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Executive Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations - STEM Unit

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

About Drexel 

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics. 

Job Summary 

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.

The ExecutiveDirector for Foundation and Corporate Relations is a key member of the Office of Institutional Advancement at Drexel University. The primary responsibility of the Executive Director is to lead the implementation and execution of strategies for increasing philanthropic support internally and externally through proactively engaging with local, regional and national foundations for Drexel’s leading schools and colleges in the STEM unit, including the College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Computing and Informatics, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health; and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems; as well as the AJ Drexel Autism Institute, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and all programming existing within the aforementioned schools/colleges. The Executive Director will take a leadership role in specifically focusing on the College of Medicine, including the Department of Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Essential Functions 

  • Lead the Foundations strategy team within the STEM Unit, consisting of associate directors and co-ops, to manage FCR activities at the College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Computing and Informatics, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dornsife School of Public Health, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems.
  • Devise strategic action plans for establishing and deepening relationships with priority foundations and key constituents.
  • Work with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research, Vice Deans for Research, Deans of the aforementioned schools/colleges, various multidisciplinary Institutes and Centers, and STEM unit schools to identify and implement unique approaches to foundation leaders regionally, nationally, and globally, that align with Drexel's Strategic Plan and campaign priorities.
  • Develop relationships with Deans as appropriate to elucidate program priorities and projects suitable for FCR funding. Manage Foundation Relations as Deans seek FCR awards, including prospect research, strategic briefings, and communication/meetings with Foundations.
  • Oversee the management of priority foundations in coordination with Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, and other Drexel senior leadership, and all Foundation Relations staff working on foundation opportunities. Co-lead the quarterly FCR team meeting in partnership with the Executive Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations based centrally.
  • Work closely, collaboratively, and strategically with the central Foundations team to ensure alignment of department goals with the goals of the University, President, campus partners, the strategic plan and the campaign.
  • Works closely with Institutional Advancement colleagues in the analysis, formation, writing, and implementation of fundraising plans, policies, proposals, and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Research to support Drexel's key constituents with developing unique approaches, writing proposals, and creating collateral material.
  • Serve as a liaison to researchers responsible for executing proposal submissions and projects.
  • Lead administrative organizational processes and protocols for foundation and corporate relations on behalf of the STEM unit, such as working on internal competitions and producing monthly RFP lists.
  • Convert strategic foundation relationships into profitable partnerships and new revenue streams for Drexel University.
  • Develop and deepen connections with faculty and staff working on initiatives across the University who have high potential for philanthropic support from foundations and/or community social responsibility initiatives.
  • Build relationships with local and regional foundations to secure philanthropic gifts in areas that align with Drexel's research initiatives and educational priorities.
  • Support the Office of Senior Vice Provost for Research, and others in outreach efforts as appropriate.
  • Manage multiple high-profile projects of varying priorities, technical sophistication, and deadlines.
  • Spends significant time interacting with school/college leadership with limited supervision. Interacts regularly with Deans of the schools/colleges and can take direction and provide advice.  Serves as a resource to STEM faculty members for corporate and foundation prospect research as well as the drafting, writing and editing of proposals seeking private sector support for projects that have been approved by the appropriate academic leadership.
  • Lead and supervise a minimum of 2 FCR staff members as they manage FCR activities at two or more schools/colleges as well as co-op positions as needed.
  • Serves as a key member of the STEM senior management team.
  • Travel to strategic meetings with foundations and other organizations as required.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, foundation relations, strategic planning, and/or relevant business experience is required.
  • Three or more years of experience in higher education.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize and grasp complex subjects with strong proficiency.
  • Patience and experience to develop strategies, make recommendations, and build consensus across academic and corporate partners.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation skills to impact and influence senior executives.
  • Excellent organizational talent and the abilities to build consensus around common goals and manage complex business relationships across the University.
  • High degree of professionalism, initiative, integrity, urgency, and motivation.
  • Strong business acumen and proven experience working with senior staff and teams.
  • Enjoys working in a team but able to operate independently.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Prior experience with foundations. 

Physical Demands 

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


Remote, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of N. 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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