Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a
comprehensive global research university and a major engine for
economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students,
Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel
has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged
university, with community partnerships integrated into every
aspect of service and academics.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and
perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful
environment enriches the University community and the educational
and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits
discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color,
national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability,
age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender
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Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) supports the
University’s mission and strategic priorities by generating
philanthropic engagement and by building and strengthening
relationships among alumni, students, faculty, staff, civic
leaders, friends, and foundation and corporate partners. We aspire
to create a sustainable and lasting culture of philanthropy at
Drexel University by cultivating the next generation of leadership
through volunteer initiatives and alumni engagement.
In alignment with Drexel University’s values and priorities, IA
is committed to maintaining a flexible and dynamic work environment
that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; professional and
career development; and collaboration and innovation across all our
The Associate Director, Foundation Relations leads the
implementation and execution of foundation fundraising strategies
for the Office of University-Community Partnerships, the Westphal
College of Media Arts & Design, and the School of Education. As
a writer, prospect researcher, and fundraiser, this individual will
partner with the aforementioned units to develop innovative
approaches for submitting cutting-edge proposals that increase
revenue. The Associate Director will report directly to the
Executive Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations and will
work closely with other Institutional Advancement (IA) colleagues
and campus partners including the Associate Director of Corporate
Engagement, lead development officers, Foundation and Corporate
Relations (FCR) colleagues, leaders in specific colleges and
schools, and key faculty and staff.
Write, edit, and assemble letters of inquiry, proposals,
stewardship reports, thank you letters, and supporting
documentation to foundations and maintain electronic correspondence
with faculty/staff in need of support.
Work independently and collegially across Institutional
Advancement to research and review foundation prospects and develop
strategies for significant funding proposals that are responsive to
both University and grantor priorities.
Make direct contact with grantors to arrange exploratory
conversations, gather information, answer questions or provide
other assistance that increases the likelihood of new or renewed
investment in Drexel.
Track deadlines for submitting proposals and stewardship
reports for funded projects by preparing and submitting required
materials on a timely basis and responding to grantor requests for
Collaborate closely with the lead development officers of
assigned schools/colleges/programs to develop strategies towards
annual and campaign goals and seek out opportunities to maximize
Provide high-level customer service to Deans and Senior Staff
as appropriate. Understand the priorities of the Deans of assigned
colleges/schools/programs to ensure foundation proposals match well
with college/school/institute vision and strategic
Follow IA procedures regarding prospect management and contact
documentation, including responsibility for oversight and
submission of all related fundraising reports, statistics,
projections, and publications. Enter reports of contacts within
Advance in a timely manner for documentation and reporting
purposes. Maintain a robust proposal pipeline and work within IA
procedures and protocols for tracking progress to goals as an
individual, for the portfolio of schools/colleges/programs
assigned, and in line with Institutional Advancement’s overall
Create annual goals for oneself that align well with the
schools/colleges/department’s fundraising goals, as well as peers
Perform other duties as assigned and adhere to performance
goals and standards as specified under IA guidelines.
- Plan, organize, and implement strategies to secure foundation
and corporate funds for the assigned offices, schools, and
colleges. This will be accomplished by pursuing the identification,
qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of
foundations, and deepening relationships with and knowledge of
faculty and staff in all units.
- Serve as relationship manager for Drexel’s external consulting
firm, leading strategies to advance fundraising in the areas of
community partnerships and civic engagement
- Participate in FCR internal education activities, which aim to:
- Ensure that constituents across Drexel are informed about the
responsibilities, procedures, and priorities of FCR as a service
unit to the entire University.
- Develop, streamline, and maintain effective procedures,
systems, and strategies to support researchers, center directors,
- Develop strategic
approaches to foundations
aligned with schools, colleges, departments, and
projects in the individual’s portfolio.
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Five or more years of professional writing and editing
experience in higher education, non- profit fund development
- Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to
work independently required.
- Ability to handle high volume of specific and increasingly
complex proposals as well as other writing assignments
- Ability to work independently and
- Experience with community programs and arts/humanities
- Knowledge of proposal development as well as corporate and
foundation fundraising preferred.
- Excellent administrative skills preferred.
- Knowledge of database fundraising software programs
- Ability and willingness to work occasional evenings and
weekends is a plus.
- Typically sitting at a desk/table
- Typically standing, walking
Remote/University City, Philadelphia,
This position is classified
as Exempt with a salary grade
of L. For more information regarding
Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/
Special Instructions to the Applicant
Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when
submitting your application.
Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate
pool is identified.