Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) supports Johns Hopkins’
focus on research, teaching and patient care, and its role as a
national and global leader in higher education. We create and
foster enduring relationships that result in advocacy and
philanthropic support for Johns Hopkins University & Medicine;
strengthening the institution through partnerships with donors,
alumni, volunteer leaders, faculty, students, staff, and
Johns Hopkins University supports a flexible work model which
includes four different work modalities. This role has a hybrid
work arrangement with an onsite presence of three days per week.
The manager will confirm the team’s core onsite days where the
majority/all team members will work in the office. Employees who
travel on university business can count those days towards their
The Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) Office of Development
and Alumni Relations (DAR) helps the school’s mission of
transforming society through engineering education, research, and
translation by communicating the successes and priorities of Johns
Hopkins University and Medicine. We foster enduring relationships
with the WSE community and beyond that result in advocacy and
philanthropic support for the school and its goals to address the
world’s challenges with trusted and ethical engineering solutions.
Through our internal and external partnerships, our office seeks to
create an environment of equitable collaboration, inclusivity, and
creative thinking that drives those goals forward.
The Assistant Director of Corporate and Foundation
Relations will discover, secure and steward funding from private
foundations and corporations for the benefit of the Johns Hopkins
Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) and its centers/institutes,
departments, faculty, and initiatives related to WSE and will
report to the Whiting School’s Director of Corporate and Foundation
Relations (Foundation Relations Officer).
The Assistant Director will manage a portfolio of foundations
and corporations relevant to the work/research performed under the
vision and scope of the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of
Engineering. This position requires keeping up-to-date about the
missions and priorities of those external organizations, and
ensuring that any opportunities for funding consideration are
discovered, evaluated, and potentially pursued.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Participate in the development of strategies and innovations to
advance the work of the Corporate and Foundation Relations unit in
WSE and to enhance its value to stakeholders in the school, as well
as external partners.
- Lead effort to discover funding opportunities by utilizing
various philanthropic and foundation-centered databases, industry
publications, peer research, and other resources to build an
ongoing schedule/calendar, as well as outreach log, for foundation
and corporate grant application deadlines and WSE submissions.
- In conjunction with the Director of Corporate and Foundation
Relations, the Assistant Director will serve as WSE Development’s
liaison to the School’s centers and institutes keeping MGOs updated
on current projects and funding priorities.
- Research opportunities for and prepare a monthly Funding Digest
that details funding opportunities from external sources; Digest
format is produced in coordination with the Marketing and
- Monitor and promote JHU’s Limited Submission opportunities to
Whiting School faculty and researchers, and aid in their
- Work in partnership with the Director of Corporate and
Foundation Relations to maximize revenues from foundations and
corporations. This includes
- Identifying, soliciting, and securing funding from foundations
and corporations, through both existing relationships and new
- Assisting faculty directly in discovering funding
opportunities, and drafting submissions (e.g., LOIs, concept or
white papers, proposals, etc.)
- Working closely with WSE centers and institutes, while
collaborating with Hopkins partners in Central Foundation Relations
and other entities across the institution
- Maintain unit workflow in JHU’s Development CRM, JHAS,
including linking funded activity
- Aiding external partners seeking to collaborate with WSE by
connecting them with appropriate faculty working in a specific
space; showcasing WSE capabilities in focus areas in an effort to
garner funding for research or programming; helping create greater
access points for talent pipeline development, connecting with
subject matter experts, providing guidance for collaborating on
third-party opportunities, etc.
- Coordinating calendars for Director and Assistant Director
relevant to internal and external meetings
- Collaborate with WSE leadership to pair foundation focus areas
and industry needs with respective WSE areas of research/specific
- Participate in meetings with WSE faculty and researchers, as
well as representatives from industry and foundations.
- Under the leadership of the Director, act as the primary
contact with the Center for Education Outreach (CEO) and its
individual program managers, as well Engineering Innovation (EI) in
WSE’s Pre-College program; this includes researching and
identifying (sometime submitting) funding opportunities for CEO and
EI programming; drafting letters of inquiry and proposals with area
leadership; providing fundraising guidance to the teams; and other
items as required.
- Manage a portfolio of prospects and maximize opportunities to
match their interests with institutional needs.
- Conduct intermittent travel as necessary to meet with
development colleagues or foundation staff/leadership, conference
- Manage special projects for the Associate Dean and Senior
Director of Development as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Two years related experience requires, preferably in
fundraising and/or academically oriented writing.
- Additional education may substitute for required experience, to
the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
- Three years related experience; academic experience
- Exceptional writing skills (writing samples will be required of
finalists for this position).
- Research, proposal development and/or grant writing
- Strong analytical and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to interact with individuals at all
- Excellent attention to detail and demonstrated ability to meet
- Ability to work independently and to take appropriate
initiative in advancing the goals of the office.
- Intellectual curiosity, commitment to excellence, and
dependable professional judgment.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks and changing priorities in a
All applicants are expected to uphold the university’s core
values which includes diversity and inclusion. All staff treat
people with dignity and respect by being fair and consistent. We
demonstrate an open-minded approach to understanding people
regardless of their race, gender, age, national origin, religion,
ethnicity, disability status or other characteristics. We show
respect for the beliefs and traditions of others; encourage and
promote practices that support cultural diversity; and discourage
behaviors or practices that may be perceived as unfair, biased, or
critical toward people with certain backgrounds.