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Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

Title: Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

FLSA Status: Salaried, exempt

Department: University Advancement

Reports to: Vice President of Advancement

Job Status: Full-time (at least 37.50 hours/week)

Location: River Forest, IL (Chicago Area), Hybrid


Dominican University is seeking an Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations to manage and grow foundation and corporate giving at the University. Reporting to the Vice President of University Advancement, this individual will be responsible for building a dynamic, results-oriented corporate & foundation advancement program which builds partnerships and secures investments in support of university priorities.


Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership and expert guidance for the University’s Corporate and Foundation Relations fundraising program.
  • Lead collaboration with UA, academic offices, and administrative offices across the university to identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, and secure funding for university initiatives from foundations and corporations.
  • Manage a pipeline of corporate and foundation prospects. Conduct research giving trends of local, regional and national corporations and foundations and make recommendations for proposals and programs.
  • Develop resource documents for use by University Advancement staff, including template proposals, Power Point presentations, funding initiative summaries, and fact sheets, letters, etc.
  • Coordinate site visits with prospective funders, including developing and presenting proposals and briefing faculty and staff in attendance as required in order to achieve successful outcomes.
  • Establish a working relationship with the Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to maintain a communication exchange and assist in the coordination of institutional proposals seeking grants for faculty development purposes, especially relative to private funding sources.
  • Develop competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Oversee stewardship of corporate and foundation donors, including meeting reporting compliance as outlined in grant agreements.
  • Assist with other UA functions, such as screening sessions, presidential briefings, committee meetings and volunteer activities, as needed and necessary.
  • Perform additional duties as needed and as assigned.


Qualifications & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 6+ years of experience in corporate and foundation relations or similar fundraising capacity.
  • Demonstrated experience with the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of corporate and
  • foundation funders.
  • Experience creating successful corporate and foundation fundraising plan.
  • Experience collaborating with other senior leaders and a wide range of internal and external
  • constituents at a complex organization.
  • Strong research, verbal, and written communication skills that include proposal development.
  • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and review work in order to meet schedules and timelines
  • Ability to recognize opportunities and prioritize competing interests.
  • Experience establishing and managing budgets.
  • Knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community.
  • Ability to adapt to changing job demands.
  • Strong computer literacy skills, including Microsoft Office, CRMs, and other information systems.


To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter at


A background screening is required upon hire.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.


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