Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Angola, Indiana


Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for maximizing philanthropic support from corporations and foundations as well as appropriate government sources through grants and contracts. Through close collaboration with the Vice President for Academic Affairs, School Deans, and program leaders, the Director is expected to identify academic priorities appropriate for external funding; determine potential corporate or foundation sources for funding these priorities; and lead the cultivation and solicitation of these prospects.

The Director is expected to build upon the University's existing established relationships with a number of national and regional foundations and corporations in order to continue and increase their support of University priorities. In addition, the Director will identify, cultivate and solicit new funding prospects to increase the level of support for these priorities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage relationships with a portfolio of corporate and foundation funders.
  • Identify and cultivate new relationships with prospective corporate, foundation and government funding sources.
  • Coordinate priorities for University proposals with the Assistant Vice President for University Development and the Vice President for University Advancement.
  • Personally visit key prospects and arrange visits for the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deans or other appropriate University representatives.
  • Solicit philanthropic support from prospective funders through the preparation and submission of written proposals; assist the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Deans and faculty with proposals; and shepherd the application process to timely and successful completion.
  • Oversee stewardship of corporate, foundation and government funders and their grants to the University and ensure the submission of timely and accurate reports.
  • Oversee faculty proposal/award processing for adherence to University budgeting policies. Coordinate with the Business Office on proposal and pre-award issues. Oversee the documentation of all activity with corporate and foundation funders and prospective funders within the Raiser's Edge database.
  • Maintain up-to-date reports on all proposal submissions including documentation of dollars requested vs. awarded.
  • Establish benchmarks and standards for reporting on corporate, foundation and grant relations' activities and results.
  • Lead the office and staff in providing education to faculty in all aspects of grant submission through on-campus workshops, office website and other appropriate avenues.
  • Manage office workflow and priorities.
  • Additional related duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of, depth of experience with and proven record of successful fundraising from corporate and foundation funders. The candidate should have a working knowledge of federal funding. S/He will be a passionate, high-energy individual with outstanding skills in management, communication and collaboration with academic leaders, faculty and development colleagues. The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of relevant experience, preferably in a higher education setting. A Bachelor's degree is required and a Master's degree preferred.

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.