Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Posted on 10/26/2021

Central Connecticut State University

New Britain, CT

Central Connecticut State University invites applications for a full-time, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations position in the Division of Institutional Advancement. Reporting to the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnerships or designee, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is charged with developing an overall strategy and execution plan for a program to secure external funding from corporate sources and local, regional, national, and international philanthropic foundations to support the strategic priorities of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). The Director will facilitate and coordinate the establishment of a comprehensive corporate and organizational relationship plan and will collaborate with key campus partners, including deans, faculty, program directors, the Career Development Office, Grants and Funded Research, and other campus leaders to identify programs and projects that allow for innovative community relationships to grow and thrive.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervises professional and/or support staff.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Serves as liaison for the University with existing and potential corporate and foundation partners; responsible for planning, facilitating, and managing University initiatives with such entities, including those with financial and non-financial support.
  • Develops and nurtures relationships with deans, faculty, staff, and Grants and Funded Research and/or CCSU Foundation, Inc., as applicable, on all aspects of grant seeking, implementation, and administration, including developing/writing high quality concept papers, letters of intent, compelling proposals, narrative and financial reports and evaluation plans and instruments.
  • Annually generates major gifts and pledges from corporations and foundations consistent with the mission of the University and CCSU Foundation, Inc.
  • Conceptualizes and creates fundraising proposals for corporations and foundations, both prospective and current donors, after educating them about relevant University priorities, and areas of need and determining where University needs match their funding priorities.
  • Manages all logistical details and makes all necessary arrangements for in-person visits by corporate and foundation officials involving Institutional Advancement representatives, the President’s Office and/or academic deans and departmental chairs and faculty.
  • Represents Institutional Advancement at both internal and external campus events and activities as necessary.
  • Shares results broadly on and off campus in order to demonstrate the positive benefits strategic partnerships have on the advancement of University priorities.
  • Utilizes available resources, databases, and networking to research and identify corporate and foundation prospects.
  • Facilitates corporate and foundation outreach including social media, campus visits, and external engagement collateral produced in collaboration with the University’s Marketing Department.
  • Responsible for timely research and writing of grant proposals and subsequent required reporting.
  • Completes and submits fiscal and programmatic grant reports and supplemental materials in a timely manner as required by the CCSU Foundation and the corporations and foundations funding major gifts.
  • Creates reports as required by Institutional Advancement and University senior management that accurately reflect activity and performance.
  • Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of CCSU and individual college, school, and departments’ missions and needs as they pertain to fundraising priorities.
  • May be required to work evenings and weekends.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of related corporate and foundation development work experience.
  • Thorough understanding of approaches and techniques used in the development process for corporations and foundations, including prospect identification and research; relationship building, solicitation and stewardship.
  • Must possess strong communication skills, superb writing skills, independent judgement; attention to detail, project management skills and the ability to follow instructions.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Must possess the ability to manage complex tasks and meet deadlines, knowledge of university programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree.
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and proficient in Microsoft Office suite.

Credentials and/or experience substantially comparable to the above may also be considered.

The University: The largest of Connecticut’s regional comprehensive universities, Central currently enrolls over 10,000 students. A third of its undergraduates are students of color, the largest group being Hispanic. Ninety-six (96%) percent of the students are from Connecticut. For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit

The Community: Located nine miles southwest of Hartford, New Britain is a city of approximately 72,000. Part of the Greater Hartford area of 1.2 million residents, New Britain is centrally located in the state and is within easy reach of much of Connecticut and several metropolitan areas. Nicknamed “the Hardware City” for its rich industrial heritage, it is home to Stanley Black & Decker. Important cultural institutions include the New Britain Museum of American Art and Walnut Hill Park, designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead. New Britain’s population is characterized by a high degree of racial and ethnic diversity. Currently, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates 70% of the population as White, 13% as Black or African American, 3% as Asian, and 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native. Currently 4.6% of New Britain’s population identify themselves in more than one racial category and 43% of New Britain’s population identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Fifty percent (50%) speak a language other than English in the home and 19% were born internationally. Significant portions of its population come from Puerto Rico and Poland or consider themselves to be from the African-American, Italian, or Irish ethnic backgrounds. In addition to all that greater Hartford provides, New Britain is 40 minutes from Springfield, Massachusetts two hours from Boston, and two hours from New York City. It is also part of the Hartford-Springfield “Knowledge Corridor” and, therefore, within easy driving distance of a host of private and public institutions of higher education and many cultural opportunities.

Application and Appointment: For full consideration, applications must be received by November 15, 2021.

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