Executive Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations FLSA Status:
Vice President of Advancement
Full-time (at least 37.50
River Forest, IL
(Chicago Area), Hybrid PRIMARY PURPOSE/ POSITION
Dominican University is seeking an Executive Director of Corporate
and Foundation Relations to manage and grow foundation and
corporate giving at the University. Reporting to the Vice President
of University Advancement, this individual will be responsible for
building a dynamic, results-oriented corporate & foundation
advancement program which builds partnerships and secures
investments in support of university priorities.
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching
university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican
University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a
baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution.
It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful
accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and
values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican
currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates
and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our
undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African
American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students,
make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the
graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial
aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college
students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating
their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible
for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized
since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal
designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is
committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for
Latinx students and all students from
historically underrepresented groups. Key
Qualifications & Skills:
- Provide leadership and expert guidance for the University’s
Corporate and Foundation Relations fundraising program.
- Lead collaboration with UA, academic offices, and
administrative offices across the university to identify funding
opportunities, develop proposals, and secure funding for university
initiatives from foundations and corporations.
- Manage a pipeline of corporate and foundation prospects.
Conduct research giving trends of local, regional and national
corporations and foundations and make recommendations for proposals
- Develop resource documents for use by University Advancement
staff, including template proposals, Power Point presentations,
funding initiative summaries, and fact sheets, letters, etc.
- Coordinate site visits with prospective funders, including
developing and presenting proposals and briefing faculty and staff
in attendance as required in order to achieve successful
- Establish a working relationship with the Director of the
Office of Research and Sponsored Projects to maintain a
communication exchange and assist in the coordination of
institutional proposals seeking grants for faculty development
purposes, especially relative to private funding sources.
- Develop competitive proposals for corporate and foundation
- Oversee stewardship of corporate and foundation donors,
including meeting reporting compliance as outlined in grant
- Assist with other UA functions, such as screening sessions,
presidential briefings, committee meetings and volunteer
activities, as needed and necessary.
- Perform additional duties as needed and as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree is required
- 6+ years of experience in corporate and foundation relations or
similar fundraising capacity.
- Demonstrated experience with the cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of corporate and
- foundation funders.
- Experience creating successful corporate and foundation
- Experience collaborating with other senior leaders and a wide
range of internal and external
- constituents at a complex organization.
- Strong research, verbal, and written communication skills that
include proposal development.
- Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and review work in order
to meet schedules and timelines
- Ability to recognize opportunities and prioritize competing
- Experience establishing and managing budgets.
- Knowledge of the Chicago philanthropic community.
- Ability to adapt to changing job demands.
- Strong computer literacy skills, including Microsoft Office,
CRMs, and other information systems.
To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter at
www.dom.edu/jobs A background screening is required upon
hire. EEO Statement
Dominican University is
proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the
goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to
teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment.
Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion
are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit,
develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring
varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. If you
need accommodations due to a disability, you may contact us