Director of Development- Corporate/Foundation Relations
Eastern Illinois University - Charleston, IL

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Director of Development – Corporate/Foundation Relations

Responsibilities : Eastern Illinois University seeks a high-energy professional for the position of Director of Development – Corporate/Foundation Relations. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Advancement, the selected will be responsible for prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship with primary emphasis on grant writing in search of securing foundation and corporate gifts with potential in the hundred thousand and greater dollar range.

The Director of Development – Corporate/Foundation Relations will be responsible for the leadership and management of corporation and foundation relations within an assigned portfolio. The Director will be responsible for leadership and management of specific initiatives in a foundation and corporate prospect portfolio. The Director of Development – Corporate/Foundation Relations is responsible for drafting grant proposals for submission to foundations and corporations. Additional responsibilities may include fundraising for university-wide priorities as determined by the President of the University or the Vice President of University Advancement.

QUALIFICATIONS : Bachelor’s Degree and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of philanthropy.

Competitive applicants will possess significant progressively responsible experience in philanthropy grant writing, corporate/foundation relations and exhibit strong leadership characteristics including:
  • Record of success in grant writing in search of corporate/foundation fund-raising initiatives;
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and educational equity;
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to work with potential donors and alumni, as well as students, faculty, staff, administrators, community members, and others throughout the state and nation in friend-raising and fund-raising activities;
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in the philanthropic arena.

STARTING DATE : July 1, 2013

SALARY RANGE : Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

CONTRACT YEAR : Twelve months

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE : A complete file will consist of a cover letter of introduction, a resume, and a minimum of three- but no more than five-professional references. Writing samples of successful grant applications are encouraged. Review will begin immediately and continue until on campus interviews are scheduled.

TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION FORM : Send letter of application, current resume’, and the names and contact information of at least three but no more than five professional references to Karla J. Watson, Assistant Vice President of Advancement, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920.

THE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY : The EIU campus is located in Charleston, a pleasant community of 20,000 residents. The University is just seven miles from Interstate 57, three hours south of Chicago, two hours east of St. Louis, and two hours from Springfield. On Eastern's attractive 320-acre campus, 12,000 students attend class with another 1,000 students enrolled in Eastern courses at satellite locations. Eastern is big enough to offer quality programs yet small enough to offer personal attention.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION : Eastern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer committed to achieving a diverse community.

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