Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Dental School - University Advancement
Location: Medford/Somerville, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 21002068
Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Dental School - University Advancement - (21002068)
Tufts Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) has an opening for an Associate Director position. Reporting to the Director of CFR, this position will play a key role in developing and executing a robust engagement and fundraising strategy with the goal of deepening relationships, growing the corporate and foundation prospect pool, and securing institutional support for education and research program priorities that align within Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM). The Associate Director will be expected to maintain a consistent level of 70+ relationships with external organizations, regional, national and international, with the anticipation of raising significant resources for the Dental School. The Associate Director is a vital member of a multi-faceted CFR team and will maintain ongoing communication with the Director of CFR, CFR colleagues, academic staff, and will work in close collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement at TUSDM.
The ideal candidate will be a collegial and entrepreneurial team player with corporate engagement experience in an academic setting and a track record of professional growth and successful relationship building and management in a complex organization. They will be a strategic thinker with excellent proposal writing and communication skills and the ability to engage, influence and persuade others.
Identify appropriate corporate and foundation prospects for priority and strategic projects and programs and work effectively with School Leadership, faculty and administrators in the development and submission of proposals.
Work closely with key campus stakeholders that support and play key roles in fostering and maintaining corporate partnerships.
Research new corporate prospects and work with internal stakeholders to develop strategies, access points, and modes of engagement. Refine the prospect list for corporate engagement based on industry trends, new strategic priorities for TUSDM, and new connections. Requires significant coordination / communication with TUSDM senior leadership and Advancement colleagues.
Host corporate partners on campus for tours and meetings with university leadership, faculty, and students. Develop corporate events in collaboration with the Senior Director of Development and Alumni Engagement.
Proactively meet with faculty to help develop and prepare concept papers, letters of inquiry, proposals, grant reports (when appropriate).
Work with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the TUSDM Research Administration team in support of corporate and foundation faculty proposals.
Knowledge & skills typically acquired through a Bachelor's degree
5-7 years of non-profit fundraising, business development, or Corporate Alliance experience, preferably in higher education
Demonstrated experience in effective interactions with internal and external constituencies to advance organizational objectives
Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
Demonstrated experience in proposal writing and securing corporate and foundation funding
Master preferred, Advanced degree or degree in life science field
Highly professional with the ability to work with and command the respect of faculty and administrators, and nurture productive working partnerships internally and externally
Ability to grasp and synthesize complex information across a range of issues and technical disciplines.
Ability to think strategically, manage multiple projects effectively, evaluate problems and display sound, confidential judgment
Motivated to learn and display flexibility in a changing environment
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently and as part of multiple teams
Highly motivated, entrepreneurial, collaborative, conscientious, and results-oriented
An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.
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