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Embry-Riddle’s Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement
(PAE) seeks to recruit a talented and experienced advancement
professional for the position of Senior Executive Director for
Corporate Philanthropy and Foundation Relations. The Senior
Executive Director will lead the University’s philanthropic
corporate and foundations relations program and be responsible for
coordinating activity, developing strategies, building
relationships, and raising funds from corporations and foundations
for various initiatives and departments across the ERAU enterprise.
This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Philanthropy
and Alumni Engagement and be a member of the PAE leadership
This is a high-profile leadership role that requires a
professional with excellent verbal and written communication
skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and problem solving. The selected
candidate must possess strong relationship management abilities and
be able to oversee the day-to-day operations of corporate and
foundation relations across the University. Familiarity working
with faculty, top executives, and community leaders is desired.
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.
Specifically, the Senior Executive Director will:
- Lead the Corporate Philanthropy and Foundation Relations
efforts of Embry-Riddle with special emphasis on priority
initiatives set forth by University leadership.
- Personally manage a portfolio of corporate and foundation
prospects with a focus on closing $3M+ annually in philanthropic
- Partner with faculty, the Executive Director Corporate
Relations, and advancement colleagues to build the prospect base
through the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and
stewardship of donors.
- Synthesize complex scientific concepts and programs into donor
friendly and compelling language for proposals.
- Develop highly competitive proposals that leverage prospective
corporate and foundation goals and preferences with ERAU’s
organizational goals and funding priorities.
- Serve as a leader and support the professional development of
the team through intentional leadership that is inclusive,
transparent, and empowering.
- Represent the University at various cultivation and fundraising
events, working in tandem with the Executive Director Corporate
- In conjunction with the stewardship and communications team,
create written reports for foundations and updates for faculty,
craft acknowledgment letters, and respond to requests from faculty,
donors, and advancement colleagues.
- 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
- Track progress and results in Salesforce, the University’s
database, following ERAU’s prospect management guidelines.
- Participate in the recruitment, selection, hiring and training
for the department.
- Required Education: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree
preferred or equivalent experience.
- Minimum Experience: A minimum of 10 years of major campaign and
- Grant writing experience
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Team-first mindset and flexible approach to development.