stanford is committed to a donor-centric approach to development. Every member of the Office of Development staff plays a role in providing the university's donors with the service and attention that ensures an exceptionally positive and fulfilling philanthropic experience.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Participating in development of strategies and proposals for a portfolio of assigned corporate, foundation and/or association prospects. Cultivating soliciting, and stewarding their support.
  • Collaborating with faculty in development, maintenance and enhancement of relationships with corporate and foundation funders.
  • Researching, identifying and responding to opportunities for support from corporations and foundations, seeking alignment between donor interests and university needs.
  • Working with fundraisers, stewardship, marketing and event staff in the planning and implementation of donor cultivation and stewardship visits and events.
  • Preparing background information and materials to assist with briefings, visits and other research and stewardship activities.
  • Working closely with director and associate directors, other university offices (e.g., sponsored research, industrial contracts), in order to collaborate effectively with external funders and ensure proposals and agreements comply with university policy.
  • Collaborating with other development colleagues to align program goals with the overall giving goals of the university's development organization.
  • Developing and designing systems to track solicitation assignments and progress.

    * - Other duties may also be assigned

    To be successful in this position, you will bring:
    • Bachelor's degree and three years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.
    • Paralegal skills and experience (strongly preferred and highly desired).
    • Ability to develop effective skills in corporate and/or foundation prospect identification, relationship building, and solicitation.
    • Experience mentoring and working with volunteers, faculty, and staff.
    • Ability to work within a complex environment with competing university and funder agendas.
    • Ability to prepare select agreements for management approval; conduct initial review and issue spotting of select agreements from funders.
    • Ability to resolve problems arising in the course of the project; consult with departmental administrators, faculty and staff.
    • Desire to collaborate with allied campus offices to deliver excellent services to faculty and research administration community.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support programs.
    • Ability to translate complex concepts into compelling development proposals and agreements.
    • Ability to work effectively with faculty, top executives, and community leaders.
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in an organized fashion.
    • Advanced ability with Microsoft Office suite and Adobe PDF.
    • Valid California Non-commercial Class C Driver's License

  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, sit, and use a telephone, stand/walk.
  • Occasionally light/fine grasping, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds, writing by hand.

    * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.
  • Valid passport for international travel.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,
    Why Stanford is for You
    Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speaker.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!
    How to Apply
    We invite you to apply for this position by clicking on the “Apply for Job” button. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background, providing examples of your experience with working independently and as part of a team.

    Final offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check that includes employment history, national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, a credit check and/or driving record.

    Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.


    Location: Office of Development, California, United States
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    Posted: 2/22/2019
    Application Due: 4/24/2019
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