Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Southern Connecticut State University   New Haven, CT   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 9, 2024

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

RANK: Administrator V


JOB POSTED: May 9, 2024

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice. Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 9,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

Reporting to the Director of University Development, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations is charged with developing the overall strategy and execution of a program to secure external funding from corporate sources and philanthropic foundations for the strategic priorities of Southern Connecticut State University. Developing comprehensive relationships with the corporate community, beyond simply developing philanthropic collaboration, is essential to achieving mutually beneficial and effective outcomes. Subsequently, the director will facilitate and coordinate the establishment of a comprehensive corporate and organizational relationship plan and will collaborate with key campus partners, including faculty, program directors, the office of career and professional development, the office of sponsored programs and research and other campus leaders to identify programs and projects that allow for comprehensive community relationships to grow and thrive.


Responsible for relationship with faculty, staff, the office of sponsored programs and research staff 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 evaluations.

Generates major gifts and pledges from Corporate and Foundations for the SCSU Foundation annually.

Conceptualizes and creates fundraising proposals for the solicitation of major gifts to be solicited to corporation and foundations, both prospects and current donors after educating them about relevant University projects, programs and areas of need and determining what their priorities and preferences for supporting the University are.

Manages all logistical details and makes all necessary arrangements for personal visits, program and other methods of contact between themselves or other representatives of the Development or Presidents Office and any prospect or current source of major gift support from Corporations and Foundations for the University.

Represents the Institutional Advancement department at both internal and external campus events and activities as necessary.

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.

Responsible for timely research and writing for the submission of grant proposals and subsequent required reporting.

Completes and submits fiscal and programmatic grant reports and supplemental materials in a timely manner to the SCSU Foundation and Corporations and Foundations funding major gifts.

Will create reports as required by Institutional Advancement and University Senior management that accurately reflect activity and performance.

Develops and maintains a thorough working knowledge of Southern and individual departments’ missions and needs as they pertain to fundraising priorities.

Supervises full and part-time staff.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those described above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.


Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of five (5) years of related corporate and foundation development experience. Master’s degree preferred. Thorough understanding of all approaches and techniques used in the development process for Corporations and Foundations, including prospect identification and research, relationship building, solicitation and stewardship. Successful candidate will have strong communication skills; superb writing skills; possess independent judgment; attention to detail; project management skills and the ability to follow instructions. The ability to take initiative and work independently is a must. Must have the ability to manage complex tasks and meet deadlines; knowledge of University programs. Knowledge of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and proficient in Microsoft Office preferred. May work nights and weekends. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.


For full consideration, please submit a cover letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Brett Santo, by May 25th, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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