The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations serves as a
link between the College and the corporate and foundation
community—establishing and retaining relationships for the College
at multiple levels. Reporting to and operating in close partnership
with the Chief Development Officer, the Director secures corporate
and foundation funding for a range of institutional priorities at
The Director closely partners with key stakeholders across the
College to develop and submit proposals for funding with a focus on
strategic priorities; builds bridges and relationships between the
College and targeted corporate and foundation funders; creates
strategies to advance the College’s mission by leveraging funding
opportunities; and stewards existing grants while also providing
faculty with funder-related guidance.
- Manages a targeted pool of local and national foundations and
- Advances the College's agenda by gaining foundation and
corporate support of Olin initiatives, either through direct
funding, gifts-in-kind, or other agreements.
- Develops and executes cultivation, solicitation, and
STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT & MOVES MANAGEMENT
- Develops strategies to engage and encourage key foundation and
corporate partners towards greater involvement with the
- Works externally with foundation program officers and corporate
- Develops, coordinates, and implements funder site and campus
- Helps to create communication and marketing strategies for the
college in its work with corporations and foundations.
- Increases involvement of alumni, parents of current students,
and other friends of the College who are in senior positions within
corporations to increase corporate support, as well as individual
giving by those individuals.
- Meets with faculty members, and other stakeholders to gather
information to develop detailed and compelling proposals.
- Drafts letters of inquiry, stewardship reports, and other
documents, as needed.
COLLABORATING & REPORTING
- Works with the Development team to coordinate activities,
develop best practices, streamline processes, and improve overall
- Tracks their own cultivation and fundraising activities through
existing databases and systems and generates reports on their own
work to share with colleagues and senior management.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 5-7 years of front-line fundraising experience or equivalent
with a track record of securing 6+ figure gifts from corporations
and foundations to support higher education.
- Demonstrated success building strong professional
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; ability to
interface effectively with corporate and foundation
representatives, as well as with college stakeholders.
- A sincere interest in being a member of a highly interactive
and mutually supportive team.
- Resourceful and able to collaborate with colleagues and
external constituents at all levels.
- Self-motivated with the ability to think and plan
strategically; strong problem solving skills.
- Excellent attention to detail; strong organizational
- Customer-orientation that includes exceptional follow-up and
- A proactive approach that takes initiative and actively seeks
to deepen current donor relationships and forge new ones.
- An appreciation for Olin’s unique value proposition and role in
transforming engineering education.
- Proficient in Raiser’s Edge, or a similar CRM, Microsoft
Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
- Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to values of
equity, access, and belonging.
Olin College of
Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working
collaboratively within and outside of the Olin community to support
the College’s mission and vision for the future. At Olin, we are
educating the next generation of engineering innovators and
shifting the definition of engineering. Not only do our students
ask, “Who are we designing this for, and what are their values?”
They also ask questions about the impact of their work on
As Olin evolves under the leadership of our president, Dr. Gilda
Barabino, we seek to become a more diverse and aware community, a
place where everyone is a learner and where everyone is an
educator. Olin will become a place where experimentation—including
making and learning from mistakes—will be embraced across the
institution, not just in the classroom. Collaboration is key to
Olin’s curriculum and culture, and we will work intentionally to
reinforce the values and culture to which we aspire. We are a
community that thrives on being together; we value trust. The
College supports teams to collaboratively decide how they can best
do their work, and display a commitment to the community, all while
providing individuals with overall work-life flexibility.
Olin College is situated on 75 acres in Needham, Massachusetts.
We are approximately ten miles from Boston, one mile from the MBTA
Commuter Rail train station, and approximately four miles from the
Woodland Station for the MBTA Green Line. We have plenty of free
parking on campus. You can find more details on our Visiting Campus
a Virtual Campus Tour: From the moment you step on campus at Olin,
you feel a buzz of energy and activity—and once you experience it,
you want to be a part of it.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER STATEMENT:
We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic
At Olin College we are dedicated to building a diverse,
inclusive and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about a role
and have relevant experience, but your work history doesn’t align
perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we'd
nevertheless encourage you to apply.
Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We especially
welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have
been historically underrepresented in higher education, including
women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQIA people, and people
with disabilities. Employees of the College who have a disability
are welcome to request reasonable accommodations by contacting
Human Resources at HR@olin.edu.