Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

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Job Title:

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Job Description:

Sarah Lawrence College seeks a Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Philanthropy, the successful candidate will work in partnership with the AVP to oversee grant-related fundraising and stewardship activity for private foundations, government entities and corporate funders, in support of both institutional priorities and faculty sponsored research. As an integral member of the Advancement team within the Major Gifts Unit, the successful candidate will be responsible for raising expendable and endowment funds for operating, capital, programmatic and research priorities, to meet the needs of the College. Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a coeducational, residential liberal arts college situated on a wooded campus just north of New York City in Bronxville, NY. The College is internationally renowned for its combination of strength in artistic creation, high expectations for written expression, and a uniquely rigorous academic program. Wide ranging and intentionally interdisciplinary, the academic program is built around a pedagogy of close collaboration between faculty and students in a process of directed exploration made possible by a student-faculty ratio of 9-to-1.

Essential Duties Summary:

Principal Responsibilities:

• Research and monitor government, foundation and corporate funding opportunities and disseminate that information, campus wide.
• Ensure effective and timely communication of proposal requirements, eligibility, restrictions, deadlines and other pertinent proposal/grant information with appropriate Sarah Lawrence College (SLC) staff, faculty and/or administration.
• Produce compelling top-level funding proposals that link funder priorities with SLC goals and initiatives. Ensure that proposal materials meet funder criteria, are persuasive, accurate, well targeted and meet funder deadlines.
• Prepare grant budgets and budget justifications. Monitor grant expenditures in conjunction with the Office of Finance and appropriate staff, faculty or administration.
• Prepare professional letters of inquiry to potential funding sources and collaborating sources, and letters of support/commitment for grant applications.
• Ensure institutional compliance with federal, state, agency and other applicable governing regulations, policies and procedures concerning sponsored and non-sponsored research.
• Formulate, implement, and recommend short-term and multi-year fundraising plans for foundation, government, and corporate sources. Maintain and enhance a seven figure portfolio.
• Responsible for the development of long term relationships with grantors and potential grantors.

Required Qualifications:


• Minimum five-seven (5-7) years of successful corporate, foundation and government relations experience.
• Entrepreneurial approach, with a proven track record of securing increased and new institutional grants of $100,000 or more.
• Demonstrated knowledge of foundation and corporate funding communities, and success in building long-term relationships that lead to larger grants.
• Experience with successfully securing and stewarding state and federal government grants.
• Demonstrated success identifying and qualifying new institutional prospects.
• Excellent verbal and written skills, with a demonstrated ability to write compelling and strategic letters of inquiry, funding proposals, and stewardship reports.
• Excellent numeracy skills, with a demonstrated ability to create budgets and financial reports.
• Ability to work in partnership with a wide range of constituents, including foundation representatives, government officials, faculty members, senior-level volunteers, colleagues, senior administrators and students.
• Ability to travel periodically (including staffing the President) with occasional evening and weekend work required.
• Bachelor’s degree required.

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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