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Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and College of Medicine

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Remote, Other - Philadelphia, PA
Categories: Drexel University, Institutional Advancement

Drexel's Office of Institutional Advancement

Drexel’s Office of Institutional Advancement (IA) supports the University’s mission and strategic priorities by generating philanthropic engagement and by building and strengthening relationships among alumni, students, faculty, staff, civic leaders, friends, and foundation and corporate partners. We aspire to create a sustainable and lasting culture of philanthropy at Drexel University by cultivating the next generation of leadership through volunteer initiatives and alumni engagement.

In alignment with Drexel University’s values and priorities, IA is committed to maintaining a flexible and dynamic work environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion; professional and career development; and collaboration and innovation across all our departments.

Job Summary 

The Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations advances fundraising by leading the implementation and execution of foundation and corporate philanthropic investments for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (SCHC) and Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM).  SCHC serves as DUCOM’s Department of Pediatrics.

As a proposal writer, prospect researcher, and fundraiser, they will develop innovative approaches for submitting cutting-edge proposals that increase philanthropic revenue. They will partner closely with and support the efforts of faculty of DUCOM, as well as all healthcare providers of SCHC. 

Essential Functions 

  • Plan, organize, and implement strategies to secure foundation and corporate funds for SCHC and DUCOM
  • This will be accomplished by pursuing the identification, qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of foundations and companies
  • Emphasize the importance of relationship-building in working with foundations and corporations and their designees
  • Develop and steward relationships with SCHC/DUCOM faculty, staff, clinicians, and other healthcare providers
  • Take direction from the CEO, SCHC as appropriate
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations (STEM Unit) to arrange and complete approximately 4 visits per month with foundations personnel, which may include virtual meetings
  • Seek out opportunities to host site visits at SCHC and Drexel University
  • Write, edit, and assemble letters of inquiry, proposals, stewardship reports, thank you letters, and supporting documentation to corporations and foundations and maintain electronic correspondence with faculty/staff/healthcare providers in need of support
  • Seek out opportunity to launch a Corporate Advisory Council for SCHC to include key leadership from companies in the Philadelphia region that have an affinity for supporting an underserved pediatric population
  • Communicate as appropriate with corporate relations professionals’ university-wide, Drexel Solutions Institute, and/or Steinbright Career Development Center as needed
  • Work independently and collegially across Institutional Advancement to research and review corporate and foundation prospects and develop strategies for significant funding proposals that are responsive to both SCHC, DUCOM, University, and grantor priorities
  • Make direct contact with grantors to gather information, answer questions or provide other assistance that increases the likelihood of new or renewed investment in SCHC
  • Track deadlines for submitting proposals and stewardship reports for funded projects by preparing and submitting required materials on a timely basis and responding to grantor requests for information
  • Collaborate closely with the Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Executive Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations, Assistant Vice President, SCHC, and colleagues working at DUCOM/SCHC to develop strategies towards annual and campaign goals and seek out opportunities to maximize fundraising progress
  • Provide high-level customer service to the Chief Executive Officer of SCHC, Chief of Pediatrics of DUCOM, Dean of DUCOM, and any other key leadership as appropriate
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations (STEM) to assist with (a) the identification and qualification of foundations for DUCOM and (b) develop DUCOM proposals as needed
  • Follow IA procedures regarding prospect management and contact documentation, including responsibility for oversight and submission of all related fundraising reports, statistics, projections, and publications
  • Coordinate grant submissions with colleagues in foundation and corporate relations across Drexel University as appropriate
  • Utilize and follow best practices in foundation relations prospect research tools and techniques
  • Perform other duties as assigned 

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Five or more years of professional writing and editing experience in healthcare, higher education, and/or non-profit development work
  • Ability to handle high volume of specific and increasingly complex proposals as well as other writing assignments required
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively required
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy and the ability to work independently required
  • Ability to handle high volume of specific and increasingly complex proposals as well as other writing assignments required
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively required
  • Appreciation for and commitment to building relationships

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree preferred
  • Scientific writing experience preferred

Physical Demands 

  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically standing, walking



Additional Information 

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of L. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,  

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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