Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Vacancy #: 911013
Salary Range: Commensurate with Qualifications
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Organizational Unit Overview

The position of Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is assigned to the Division of University Advancement. The Division supports, encourages, and promotes East Carolina's academic mission and vision by interacting with alumni, friends, and the greater community. The Division's goal is to engage and connect these constituents with the University to garner support and secure resources that will enhance East Carolina's unique place in higher education. University Advancement staff members identify major funding prospects, develop specific cultivation and solicitation strategies in support of University priorities, and implement careful stewardship of gifts. University Advancement also serves as central coordinator for all fund-raising efforts across the campus. We are seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, which will help to enhance the University's relationships with businesses and charitable foundations.

Job Duties

The Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is a fundraising professional who knows and understands the culture, nature, and purpose of development/advancement activities as they apply to the university environment. Specifically, the Assistant Director will be a team member of the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, working in partnership with units across campus to secure funding from corporations and foundations. He/she will provide support for the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate and foundation prospects that results in significant contributions to ECU and strengthens scholarly efforts across all academic disciplines.

The Assistant Director has the ability to learn quickly across widely varied academic fields and meet and interact effectively and substantively with faculty and academic leadership. The Assistant Director will conduct significant discovery work to build a portfolio that will include corporations and foundations capable of making major gifts to ECU. He/she will play a hands-on role in identifying prospective corporate and foundation donors through targeted research and review of published funder guidelines; reviewing and editing complex proposals, letters, and briefings; compiling supporting documentation to comply with proposal submission requirements and deadlines; and maintaining an accurate grants calendar, including the submission and tracking of proposals, subsequent awards and reports on behalf of ECU's colleges and units. Under the guidance of the Senior Director and Senior Associate Director, the Assistant Director will help to actively promote and evaluate corporate and foundation funding opportunities that align with University priorities and initiatives in order to ensure submission of strong applications for funding, and to identify creative and strategic ways for stewarding donors.

The Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations reports to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, who reports to the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement, who reports to the Chancellor of the University. The Assistant Director also will provide support to the Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, who reports to the Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of three years' related experience at a corporation, foundation, university, hospital, or similar organization
  • Proven and measurable track record in the design, implementation, and execution of successful fundraising efforts, including research and proposal writing
  • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills and discipline to regularly set and achieve work goals, with a high level of accountability
  • Strong computer and database literacy
  • Success in developing well-crafted, clear and concise, professional correspondence, including proposals; attention to detail is essential.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Master's degree
  • Preference will be given to candidates with 5 + years corporate and foundation experience, particularly within a public college or university.
  • Understanding of the nature of corporate and foundation philanthropy as it relates to higher education, and the ability to communicate the critical role of corporate and foundation support in ensuring the success of the research, teaching, scholarship and outreach mission of the university
  • Self-starting, entrepreneurial and creative individual who can express and recognize ideas and opportunities, and communicate goals and objectives clearly
  • Ability to contribute creatively to framing university initiatives to funding organizations
  • Superior written and verbal communication and interpersonal and creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to initiate and collaborate with others, at all levels
  • Possess a passion for service excellence, integrity, a positive outlook, a strong work ethic, be self-motivated and committed to high performance and dedication to the value of higher education
  • Demonstrated track record of public and private development efforts including mastery of the basic principles and techniques of successful fundraising as they pertain to identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual, group, corporate and foundation prospects, preferably in the non-profit or higher educational sector

Special Instructions to Applicant


Submit a successful fundraising/solicitation writing sample, along with your resume and cover letter.

  • Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write 'see resume' on your application when completing the job duties section.
  • If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment).
  • Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date indicated.

Additional Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be considered until position is filled. Please submit an online ECU application for vacancy # 911013 to ECU Human Resources at

East Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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