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Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Bryant University
Rhode Island, United States
$120,000.00 - $135,000.00
Closing date
Jan 3, 2024

Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Bryant University in the search for an Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Development, the Executive Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations will serve as a key partner in the design, implementation, and assessment of a master plan to raise optimal financial support from corporations and foundations in support of Bryant’s fundraising efforts, including but not limited to, Vision 2030 initiatives. The Executive Director will manage and lead a portfolio of corporate and foundation prospects with the intent of building mutually beneficial relationships with Bryant University and exploring collaboration and financial support for the university and its priorities.

Bryant University is a private New England university with a tradition of innovation and a global vision for success. Located on 435 acres in Smithfield, Rhode Island, Bryant is just 12 miles from Providence and 50 miles from Boston. Its academic programs are distinguished by an integration of business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective.  Combined, the colleges and schools of Bryant offer nearly 100 courses of study with all classes taught by faculty, not teaching assistants or graduate students. The College of Business offers business specialties pairing the depth and breadth of a large business school with the individual attention found on small college campuses. The College of Arts and Sciences programs combine understanding of theory with skills that prepare students to make meaningful contributions immediately upon graduation. Bryant’s graduate programs offer advanced degrees in business administration and accounting, as well as graduate degrees and post-graduate programs in communication. The School of Health Sciences offers a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. One hundred percent of Bryant students complete a service-learning project during their time at the university.

As a selective university, Bryant has received prestigious national and international rankings, top accreditations, and strategic affiliations. U.S. News and World Report ranked Bryant sixth among regional universities north and number 32 on its “Best Value” list. The university is also included on the Best 389 Colleges, Top Colleges in Northeast list by Princeton Review. Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 named Bryant in the top 7% among America’s Best Colleges. A 2022 report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce ranked Bryant in the top 1% of schools in the country and #1 in Rhode Island for return on investment. The return on investment for a Bryant education ranks #4 on’s Best Value Business Schools. And Smithfield, home to Bryant University, is ranked number 14 by on their list of the 50 Safest College Towns in America of 2022.

Bryant University recognizes that its position as a leader in higher education is greatly determined by its intellectual endeavors and the diversity of its campus community. It encourages members of the Bryant community to be open-minded, critical thinkers who possess the courage and patience to grow in their understanding of differences. Doing so on a personal level reaffirms the critical role that divergent voices play in making Bryant University a world-class institution dedicated to inclusion in all aspects of teaching, learning, and living harmoniously in a shared scholarly environment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference or orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ethnicity, disability, genetic information, protected veteran, or marital status. Bryant University is an equal opportunity employer with the goal of recruiting and supporting a diverse community of faculty and staff.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé. Cover letters should be responsive to the mission of Bryant University as well as the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the position prospectus. A bachelor's degree and at least seven years of experience raising funds from corporations and foundations, preferably in a higher education setting, is preferred. Bryant University will consider candidates with a broad range of backgrounds. If you are excited about this role and feel that you can contribute to Bryant University, but your experience does not exactly align with every qualification listed above, we encourage you to apply. 

The salary range for this position is $120,000 to $135,000 annually.

Bryant University is committed to the inclusion of all qualified candidates. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or participating in the selection process, please contact Jeanette Rivera-Watts at

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