Executive Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations

USC Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jul 13, 2022

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Position Type
Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Southern California (USC)

Keck School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA - Downtown


Executive Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations


USC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations seeks to recruit a talented and experienced advancement professional for the position of Executive Director of Development. The Executive Director will lead all aspects of foundation fundraising across the USC medical enterprise. This position works closely with the Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences Advancement and manages a team of advancement professionals. 


Specifically, the Executive Director will:

• Oversee a high-functioning Foundation Relations fundraising team to advance health care, biomedical research, interdisciplinary education, and community engagement efforts of the USC medical enterprise with special emphasis on priority initiatives set forth by university leadership. 

• Assess the existing Foundation Relations program and design a path forward to bring annual fundraising outcomes to $25M+ in the next 2-3 years. 

• Serve as a key advisor to the Assistant Vice President of Health Sciences Development and support the professional development of the team through intentional leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering.  

• Represent the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations at various cultivation and fundraising events, working in tandem with University Advancement. 

• Co-manage the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations annual budget.

• Ensure USC Advancement protocols are followed in all aspects of the donor process, including gift processing and acknowledgment, prospecting, soliciting, and stewarding. 

• In conjunction with the donor relations team, create written reports for foundations and updates for faculty, craft acknowledgment letters, and respond to requests from faculty, donors, and advancement colleagues.

• Partner with faculty and advancement colleagues to build the prospect base through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of donors. 

• As part of engagement efforts, initiate appropriate contact and develop meaningful and effective development events for donors and prospective donors to showcase unique opportunities for support.

• Track progress and results in Salesforce, the USC Advancement database, following USC’s prospect management guidelines.

• Other duties as assigned.


This is a high-profile leadership role that requires a professional with excellent verbal and written communication, an entrepreneurial thinker, and a problem solver. He/she must possess strong relationship management skills and oversee the day-to-day operations of the Office of Foundation Relations. Familiarity working with faculty, top executives, and community leaders desired. Applicants should be accustomed to and comfortable with receiving and applying feedback and advice to improve performance. Additionally, applicants should be able to demonstrate a history of success in their prior field/position, with a special focus on success in designing, implementing, and administering innovative programs that require creative solutions and energized problem-solving approaches within the fundraising arena.


Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or combined education/experience as substitute. Master’s degree preferred


Minimum Experience: A minimum of 10 years of major campaign, fundraising, and/or senior volunteer group management experience, preferably working with foundations. 


Minimum Field of Expertise: 10 years of fundraising experience in higher education with preference given to candidates who possess development experience in academic medicine.


Follows established USC and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan.


Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.


USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff & their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff & their family; free online professional development classes; discounts to football, basketball & other campus events.


The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


Minimum Education: 

Bachelor's degree


Addtional Education Requirements

Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education


Minimum Experience: 

7 years


Minimum Skills: 

Major campaign, fundraising, and/or senior volunteer group management experience.



Preferred Education: 

Master's degree


Preferred Experience: 

10 years


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The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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