Development Officer II/III (Corporate Relations Officer)



Position Details

Requisition Number S401P Home Org Name Development HR Employment Division Name Vice President for Development Position Title Development Officer II/III (Corporate Relations Officer) Job Class Code OA05 B/C Appointment Status Full-time Part-time FTE Limited Term No Limited Term Length Job Summary

The Office of Development at Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Corporate Relations Officer. The Corporate Relations Officer will report directly to the Associate Vice President for Constituent Development and will work in tandem with the Foundation Relations Officer and Development Coordinator.

The Office of Development plays an integral role in furthering Auburn University’s mission and vision. In partnership with a foundation board of 24 directors, the university’s fundraising office maintains a staff of 160 and raises more than $140 million annually. Auburn University has a thriving fundraising environment, and thanks to the tremendous generosity of the Auburn Family, Because This is Auburn–A Campaign for Auburn University recently raised more than $1.2 billion. Auburn’s donors are engaged, dedicated, and generous and, through a robust and committed cultivation program, Auburn’s donor base is continually being broadened.

Essential Functions

The Corporate Relations Officer ( CRO ) will have primary responsibility for a university-wide corporate relations program that focuses on building and maintaining wide-ranging, holistic relationships with corporate partners. The CRO will cultivate and solicit corporate partners for financial investments. The CRO will be instrumental in designing and overseeing the activities of the corporate relations program with the goal of significantly increasing corporate investment in the University’s strategic priorities. The CRO will work with various stakeholders across the Auburn University campus, and will identify, analyze, and profile prospective corporate partners; manage a portfolio of corporate relationships, including developing and executing cultivation and solicitation strategies; and steward gifts. This position will serve as a key advisor to the University community on best practices and strategies to promote productive, lasting and impactful engagement with corporations.

The incumbent selected for this position should have a demonstrated ability to develop strategic, proactive relationships with corporations as well as the ability to identify business interests that match university priorities and faculty projects; demonstrated ability to work successfully with faculty and staff across a broad range of academic disciplines and to translate and shape complex research projects and university priorities into compelling fundraising proposals; able to work in a system that emphasizes measurable objectives which include targets for fundraising goals; expertise in persuasive writing in order to develop concept papers, cases for support, and successful, complex fundraising proposals that clearly articulate the need for funding and the significance of the program, and that align with funding priorities; proven track record of success in proposal writing; ability to research and analyze various reference materials in order to compile, evaluate, and disseminate data on funding sources; evidence of success in cultivating and managing highly collaborative relationships and the proven ability to successfully respond to RFPs and to develop new directions and ideas; ability in managing and coordinating complex projects that include multiple tasks with competing deadlines; superior organizational skills; a work style that is thorough, accurate and detail-oriented; the ability to follow through on projects; demonstrated sound judgment in situations requiring independent decision-making, in handling confidential and sensitive material, and in successfully navigating organizational politics; the ability to work independently as well as the desire to work collaboratively in a team-based environment; ability to work successfully with diverse stakeholders and possess superior interpersonal and communications skills including public speaking and the willingness and ability to travel extensively are all essential.


Education Level Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Field of Study

No specific discipline

Years of Experience Level II requires 4 years of experience Area of Experience

Experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, public relations, or related experience or equivalent

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Level III requires 6 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, sales, public relations, or related experience or equivalent


Education Level Field of Study Years of Experience Area of Experience Requirements for Additional Job Levels
Minimum Skills and Abilities Minimum Technology Skills Minimum License and Certifications

Valid Driver’s License


Desired Qualifications

The candidate should possess a knowledge of current trends in building holistic corporate relations programs in higher education; a strategic, experienced leader with a history of developing strong business and industry partnerships and relationships; demonstrated success in corporate fundraising at a major research university; ability to thrive in a complex, dynamic, demanding environment, and to manage competing priorities; and strong organizational, strategic, analytical, and project management skills are all desired.


Salary Grade 36 Salary Range $59,700 - $114,500 Job Category Administrative Working Hours if Non-Traditional Able and willing to work some weekends, evenings, and to travel extensively. List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position Posting Date 08/25/2020 Closing Date EEO Statement

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants Quick Link for Internal Postings http://www.auemployment.com/postings/19187 Documents Needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How were you made aware of this opportunity?
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  2. * Please select the answer that best describes your current employment relationship with Auburn University.
    • Not a current Auburn employee
    • Current Auburn employee in position less than one year
    • Current Auburn employee in position more than one year
  3. * Do you have a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
    • Will obtain within 6 months
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
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    • 5-7
    • 7+


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