The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is
located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private
employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC,
you will be a part of a world-class research university and a
member of the Trojan Family, which is comprised of the faculty,
students and staff that make the university what it is.
USC Price School is seeking an experienced fundraiser for the
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Reporting to the Price School’s Associate Dean of
Advancement, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating
activities, developing strategies, building relationships, drafting
proposals, and raising funds from corporations and foundations.
The USC Price School Advancement Team is committed to fostering
a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which all staff and
our stakeholders have the opportunity to connect, belong, and grow
while supporting the University of Southern California’s mission,
values, and goals.
- Raises funds from corporations and foundations by developing
strategies to strengthen relationships with current donors and
building relationships with new prospects.
- Works with the Price School’s Associate Dean of Advancement to
develop and meet an annual corporate and foundations fundraising
plan that includes measurable goals, metrics, and specific
strategies for expanding both levels and sources of support.
- Builds internal relationships with Price faculty and staff to
acquire an understanding of the Price School’s academic and
research portfolio to identify strong matches with potential
- Performs extensive research and works with USC advancement
research colleagues to identify corporations and foundations whose
program guidelines make them likely sources for support of the
Price School’s research and other priorities as identified by
- Identifies, qualifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards a
portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects.
- Drafts high-quality and timely proposals, LOIs, sponsorship
documents, correspondence, impact/stewardship reports, and other
documents to request funding and support best practices in
corporate and foundation relations.
- Presents fundraising LOIs, sponsorship opportunities, and
proposals to corporations and foundations while meeting deadlines
and guidelines from the funders.
- Gathers and shares information about trends in corporate and
foundation philanthropy that may be of value to Price School
- Accurately enters and updates information in Salesforce to
reflect contact with donors while maintaining confidentiality of
- Collaborates with the Central Advancement team and other USC
units to create and implement strategies for cultivation,
solicitation, and financial support.
- Ensures compliance with all University fundraising policies,
goals and procedures, including following all protocols for
prospect and donor management established and implemented by USC
- Represents the Price School at professional and university
meetings, seminars, events, and conferences as appropriate.
- Ability to work remotely and independently.
Self-motivation and discipline to meet deadlines are required.
- Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The
University reserves the right to add or change duties at any
- Experienced corporate and foundation relations fundraising
professional with a demonstrated track record of personally closing
gifts of $500,000-$1M+.
- Excellent writing skills for various audiences such as
institutional funders, subject matter experts, lay persons, and the
general public. Narratives should be convincing and
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build bridges and
collaborative relationships across a complex organization with
astuteness and agility.
- A valid driver’s license is required. Weekend and evening
work on occasion.
Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree preferred
Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file).
Submit one writing sample. The preferred writing sample
is a funding proposal to a foundation or corporation for which you
did the majority of the writing and led the effort. Please
include an explanation of your role in the proposal.
USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status,
disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC
policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified
applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the
requirements of the Los
Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for
Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable
accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.
Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process
should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Inquiries
will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.