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Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Angola, Indiana


The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations responsibilities include identifying, researching, cultivating and soliciting support for the university from corporate and private foundation donors.  Other duties include working closely with faculty in writing proposals, solicitation letters and research in support of the moves management process. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and cultivate corporate prospects and develop proposals directed toward Trine University's fundraising priorities.
  • Manage a portfolio of corporations and foundations (may include individual donors as well) to cultivate. 
  • Work directly with academic community to identify current programs in need of grant writing funding.
  • Management and Professional Consulting for academic community.
  • Research and identify foundations that align with the university's priorities and submit proposals for funding. Write and submit grant proposals seek out funding opportunities through foundations.
  • Provide timely, written reports regarding the outcome of cultivation and solicitation activities.
  • Maintain prospects files and manage annual solicitation plan for corporate and private foundations.
  • Plan and orchestrate stewardship activites as appropriate.
  • Employer Resource for corporations.
  • Mentoring Development Staff.
  • Perform other appropriate duties as designated and assigned by the Vice President for Alumni and Development.

Education and/or Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree, CFRE certification preferred, and a minimum 3-5 years demonstrated successful corporate and/or foundation fundraising experience preferably in higher education (or a comparably complex organization).
  • A master’s degree and experience in higher education fundraising are preferred.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with corporate and/or foundation experience, particularly with a private college or university.
  • Must be willing to travel.

Outstanding Benefits

Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Some benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, flex spending, HSA accounts
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with an employer paid employee life policy valued at 1½ times annual salary
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for an employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service, undergraduate education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Review of applicants begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification. Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.