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  • Full Time
  • St. Louis County
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: $82,500 - $110,000
  • Organization Type: Education

Washington University in St. Louis

Position Summary
The Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations and corporations whose charitable objectives are consistent with those of the teaching, research, and clinical programs of Washington University School of Medicine. This position will focus on foundation and corporate prospects capable of giving above $100,000 with an emphasis on grants or gifts $250,000 and above.

Job Description
Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Fundraising: Identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations and corporations

  • Maintain a portfolio of 30-40 foundations, corporations, and other philanthropic entities. Act as a central point of contact for portfolio prospects and provide excellent customer service.
  • Engage in qualification, strategy, relationship building, and proposal development for gifts or grants at the $250,000-level and above. Work with faculty and fundraising colleagues across campus to develop effective fundraising strategies that translate into successful proposals. May include being the primary writer on a grant or gift.
  • Identify, secure, and attend meetings for school leadership and faculty with foundation and corporation executives and staff. Host campus visits by foundation and corporate representatives.
    Develop and implement innovative plans for enhancing stewardship of foundation and corporate donors. Provide timely reports of grants from foundations that have made philanthropic gifts to the University.
  • Responsibly document all work with prospects and funders into the constituent relationship management tracking system in a timely manner in accordance with the policies and procedures of University Advancement.

University Partnerships and Professional Development

  • Establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with the School’s major internal constituencies, which include department chairs and their division chiefs, section heads, full-time faculty, and members of other key academic, research, clinical, and administrative units.
  • Serve as a primary resource of information about the School of Medicine and coordinate major interactions and communications between the School’s internal constituencies and University Advancement.
  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and trainings.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the University by assuming primary responsibility for special projects as assigned, and performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned in a timely, thorough, and professional manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced Degree.
  • Experience in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding foundations, corporations, and other philanthropic entities. Proven success and track record in doing so.
  • Experience in a medical school or health sciences environment.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Proven ability and willingness to seek guidance and implement new knowledge obtained through proactive mentorship.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with standard computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel) and office equipment. Comfortable and nimble in learning new software systems, processes, and protocols.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to relay detailed instructions and provide or solicit feedback.
  • Experience writing grants, proposals, and letters of intent.
  • Ability to converse thoughtfully and intelligently about topics related to science and medicine.
  • Understands the complexity of higher education and possesses the sophistication to navigate a complex academic medical environment.
  • Familiarity with and appreciation for the mission of University Advancement programs and the activities of the department.
  • Desire to play a meaningful role in the university’s community and to share in the community’s commitment to education and research.
  • Demonstrated strength in organizational and project management skills.
  • Proactive, and possesses the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines under pressure.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships.
  • Ability to handle confidential information professionally.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of related experience.

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Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement

  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

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EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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