Assistant Director of Corporate

Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations

Appointment: Regular, full time, (1.0) FTE

Position Summary:
The assistant director of corporate and foundation relations promotes relationships with funding agencies, and seeks new funds in support of institutional priorities of the university and to support the scholarly work of faculty. The assistant director serves as the point of contact for university faculty seeking pre-award grant assistance and as the university point of contact with assigned grant-making agencies. The assistant director develops and manages a portfolio of private and public funding agency constituents in all stages of engagement. The position is a revenue-generating position and reports to the director of corporate and foundation relations.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
Portfolio/Constituent Management
1. Manage a portfolio of combined private and public funding constituents.
2. Cultivate and steward productive and effective relationships with assigned funding agency representatives to position the university for grant success and to advance faculty scholarship.
3. Serve as university point of contact with assigned funding agency partners.

Grant Proposal Development and Reporting
1. In partnership with the director, provide strategic staff leadership on project and grant proposal development for strategic university priority projects.
2. Prepare grant proposals, reports, and related grant materials partnering as appropriate with the associate academic deans office, and the office of accounting and budget services.
3. Manage the faculty grants process and consult with faculty to recommend funding agencies, develop strategies, and review the university's grant-seeking practices for grant proposal and budget development. Coordinate and host regular grant trainings for faculty.
4. Develop foundational plans to help new faculty seek funding to support their research, and each year coach a small pool of new junior tenure-line faculty in grant-seeking strategies to accelerate their professional growth.
5. Obtain university approvals for grant proposals and reports prior to submission, ensuring that all appropriate university constituents have signed off before proposals are submitted.
6. Monitor and track grant reporting timelines for grants in Millennium database; keep grant PIs informed of reporting requirements, and partner with them to ensure reports are filed in a timely manner.
7. Develop grant activity reports as assigned.

Knowledge Development and Resource Sharing
1. Engage in research to develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of private funding opportunities that support liberal arts college faculty members and programs; develop knowledge of and maintain currency on private agency funding opportunities (grants, fellowships, scholarships).
2. Monitor RFP deadlines and disseminate funding opportunities to the director, vice president for university relations, and other campus constituents as appropriate.
3. Develop a professional network through membership and active participation in relevant associations, listservs and professional development trainings/conferences to build and maintain knowledge of the field (PSGA; NCURA; CLASP).
4. Update and maintain the university's grants website to promote grant opportunities and grants success.

Other Duties
1. Retain accurate and timely constituent information in the Millennium database.
2. Maintain internal systems to track grants activities, and report monthly to the director on all grant procurement activities.
3. Support Office of University Relations activities special initiatives and events as called upon to do so.
4. Position may require occasional travel and evening/weekend hours.
5. Perform other duties as needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Position will supervise and train student staff.

Budget Responsibilities
Collaborate with director on departmental budget development and management.

Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:
  • BA degree.
  • One year working in grant development/grant-writing with a proven track record of results in generating five- and six-figure grant funding from a variety of agencies.
  • Familiarity with grant-making agencies and grant-seeking processes and experience developing grant proposal documents and budgets.
  • Experience conducting research into funding sources; knowledge of and familiarity with fundraising research resources and an understanding of use of IRS 990 forms.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work with individuals of all backgrounds.
  • Highly developed computer skills including experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and a constituent relations database.
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently, solve problems, handle confidential information, and navigate sensitive situations.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

    Compensation and Benefits:
    Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.
    Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

    Application Deadline: Interested individuals are encouraged to submit application materials no later than May 10, 2021. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

    Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

    All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

    Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

    The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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