Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number A00929
Position Title Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Position Number E 1087
Salary for Announcement

The beginning of the salary range is 85,361. The final salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Relocation costs may be negotiable.

Employee Category Administrators
Department University Advancement
EClass Code Full Time Administrators
Position Summary

The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is an essential member of the Division of University Advancement. He/she is responsible for establishing, cultivating and sustaining relationships with corporate and foundation prospects in effort to secure funding and support for Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Director will manage a portfolio of prospects and work in close partnership with university leadership, academic units and programs to develop and implement strategies to secure funding in alignment with the university’s strategic plan. The Director participates as an active member of the University Advancement team, serves on the Major Gifts Team, and reports directly to the Vice President of University Advancement. The Director will create and evaluate corporate and foundation strategies as needed. This position may supervise professional, contract, and student staff.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer.


50% Engaging Corporate & Foundation Funders; Fundraising/Grant Proposal Submission and Management
• Works collaboratively with the entire University Advancement Team
• Maintains a portfolio of 75-150 corporate and foundation prospects
• Collaborates with campus partners to identify funding opportunities in alignment with the university’s strategic plan
• Develop an overall plan and strategy for corporate and foundation relations that includes goal achievement plans containing specific timelines, projected results and outcomes
• Builds and maintains an active portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects on behalf of MSU Denver and its colleges and schools, and ensures that timely steps are taken towards the cultivation, solicitation, closure, and stewardship of these prospects
• Develops and executes a moves management plan and solicitation strategy for each prospect in support of the university’s strategic plan and goals
• Conducts personal prospect visits and leverages key university leadership when and where appropriate (Office of the President; Office of the Provost; CFO; etc.)
• Work with university partners to author and process letters of inquiry, grant proposals, concept papers, acknowledgment letters, briefings, and reports for the foundation and corporate donors to meet annual revenue targets
• Support grant writing efforts of university faculty and staff
• Collaborate with University and Foundation staff to create grant budgets
• Play a central role in fulfilling reporting requirements for private grants received by the university
• As necessary, support the Foundation and other university officers with grant management responsibilities
• Supervise contract grant writers

35% Corporate Sponsorship Strategy (Moves Management) Coordination with Schools/Colleges/Campus Partners
• In consultation with the VP of Advancement, collaborates with strategic campus partners (Athletics, Marketing & Communications, etc.) to develop and implement a comprehensive corporate engagement, philanthropy or sponsorship strategy and develops corresponding collateral as needed
• In collaboration with internal partners (Ex: Athletics), lead the assessment, valuation and packaging of corporate sponsorship assets
• Draft proposals and contracts
• Execute post-contract activities and fulfillment in conjunction with campus partners

15% Stewardship
• Maintains a high quality and personalized stewardship process for active corporate and foundation prospects and donors
• Ensures that reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships and sustained and ongoing support from corporate and foundation funders
• Working with the Stewardship and Special Events Team, plans and executes special events to recognize corporate partners

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree;
• Minimum 5 years’ experience in securing grants and/or fundraising;
• Demonstrated experience building collaborative relationships with internal and external constituents;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Experience providing customer service;
• Experience with maintaining confidentiality;
• Excellent organization skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree;
• Experience working in Raiser’s Edge or similar CRM/database software;
• Evidence of successful creation, implementation and evaluation of projects;
• Experience working in higher education (university development or advancement organization);
• Experience supervising staff;
• Experience closing six and seven figure gifts;
• Demonstrated knowledge of MSU Denver’s core mission and work.

Posting date 11/29/2017
Closing date 01/29/2018
Closing Instructions Close on Closing Date
Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

References refers to a list of three professional references and their contact information.

In order for your file to be considered as an applicant you will need to include a list of funded grants and/or corporate funded sponsorships. Please submit this under the “other document” tab on the other applicants page.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

This posting will close at midnight MST on the closing date.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. References
  4. Other Document
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have experience working in higher education (university development or advancement organization)?
    • Yes, experience in highed education.
    • Yes experience in university development
    • Yes, experience in advancement
    • Yes, experience in university development and advancement?
    • No.
  2. * Do you have experience supervising staff?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  3. * Do you have experience closing six and seven figure gifts?
    • Yes.
    • No.
  4. * What is your current salary?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Thank you for considering employment at Metropolitan State University of Denver! We would like to know how you heard about MSU Denver and our Career Site. Please select the category below that describes how you heard about the position you are applying for.
    • Career Site
    • A friend or colleague
    • Colorado State Home page
    • Local online job posting site - Andrew Hudson Job site
    • Local online job posting site - MNM Non Profit Job Bank
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Scholarly Hires job posting site
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Other
    • Current MSU Denver Employee
    • Insight into Diversity
    • EIMS