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Job ID: 183575

Assoc Dir Corp & Found Rel
Tufts University

Date Posted Apr. 11, 2022
Title Assoc Dir Corp & Found Rel
University Tufts University
Medford, MA, United States
Department The Trustees of Tufts College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Development/Institutional Advancement


Tufts Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) has an opening for an Associate Director position. Reporting to the Senior Director of CFR, this position will play a key role in developing and executing a robust engagement and fundraising strategy with the goal of deepening relationships, growing the corporate and foundation prospect pool, and securing institutional support for education and research program priorities that align within Tufts University School of Engineering (SOE). The Associate Director will be expected to maintain a consistent level of 70+ relationships with external organizations - regional, national and international -with the anticipation of raising significant resources for the Engineering School. The Associate Director is a vital member of a multi-faceted CFR team and will maintain ongoing communication with the Senior Director of CFR, CFR colleagues, and academic staff, and will work in close collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement at the School of Engineering. This is a flexible and hybrid working environment. The Associate Director will have access to an office on the Medford campus, and a touchdown space on our Boston Campus when needed.

What You'll Do

We are looking for an entrepreneurial team player with corporate and/or foundation engagement experience in an academic setting, or with experience in a corporate alliance program, a track record of professional growth, and successful relationship building and management in a complex organization. They will be a strategic thinker with excellent proposal writing and communication skills and the ability to engage, influence and persuade others.
Key Responsibilities
• Identify appropriate corporate and foundation prospects for priority and strategic projects and programs and work effectively with school leadership, faculty and administrators in the development and submission of proposals.
• Work closely with key campus stakeholders that support and play key roles in fostering and maintaining corporate partnerships.
• Research new corporate prospects and work with internal stakeholders to develop strategies, access points, and modes of engagement. Refine the prospect list for corporate engagement based on industry trends, new strategic priorities for SOE, and new connections. Requires significant coordination / communication with SOE senior leadership and Advancement colleagues.
• Host corporate and foundation partners on campus for tours and meetings with university leadership, faculty, and students. Develop corporate events in collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement.
• Proactively meet with faculty to help identify prospective funders and develop and prepare concept papers, letters of inquiry, proposals, and grant reports (when appropriate).
• Work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the SOE Research Administration team in support of corporate and foundation faculty proposals

What We're Looking For

Minimum Qualifications:
• Knowledge & skills typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree.
• 5-7 years related experience (non-profit fundraising, business development, or Corporate Alliance experience, preferably in higher education).
• Extensive knowledge and experience in philanthropy, corporate and foundation cultivation and solicitation.
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills.
• Demonstrated experience in successful proposal writing and securing corporate and foundation funding.


Preferred Qualifications:
• Master preferred, advanced degree or degree in life sciences, science and technology, engineering or engineering-related fields
• Highly professional with the ability to work with and command the respect of faculty and administrators, and nurture productive working partnerships internally and externally
• Ability to grasp and synthesize complex information across a range of issues and engineering disciplines.
• Ability to think strategically and execute tactically, manage multiple projects effectively, evaluate problems and display sound, confidential judgment
• Motivated to learn and display flexibility in a changing environment
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of multiple teams
• Highly motivated, entrepreneurial, collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented
• Excellent project management skills.
• Demonstrated experience in effective interactions with internal and external constituencies to advance organizational objectives.


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