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Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

POSITION: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

DEPARTMENT: Development and Alumni Relations

REPORTS TO: Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree required.  Master’s preferred.  Minimum five-seven years experience in higher education fund-raising and planning and development of grant proposals to corporations and foundations; demonstrated success in building quid pro quo partnerships.  Effective organizational skills.  Strong oral and written communication skills.  Computer and research skills.  Ability to coordinate and manage multiple projects.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

PRIMARY FUNCTION: Responsible for directing the corporate and foundation fundraising efforts of the University, including identifying, cultivating and soliciting corporate and foundation funding sources for specific University programs; assisting in the writing of grant proposals; managing of grant programs, maintaining donor stewardship, participating in the coordination of cultivation events as necessary.


  1. Direct the corporate and foundation fundraising efforts for the University, to include identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation prospects; manage a prospect portfolio of approximately 75 prospects and donors.
  2. Develop and implement short- and long-term strategies for obtaining corporate, foundation and business funding support including the feasibility of working with national foundations.
  3. Draft appropriate grants, letters of interest and other required documents for successful grant submissions for both programmatic and capital projects.
  4. Coordinate solicitation activities with the President, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, executive team, members of the Board, volunteers, faculty and senior administration.
  5. Represent the University at meetings, workshops and conferences concerning funding opportunities and networking opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships.
  6. Manage the grant program by assisting and advising faculty and administrators in planning, developing and submitting grant proposals to corporations and foundations.  This includes developing proposals, concept documents, letters of inquiry, white papers, preparing budgets, assisting with writing and providing editorial services and securing institutional approvals.
  7. Work with the business office on grant budgets and other financial documents that may be required by corporate or foundation prospects; collaborate with business office to track grant expenditures for necessary follow-up reports.
  8. Meet on a regular basis with appropriate academic leaders and faculty to determine potential programs for funding; assist in development of proposals, budgets and other necessary documents necessary for grant submission. 
  9. Monitor the University’s compliance with guidelines and expenditures pertaining to the implementation of grant funded projects.
  10. Coordinate with University faculty and staff to ensure proper reporting and regulatory compliance with grant awards.
  11. Work with the marketing department to produce effective solicitation pieces.
  12. Write articles on grant-funded programs and activities for University publications, including The Point and Point Park web-site. 
  13. Assist in developing and implementing an effective inreach program with other University departments.
  14. Forge partnerships and solicit annual fund gifts from vendors and other local/regional companies through the Community Connections program.
  15. Manage cultivation and solicitation of corporate and foundation sponsorships for select special events, as well as serve as liaison between the department and event planning committees.
  16. Utilizing Donor Pro, maintain a donor management and cultivation system for foundation and corporate prospects/donors and to coordinate gift acknowledgments and grant reports.
  17. Help manage prospect research for current and future donors.
  18. Coordinate donor stewardship by nurturing and maintaining productive relationships with corporate, foundation and community leaders.
  19. Represent the University at meetings, workshops and conferences concerning funding opportunities.
  20. Perform other related duties as required or assigned.

Qualified applicants should forward a cover letter and resume via email to HROffice@pointpark.edu (preferred) or mail to:  
Point Park University
Human Resources Office
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

When responding via email please reference - DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE AND FOUNDATION RELATIONS  - in the subject line.

Please submit documents in Rich Text (.txt) Word document (.doc) or Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf).

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  Due to the high volume of resumes received, Point Park University will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the status of your resume. If we determine that your skills and experience match the position requirements, we will contact you to discuss the opportunity further. If you do not hear from us, we encourage you to revisit our website at www.pointpark.edu for the status of the position and future opportunities. 

Point Park University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.